Hiroki Kokubo was hit by a pitch on the left side of his back during his at bat in the 7th inning and replaced by a pinch-runner. His status for today in uncertain. At worst, he could be taken off the active roster.
Yhency Brazoban held his second bullpen session in as many days yesterday and threw a total 39 pitches. As of now, he's scheduled to pitch in 2 Ni-gun games: once on the 6th or 7th (vs Orix) and once on the 9th (vs Chunichi).
Masamitsu Hirano punched himself a ticket back to Ni-gun by losing his 4th straight start last night. In those 4 starts: 21.1 IP, 27 H, 8 SO, 7 BB, 16 R, 15 ER.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yuki Karakawa worked out at Sapporo Dome yesterday (ran, played some catch) in preparation for his start today. He also told reporters that his shoulder was feeling fine and that he just wanted to get back on the mound.
Hiroki Ueno scoreless inning streak ended at 24.2 innings.
Jose Castillo extended his hitting streak to 19 games last tonight (30-for-78, 10 R, 2 HR, 13 RBI).
The Marines are 3-3-2 in 8 Pro vs University games so far this year.
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters will be demoting Mitsuo Yoshikawa and calling up Kenji Sato today.
The Buffaloes have now changed pitching coaches mid-season four years straight.
Masahiro Tanaka's next start will likely come on the 7th vs Nippon Ham.
Hisashi Iwakuma played catch at a distance of about 40 meters during practice at Kleenex Stadium yesterday. It seems Iwakuma felt some stiffness in his lower back / hip after his last start on 8/3 and spent some time checking on how he was feeling yesterday. As of now, Iwakuma isn't expected to miss any time because of his back.
The Eagles will be inviting 200 earthquake/tsunami survivors from Natori, Miyagi and Tagajo, Miyagi to their game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on the 7th.