...The Tigers will likely start Casey Fossum, Jason Standridge, and Naoto Tsuru during a three game series against the Hiroshima Carp that begins tonight.
Speaking of Fossum, he apparently gave his son a copy of Pro Yakyu Spirits and was a little surprised at how low his skill levels were represented in the game (stuff F and control D). "I wasn't a very good pitcher [in the game]," said Fossum. "I'd like to be a better pitcher [in the game] next year, so I'll use this as additional motivation to do better this year."
...Keiji Uezono was taken off the active roster on Thursday since he likely won't see many chances to pitch with Inter-league play beginning on the 12th.
...Yamato worked on his bunting during his day off on Thursday.
...Tomoaki Kanemoto will likely be the starting DH on the 18th (vs Softbank Hawks at Yahoo Dome).
...It appears Atsushi Nomi is leaning towards getting surgery on his right foot. While rehab without surgery is an option, it appears surgery might be the better option because it will lead to a more complete recovery. If Nomi does decide to go through with the surgery, he likely will not be able to return until much later in the season (the original ETA for his return, without surgery, was early July).
...Club president Nobuo Minami told reporters that he hopes the younger pitchers in their system (like Tsuru) will step up when given opportunities (especially now with three of their main starters out of commission). His thinking: the more success they find when given opportunities, the more hope they supply to other young players in the systems. End result: more drive and motivation to succeed.
...It seems there's a rumor making the rounds that the Tigers' calendar might be cause of the recent problems the Tigers are going through. Minoru Iwata, Yuya Ando, and Nomi are featured in the month of May and all three pitchers are out with various injuries / problems. And that's not all: Kanemoto's every inning of every game streak ended in April, the same month he was featured in. The question now is what, if anything, will happen to Takahashi Toritani and Kentaro Sekimoto, both featured in June.