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PL News and Notes: Yuichi Honda (SOF) suffers right big toe injury but manages to stay in the game

by on Aug.20, 2011 @ 12:45 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Yuichi Honda injured his right big toe when Fuminori Yokogawa (RAK) ran into him at second base in the 8th inning.

Said Honda, "It bled quite a bit.  But it isn't as if the nail was ripped off..."

Honda had to be piggy-backed off the field for treatment, but managed to return and play out the rest of the game.  He later told reporters he planned to play tomorrow because his goal was to play in every inning of every game.

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Koji Akiyama spent some time working with Hitoshi Tamura before tonight's game.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi was taken off the active roster today but will stay with the Ichi-gun team until his next start on 8/31.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw about 30 pitches in the bullpen today in preparation for his start tomorrow.

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Masataka Nashida apparently feels quite strong about Sho Nakata.  His comment to reporters today:

Even when things are going bad, he probably won't be taken off the active roster.  We'll also run out of things to talk about.  He's player that's good for print and pictures.

Orix Buffaloes

Tomotaka Sakaguchi ended the team's scoreless innings streak at 27 with a 2-out RBI in the 5th inning of tonight's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

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Akinobu Okada wasn't happy with the home plate ump's strike zone for the last two pitches thrown to Bobby Scales (HAM) in the bottom of the 10th inning tonight and spent about 5 minutes arguing with the umpires after the game.

Said Okada, "It's like [the home plate ump] is fixing the game. ... Strikes and balls.  Do they know how big the difference between each is?"

And home plate ump Hitoshi Watarida: "[Okada] felt the last pitch and the second to last pitch that culminated in the [walk-off walk] were strikes.  I thought they were balls and called them like I saw them."

Watarida also told reporters that he'll inform the PL offices about the objection from Okada.