It seems Kazuhisa Ishii (left foot surgery) could return to the starting rotation as early as the 17th (vs Softbank at Seibu Dome).
Ishii is currently scheduled to start and pitch 1 inning during a Ni-gun game against Yakult on the 4th. He'll then get another Ni-gun start on 5 days rest against Nippon Ham. His Ichi-gun start on the 17th will largely depend on how he's feeling after those two starts. The Lions will also be keeping an eye on his stamina levels.