Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito added upper body twisting exercises to his rehab training at Kamagaya today. He also started throwing off-speed pitches while playing catch. Saito has the day off tomorrow.
Masaru Takeda hasn't had much offensive support this season. While the Fighters did score 4 runs in each of his first 2 starts, they have scored exactly 0 over his last 4 straight starts (a first in the PL and a first since it happened to Chunichi's Shigeru Sugishita between 7/15 - 7/28/1956). That's a total 8 runs in the 6 games he has started this season.
Takahiro Okada made a nice play on a weak fly ball down the left field line in the 5th, hit by Tomoaki Kanemoto, that resulted in a 2 outs (1 out on the fly and the other on a play at home plate as Takahiro Arai tried to tag up on the play). Okada also launched his 4th homer of the season in the 3rd inning.
The Eagles took Hisashi Iwakuma off the active roster today. Iwakuma did some running at Kleenex Stadium today and hinted that his shoulder might be hurting a little more than when he first started feeling discomfort on the 10th. He also said that he was asked by Senichi Hoshino to get better as soon as possible.