Hiroyuki Nakajima fouled a ball of his right knee in the top of 3rd inning of Friday's exhibition game against the Orix Buffaloes and was removed from the game as a precaution on defense in the bottom half of the inning.
Tatsuya Oishi's (1st round) next start will likely come on the 16th against the Chunichi Dragons (at Seibu Dome). Oishi told reporters yesterday that he wanted to study his footage from his college years for hints on what his current problems might be about.
Incidentally, in addition to the three bases runners stole on him during an Ikusei League game on the 10th, Osihi was also charged with a balk and threw 2 wild pitches.
Chiba Lotte Marines
A retirement game for Koichi Hori was supposed to take place on Saturday, but that game was canceled Friday. No word on if that will be rescheduled or not, although the Marines did issue a statement that they will be selling commemorative merchandise on another date.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Sho Nakata has hit a bit of a slide -- he went 0-for-4 on Thursday and has also struck out 5 times in his last 3 exhibition games.
Yu Darvish and Yuki Saito (1st round) apparently went out for dinner after practice on the 8th. When Darvish was asked what kind of things they talked about, he said he taught Saito a number of "bad" (悪いこと) things.
And tickets to a game in which Saito might make his debut (Fighters vs Orix Buffaloes game at Tokyo Dome on 3/30) are selling really well -- reserved seat tickets on the first base side have already sold out; tickets on a whole are selling about 1.5 times more quickly than usual for a Fighters' game taking place at Tokyo Dome in March / April and could top the mark of 3,6506 set on 7/30/2006 when Shinjo played his last game at the Dome.
Saito may also be trying to pick up the circle-change, or at least that's what he tried to throw during a game of catch on Thursday -- he gave up on trying to throw it after just one attempt (throw was wild).
Darvish's next start will likely be on the 18th against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine Field.
Wataru Nishimura returned to Tokyo on Thursday in order to get some playing time in Kyoiku League games.