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PL News and Notes: Jose Ortiz (SOF) suffered a minor hamstring tear in left leg

by on May.11, 2011 @ 2:25 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks announced today that Jose Ortiz suffered a minor hamstring tear in his left leg (軽度の左太腿直筋肉離れ).

Seibu Lions

Kazuhisa Ishii will be starting tomorrow's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines (he was slated to pitch today). Fumiya Nishiguchi will also get an extra day to prepare (both pitchers from 5 days of rest to 6 days of rest) as his start gets shifted from tomorrow to Thursday.  Hisanobu Watanabe jokingly told reporters that the rain was good because it would give their two older veterans get an extra day of rest before their starts.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Of the 22 games the Marines have played this year, only one has been a night game.  And it seems Yoshihisa Naruse might be a little worried about pitching in his first night game of the season -- he told reporters that he's been getting sleepy around 6pm (since all his starts up to this point have been day games) and that he's been staying up about an hour later since his last start on 5/3.

Yoshihisa Naruse will be starting tomorrow game.  He also threw 25 pitches in the bullpen while having a batter stand in the batter's box.

Rakuten Eagles

Akinori Iwamura became the 441st player in NPB history to play in his 1,000th NPB game.  Iwamura played in his very first NPB career game on 5/19/1998.