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CL News and Notes: Hanshin Tigers thinking about promoting two Ikusei pitchers

by on Jul.22, 2011 @ 11:22 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are thinking about adding two Ikusei pitchers to their 70-man roster (they currently have 68 spots filled): Masashi Sajikihara and Robert Zarate.

Said GM Shoji Numasawa, "[The team] plays a couple of series at home after the All-Star break, so we'll probably discuss this with the coaching staff and then the front office will make the decision."


Team president Nobuo Minami told reporters yesterday that he was longer thinking about pulling off a trade before the deadline.

"If there's a good offer at the last minute, we might do something," said Minami.  "But there's only a little more than a week and for all intents and purposes, we're done."

He also added, "They've done a decent job getting things back on track.  I was really hoping for a win the other day though. ... We're not quite halfway through the season yet.  We're still in this.  Can we win?  Well, sure.  We're all thinking that."


Team owner Shinya Sakai spoke to reporters yesterday and said, "It's too bad [how the first-half ended], but they did a good job pulling it together. ... But we're still under 500.  We need to get over 500 as soon as possible and get to toppling the one team at the top."

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura and Tetsuya Utsumi will start the first two games after the All-Star break, respectively.


Team chairman Tsuneo Watanabe told Daily Sports that there's a good chance Tatsunori Hara will return next season.

When asked if Hara would return if the Giants finished in the top 3, Watanabe replied, "Well, I suppose so.  Of course, there would be no argument if he were to also win [the Nippon Series]."

Watanabe has also said:

He's smart.  He knows what's going on.  He's also very calm.

He's certainly a lot better than Naoto Kan (prime minister).

We can change Hara, but I have absolutely no idea who we'd replace him with. ... There are no successors.  If you happen to know any, please let me know.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are thinking about inviting Norio Sasaki (manager of the women's national soccer team) to throw out a ceremonial pitch during one of their upcoming games.