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NPB: Jose Ortiz introduced to media; Yano ordered not to throw

by on Apr.25, 2009 @ 5:04 am, under NPB


...Kazuyoshi Tatsunami joined Sadaharu Oh as players who have hit at least one home run in 22 consecutive years, starting with their rookie year. Isao Harimoto and Hiromitsu Kadota are the top record holders with 23.


...Akihiro Yano has been instructed not to throw until the 28th to give his elbow some rest. This doesn't necessarily appear to be a set back, but who knows.

...Kevin Mench should be ready to starting practicing again on the 26th.


...The Hawks held a press conference to announce their newest addition, 31-year-old infielder Jose Ortiz. Ortiz was with Orix in 2003 and 2004 and with Lotte in 2007 and 2008; he has a career .278 batting average with 75 home runs in his 4 seasons in the NPB.


...Ricky Barrett (P) was removed from the active roster and Takashi Maruyama (P) was called up to replace him.

...The Swallows started selling a ticket package that include 3 coupons for beer and a towel on the 24th. The Beer Park Tickets will cost 4,000yen a piece and will be available for games to August 20th. There is a limit of 100 tickets per game.

...Masaru Sato will undergo left elbow ligament surgery. He was diagnosed with having ligament damage in his left elbow (左ひじ靭帯断裂) after suffering pain in the area during an appearance on the 11th. Sato's surgery will be performed on the 30th at a hospital in Gunma Prefecture.


...Micheal Nakamura's appearance in last night's game was his first since the 12th. Not necessarily a big deal, but a closer look at the bullpen shows there are now four pitchers that have appeared in 10 or more games (the Giants have played 18 games so far).


...Ex-Rakuten Eagles infielder Yuji Yoshioka has signed a contract with the Nuevo Laredo Owls out of the Mexican League.

...Yuki Sato's comments on Masahiro Tanaka:

I watch the games he starts. He can be a source of motivation for me. ... There are different goals when you go to the pros straight out of high school and when you go to college. College isn't just about baseball, you need to study as well.