...Keiji Uezono is scheduled to start today's game (4/29) against the Yakult Swallows.
...Hirokazu Shiranita started a practice game against the Kishu Rangers on Wednesday. He tossed 7 shutout innings while giving up just 2 hits. He also topped out at 144km/h and tossed 79 pitches. Ikusei pitching coach Shoji Toyama told reporters that he wasn't satisfied with Shiranita's start because he wasn't throwing the ball with enough authority (confidence). Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata added that he didn't strike out enough batters (the article doesn't mention how many batters he struck out).