Seiichi Uchikawa told reporters yesterday that he's giving himself until early next week to decide whether or not he'll be able to participate in the All-Star games. And Sponichi mentions that there's a possibility Uchikawa could return to the active roster when the team takes on the Seibu Lions (beginning on the 18th) and perhaps be used as a pinch-hitter in the All-Star games.
Uchikawa also took BP (65 pitches against a machine) for the first time since his injury yesterday.
The Lions begin a 13-game stretch today. And it seems they'll have Hideaki Wakui, Takayuki Kishi, Kazuyuki Hoashi, Kazuhisa Ishii, and Fumiya Nishiguchi on 5 days of rest. Pitchers like Masamitsu Hirano and Yusei Kikuchi will be used as spot-starters to make sure the other starters are getting 5 days of rest.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito stayed back after general practice yesterday for some extra trunk strengthening exercises. He closed out his workouts by playing some catch.
Yuki Nishi started last night's game against the Rakuten Eagles and actually spent time pitching in the bullpen in between innings after giving up 3 runs in the first. Nikkan Sports figures he probably threw about 20 or so extra pitches.
Said Akinobu Okada, "He wasn't throwing the ball well, he was picking at the corners, and he was aiming too much. He was awful so I had him throw some pitches in the bullpen as well."
Randy Ruiz is having a great July so far: 9-for-20, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .450/.450/.950.
Darrell Rasner may have just become the Eagles' newest closer, at least for the time being (since there's really no one else). Incidentally, Rasner told reporters last night that he hadn't thrown on consecutive days for at least around 6 years.