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Kazuhisa Ishii could return to the rotation on the 17th

by on Aug.03, 2010 @ 3:28 pm, under NPB

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.