Kenichi Nakata worked out with the Ichi-gun team at Nagoya Dome yesterday and could get tomorrow's start against the Seibu Lions. Nakata was taken off the active roster on 4/30 and has fine-tuning his mechanics at Ni-gun.
Hitoki Iwase is just 2 saves away from tying the NPB record for career saves (286 current help by Shingo Takatsu).
Masahiro Araki is 1 stolen base away from 300.
Atsushi Nomi will probably get tomorrow's start against the Softbank Hawks.
Tomoaki Kanemoto took an 8:10am flight back to Osaka on Thursday, arrived at Koshien Stadium at around noon and spent about an hour working on his swing. The rest of the team took a 10:30am flight out of Sapporo and didn't arrive back at Koshien Stadium until a little before 2pm (and there were no scheduled practices).
Yamato took fielding practice outdoors yesterday for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder -- he had his left arm tied down so as not to aggravate the injury and fielded / threw the ball with his right hand. Yamato has also been doing isometric exercises as part of his training.
Ikusei pitcher Hiroya Shimamoto could get a chance to join the Ni-gun team for a few games in June, provided he continues to pitch well (he has not allowed a run in 8 Ikusei games). Shimamoto is scheduled to pitch in another Ikusei game today.
GM Shoji Numasawa told reporters yesterday that the team had no plans to make any emergency moves at the moment and that while they would continue to look into who is available, they pretty much plan on competing with they players they currently have.
Owner Shinya Sakai continued to deny any possibility of having Akinobu Mayumi step down. Said Sakai, "Having to talk about this stuff over an over is becoming rather tiresome so I won't. This is a game of winning and losing so it isn't [always going to be about winning]. ... My stance on having [Mayumi] work through this until the end have not changed."
Shun Tono will likely start tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles.
Tetsuya Matsumoto will probably be added to the active roster today (swapping places with Daijiro Tanaka). Matsumoto (started in CF and batted second) went 0-for-2 with 2 walks during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima (at the Yu Baseball Grounds in Yamaguchi) yesterday and immediately returned to Tokyo after the game. The Giants are hoping to harness Matsumoto's speed and defense (he most likely won't crack the starting line-up).
(Thanks to fighting ham for the heads up)
Yoshinori Sato will probably start tonight's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Naoto Watanabe was moved up to the lead-off spot on 6/1 (vs Orix) and will most likely stay there for the time being.
Norihiro Nakamura is looking forward to a chance to bat against Yuki Saito during a Ni-gun game on the 4th (vs Nippon Ham).