Hiromitsu Ochiai met with team owner Bungo Shirai on Friday to talk about the first-half of the season.
Said Shirai, "They've played a lot of tough games. But I'm taking this as something that can't be helped. There scheduled was messed up because of the March 11 earthquakes/tsunami. And I'm sure the players feelings have changed as well."
Regarding Ochiai's status after the season (he's in the final year of a 3-year deal), Shirai said, "I still haven't discussed this with anyone. We've only played half a season and we still have the remaining half to go. Spilling the beans here would be inappropriate. This hasn't even been discussed internally yet."
The Tigers are planning on keeping Matt Murton in the lead-off spot and Takahiro Arai in the clean-up spot during the second-half of the season (especially Murton).
Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi worked out for about an hour on his day-off yesterday (ran, played some catch). Shimoyanagi will probably pitch during an upcoming Ni-gun Chunichi 3-game series that begins on the 29th; he is expected to pitch around 5 innings.
The Tigers plan on having Tomoyuki Kubota take as much time as he needs at Ni-gun in order to get through his current funk.
The reporters celebrated Tatsunori Hara's birthday today and presented him with a cake, flowers, and a massage machine. Hara turned 53 yesterday.
Alex Ramirez is expected to return to the starting line-up immediately after the All-Star break.
The Giants announced on Friday that Georgia will be sponsoring their energy conservation project they'll be running during 15 home games taking place between 7/26 - 8/25. The name of the project will be called Tokyo Dome Hatsudensho powered by Georgia.
The Carp hold options on both Dennis Sarfate and Bryan Bullington for the 2012 season.