Hideaki Wakui gets tomorrow's start against Hisashi Iwakuma and the Rakuten Eagles.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Hayden Penn took part in practices at QVC Marine Field today. Penn experienced discomfort in his right elbow and was removed from the active roster on the 19th. He told reporters today that the elbow was feeling better everyday and that he wanted to get back to the team as soon as possible.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Pitching coach Masato Yoshii wants Yuki Saito to start throwing more fastballs. Said Yoshii, "[He] can't keep pitching like this. He needs to increase the number of fastballs he throws, otherwise he'll never throw a complete game. I told Saito the best he'll do is maybe 6 innings."
Shunta playfully threw some pitches off the mound before BP today. Shunta topped out at 147km/h as a high school pitcher.
Former Hankyu players Hisashi Yamada, Yutaka Fukumoto, and Hideji Kato will be making appearances at Hotto Motto Field on 5/7 (when the retro Hankyu Braves uniforms from 1975-1979). They will also take part in the opening pitch ceremonies before the game.
Hisashi Iwakuma worked out at Wakasa Stadium in Kyoto today. He'll likely get tomorrow's start against the Seibu Lions. Iwakuma also told reporters that he'd like to return to Sendai with a win.