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CL News and Notes: Kanemoto and Jojima still on course to begin playing in games on the 12th

by on Mar.09, 2011 @ 2:59 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Keisuke Kano was held out of today's exhibition game against the Rakuten Eagles due to lower back pains.  Kano started feeling the pains in the morning and could not take part in pre-game practice.  The Tigers aren't sure whether or not he'll require a hospital visit and are currently monitoring his situation.


Tomoaki Kanemoto played catch at a max distance of 30 meters during practice yesterday.  He also worked out in left a little.  Kanemoto is still on course to be a DH in an exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons on the 12th.


Kenji Jojima worked on his sliding during pre-game practice today (first time since his surgery) -- he first started with slides on the outfield grass (4 times) before running from first and sliding into second (2 times).  As of now, it seems he'll be able to return to playing in games on the 12th.


Takumi Akiyama appears to have secured another Ichi-gun exhibition game outing after a solid start against the Seibu Lions yesterday (he tossed a shutout over 4 innings of work).

Yomiuri Giants

Up until Hisayoshi Chono hit a homer in the 6th last night, the Giants had gone 76 innings without a home run.


Tetsuya Matsumoto did not play in yesterday's exhibition game against the Softbank Hawks due to a fever (cold).  Matsumoto went to a hospital earlier in the day yesterday and was doing better.  According to head coach Kaoru Okazaki, Matsumoto should be able to start practicing again today.


Tetsuya Utsumi threw 98 pitches in the bullpen on Monday.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato did not make his scheduled Ikusei League start yesterday due to a pain in his neck.  Yoshinori has been complaining of neck pains since the 6th.  It's doesn't appear to be serious (slept on it weird), but the team canceled his start as a pre-caution and instead had Yoshinori get treatment for the neck.


As of the end of play yesterday, Wladimir Balentien was 3-for-21 with 10 strikeouts.

Hiroshima Carp

A wall featuring images of Carp players (located between Hiroshima Station and Mazda Stadium) was unveiled today.  The following 20 members of the team are featured on the wall: Kenjiro Nomura, Tomonori Maeda, Akihiro Higashide, Kenta Kurihara, Eishin Soyogi, Takahiro Iwamoto, Jumpei Shinoda, Kan Otake, Kenta Maeda, Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yuki Saito, Ryuji Yokoyama, Takuro Ishii, Jun Hirose, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Yoshikazu Kura, Masato Akamatsu, Soichiro Amaya, Shigenobu Shima, and Shogo Kimura.