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CL News and Notes: Kenji Jojima (HAN) could be out for a prolonged amount of time

by on Jun.11, 2011 @ 2:27 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters that the with Hiroyuki Kobayashi slowly coming around, the team could go back to using him as a set-up man, in addition to Daiki Enokida.


The Tigers have no idea how long Kenji Jojima (right elbow) will be out -- it's possible he could missing a fairly big chunk of time.  And at worst, he might require surgery as he was diagnosed with collateral ligament damage in his right elbow after getting an MRI yesterday.  For now, the Tigers will shut Jojima down (no throwing) for 2 weeks and see how his elbow is feeling after that.

Takashi Shimizu will likely take Jojima's spot on the active roster.


Takumi Akiyama tossed 2 shutout innings (and allowed 1 hit) in relief during an Ikusei game (vs the Kansai Independent League's Kobe Suns) yesterday.  He also struck out three in a row at one point.  This was Akiyama's first outing in about a month (neck pains).  He'll get a 5-inning start during an Ikusei game for his next outing.

FWIW: Kobe's player/manager Mac Suzuki tossed a shutout inning in relief.

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato might be able to return to the active roster before the end of the month -- as mentioned yesterday, the injury isn't serious.  But since the Swallows want Yoshinori to return fully healed, they'll be very careful with how they handle him.

Said chief trainer Katsuhiko Kobayashi, "It isn't going to take days for him to fully heals.  We'll check on his progress on a daily basis beginning tomorrow (6/11) and decide on his training.  If things go well, he could begin throwing again fairly soon."