...It seems Kan Otake still might not be ready to start pitching in games this month. The original plan was to have Otake begin pitching in games last month, but discomfort in his right shoulder pushed that off to this month.
...Chuboku Shimbun has a mini-feature on Eishin Soyogi's success as the Carps' number 2 hitter this year. Of particular interest is this quote from Soyogi:
I don't need home runs. The dynamics of the team are much better when I collect the sac hits and Amaya and Kurihara collect the RBIs.
Soyogi currently has 13 sac hits, tops in the Central League.
...The Carp added Hisashi Takeuchi to the active roster on Friday. The Carp want to give Takeuchi a look as a reliever after his success at Ni-gun so far this year.
Takeuchi's 2010 Ni-gun Stats
...Carp mascot Slyly will be at Koshien Stadium on 5/7 and 5/8.