Alex Cabrera took part in pre-game practices today, but kept things light after tweaking his left hamstring in last night's game. The team will continue to monitor Cabrera and decide on his playing availability on a day-to-day basis.
Kenji Otonari will be getting his first start of the year tomorrow against the Rakuten Eagles (he has made 4 appearances as a reliever).
Tatsuya Oishi started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri today and threw 5 shutout inning while giving up 3 hits. This was Oishi's first start since his injury.
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The Marines scored a run in the first inning (5 runs to be exact) tonight for the first time since 6/12.
Bill Murphy started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham today and tossed 3 shutout innings. He also walked 4. Murphy is working his way back from a right hamstring strain. If he doesn't hit any setbacks, he could rejoin the active roster after the All-Star break.
About 50 Buffaloes' supporters from Miyakojima, Okinawa visited Kyocera Dome today in order to request that the team continue using their facilities for spring camp. The city also agreed to consider making repairs to Miyakojima Stadium before the spring.
Motohiro Shima complained of discomfort in his right flank on Monday and didn't play on Tuesday. He had an MRI before practice today and was told there was no muscular or skeletal damage. Shima did attend practice today, but did not partake in the regular sessions. There was talk about taking him off the active roster, but the Eagles decided to wait a few days and see if anything changes.