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PL News and Notes: Takashi Ogino (LOT) given the day off with tightness in his right knee

by on May.14, 2011 @ 11:21 pm, under NPB

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."

Orix Buffaloes

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.

Rakuten Eagles

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.

5 comments on “PL News and Notes: Takashi Ogino (LOT) given the day off with tightness in his right knee

  1. muratafan

    If you remember my posts about the Iwamura acquisition, I was dead-set against it. He looked awful in MLB last year after his knee injury and it appears that there was a reason he was cut not once, but twice last year. The Eagles needed some pop/protection for Yamasaki and right now they have Takasu (!) as the number 5 hitter. It’s going to be a LONG year in Sendai. It’s amazing how important front office moves are in NPB.

    Let’s put it this way: if the Eagles retained Watanabe AND instead of Iwamura, signed Balentien (and of course, retained the big 3 of Iwakuma, Tanaka and Nagai) I am pretty sure the Eagles would be in the A-class.

    1. Gen Post author

      It’s easy to drop Balentien’s name now that he’s tearing up CL pitching, but there were no guarantees when he first signed with the Swallows. And there’s certainly no way of telling if he’d have put up the same kind of numbers had he signed with the Eagles.

      As for Iwamura… I was never for the Eagles to sign both Iwamura AND Matsui, but I still think signing one or the other was an ok move to make at the time. And signing just one would have still given them enough room to sign another foreign bat AND hold on to Watanabe.

      The other thing is also Iwakuma: I think the Eagles would have done things slightly differently had they known he was going to be back for another season.

  2. Kyle

    Agree with what you are saying, Gen. Iwakuma was supposed to be gone, and most expected Randy Ruiz to not suck totally. I am far from giving up hope on the Eagles this year.

    But, everyone agrees that moving Watanabe is a baffling move. Especially since they got effectively nothing in return. I wouldn’t mind them going out to bring in another foreign bat. I like Speier and Sanchez as pitching additions. Rasner has been more then serviceable. What we really need is someone to protect Yamasaki, as Takasu batting fifth is truly cringe worthy.

  3. muratafan

    I think the KEY indicator for sophomore-suketto-success is the strikeout ratio in the first year. There have been 3 very, very notable sophomore slumps in recent years:

    Todd Linden/Jamie D’Antona/Randy Ruiz/(to a degree Aaron Guil).

    They all had VERY high strikeout ratios in their first year and in their second season, NPB pitchers found out where NOT to pitch and to continue with the pitches that struck them out in the first year. In that manner, I was a bit leery of Ruiz in the second year.

    I really thought Iwamura was going to be a bust this year and I thought that Matsui got a bit of a raw deal in Houston last year. Matsui is not exactly tearing it up, but on this year’s team, he’s been pretty serviceable.

  4. Kyle

    I have also noticed that frequently the sophomore season is a debacle. Add Andy Phillips to the recent list. This has also applied to pitchers, most notably lately in Dicky Gonzalez. I was and wasn’t surprised by Linden. He was just such a free swinger. Though I wouldn’t have thought his fall would be so precipitous. And, I would have DEFINITELY taken Matsui over to Iwamura if it was between the two pre-season.

    But, yeah good analysis, Muratafan.

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