...Yosuke Takasu was taken off the active roster due to his sprained left ankle.
...Michihiro Ogasawara entered last night's game against the Bay Stars with 2,997 career total bases. With a single in the first and a home run in the 8th, he now has 3,002 total bases in his career. He is the 45th player to reach the 3,000 total bases milestone.
...Marc Kroon tossed some BP on Thursday, about 34 pitches worth. Kroon could be back with the parent club by Saturday if everything goes well.
...Both the Central League and Pacific League saw increases in fan turnout over the "first block" of baseball games (one full lap around for every team at every park). The average attendance at CL games was 29,377, an increase of 7.4% over the same period as last season; the average attendance for PL games was 22,373, an increase of 7.3%.
The Hiroshima Carp saw the biggest increase in fan attendance, with an average of 26,465 fans per game at their new ball park, an increase of 91.4%.
The new 15-second rule also doesn't appear to be doing much for the overall length of games in the CL and PL. The average CL game lasted 3 hour and 8 minutes, an increase of about 4 minutes; the average PL game last 3 hours and 14 minutes, which is about the same as last season. The NPB is trying to drop the length of games down to 3 hours.
...It was discovered on May 7th that 30-year-old, former Softbank pitcher, Michinao Yamamura signed a contract with the Monterrey Sultans out of the Mexican Leagues on April 29th and that he has already appeared in 2 games.