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NPB: Aoki almost suffers dislocated shoulder; Yano set to return on 16th; and more

by on Apr.15, 2009 @ 1:25 am, under NPB


...Doesn't seem like the Tigers got much from rest (or satisfaction) from last's night game cancellation. That probably has something to do with the fact that the game itself wasn't called until about 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. That meant players and coaches were making preparations for the game until pretty much the last minute.

Said Akinobu Mayumi (MGR), "Some one must have really wanted the game to be played. ... Happy (or a hidden blessing) because the game was called? I can't really say either way."

...Akihiro Yano will be joining the parent club on the 16th, in time for a game against the Dragons.

...Yamato Maeda (INF) was called up to Ichi-gun; Katsuhiko Saka (INF) was demoted.


...Some more Katsuya Nomura quotes:

On the Yanks using Nick Swisher as a pitcher:

Sounds like grass-lot baseball. The fans aren't upset? ... At this time of the year, regardless of how many runs a team might be down, no one would dare do it. And the Yanks did it? That would be like the Giants in Japan doing it... That would be discourteous to the fans.

On Tanaka's start and the rain:

On days like this, the games are usually called. But you can't really mess with days when God pitches (Masahiro Tanaka).

On the Eagles 7-3 start:

We're only 10 games into the season? It would be a different story if it was after 100 games.


...The Lions are still taking it easy with Yasuyuki Kataoka. When Hisanobu Watanabe (manager) was asked about his status for tonight's game, he simply replied, "Right now is not the time to force him into playing."


...Norichika Aoki almost suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he was hit by a pitch during Sunday afternoon's game against the Bay Stars.

Said Aoki, "When I got on the field and tried to throw the ball, I couldn't throw it straight. It isn't a full dislocation, but it's pretty close. ... I think the day off [due to the rain out] ended up being a good things for me. The Giants really beat up on us last year."

While the area is still swollen, he should be ok to start tonight's games against the Giants.


...Yoshinobu Takahashi continues his rehab work and it now appears that he might be ready for a return sometime in June.

A team rep said, "If everything goes well, he might be able to partake in live games sometime in June. But who knows what can happen between now and then, so it's really anyone's guess."