...Minoru Iwata continues to prepare for his first Ichi-gun start. The Tigers begin a 2 game series against the Lions on Wednesday (6/10) and it's likely that Iwata will start one of them.
...Norihiro Nakamura was demoted to Ni-gun on Tuesday due to his recent struggles at the plate.
...Tsuyoshi Wada boarded an airplane on Tuesday and is heading to a Los Angeles hospital to get his left elbow checked out. This is the same hospital where he got his surgery in 2007.
Said Wada, prior to boarding the plane, "I'm feeling much better than a week ago... There's less pain and inflammation. I feel bad about leaving in the middle of the season, but I want to find out what's causing the pain and then make sure I get myself 100% better."
No details about when he'll be returning to Japan.
...Dicky Gonzalez held a bullpen session on Tuesday, tossing 41 pitches, in preparation of his possible next start on the 11th against the Orix Buffaloes.
Gonzalez will be going for his 7th win in as many starts.
...Yukan Fuji mentions that the Giants still have Hisayoshi Chono in their "crosshairs" for their first pick but that he could still fall to the second round. And if he does, there's a possibility that Lotte might actually dare and try to draft the slugger again this year.
...The 2010 Central League season will begin on March 26th. The Pacific League directors are considering opening on the same date, but they'll first have to figure out what to do about the Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers.
The Hanshin Tigers won't be able to use the Koshien because of the high school baseball tournament. The Tigers would like to use the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, but if the PL begins on the same day, the Buffaloes will likely be using the Dome that day. In that case, the Tigers could potentially shift to using Skymark Stadium. The PL could also start the season a little earlier an the CL to help ease the scheduling problems.
...The NPB held an executive committee meeting on Tuesday (6/9) and discussed:
- ...the future of both the All-Star games and the Asia Series, which finished 200M yen in the red last year, and whether or not they should be canceled moving forward. No final decisions were made.
- ...the name change for their fall instructional league. The Phoenix League will now be called the Miyazaki Phoenix League. The MPL is made up of 16 teams: 12 teams from the NPB and four teams from the Shikoku/Kyushu Island League and Korean Pro Baseball League.