Tony Blanco could end up missing a significant amount of time after he (re)injured himself during a rehab Ni-gun game on 7/27.
Blanco worked out at Nagoya Stadium yesterday away from the others; he was also seen wearing a cast on his right hand. He later spoke to reporters and said it was going to take 2-3 weeks before the cast can come off. While nothing of the injury has been released, a bone fracture is suspected.
Blanco was originally taken off the active roster on 6/4 with an injury to his right middle finger. He finally got around to playing in a rehab game on 7/27 as a pinch-hitter. But after he struck out, he started complaining of pain. The club hasn't mentioned anything to the media about the injury (as per their stance on those kinds of things), but Blanco did say, in English, that it was "broken."
At any rate, there's a good chance Blanco won't be able to return to the active roster this month.
Hiromitsu Ochiai told reporters yesterday that the NPB should continue raising money and helping with reconstruction efforts in northern Japan past the current season.
Said Ochiai, "There's damage that extends out to 500km. We managed to do [a good thing] with the All-Star game [at Kleenex Stadium] this year. I think there would be some meaning in continuing this into next year and the year after that. I'm not saying 10 years, but maybe it wouldn't be bad to play in Tohoku stadiums for the next 5 years. ... The best would be for the NPB and NHK to work something out, with the support of the 12 NPB teams. ... We could play the All-Star series on the weekend, have a travel day on Monday, then play a charity game [in Tohoku] on Tuesday. The second half of the season could start on Friday. It's the time of the season where teams can pull in a lot of fans, but I don't think doing this would mean clubs losing tens of thousands in attendance. The managers wouldn't be hurting too much with regards to schedule either. ... I don't think you can please everyone, but I think this is the obvious thing to do. I don't know how my words will be considered, but in terms of making sure that earthquake / tsunami survivors don't feel left behind, I think doing something like this can go a long way."
Batting coach Yutaka Wada told reporters he felt Issei Morita has what it takes to succeed as a pinch-hitter.
In the month of July, the Tigers were 10-0-1 in games that Takahiro Arai drove in at least one run.
The Tigers are mulling over the idea of inviting Ayumi Kaihori (women's soccer goalie) to their fan festival at the end of the season. One of the events the Tigers are thinking about asking her to participate in is a penalty kick game.
Brian Barden was originally scheduled to meet up with the Ichi-gun team on the 5th, but the coaches decided to speed things up to today because he was doing better at Ni-gun than they had imagined. Barden will likely be in the starting line-up at third and could bat either 2nd or 6th. Jun Hirose will likely start in right and bat either 3rd or 5th.