PL News and Notes: Yuki Karakawa (LOT) taken off active roster, to miss one start with shoulder stiffness
Seiichi Uchikawa (right hamstring) and Toru Hosokawa (left knee) worked out at Yahoo Dome with the rest of the Ichi-gun players today. Both players are scheduled to play in Ni-gun games on the 26th and 27th.
Uchikawa: "In terms of hitting, there are no problems. ... But [I told the coaches] I still haven't worked on defense. The trainer told me if I re-injure myself I'll miss a lot more time. I'll try 2 games and how things go."
Hosokawa: "I want to check my movement during games."
Assuming no problems in those two games, Uchikawa and Hosokawa could be added to the active roster on the 29th.
D.J. Houlton and Alex Cabrera also worked out at Yahoo Dome.
The media learned yesterday that Yasuyuki Kataoka (right shoulder) won't be able to return to the active roster today. Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters the team didn't want to bring him back too early and wanted to make sure he was 100%. Depending on how he's feeling, he could play in a Ni-gun game tomorrow.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yuki Karakawa was take off the active roster today with tightness in his right shoulder. It doesn't seem to be serious, but the team doesn't want to take any chances. He is expected to miss just one start.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters worked out at Obihiro today (they start a 2-game series there against Orix tomorrow). There was a major downpour just before the end of practice that flooded the field and the inside of the stadium.
Six pitchers took part in situational BP at Hotto Motto Kobe yesterday. Yuki Nishi faced four batters and gave up 2 hits, including a homer. Motoki Higa also faced four batters and did not allow any hits, but did strikeout 2.
The Eagles will be holding early morning (6:30am) Field Radio Taiso (radio calisthenics on the field) sessions at Kleenex Stadium between 7/30 and 8/1. Anyone is welcome to attend, although it will be geared for children.