...Shohei Tateyama worked out with the Ichi-gun roster on Saturday. Tateyama is currently working his way back from right shoulder tightness. He started a Ni-gun game against Shonan on the 12th and tossed 3 shutout innings (3 IP, 12 BF, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 0 ER).
...Masato Nakazawa will likely start today's game against the Softbank Hawks.
...Masanori Ishikawa's next start will likely be on the 18th against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome. Seems Ishikawa also got a supportive phone call from Masahiro Yamamoto (CHU) -- Yamamoto started his 1989 season with four losses and still managed to finish the year 9-9 with a save. Ishikawa is currently 0-6 over 8 starts.
...Aaron Guiel and Jamie D'Antona showed up for practice on Friday, despite it being optional for them.
...Pitching coach Daisuke Araki's comments on Yoshinori Sato current status:
He's not really in any condition to be used [as a starter] right now. He needs to be putting together better starts in order to make it [back to Ichi-gun]. I don't see him making it back during Inter-league play. ... I've been telling him the same things the last three years. He should know the process by now.