...Seems Hirokazu Ibata is currently slated to return sometime on or after the 21st (vs Seibu Lions). Ibata told reporters that while he felt he could start, he still wanted 2-3 more practice days of practice.
...Kazuki Yoshimi will likely start today's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.
...Kazuhiro Wada will likely be the DH at Pacific League stadiums during Inter-league play. That opens up left field and it seems the Dragons will go with a platoon of Kei Nomoto and Yusuke Matsui.
...Tony Blanco and Cesar Dionys dropped by the Onomatsu sumo stable (White Wolf) on Monday. It marked the second time Blanco visited the stable since May of 2009. Seems head coach Shigekazu Mori is friends with the stablemaster, Hiro Teshima. Mori originally took Blanco to the Onomatsu sumo stable after he found out that Blanco had an interest in Sumo last year.