Chiba Lotte Marines
...Saburo was taken off the active roster today with inflammation of the fascia in his left leg (筋膜の炎症). Saburo first began feeling discomfort in the area in a game on the 12th.
...Motonobu Tanishige earned his FA right for the 4th time in his career.
- 1997 stayed with the Yokohama Bay Stars
- 2001 he exercised FA right and signed with the Dragons
- 2005 stayed with the Dragons
...Tomoaki Kanemoto played in his 1,600th consecutive game on Tuesday night. That's second only to Sachio Kinugasa's 2,215.
...Tadashi Settsu appeared in his 63rd game on Tuesday night and set a new Pacific League record for most appearances in a game by a rookie over a season.
The NPB record is 71, set in 1942 by Yasuo Hayashi (Asahi-gun). The team record of 69 was set by Tadashi Sugiura in 1959 and matched by Shuji Yoshida in 2000.
Yokohama Bay Stars
...Looks like 46-year-old vet Kimiyasu Kudo won't have a job with the Bay Stars next season either.
The team announced earlier today that it will not offer a contract extension to Kudo for next season. Kudo has expressed the desire to continue pitching.
Sanpso reports that the Hanshin Tigers and Chiba Lotte Marines aren't interested in him, while the Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions, and Rakuten Eagles have left the door open a peep.
...Seth Greisinger was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. He will likely hold off from throwing the ball until the inflammation is gone.
...Yoshinobu Takahashi's surgery was a success. Takahashi should be ready to re-join the team during spring camp next year.
...An umpire strike may have been averted as the the NPB gave in to the umpire union's demand of continuing to employ a private pension system in a meeting on Tuesday.