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PL News and Notes: Hisashi Iwakuma’s (RAK) right shoulder not in great shape; could miss next start

by on May.18, 2011 @ 12:58 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Hideaki Wakui recorded his 18th career Inter-league series victory today.  That puts him a in a first place tie with Softbank Hawk Tsuyoshi Wada.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito played catch at a distance of about 50 meters today.  He also did some running in the outfield after his rehab training.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes dropped another game and fell to 10 games under 500 in their 29th game of the season.  Only 7 other teams in franchise history have fallen 10 games under 500 in fewer games.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles kept Hisashi Iwakuma on a short leash tonight (39 pitches, 5 innings) because they were concerned about his right shoulder.  Said Iwakuma, "I focused on my control and managed to make it through 5.  My shoulder isn't in great shape and I'm not sure if I'll be able to make my next start."