...Jose Fernandez could join the Ichi-run roster sometime next week -- Sponichi mentions the 16th (vs Lotte) as a possibility while Nikkan Sports figures early next week. Seems he's just waiting for his visa to clear. Alex Graman also close to being ready to rejoin the Ichi-gun roster soon. Graman tossed a 1-2-3 inning in relief against Ni-gun Yakult yesterday. The only problem now is figuring out how to get both on the active roster. The Lions currently have Brian Sikorski as their closer, Ming-Chieh Hsu in the starting rotation, and Dee Brown in the starting line-up -- all three big keys to team's success.
...Hideaki Wakui will likely start today's game against the Rakuten Eagles.