Depending on how his follow-up exam went yesterday, Kenji Jojima might be able to start throwing again within the next few days.
Chief trainer Tatsuzo Tsunekawa told reporters yesterday that Hiroyuki Kobayashi was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. While Kobayashi is scheduled to rejoin the team today, they won't force him if he's still isn't feeling well (they'll have him go to the hospital again) and they'll wait until the last minute to decide whether or not he'll be available.
Kai-Wen Cheng started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima yesterday and tossed 5 shutout innings and did not allow any hits or walks. In the same game, Shunsuke started in left, batted second, and went 2-for-4 (single to enter, RBI single to right).
Kyohei Nakamura will probably get Sunday's start against the Yakult Swallows (Mazda). Whether or not he gets another start after will depend on how well he pitches on Sunday.
Jumpei Shinoda joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice at Mazda Stadium yesterday. He'll probably get a start against the Yakult Swallows (7/1-7/3).
Jun Hirose (returning from a right hamstring injury) will be playing in his first rehab Ni-gun game against Chunichi today (about 2 weeks earlier than originally expected).