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PL News and Notes: Alex Cabrera (SOF) likely to return to the active roster today

by on Jul.26, 2011 @ 1:50 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Alex Cabrera will likely be added to the active roster today.  Cabrera told reporters yesterday that he'll work his way back into the starting line-up by being a pinch-hitter first (Rakuten Eagles' series; 7/26 - 7/28) and then back as DH (beginning with the Nippon Ham Fighters' series; 7/29 - 7/31).  He also added his leg was at about 60-70%.

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While the Hawks will likely turn to Brian Falkenborg to act as closer while Takahiro Mahara recovers from a muscle strain near his right shoulder, they also realize he won't be able to do it all on his own -- they want to avoid using Falkenborg too much (like pitching him 3 days in a row) due to his history with right elbow problems.  That means they'll likely go with a closer by committee, with Falkenborg being the main go-to guy.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito's next start could come on 8/2 against the Chiba Lotte Marines (at Sapporo Dome).

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Sho Nakata will apparently continue to bat out of the clean-up spot for the time being.  Said Masataka Nashida, "If he can drive in the runs in key situations and help the team win...  He doesn't have to feel any responsibility [for batting fourth]."

Rakuten Eagles

Hisashi Iwakuma is still on schedule to make a start on the 27th against the Softbank Hawks (Yahoo Dome).

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Senichi Hoshino told reporters that he plans on cutting back on practices during the hot summer months so that the players don't tire themselves out.

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Masato Nakamura will be added to the active roster today (he'll be taking Yosuke Hiraishi's spot).