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NPB: Hawks sign Ortiz; Hamanaka earns FA rights; Lewis has facial nerve paralysis?

by on Apr.17, 2009 @ 11:42 am, under NPB

CHIBA LOTTE MARINES

...Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not in the starting line-up tonight due to a flare-up in his right ankle. He first suffered the injury in a game against the Eagles on the 16th.

HIROSHIMA CARP

...Colby Lewis felt something was wrong with the right side of his face and went to a hospital in Tokyo to get some tests done. The result: Right facial nerve paralysis that could require 2 weeks of rest and medical treatment. Lewis will return to Hiroshima and undergo some more tests.

ORIX BUFFALOES

...Osamu Hamanaka earned his FA rights on the 17th.

Said Hamanaka, "Right now I'm just focused on playing baseball. I'll think about my future during the off-season."

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...The Hawks announced that they signed Jose Ortiz to a 1 year deal worth 50M yen. He will be wearing the number 49. The team is hoping that Ortiz will be able to fill-in for the injured Hitoshi Tamura and Nobuhiro Matsuda.