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Around the NPB Horn: Hanshin Tigers Updates

by on Aug.09, 2009 @ 2:05 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Tomoaki Kanemoto started in the clean-up spot for the 813th time. That puts Kanemoto in sole possession of second place on the team's all-time list, above Koichi Tabuchi's mark of 812 (1970-78). Fumio Fujimura holds the top spot with 1,069 (1936-56).

...Jeff Williams will be able to play some light catch starting on the 11th. Up to this point, his rehab has primarily consisted of running.

...Kentaro Sekimoto did some light hitting off a tee for the first time since aggravating his right adductor muscle.

...Rookie Kohei Shibata injured his left Achilles tendon while fielding in a Ni-gun game on the 6th against Orix.

"I'll rest it for 3 days," said Shibata. "I've never had an injury before, so I'm a little scared. I can't run so I can only walk."


...And while this has nothing to do with Japanese baseball directly... According to Sponichi, the Red Sox became the first MLB team to have 3 Japanase players on the active roster at one time: Hideki Okajima, Takashi Saito, and Junichi Tazawa.