It seems Tigers' pitching coach Yasuo Kubo doesn't have any plans to baby Takumi Akiyama. His next start could come on the 27th against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu. Team owner Shinya Sakai is also apparently really high on the kid.
Speaking of Sakai, he'll be attending the Tigers' games on the 25th and 26th.
It appears the Tigers have lifted their 1 inning limit on Kyuji Fujikawa. Pitching coach Kubo told reporters that depending on the situation (and within reason), Fujikawa could be brought into games partway through the 8th.
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi joined up with the Ichi-gun roster for practice yesterday. Shimoyanagi is currently penciled in for a return to the Ichi-gun roster on the 26th (vs Hiroshima).