Mike Hessman took part in team practices yesterday. Hessman was sent down to Ni-gun on the 14th and has been working on his swing since (he's been going over video from his days in the Mets organization). On the 18th, Hessman hit 3 doubles and went 4-for-5 with an RBI during a Ni-gun game against Softbank. He told reporters that his hitting problems began when he started chasing the outside slider.
The media learned yesterday that Hisashi Iwakuma will be returning to the active roster in time for a start on the 27th against the Softbank Hawks (at Yahoo Dome).