9:31pm JST =====
...Sho Nakata hurt his left knee while playing defense in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on the 21st. He was later checked out at a hospital and diagnosed with an injury to his left meniscus.
4:37pm JST =====
...The Fighters are still struggling to find some consistency in the rotation and bullpen (line-up as well, but part of that can be explained away by injuries). While rookie Hirotoshi Masui managed to hold the Buffaloes to just 2 runs (one earned) over 4.1 innings of work, he also struggled with his control, giving up 5 hits and 6 walks. What's more, neither Hisashi Takeda nor Brian Wolfe appear to be the right option for closer at this time (Wolfe suffered his second walk-off loss on Tuesday).