...Hiroki Kokubo returned to Fukuoka today to get treatment for his neck pains.
...As mentioned earlier, Munenori Kawasaki earned his domestic FA option today.
...Toshiya Sugiuchi beat the Giant 10-2 last night. The win gives him 14 consecutive wins in the month of May (dating back to 2007).
...Hitoshi Tamura batted fourth for the first time in his pro career last night. He finished the night 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
...Roberto Petagine started at first and batted third in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Wednesday. He went 1-for-3: strikeout, fly out to center, three-run homer. Petagine has now played in four Ni-gun games and is 4-for-13 with 3 HR, 6 RBI, and 4 SO. If he continues to play well, he could be added to the active roster as early as 6/1 (vs Yakult Swallows).
And depending on how Hiroki Kokubo's neck / back holds out, Petagine could end up replacing him on the active roster.
Speaking of Kokubo, he was held out of the starting line-up on Wednesday for the first time since 10/6/2008. And while he was available to play, Kokubo ended up leaving the game early in order to get treatment on his neck.
...J.D. Durbin gave up a run (unearned, scored on a balk) in two innings of relief during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Wednesday. Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 34 NP, 2 H, 1 SO, 1 R, 0 ER. He also topped out at 149km/h.
...Munenori Kawasaki is set to earn his domestic FA option today. Back in January, Kawasaki told reporters that he wouldn't be afraid of exercising his option if it came down to that. The Hawks are expected to offer him a multi-year deal during the off-season.
There have also been rumors that Kawasaki might be interested in giving the Majors a try, but it appears as long as he's with the Hawks, he'll have to wait until he earned his international FA option. Said acting owner Kasai Kazuhiko, "The posting system is not an option."