Toru Hosokawa was the starting catcher in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin today and played through until the 5th. On offense, he batted seventh and hit a double before being lifted in the 5th inning. Hosokawa could return to the active roster as early as the 28th.
Seiichi Uchikawa was added to the active roster today. Since his legs still aren't quite 100%, he'll be used primarily as a pinch-hitter.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Bill Murphy could get start Friday's game against the Rakuten Eagles (QVC Marine).
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters recorded their 4,000th franchise victory tonight by beating the Orix Buffaloes, 13-5.
Sho Nakata continues to make adjustments to his batting stance: he's stepping into the pitches more and isn't squatting down quite as much anymore. Homer from 6/18 and homer from 7/26.