...Kevin Mench could start a game at Ni-gun as early as May 2nd. He took 52 cuts at batting practice on the 26 and yanked 5 of them over the fence.
Said Mench, "I had three days to rest. I had a chance to clear my head and my body feels relaxed."
...Minoru Iwata tossed batting practice at Ni-gun, 41 pitches worth. It didn't appear to be a great outing, but the Tigers are relieved that he was able to at least throw the ball. Iwata will have another BP outing on the 30th and if all goes well then, the next step will mostly likely be a Ni-gun start on May 5th.
...Shinobu Fukuhara was removed from the active roster on the 26th because he wasn't slated to make any additional starts in the near future. He will be eligible to re-join the parent club after May 6th.
...Scott McClain and the Carp have agreed to a 1-year deal worth 20M yen plus bonsues. He was given the number 90.
...Alex Cabrera will be flying out to the US on the 28th for a second opinion on his right pinky toe. Cabrera was told by doctors in Japan that he suffered a bone fracture and would require 2 months fora full recovery.
...Yoshinori Sato's poor outing yesterday (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 3 R, 3 ER) against the Bay Stars has apparently earned him a ticket back to Ni-gun.
...Yuki Saito went for his 20th career victory on the 26th, but failed to reach the milestone. Saito gave up 2 runs in the first and was on tap to lose, but his teammates rallied for a run in the 5th and a run in the 9th to end the game at a 2-2 tie (in fact, it was his battery-mate's double that drove in the game-tying run in the 9th).
Saito's final line:
5 IP, 74 NP, 22 BF, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 2 R