Chiba Lotte Marines
Takashi Ogino was held out of the starting line-up today with tightness in his right knee. Ogino warmed up with the rest of the team before pre-game practice, but did not take batting and fielding practice. The team wants to take it easy with Ogino, especially since he's coming off knee surgery (the tightness is in a different location). Ogino is essentially considered day-to-day.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito started his rehab today at Kamagaya. He played catch at a distance of about 20 meters and did some running in the outfield. Including some trunk strengthening exercises, Saito worked out for about 2.5 hours. Said Saito, "I think things are going well. And even though I didn't really move around too much today, I also didn't feel any pain."
Chihiro Kaneko started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 3 innings of work. This was his second rehab outing. Kazuki Kondo also made an appearance: he retired the side in order in the one inning he pitched in.
The Eagles have now been held to 1 or fewer runs in their last 7 straight games.
The Eagles demoted Akinori Iwamura to Ni-gun today. He's been an absolute mess so far: 13-for-77, 5 R, 1 RBI, 2 doubles, 0 triple, 0 homers, 15 TB, .169 / .226 / .195.
Senichi Hoshino told reporters he wanted Iwamura to lose a little weight and start over from scratch.
The last time Iwamura was demoted for a non-injury related reason (while playing in the NPB) was back on 4/19/1999.