Chiba Lotte Marines
...Kazuya Fukuura played in his 1,500th game of his career. He becomes the 66th player to accomplish the feat in the NPB.
...Tadahito Iguchi left Wednesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes in the top of the 4th after complaining of tightness in his back (right side). Iguchi felt some tightness in the area prior to the game and apparently made it worse when turning a double play in the 3rd.
No word on his availability for Thursday.
...Kenta Asakura left Wednesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp after 5.2 innings. While the team hasn't announced any injuries, it appears as though he may have torn a nail on a finger on his right hand.
...Craig Brazell was taken out of Wednesday's game against the Yakult Swallows after experiencing pain in his left hand. In the top of the 2nd, Brazell hit a single to right and while at first base, was concerned about his left hand. The Tigers checked him out and while doing so, found that he may have injured his left shoulder.
...The Carp will be holding try-outs at Mazda Stadium on September 19th. Requirements: male, between 17 and 25, and over 175 cm tall.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...The Fighters will likely call up Sho Nakata to fill in an opening created by the suddenly sweep of the flu virus over the team. He could be added to the active roster as soon as tomorrow (8/20).
The 6 players that complained of high fevers: Tomohiro Nioka, Shinya Tsuruoka, Eiichi Koyano, Yoshio Itoi, Kazumasa Kikuchi, and Tomoya Yagi.
...About 50 Fighters' players / coaches were tested for the flu virus on Monday and none tested positive -- every player and coach has now been tested.
...Yu Darvish apparently also ran a high fever on Wednesday morning and suffered through a bus ride from Asahikawa to Sapporo Dome. But by the time he got to the Dome, his fever was gone.
...The Hawks and Nagisa Arakaki decided to forgo surgery on his right shoulder for now. Arakaki plans on getting another opinion to see if skipping surgery really is the best option for him.
...Yoshinobu Takahashi made his first start at first base in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Wednesday. He played the field until the 7th and handled all his chances; he went 1-for-3 at the plate.
...On the flu front: the Chiba Lotte Marines and the Orix Buffaloes are thinking about banning jet balloons at their home ballparks again.
The Giants and their team doctors are working on a manual that will outline what needs to be done if someone on the team comes down with the flu.