Masahiro Araki was held out of the starting line-up yesterday after he suffered a minor injury to his left leg on Saturday (tweaked it while running the bases). His status is basically day-to-day.
Jason Standridge will probably start tomorrow's game against the Chunichi Dragons (Nagoya Dome).
Naoto Tsuru worked out at Koshien Stadium today and will probably start Wednesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons (Nagoya Dome).
Akihito Fujii collected 3 hits in yesterday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars. For Fujii, it was his first 3-hit game since 6/14/2009.
Matt Murton's 2-year-old son has apparently started copying his father's batting stance and swing using a plastic megaphone.
Norihito Kaneto threw 32 pitches in the bullpen today in preparation for a possible start against the Yakult Swallows on Wednesday.
Tomoya Inzen spent about 40 minutes working on his hitting at Giants Stadium today.
Hirokazu Sawamura didn't have his best stuff yesterday and struggled with his control. Over 5 innings of work, Sawamura gave up a 5 runs (all earned), 2 homers, walked 4 batters, and hit 1. He also only topped out at 146km/m. Shinnosuke Abe told Sawamura that he needed to figure out what adjustments he needed to make in order to get through the game. Tatsunori Hara told reporters after the game was probably a good learning experience for him.
When asked if his poor performance was due to being tired, Sawamura said, "No, nothing like that. I simply didn't have enough to get through it."
Kenjiro Nomura is apparently planning on mixing things up after losing two tough games they could have won against the Yakult Swallows. The starters also haven't managed to do their jobs in the last two games, placing a lot of strain on the bullpen: Jumpei Shinoda started on Saturday and pitched into the third but had to be replaced after he couldn't get anyone out (he gave up 4 runs by allowing the first 5 batters to get on base); and Kyohei Nakamura, who got the start on Sunday, pitched into the 2nd and couldn't get anyone out (he also couldn't get anyone out and left after loading the bases and allowing 2 runs to score).
A couple of the moves already decided on includes demoting Katsuhiro Nagakawa (has allowed 7 earned runs in his last three relief outings) and calling up Kiyoshi Toyoda; and moving Shinoda into the bullpen.
The umpire's union contacted the NPB today with a protest/complaint against TBS and a comment that was made during their Sunday Morning TV program on 7/3. It seems the umpire's union isn't happy about guest Kiyoshi Nakahata praising Kenjiro Nomura for getting into a shoving match with the umpire on 6/26 because he thought it helped raise team morale.
Yokohama Bay Stars
The Bay Stars arrived in Okinawa today for their 2-game series against the Hiroshima Carp (7/5 and 7/6). They also held evening practices at Cellular Stadium Naha