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Around the NPB Horn: Tuffy Rhodes return could be pushed back into August

by on Jul.27, 2009 @ 2:49 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Bobby Valentine also informed his players of his decision to step down after the season during a team meeting.

Chunichi Dragons

...Weiyin Chen will get the start against the Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday. How does he plan on pitching the Giants' line-up?

"Inside? I'm going to keep attacking the inside portion of the plate. Every one in that line-up is capable of getting a hit, so I'll be pitching inside 1 thru 9."

Hanshin Tigers

...With Jeff Williams being taken off the active roster for the second time this season due to shoulder problems, along with his age and his expensive contract, the Tigers may decide not to pick up his option for next season.

...Yuya Nohara on getting added to the regular roster:

"I'm very happy. It's what I was aiming for ever since I joined the team. I was really awful, but Ni-gun manager Hirata used me so I'm really grateful for that. Now my goal is to get to Ichi-gun. This is where it all begins for me. I'm going to try my very best."

...Ikketsu Sho tossed situational BP on Sunday and faced 7 batters while tossing 31 pitches, 14 of which were balls. Sho will be returning to regular Ni-gun practice on today (7/27).

...Kohei Shibata, mixed in with the Ichi-gun club for practice during the All-Star break, took situational BP on Sunday and will be sent back to Ni-gun practice today.

...The "Ando Chicken Tempura Burger and Deep Fried Hot Dog Bun" lunch box goes on sale at Koshien Stadium on the 28th for 750yen.

Orix Buffaloes

...There's a chance that Tuffy Rhodes' return could be pushed back to August. Said Daijiro Ohnishi:

"The quickest would be the 31st. But a lot will depend on how well he's playing so we won't know until we get to that date."

Rakuten Eagles

...Katsuya Nomura spent some time working with Hisashi Iwakuma on Sunday. Said Nomura:

"When you count 1, 2, 3 when he delivers, the 2 count seems a bit short. I think he might be rushing things. I think he was throwing a little more slowly last year."

Yakult Swallows

...The Swallows are hoping that Kyohei Muranaka will be healthy enough in the second half to become the team's 6th starting pitcher behind Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Yuki, Ryo Kawashima, and Yoshinori Sato.

Muranaka is currently working his way back from ligament damage in his left elbow.

...Aaron Guiel was fined 50,000yen and given a stern warning for arguing ball and strikes with the home plate umpire and then getting thrown out in a game on the 22nd against the Hanshin Tigers.

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants may go with Wirfin Obispo, Dicky Gonzalez, and Seth Greisinger for the first three games of the second half of the season.