The Tigers apparently have a plan to pitch Tomoyuki Kubota and Kyuji Fujikawa for 2 innings each during today's game against Hiroshima IF Randy Messenger gets knocked out of the game early. Kubota and Fujikawa have had two inning relief appearances together 10 times in the past, with their last such game on 9/6/2008.
Takumi Akiyama's next start could come on 10/1 or 10/2. And while a Sanspo report more or less shoots down the chance that Akiyama pitches in relief today, a Nikkan Sports report leaves open that possibility, especially since not pitching in relief would mean having him start on 10-11 days of rest (Akiyama's last start came on 20th).
It appears Minoru Iwata could be making his return to the mound at the Pheonix League (begins 10/5). Yesterday, Iwata tossed 42 pitches in the bullpen and will likely throw about 70 pitches tomorrow. It seems he could also make the postseason roster for the Climax Series depending on how well he pitches during his rehab stints at the Pheonix League.