...Hirokazu Ibata could be returning to the active roster today. There was talk of him missing up to a month, but it appears his recovery rate was a lot quicker than what the team was expecting. If he makes it back to the active roster today, it means he only missed the max of 10 days (he was removed from the active roster on the 5th).
There is a conflicting report from Chunichi Shimbun that mentions the 18th (vs Chiba Lotte Marines at Chiba) as being a more realistic date for his return. The report also mentions Ibata starting up his practice sessions today (he wasn't allowed to do any real practicing when the team found some swelling in his left flank).
...Kazuhiro Wada is 14-for-31 with 4 homers against the Orix Buffaloes (over a span of 8 games since 2008).