...Hirokazu Ibata may not be re-joining the active roster in the first half. While the Dragons make it a rule not to divulge too much on their players, a club rep did say that it seemed Ibata was focusing on getting treatment for his injury before getting back to practice -- since being taken off the active roster on the 11th, Ibata has not been seen at Ni-gun practice sessions. It would also seem that the Dragons may look into a trade to help bolster the second base position.
...The Dragons will likely start Kenta Asakura, Wei-Ying Chen and Kazuki Yoshimi against the Hanshin Tigers and will start Daisuke Yamai against the Yakult Swallows (instead of the Tigers). They are hoping to gain some ground on the Tigers by starting their two best pitchers (Chen and Yoshimi). Their reason for skipping Yamai is because he hasn't done particularly well against the Tigers.