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Around the NPB Horn: Lots of Tigers news; Darvish needs more time

by on Aug.28, 2009 @ 2:14 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Tomoya Satozaki was not in Thursday night's starting line-up after complaining that he wasn't feeling well. He went to an area hospital to get checked out and was sent home to rest. Bobby Valentine says that his catcher is suffering from a digestive system infection.

His status for today is unknown.

Hanshin Tigers

...When Yasutomo Kubo walked in a run and his replacement Hirotaka Egusa followed with a walk, an HBP, and another walk, it marked the first time since 1998 that a team walked or hit 4 batters in a row. 4 batters in a row also ties a league high and is a team first for the Tigers.

...Tomoaki Kanemoto picked up his 1,235th walk Thursday night against the Yokohama Bay Stars and took sole possession of 7th place on the All-Time list.

...Shinjiro Hiyama picked up his 100th career hit as a pinch-hitter, good for 2nd on the Tigers' All-Time list.

...Makoto Imaoka will either retire, or take a huge pay cut. He is in the final year of a 3-year contract and has been rehabbing at Ni-gun since being taken off the active roster on June 4th. He also hasn't been playing much at Ni-gun either (just 4 games and none since July 18th).

The team will likely move in a new direction next season and Imaoka may not be in those plans.

...Jeff Williams will be returning the the States on the 29th and will likely not be returning to the club.

...The Tigers will be holding a front office meeting on September 2nd to discuss the direction the team will be heading in for next season.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Sho Nakata will likely remain at Ichi-gun for the time being.

...It appears that Yu Darvish will need a little more time before he can rejoin the parent club.

Said pitching coach Masato Yoshii, "At this point, I don't see him making a return within 10 days. It is his shoulder after all. I'd say more like 2 weeks."

Rakuten Eagles

...Nomura Katsuya's home town, Kyotango City in Kyoto, is honoring him for his lifetime accomplishments in baseball.

...Forgot to mention: Takeshi Yamasaki became just the 4th person in the NPB to hit 30 home runs in their 40s. The last person to do it was Hiromitsu Kadota when he hit 31 in 1990 at the age of 42.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Daisuke Miura won his 134th career game Thursday night, good for 3rd on the Bay Star's All-Time list.

...Based on the news from this morning, the fan that fell from the outfield stands during Thursday night's game is in critical condition. According to newer reports, the man was at the game with two friends and his son.

Yomiuri Giants

...Kenji Yano manned left field for the first time since having operation on his right knee in December of last year. Depending on how things work out, he may have a shot at getting on the active roster before the end of the season.

...Alex Ramirez played a big roll in the Giants sweep of the Chunichi Dragons this week. He went 11-for-14 over the 3-game series and hit 3 doubles, 2 homers, and drove in 6 runs.