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PL News and Notes: Alex Cabrera (SOF) could return to the starting line-up tonight as a DH

by on Jun.28, 2011 @ 4:45 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

About 8,000 Softbank employees will probably attend tonight's game at Tokyo Dome.

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Alex Cabrera told reporters that his left hamstring was at about 85% and that he was more than capable of being a DH.  He'll probably be back in the starting line-up today and will probably get 2 days of rest a week until his leg is fully healed.

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When Tsuyoshi Wada was taken off the active roster on the 16th because he wasn't going to pitch again for a little while, he decided to take the extra time to work on his lower body by doing a lot of running.  He's now scheduled to start tomorrow's game against the Rakuten Eagles.

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Seiichi Uchikawa (right hamstring) and Hiroshi Tamura (laceration on left pinky) both worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities today.

Uchikawa's training included walking and stretches.  He said he was feeling impatient but wouldn't try to rush things along by changing his rehab schedule.

Tamura's rehab included running.  He also told reporters he couldn't wait to start swinging the bat and that everything other than his left hand were ok.

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Nagisa Arakaki has apparently decided to stop throwing his slider because he feels he can be just as effective without it and because it's the likely cause of his right shoulder pains.

"I've got a fork and a two-seamer," said Arakaki.  "For a pitch [like] a slider I just need something with a little movement [like my cutter].  And that's all I really need."

He then added, "My biggest worry is pain.  Throwing the slider places a lot of strain on my shoulder and is a cause for the pain.  The [cutter] I throw is kind of like a mini-slider.  I can throw it with less strain and that means no pain.  No worries.  I'm not throwing the slider anymore."

The Hawks aren't in a rush to activate Arakaki at this point, but they could always give him a start at Ichi-gun and then immediately take him off the active roster and give him as much rest as he needs before his next start.  He could especially be of great help during one of the team's 9-game stretches this season: 7/12-7/20; 8/30-9/7; and 9/13-9/21.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masataka Nashida is so far satisfied with what Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh) brings to the table as the team's lead-off hitter (specifically potential and speed).

Orix Buffaloes

Chan Ho Park worked out with the Ichi-gun roster yesterday.  Seems he did a lot of running while at Ni-gun and managed to build up his lower body a bit (he also worked on his mechanics).  The Buffaloes will probably active Park during their 3-game series against the Seibu Lions (which begins tonight).

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With Hirotoshi Kitagawa out, the Buffaloes will probably try using a combination of Aarom Baldiris and Seung-Yeop Lee to bat 5th in the line-up (where Kitagawa spent most of his time).  If that doesn't work, they also might try Shogo Akada, Hisao Arakane, and Tomochika Tsuboi.

As for the team's DH, head coach Nobuhiro Takashiro told reporters that they probably can't afford to have a full-time DH.  That means So Taguchi might see some time there while also sharing time in the outfield with Makoto Moriyama, Takahiro Okada, and Tsuboi.

Rakuten Eagles

Satoshi Nagai took a batted ball off his left wrist in the 3rd inning of yesterday's game against the Seibu Lions.  He ended up staying in the game, but not before taking some pain killers.