...Senichi Hoshino will be heading off to the States in order to attend the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series (8/14-8/22) and help provide some encouragement to the Japanese team participating in the tournament.
Since he'll be in the US at the same time as the team president Nobuo Minami, he may be called on to provide his opinions.
Incidentally, Minami was on hand to watch Hideki Matsui hit his home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and was impressed.
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...Hideki Sunaga will likely be taken off the active roster on Thursday after his poor outing (5 IP, 8 H, K, BB, HBP, 8 R, 8 ER) against the Orix Buffaloes on Wednesday night.
...For every pitch Kazuki Kondo's tosses (starting with his game on Wednesday night I think), he will pay for 5 polio vaccinations for kids around the world.
Kondo threw 147 pitches last night, so that's 735 polio vaccinations.
...Shohei Tateyama is making minor modifications to his pitching form while taking a bit of a breath in Ni-gun with a popped blister on his right middle finger.
...Jamie D'Antona left Wednesday night's game early after hurting his left thigh on a fielding play in the third inning. He will get it checked out at a hospital on Thursday.
...Masakazu Fukukawa will undergo surgery on his left wrist on the 17th. It'll likely take about 6 months before he's ready to play again.