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Around the NPB Horn: Nobuhiro Matsuda season in jeopardy?

by on Jul.19, 2009 @ 2:24 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Tsuyoshi Nishioka is listed as day-to-day after getting hit by a pitch in his left hand where the thumb joins the palm.

Hanshin Tigers

...Tomoaki Kanemoto's consecutive games streak playing every inning could be in jeopardy after he was hit by a batted ball while running the bases in last night's game against the Yomiuri Giants.

"Even if he can run now, I'm worried more about how he'll be feeling tomorrow (19th)," said batting coach Yutaka Wada. "The ball hit him pretty squarely. It might be a different story if it was his left leg, but it was the inner portion of his right leg, right near that fleshy part of the calf."

...Norihiro Akahoshi went 1-for-3 in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Saturday. He was removed after 4 innings.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Sho Nakata set a new Fighters' Ni-gun record for home runs in a season when he walloped his 21st home run against Ni-gun Rakuten on Saturday.

"I'm not really happy about setting a new record," said Nakata. "But I am happy about how I hit the ball."

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp hit 1M in attendance for 2009 when 31,650 packed Mazda Stadium in a game against the Yakult Swallows last night. They reached the milestone in 40 home dates, the fastest in franchise history.

Softbank Hawks

...Nobuhiro Matsuda likely suffered a fracture near the ulna in his right wrist (右手首尺骨付近の骨折) when he was hit by a pitch in last night's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. Matsuda will get the wrist tested some more and could miss the rest of the season.

...Takahiro Mahara tied the team's franchise record for saves when he recorded his 117th last night against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He now shares top honors with Rodney Pedraza.

Yakult Swallows

...Yoshinori Sato's All-Star game appearance may be in jeopardy after he popped a blister on his right middle finger while pitching last night.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Shinji Niinuma suffered a sprain in his cervical vertebrae (頚椎ねんざ) last night during a close play a home. Niinuma will require a week to 10 days for a full recovery. He will likely be removed from the active roster.

Yomiuri Giants

...Marc Kroon hit 154km/h on the radar gun last night against the Hanshin Tigers in his first Ichi-gun game since coming back from surgery on his left middle finger.