Brian Falkenborg tossed 26 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. It was his first session since he was taken off the active roster with discomfort in his right elbow. How he handles / feels over the next few days will ultimately determine whether or not he'll be able to rejoin the active roster. As mentioned in a prior post, he could make it back to the active roster as early as the 23rd.
Said Falkenborg, "I felt good. I was able to throw 100% in the bullpen. Now we wait to see how I feel tomorrow."
Sadaharu Oh celebrated his 71st birthday yesterday.
Hisanobu Watanabe blamed himself for last night's loss against the Chunichi Dragons and admitted he left Kazuhisa Makita in the game for too long.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yoshihisa Naruse has been burned by a home run two starts in a row: a 2-run homer last night, against the Yokohama Bay Stars, that ended up being the only 2 runs of the game; and a game-tying solo homer in the top of the 9th against the Rakuten Eagles on 5/13.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Sho Nakata's double off the Sapporo Dome ceiling last night was apparently a first for a Japanese player (according to stadium officials). The last foreign player to hit a double off the ceiling was Fernando Seguignol on 8/6/2004.
The Fighters will be offering Yu Darvish and Yuki Saito player tickets to two games they'll be playing at Tokyo Dome against the Rakuten Eagles (7/19 and 7/20). Darvish player tickets will be available for the game on the 19th; Saito tickets will be available on the 20th. Fan club members will have first dibs on the tickets.
Hiroshi Kisanuki picked up his first victory of the year last night (vs Hiroshima). He was the last pitcher that started on opening day this year and didn't have a win.
Masahiro Tanaka set both a career high and a franchise high when he struck out 15 Yakult Swallows last night.
Satoshi Nagai's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a 3,070 game girl, last night in Kobe. Before pre-game practice yesterday, Tanaka promised to give Nagai the winning game ball from his start.