The Tigers will be demoting Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Shinji Komiyama, and Haruki Kurose.
Yasutomo Kubo will begin his rehab at Naruohama today. The Tigers still don't know how long it'll take for him to return.
Ken Nishimura pitched in his first Ichi-gun game yesterday. Nishimura had problems with a tired / dead arm at the end of last season that affected the start of his season this year. And that explains why he wasn't called up sooner despite having a 0.93 ERA over 9.2 innings of work (10 games) at Ni-gun. Incidentally, it seems he's still not quite 100%.
Nikkan Sports mentions that the front office may have had an emergency meeting yesterday when GM Shoji Numasawa visited Hanshin headquarters in Osaka (something that rarely happens). Numasawa denied meeting owner Shinya Sakai during his visit but acknowledge that he spoke to the owner at Koshien Stadium (since the two have seats close to each other).
After yesterday's loss, Sakai said there was nothing worth commenting on and team president Nobuo Minami apologized to fans for the team's poor performance. Minami also said that he was constant communication with Akinobu Mayumi.
The Tigers currently have no plans for coaching changes.
Mayumi held a meeting with the coaches for over 30 minutes after yesterday's loss. While nothing concrete has been mentioned about meetings, it seems Mayumi did hand out specific orders to each of the coaches. And with regards to benching the regulars, it seems that's something the team doesn't want to resort to until it's the last available option.
The Swallows are 7-0 in the 7 games that Kazuhiro Hatakeyama has hit homers in this season.
The Carp dropped their 10th game in a row yesterday. That's a first since 1999, when they lost 13 in a row.
Owner Hajime Matsuda told reporters yesterday that foreign players were brought up during his meeting with Kenjiro Nomura but that there were no definitive plans on whether or not they would sign someone since it was difficult to find players that can hit and come to Japan right away. But that doesn't mean they aren't going to look (the club already has a list with 5-6 right-handed outfielders with some pop).