Motonobu Tanishige could return to the active roster as early as the 29th (vs Hiroshima).
Tanishige played in a Ni-gun game against the Orix today (was the starting catcher and batted sixth) and went 1-for-2 (double, walk). He stayed in the game until the 4th.
Said Tanishige, "If it's like today, I should be ok. But it's ultimately up to the coaching staff to decide."
Hirokazu Ibata's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,406 grams, earlier today.
The media learned yesterday that women's soccer players Nahomi Kawasumi and Ayumi Kaihori will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tomorrow's game against the Chunichi Dragons. Both players were on the World Cup national team.
When reporters asked team chairman Tsuneo Watanabe if finishing in the top 3 would be a required in order for Tatsunori Hara to stay on a manager, he replied, "[But] there's really no one else."
He then added, "It's no good. The offense is no good. I think they might be able to turn things around in the second half, but they lose the first game out of the gate. They always lose when I come and watch. If I no longer come, they should start winning."