Seiichi Uchikawa is hoping to make it back into the starting line-up today as an outfielder. He has played the last 12 games as a DH.
Hiroki Kokubo started his rehab (fractured rib) at the Saitozaki training facilities today -- after spending some time on a stationary bike, he went on to do some light running outdoors. Kukubo was taken off the active roster and spent the last few days resting. He's hoping to make it back o the active roster by early September.
Toshiya Sugiuchi plans on donating about 1,000 yen to relief and reconstruction efforts in northern Japan for every pitch he throws this season. That's every game during the regular season and will also include games during the postseason as well. And it seems he's planning on doing this not just this year, but into the future as well.
Said Sugiuchi, "If I do this based on number of pitches, it has nothing to do with winning and losing. ... When I went to Sendai and saw the damage, I as shocked. Recovering from this is going to take longer than just 1-2 years. I think it's important to help the cause over a long period of time."
Sports Hochi thinks Sugiuchi will continue this until he retires.
Yusei Kikuchi's next start will likely come on the 18th (vs Rakuten). If he does well, he could crack the starting rotation and get additional starts on the 25th and 31st.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito on his current winless streak:
"I'm sure winning a game right now would make things feel better, but it isn't like I'm losing either. I think I just need to hang in there. [Masaru] Takeda also told me to hang in there as well"
Saito is currently on track to make his next start on the 21st vs Orix (Sapporo Dome).
Kensuke Tanaka is expected to give the Fighters an update on his recovery from a talus fracture in his left foot on the 25th (first official update since he suffered the injury). While Tanaka probably won't be able to make it back before the end of the regular season, it's possible he might be able to make it back in time for postseason play. As for now, the Fighters are hoping Tanaka will be able to return to regular practices some time next month.
Tanaka suffered the fracture back on 6/18, was told it would take 4-6 weeks for a full recovery, and underwent surgery on the 27th.
Hayato Terahara's next start will likely come on the 21st against Yuki Saito and the Nippon Ham Fighters (at Sapporo Dome).
The Buffaloes' starting rotation over the next 6 days will likely include Chihiro Kakeno, Terhara, Kazuki Kondo, Shinya Nakayama, Evan MacLane, and Alfredo Figaro. Yuki Nishi will provide support out of the bullpen.
Keiji Obiki announced yesterday that he will be donating 10,000 yen to help support children with cancer for every hit, sac hit, and sac fly he collects this year.
Senichi Hoshino plans on sending Ni-gun batting coach Koju Hirohashi to the US to check on some new talent. While it isn't normal for an active coach to head to the US mid-season, Hoshino made the exception and said, "Active coaches need a chance to see the potential talent."
Hirohashi will likely spend most of this month taking in various games, including minor league games, in the US. Additionally, the Eagles are looking for a player that has speed and a strong throwing arm.
Team chairman Hiroshi Mikitani was in the US on the 14th and caught a Texas @ Oakland game (he left before the end of the game). He also had a chance to speak to Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama before the game.
The Eagles have a working agreement with the Oakland A's.