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CL News and Notes: Shinnosuke Abe (YOM) goes 0-for-1 in first rehab game

by on May.10, 2011 @ 8:02 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Today's rained out game against the Yakult Swallows will likely be rescheduled to mid-October.

Hanshin Tigers

When Kenji Jojima drives in his career 1,000th RBI, he'll join Katsuya Nomura, Koichi Tabuchi, and Atsuya Furuta as the only catchers in NPB history to reach that milestone.

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Former Tiger Takateru Iyono was one of 71 students that took part in Nihon Keirin School's entrance ceremonies today.  30-year-old Iyono selected bicycle racing (Keirin) as his next career after baseball.

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe was the starting catcher and batted fifth in today's Ni-gun game against Rakuten today.  Abe went 0-for-1 (ground out to second while running the grounder out at full speed) at the plate before being taken out of the game after the 3rd inning.  Said Abe, "There really weren't too many issues and I was able to test my range of motion.  I'm feeling pretty satisfied because I was able to move around a lot [more than that I thought I'd be able to]."

For now, Abe is scheduled to continue playing in Ni-gun games until the Giants activate him on the 17th.

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Tetsuya Yamaguchi worked out at Giants Stadium today.  He also tossed some indoor BP.  Yamaguchi is expected to pitch in tomorrow's Ni-gun game against Rakuten.

Yakult Swallows

Today's rain out means that Yoshinori Sato might end up being able to start one of the team's two games against the Rakuten Eagles on 5/20 and 5/21 (at Kleenex Stadium).  Said Junji Ogawa, "Due to circumstances, if there's a chance, I think it would good to start him [against the Rakuten Eagles].  That would be the best case scenario, not only for him, but also for Sendai."

Incidentally, Masanori Ishikawa was scheduled to start today's game; his start will simply slider over to tomorrow.

Hiroshima Carp

Yuya Fukui dedicated his first win to his parents and his second win to his recently deceased brother.  He told reporters that the next victory will be for himself.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars announced that Stephen Randolph was able to secure his visa and might be able to join the active roster before the end of the month (largely dependent on how he does in 2-3 Ni-gun starts).

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The Bay Stars are worried about making mistakes with the relief crew because they won't have a bullpen phone in the dugout (first base side) for today's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Gunma Shikishima Baseball Stadium.  Their is a phone on the third base side.