Chiba Lotte Marines
...The Marines announced on Tuesday that Hiroyuki Kobayashi was diagnosed with the influenza A virus (not the swine flu). Kobayashi was found to have a fever during pre-game practice and was immediately sent to a hospital to get checked out.
His locker will be disinfected on Wednesday morning.
Saburo also wasn't feeling well (he left Tuesday's game in the bottom of the 6th) and will undergo further testing on Wednesday.
...Craig Brazell on his injury, "There's pain, but it's not too bad. It's a really important time for the team right now, I'm just hoping I can get back to the team when I'm 100%."
...It seems that as of now, Jeff Williams (left shoulder) is leaning towards going under the knife.
Nippon Ham Fighters
...Yu Darvish is back with the Ichi-gun team (hasn't been added to the active roster yet) and spent his day playing catch and running -- "business as usual." Darvish will have a bullpen session on Wednesday that will determine when his next start will be. At this point, it seems the earliest he'll pitch will be on or after the 13th.
...Atsunori Inaba left Tuesday night's game against the Seibu Lions prior to the bottom of the 6th because he wasn't feeling well; he was allowed to return to his hotel room for rest.
Depending on how he's feeling tomorrow, he may end up going to the hospital for testing.
...Sanpso is reporting that the Buffaloes' managerial job for next season has pretty much gone to Hisashi Yamada. If it does become a reality, Nobuhiro Takashiro and Mineo Fukuhara will likely join him as coaches.
...Brian Falkenborg returned from the States on Tuesday and was with the team for their game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Chiba Marine Stadium. Falkenborg could be added to the active roster as early as the 11th when the team takes on the Rakuten Golden Eagles at Yahoo Dome.
Falkenborg went to the States to have his right elbow checked out and was diagnosed with some inflammation in the area.
...An employee at a TV studio in Fukuoka was diagnosed with the swine flu virus and the Hawks have now made it mandatory that all media personnel (reporters, camera crew) wear masks when working with the team.
...If by chance the umps go on strike, the NPB will not only have to replace 10 chief umpires, but also up to 40 umpires in all. At this point, it appears as though coaches, managers, and players not on the active roster might have to step up as their replacements. The NPB may also call on for some help from the amateur levels to at least fill out the chief umpire positions.