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NPB Aound the Horn: Nobuhiro Matsuda will likely miss at least 2 months

by on Jul.20, 2009 @ 1:47 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Shingo Ono won his fourth consecutive Sunday start when he beat the Softbank Hawks 3-1 on Sunday.

Chunichi Dragons

...Yudai Kawaii won his 10th consecutive Sunday start when he beat the Bay Stars 6-3 on Sunday.

...Sanspo wonders where Hitoki Iwase was on Monday night and why the Dragons didn't utilize him in the 9th as they usually do. Hiromitsu Ochiai did say that he wanted to give Takuya Asao a chance to work things out on the mound, but when Iwase couldn't be found anywhere after the game, Sanspo ponders the possibility of something deeper being the reason.

Hiroshima Carp

...The Carp installed plates commemorating Kan Ohtake's scoreless inning streak and Koichi Ogata's 1,500th hit on Monday. The plates will be located in the left-wing behind the seats on the first floor. (The Sanpo article mentions 150 home runs for Ogata, but I'm assuming this is a typo that was meant to say 1,500 hits.)

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks learned on Monday that Nobuhiro Matsuda 4-5 weeks to recover from surgery and then another month before he'll actually be ready to play in any games.

...Jose Ortiz left Monday night's game early after trying to score on a close play at home in the 6th inning and came up feeling pain in his side. He was removed from the line-up after the 6th as a precaution.

...The Hawks still have no idea when Tsuyoshi Wada will be ready to rejoin the parent club. Wada continues his rehab workouts at Ni-gun.

...Koji Uchida hit 4 batters in a Ni-gun game on Monday against Chunichi. 4 HBPs ties the league record for most in a game.

Yakult Swallows

...Yoshinori Sato should be ready to play some catch on Tuesday. Sato popped a blister on his right middle finger in a game against th Hiroshima Carp on Saturday.

As for his status at the All-Star games... Still no word. If the Swallows take him off the All-Star rosters, it'll mean Sato won't be eligible for the active rosters for the first 10 games of the second half.

...Last year Norichika Aoki batted .396 in July and .423 in August.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Seiichi Uchikawa felt tightness in both his calf muscles prior to Monday night's game and was given the day off.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hayato Sakamoto complained of tightness in his lower back and was held out of the starting line on Monday night. Sakamoto was in the middle of a 226 consecutive games streak prior to getting the day off.