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Around the NPB Horn: Yoshinobu Takahashi to have surgery on lower back?

by on Aug.30, 2009 @ 4:03 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Tomoaki Kanemoto collected his 394th career double on Saturday against the Yomiuri Giants and now has 30 doubles on the year.

Kanemoto is now tied with Yoshinori Hirose and Yukio Tanaka for 11th place on the All-Time doubles list. He also moved into an 11th place tie with Katsuo Ohsugi on the All-Time total bases list with 4,030.

...Kyuji Fujikawa apparently wants Jeff Williams back.

"The FO hasn't made any final decisions yet," said Fujikawa. "Williams wants to keep pitching and I want him to do what he has to [while he's in America]."

...Craig Brazell's wife has apparently returned home after giving birth to their new son, Trot.

I have to hand it to Brazell: he's obviously committed to this Tigers team.

...Interesting: the Tigers complained about Daisuke Ochi's pitching motion during Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants, saying that he had a 2-stop motion.

Said chief umpire Kazuaki Nako, "The Tigers pointed out a problem with Ochi's form. And after paying attention to it, he's right on the border of it being a problem and I warned the Giants about it."

Ochi will now spend some time working on modifying his delivery. How that will affect him from here on out will be of some interest.

Rakuten Eagles

...Kazuo Fukumori shed a few tears and apologized to Katsuya Nomura and was allowed back on the team after "deserting" the Eagles for the Majors last season. And now he's giving the Eagles some major stability in their end-game: he has appeared in 21 out of a total 39 games since rejoining the team; is 5-0; has 7 saves and 3 holds; and has an ERA under 1 (0.93) in 29 innings of work.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Bay Stars' worst nightmare? Dan Johnson left in the top of the 5th inning of yesterday's game after feeling some discomfort in his hips. His status for tonight's game is still unknown.

...After dropping Saturday's game against the Hiroshima Carp, 11-3, the Bay Stars are now completely out of the race and have no chance at putting together a winning season (they are 41-72 with 31 games remaining). The only thing they can do is play the role of spoiler to the Swallows, a team they own this season (12-4 with 8 games left).

...The Bay Stars increased security around the right field stands from 17 to 22 guards after a fan fell from the right field stands onto the playing field on the 27th and then later passed away.

Yomiuri Giants

...According to Sponichi, Yoshinobu Takahashi has decided to undergo surgery on his lower back and will likely go in for a check-up on Monday (8/31). If things move quickly, he could have the surgery sometime during the week.

Other

...Sadaharu Oh will be named an Honored Citizen of the Tokyo area in an upcoming ceremony in September.