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PL News and Notes: Yuki Saito (HAM) won’t be allowed to pitch in games until early June

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

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito's roughly 3 hours of rehab training yesterday included warmups, playing catch at a distance of about 30 meters for about 10 minutes, working with a medicine ball, and eight 200 meter runs.

Nikkan Sports is also reporting that the team has Saito returning sometime in June (at the earliest) and won't allow any bullpen sessions until the end of May.  And once he's able to start pitching again (probably sometime in early June), they'll have him work on his stamina and conditioning by playing in Ni-gun games (they'll stretch him until he can pitch 6-7 innings and throw 90-100 pitches).

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Eiichi Koyano managed to snap a streak of 31 hitless trips to the plate during yesterday's game.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada was again frustrated by how quickly the opposition managed to score so many runs and decide the course of the game early onHiroshi Kisanuki faced 10 batters in the 2nd inning yesterday and gave up 8 runs on 8 hits (3 doubles and 1 homer) and 26 pitches.

Rakuten Eagles

Nikkan Sports notes: The Eagles became the first team in the NPB to be held to one or fewer runs in 7 straight games in 41 years.  Of the 31 batters that stepped up to the plate, 18 didn't swing at the first strike they saw; and 16 of those 18 batters saw first pitch strikes.  The Eagles also hit into 12 ground ball outs.