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Around the NPB Horn: The flu is making it’s way around the Dragons’ system

by on Aug.23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...One Ni-gun player and 2 Chunichi Dragons' employees tested positive for the swine flu. This comes on the heel of the news released on the 21st regarding the team's trainer testing positive.

Another report, filed an hour and a half later, mentions an additional Ni-gun player and 3 scorers as testing for positive with the swing flu.

CORRECTION: That's 3 people, including players and a scorer. There was no official count on how many of each.

Needless to say, media members were given medical masks prior to their post-game interview with Dragons' manager, Hiromitsu Ochiai.

Hanshin Tigers

...When the Tigers won last night's game on Shinjiro Hiyama's walk-off hit, it marked their 7th walk-off victory of the season, and 340th in team history, dating back to the start of the 2-league format. Throw in their 60 from before then and the Tigers have now 400 walk-off victories.

...Ryo Watanabe was taken off the active roster on Saturday after giving up 2 earned run on the 21st against the Hiroshima Carp in 2 innings and a run on the 15th against the Giants in 1 inning of work. It was the first time he was taken off the active roster since making it to the Ichi-gun roster in April of 2007.

The Tigers called up rookie Ken Nishimura (2009 draft, 4th round), to take his place.

...The Tigers handing out those yellow T-Shirts to all fans that arrive at Kyocera Dome before 7:30pm. According to a report filed after the game, the stands will filled with the color yellow (except the left field stands where Hiroshima fans sat).

...The Tigers held a meet and greet with 40 pairs of fans (parents and their children) prior to the start of their game on Sunday. For 15 minutes, players talked to and played catch with the kids. A number of players were not present (Norihiro Akahoshi, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Takahiro Arai).

...Talk about mounting frustration: after grounding into an inning ending double play in the bottom of the 8th in Saturdays game against the Hiroshima Carp, Tomoaki Kanemoto threw down his batting helmet and batting gloves in disgust; he kicked a protective wall in front of the dugout; and then broke his bat in the dugout.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...A little more on Yu Darvish: he was apparently removed from the active roster with a tired shoulder. Throw in the Fighters current struggles with the flu and you have a situation where the team didn't want to risk seeing Darvish straining himself too much.

The last time Darvish was taken off the active roster was back in June of 2006 when he felt some pain in his right shoulder.

...Head coach Junichi Fukura, Terrmel Sledge, Eiichi Koyano, and Yoshio Itoi rejoined the team on Sunday.

Softbank Hawks

...Nobuhiko Matsunaka was not in the starting line-up against on Sunday due to his barking right knee.

Yakult Swallows

...Infielder Shingo Kawabata was removed from the active roster on Saturday and feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder during pre-game practice. If his shoulder continues to bother him, he may get it checked out at a hospital.

Kawabata injured the shoulder before during spring training.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshinobu Takahashi played in Saturday's game against Ni-gun Chunichi on and went 1-for-2 with a walk. On defense, he caught a ball in foul territory and was involved in a double play.

...Two months have passed since Ken Nishimura had surgery on his right elbow. He's slowly making his way back and was seen playing catch from 40 meters and running sprints.