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PL News and Notes: May 23, 2011

by on May.24, 2011 @ 12:18 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Four games have been rained out so far this month.

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Fumiya Nishiguchi will likely start tomorrow's make-up game against the Hanshin Tigers.  He'll be making the start on 18 days of rest (his last start was on 5/5 vs Lotte).

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takuya Takahama was added to the active roster today.  He'll probably get a chance to play in tomorrow's game against the Hiroshima Carp.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Assuming the Fighters don't make any tweaks to their starting rotation and Brian Wolfe isn't available, then Keisaku Itokazu could be their starter for tomorrow's make-up game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

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Shinya Tsuruoka joined the Ichi-gun team for practice before today's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Seems the coaches wanted a chance to see where Tsuruoka was in his rehab.

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Masataka Nashida admitted to reporters that Yuki Saito was improving a lot more quickly than expected and could return to the active roster early.

Nashida: "He's making good progress.  We originally thought he'd come after Inter-league play, but it seems like he might be able to come back a little sooner."