...Dragons' manager Hiromitsu Ochiai probably summed up the Tigers season best with this short quote from Friday night:
"It's over for Hanshin. They have / had too many hurt players..."
...Ikketsu Sho joined the Ichi-gun team for practice on Saturday.
...Nagisa Arakaki was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder and won't be allowed to resume throwing practice until mid-August. That means he probably won't be ready to return to the parent club until sometime in September.
...Jose Ortiz began light training on Saturday after tweaking his right flank while trying to score on a close play at home.
"I want to make sure I'm 100%," said Ortiz. "I'm still feeling a little pain but I think it'll be fine within 2-3 days." If everything goes well, he should be ready for the start of the second half, which begins on the 28th against the Orix Buffaloes.