Masahiro Yamamoto (coming back from a left shoulder injury) could get his first start of the season during an upcoming three game series against the Hanshin Tigers (8/6 - 8/8 at Nagoya Dome). With Shinji Iwata getting demoted yesterday after giving up 5 runs over 4 innings to the Tigers on 8/1, the Dragons have an opening in their starting rotation.
Yamamoto told reporters that he's ready to pitch whenever the club needs him to and that while timing was important, he would do his best if given the chance.
Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on the 7/30 and tossed 7 shutout innings. He turns 45 on the 11th.