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Around the NPB Horn: Iwakuma to be called up and start on Sunday

by on Jul.11, 2009 @ 2:10 pm, under NPB


...Akihiro Yano started in a game against Ni-gun Hiroshima on Saturday and went 1-for-2 with a walk. He stayed in the game until the 5th. His last rehab start came on June 30th against Ni-gun Softbank, but after feeling some pain in his right elbow after the game, they shut him down for a few days and held off on letting him appear in any games.


...Hisashi Iwakuma will likely be called up to start Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.


...Tsuyoshi Wada tossed a 1-2-3 inning in a practice game against a group of players out of the Shikoku - Kyushu Island League. He was originally scheduled to toss 2 innings, but was taken out early (he was also hit in the left hand by a come-backer to the mound). Wada maxed out at 139km/h on the radar gun.

Assuming he's feeling fine, his next start will likely come against a Ni-gun team and over a longer stretch of innings.


...Yuki Saito and Kazuhito Futagami made final preparations for the upcoming 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships. The final practice session lasted roughly 2 hours. Futagami tossed 40 pitches in a bullpen session and Saito focused primarily on running laps.