Masahiro Yamamoto (working his way back from an injury to his right ankle) spent about 30 minutes throwing in the bullpen yesterday (standing catcher, 86 pitches). Yamamoto told reporters that he was starting to feel better now that it was starting to get warmer. Assuming no setbacks, he could start throwing real bullpen sessions (with a squatting catcher) next month. There's also chance he'll be able to make it back to the active roster before the All-Star break.
After Kyuji Fujikawa closed out last night's game against the Seibu Lions, he threw the game ball into the stands, forgetting that it was also the ball from Daiki Enokida's first pro victory. The club managed to track the ball down though.
Norihito Kaneto will likely get tonight's start against the Softbank Hawks.
15 Ichi-gun position players spent about 2 hours swinging the bat during practice yesterday (the team was supposed to have the day off, but a practice was scheduled after the Orix game on the 23rd). According to Sanspo, each player swung the bat around 350 times.
Yoshinobu Takahashi could play in his first rehab game on the 31st (Ni-gun game vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium), about a week earlier than originally planned (6/7). Assuming his rehab progresses smoothly, he could make it back to the active roster sometime early next month. Takahashi worked out for about 4 hours at Giants Stadium yesterday.
The GIants are the only club in the NPB without a complete game this season. One more game without a complete game and they'll tie the franchise high of 33 games, from the start of the season, without a complete game. The Giants are also 15 saves away from a franchise total 1,000 saves (Tsuneo Horiuchi recorded the Giants first save on 5/5/1974).
Hidetoshi Kiyotake was selected to be the team's first GM during a board of directors meeting yesterday. This means Kiyotake will now have four jobs with the Giants: GM, a senior rep, director of team development, and acting owner.
Hitoshi Yamamoto will probably start tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes.
Yoshihiro Maru has filled over 10 notebooks with information on every pitcher he has faced since turning pro. A habit that started during his high school baseball days.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Norihiro Nakamura broke down and cried (along with his family) after he got the call from the Bay Stars on Sunday (5/22) morning. He also shaved his hair down. Nakamura has stayed in shape and even managed to drop about 5kg off his frame since New Year's Day (he's currently at 94kg).