Imae told reporters today that he plans on starting the second half of the season in the starting line-up.
Toshiaki Imae's right shoulder inflammation appears to be improving. Imae was able to take part in full squad evening practice on Sunday. And even though he did not play any catch or taking any fielding practice, he did swing the bat well during BP. Imae told reporters that while his shoulder was feeling much better than when he first started feeling pain in Sapporo on the 21st, he also didn't want to push himself too hard too fast and irritate the injury.