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Hanshin Tigers: April 20, 2010

by on Apr.20, 2010 @ 2:19 pm, under NPB

...Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi will be starting Tuesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp; Yasutomo Kubo will likely start Wednesday's game (he threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen on Monday).  Atsushi Nomi's start will likely be pushed back to the 23rd (vs Chunichi Dragons) so that he'll be in line to pitch again on the 30th (vs the Yomiuri Giants).

...Tomoaki Kanemoto will likely be used as a pinch-hitter in key situations from here on out and will be joining other 40-something players Akihiro Yano and Shinjiro Hiyama on the bench (Nikkan Sports has mentioned the nickname, The Around Forty Trio of Gods).

During Inter-league play, Kanemoto will likely be used as the starting DH in the clean-up spot.  In the meantime, he won't be allowed to do anything throwing so that he can give him shoulder plenty of rest (it seems he has a partial tear in one of the muscles in his shoulder).

It seems the Tigers are also working on a number of ideas to commemorate Kanemoto's streak, including commemorative  merchandise and a monument somewhere inside Koshien Stadium.

...Now that Kanemoto is out of the picture, that means Kenji Jojima will likely need to get used to batting in the 5 holeAkinobu Mayumi more or less named Takahiro Arai as Kanemoto's replacement in the 4 hole.

...Keisuke Kano will likely be promoted to Ichi-gun and could be used in a platoon with Ikuro Katsuragi in left.

His numbers from Ni-gun so far this year:

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG SLG OBP
6 19 16 3 6 2 0 1 11 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 .375 .688 .474

...It seems the Tigers may also decide to use Jason Standridge out of the bullpen, kind of as an insurance policy if Randy Messenger continues to unravel (5 earned runs over his last 3.2 innings of relief work).

...Daisuke Takahashi (figure skater) will be throwing out the first pitch on Tuesday.

...Former Hanshin Tigers' president Michio Mikake passed away in a hospital on 15th due to complications with pneumonia.  He was 88.