Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster today with stiffness in his right elbow. Falkenborg complained of discomfort in his elbow during a bullpen session on Thursday. Koji Akiyama told reporters that he'll be shutdown for about 3 days and that they were hopeful he'd be able to return to the active roster within 10 days. Falkenborg will not be sent down to the Ni-gun facilities and will instead stay with the team.
The Hawks held a press conference at Yahoo Dome to announce that they added 25-year-old Ikusei pitcher Yohei Yanagawa to the 70-man roster. Ni-gun stats through to 5/12: 21 G, 5 Sv, 19.1 IP, 10 H, 6 BB, 15 SO, 4 R, 4 ER, 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP. Yanagawa was also added to the active roster.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yesterday's rain out will likely be rescheduled to one of three days: 8/22, 9/22, or 9/26. Any one of those days will mean the Marines will either need to play 10 straight (9/23 - 10/2) or 13 straight (8/16 - 8/28; 9/13 - 9/25) later this year.