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PL News and Notes: Brian Falkenborg gets left knee examined, should be ok

by on Mar.04, 2011 @ 11:23 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Tadashi Settsu will be starting tomorrow's exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows.  He is expected to pitch 4 innings.

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Brian Falkenborg went to the hospital today to get his left knee checked out.  No word on the results, but it seems the team will monitor Falkenborg to make sure he's ok.  If he is, he'll likely pitch on the 6th (vs Yakult at Yahoo Dome).  If he's not, then it could mean that Falkenborg won't be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Hiroki Kokubo's broken bats turned chopsticks will go on sale sometime in April (Kokubo managed to get 400 chopsticks out of 40 broken bats he saved since 2009).

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) received some pointers on pitching from a number of coaches during practice at Big N Stadium -- adjustments were made to the direction his left shoulder was pointing (from toward third base to toward first base) and the use of his lower body).  Oishi's next outing will be during an Ikusei League game on the 8th.

While Osihi is not scheduled to pitch over the weekend, he will be the in the dugout and will have a chance to see both Hisashi Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka start games for the Rakuten Eagles.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse is scheduled to pitch in tomorrow's exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp.

Norifumi Nishimura hit grounders for about 30 minutes during fielding practice today.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters held two seminars for players and coaches at a hotel in Sapporo today.  The topics: Drug Abuse Prevention and Organized Crime Awareness.

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Yuki Saito (1st round) threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen today.  He is expected to pitch 3 innings during a relief outing on the 6th (vs Yomiuri Giants @ Sapporo Dome).

Orix Buffaloes

Shunta Goto (1st round) re-joined the Ichi-gun roster today after attending his high school graduation on 3/1 and returning to Kobe on the evening of 3/2.

Rakuten Eagles

Beginning tomorrow, the Eagles will play 13 games over the next 17 days.