4/24/2010 1:31am JST
...Yoshitomo Tani took some grounders at first on Friday. The Giants currently have ７ outfielders (not necessarily all full-time outfielders at this point) on the active roster. Tani played a number of games at first base when he was with Orix (77 games between 1999 and 2000) and will become another option at first for the Giants.
...Michihiro Ogaswara was presented with the Big Board Home Run Award (along with 1M yen) on Friday. Ogasawara was given the award for hitting the Asahi Kasei billboard in right on 3/27 (vs Yakult Swallows).
4/23/2010 10:50am JST
...While Marc Kroon may be joining the Ichi-gun roster on Friday, the team realizes he may not quite be at 100% yet. With that in mind, it seems Tetsuya Yamaguchi will continue to pitch out of the pen in order to keep Kroon's work-load manageable.
...Hisayoshi Chono could join players like Yoshinobu Takahashi, Tatsunori Hara, and Shigeo Nagashima (along with eight others) as the only Giants to play at the All-Star game during their rookie season. The team decided on Thursday to enter Alex Ramirez, Tetsuya Matsumoto, and Chono as their available outfielders for the All-Star ballot. The final ballot will be made available at the end of May.
...The Giants, as a team, will likely attend a farewell party for Takuya Kimura on Saturday. That includes the Ni-gun roster.