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CL News and Notes: Yamato (HAN) could miss the first half of the season

by on May.15, 2011 @ 12:10 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

An unnamed Tigers source told reporters that Yamato may miss the first half of the season with his left shoulder injury.  At this point, it seems Yamato may have dislocated his shoulder, which means he may need a few days of rest plus 3 weeks of keeping the area in a fixed position.

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Kazuhito Futagami faced 5 batters during situational BP yesterday and threw 19 pitches that results in 1 hit and 2 strikeouts.  This was Futagami's first outing as BP pitcher since injuring his right elbow.  Futagami is also scheduled to pitch in an Ikusei game on the 17th.

Yomiuri Giants

When Michihiro Ogasawara was taken off the active roster yesterday with an injury to his left leg, it was the first time he was taken off the active roster with an injury since 5/9/2004.

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The Giants suffered a walk-off HBP loss yesterday.  That gives them one walk-off HBP loss in each of the last three seasons (and four in franchise history).