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PL News and Notes: Rain messes with Yuki Saito (HAM) and Chihiro Kaneko’s (ORI) rehab outings

by on May.29, 2011 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Today's Ni-gun game was rained out again.  That will now push Yuki Saito's first rehab outing to 6/4 (Ni-gun start against Yokohama; skipping over the Rakuten series since it'll be on the road and at Rifu).

Since both his scheduled start yesterday and his re-scheduled relief outing today were rained, Saito tossed 123 pitches in the bullpen today.

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Eiichi Koyano's work outs at Kamagaya on Saturday included playing catch and soft-toss BP.  Koyano suffered a left hamstring strain on the 24th and will probably require about 3 weeks for a full recovery.

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes had a chance to avoid a losing record this month, but with their loss today, they are now 9-12 with one game remaining.  That's two losing months in a row.

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Sports Hochi mentions that the Buffaloes might go ahead and activate Chihiro Kaneko even though his rehab start was rained out today (for the second time in a row).