=== 3/31/2010 5:15am JST
...A best case scenario puts Masahiro Araki's return some time in mid-April.
=== 7:33pm JST
...Daisuke Yamai started Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows and is currently going for his first win since 11/1/2007 (Nippon Series vs Nippon Ham Fighters). As of this posting, he has given up 5 runs (all earned) over 3.2 innings of work.
...Kazuki Yoshimi will likely start the rubber game of the three game series against the Yakult Swallows (4/1).
...Still no ETA on when Masahiro Yamamoto might be able to pitch in a real game. He's been working out at Ni-gun ever since he started feeling pain in his left shoulder. Seems all the throwing Yamamoto has been able to do at this point is in light games of catch.