Kenji Otonari started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits over 7 innings of work. He also struck out 8.
Yasuyuki Kataoka made a nice play on a grounder hit up the middle by Shogo Akada in the bottom of the 1st inning of tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes. In doing so, he also apparently banged his head on the ground and may have suffered a minor concussion. Kataoka was a bit dazed after the play, but stayed in the game until the bottom of the second.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice today and threw 40 pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his start against the Chiba Lotte Marines tomorrow.
Akinori Iwamura was added to the active roster today. Seems the team is hoping he'll be able to provide the line-up with some sort of a spark even though he didn't show much life during his Ni-gun stint (21 G, 16-for-78, 9 BB, 13 SO, 2 DP, .205/.295/.276).