Yhency Brazoban threw 27 pitches (including his fastball, two-seamer, slider, and change) in the bullpen at Kyocera Dome yesterday. Brazoban will toss another bullpen at Kyocera Dome on the 4th before heading down to Ni-gun in order to pitch on either the 6th or 7th (both vs Orix).
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito's next start could come on the 8th against the Rakuten Eagles (Kleenex Stadium). Saito has not allowed a run in his last 11 innings of work: he tossed 6 shutout innings last night and 5 shutout innings in the start before that. He also has not allowed a home run in his last 33 innings (or 146 batters faced).
The Buffaloes will be making some changes to their coaching staff.
Chief pitching coach Osamu Fukuma -> Ichi-gun / Ni-gun roving coach based in Ni-gun
Chief Ikusei coach Motoyuki Akahori -> Ichi-gun pitching coach (bullpen)
Pitching coach (bullpen) Hiroshi Kobayashi -> Pitching coach (bench)
An official announcement will likely be made today.
Kohei Hasebe's wife gave birth to the couple's first baby on 7/29: a boy weighing 3,074 grams.