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NPB: Kusano’s hitting streak at 20 games; Rhodes out 2 months

by on May.14, 2009 @ 3:34 pm, under NPB

HIROSHIMA CARP

...Soichiro Amaya was taken off the active roster on Thursday when he was diagnosed with a broken hamate bone in his right hand (右手有鈎ゆうこう骨骨折). The injury will require 2-3 months for a full recovery. According to reports, Amaya felt some pain in his hand after hitting a foul ball during his at bat in the 10th inning against the Tigers on the 13th.

ORIX BUFFALOES

...Tuffy Rhodes suffered a broken 5th metacarpal in his right hand (右手の第五中手骨骨折) when he was hit by a pitch in the 7th against the Lions on Wednesday. The chief trainer is estimating 2 months for a full recovery - 1 month for the bone to heal and 1 month for rehab.

RAKUTEN EAGLES

...Daisuke Kusano went 1-for-3 on Thursday and extended his hitting streak to 20.

SEIBU LIONS

...The Lions announced that Hidekazu Ohta (57) is stepping down from his post as Team Vice President. The official announcement will be made in June at a stockholder's meeting. There is word that he be taking on a manager role with Prince Hotel baseball team.

Ohta was originally the Acting Owner, President of the Lions but was "demoted" to Vice President after the team was caught in a scandal in 2007 involving under-the-table money exchanges with amateur players to gain their favor during the draft.

SOFTBANK HAWKS

...Just as quickly as Shota Ohba was called up, it's now time for him to go back to Ni-gun. Ohba gave up 4 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, 5 strike outs, and 2 walks over 4.2 innings of work on Thursday night, his second start at Ichi-gun and first since April 4th.

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka's back is barking. He was out of the starting line-up last night and may be held out again on Friday depending on how it's feeling.

YOMIURI GIANTS

...When the Giants hit Shuichi Murata with the bases loaded to give the Bay Stars the win, it was the first time they did it in 45 years.

OTHER

...The Osaka Gold Villicanes out of the Kansai Independent League are selling "A taste of what it's like to be a Manager" raffle tickets for 50,000yen a piece. The winner of the raffle will get to bounce their ideas and opinions off of the team's manager. The winner will also get a free 1-year bus pass and 10 complimentary tickets. Interested parties should check out the official site for more information.

...Kansai Independent League will be expanding their league from 4 teams to 8 next season. One of the teams already set to join the league next season is the Mie Three Arrows. A second team, the Expo (?) Seventeens, is also trying to make their way into the league.