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CL News and Notes: Yasutomo Kubo (HAN) should get at least one start before the All-Star break

by on Jul.09, 2011 @ 2:58 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi will probably start tomorrow's game against the Yakult Swallows.

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Matt Murton will probably continue batting out of the clean-up spot against the Yakult Swallows.

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Takahiro Arai is getting hitting advice from a number of different people: Akinobu Mayumi, head coach Katsuhiko Kido, and batting coaches Yutaka Wada and Atsushi Kataoka.  And stayed back until the very last minute yesterday (he had to be told that he was cutting into the Yakult Swallows' practice time), working on his swing.

Arai does not have a hit in his last 16 trips to the plate.  He's also just 3-for-25 in 6 games so far this month.

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If Tomoaki Kanemoto hits a homer at Komachi Stadium, it'll be the 34th different ballpark he has homered in.  That would also put him in sole possession of 2nd place on the All-time list, behind Kazuhiro Yamauchi's 39 different stadiums.

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Randy Messenger told reporters he's been working on his control since his last outing.

Said Messenger, "I've been working on brushing up the pitch that was hit pretty hard during my last outing.  I work on cutting back on the mistakes and improving the movement on the pitch.  Can't really see anything more."  He then added, "Yakult has a very good team this year, they've got a great line-up.  But I'm ready for them."

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According to Sanspo: Yasutomo Kubo is scheduled to pitch in another rehab game on the 13th (Ni-gun game vs Orix) and could then return to the active roster in time for a start against the Hiroshima Carp on the 19th.  For the rehab game on the 13th, Kubo will most likely start the game and toss 80 pitches or go 5 innings, whichever comes first.  Assuming he's feeling fine after that, he should be able to return to the active roster.

Sports Hochi has it a little different: they make no mention of another rehab outing at Ni-gun and mention that Kubo could be added back to the active roster as early as the 15th, which would be a start against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

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Kenji Jojima spent about 4 hours working out at Naruohama yesterday.  He also got a check-up on his right elbow after his workouts to see how things were progressing.  If everything is fine, he'll probably proceed to the next step, which will likely involve some throwing or some sort of arm movement.

Yomiuri Giants

Josh Fields might be able to play in his first Ni-gun game today (vs Yakult).  And if his transition goes well, he could be added to the active roster as early as the 12th (beginning of a 3-game series against the Hanshin Tigers).

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato is currently working on making sure he's ready for Game 3 of the All-Star Series (7/24).  He'll also probably make one more rehab start at Ni-gun before that (5 innings or so).

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Kyohei Muranaka (right oblique strain) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri yesterday and gave up 4 runs over 7 innings.  It was Muranaka's third rehab outing and it seems his next step will be a return to the active roster for a start against the Yomiuri Giants on 7/15.