...Masataka Nashida made a few adjustments to the rotation by flip-flopping starts for Buddy Carlyle and Bobby Keppel: Keppel pitched on Thursday against the Orix Buffaloes and Carlyle will pitch on Friday against the Rakuten Eagles.
...The Fighters have now lost three games in a row four times this season. With another loss on Thursday, the Fighters can tie their season high four-game losing streak they set last week. And throw out Yu Darvish's three wins this month and the Fighters are an ugly 2-12. Just another reason why the team needs him to stay next season.
The Fighters are now 12 games under 500.
...It seems surgery could be in the cards for Sho Nakata. The team will spend the next 2-3 days determining just how bad the injury is. If surgery is deemed a necessity, Nakata would likely miss at least one month.