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Shimoyanagi taken off active roster, Tsuru to return to starting

by on Sep.03, 2010 @ 11:58 am, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers took Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi off the active roster yesterday.  The move, it seems, is part of a larger plan to juggle the starting rotation and could also involve moving Naoto Tsuru back into the rotation for the Chunichi Dragons series, a team Shimoyanagi has struggled with a bit this year (1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 5 starts against Chunichi).

The Tigers might go with the following 6 pitchers for their next two series:

vs Hiroshima

Yasutomo Kubo

Naoto Tsuru

Takumi Akiyama

vs Chunichi

Jason Standridge

Randy Messenger

Atsushi Nomi

Shimoyanagi's next start could come on the 14th against the Yokohama Bay Stars.