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PL News and Notes: Shota Ishimine (LOT) could return to active roster as early as the 30th

by on Aug.23, 2011 @ 8:50 am, under NPB

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium yesterday and told reporters that he plans on holding 2 bullpen sessions before his next start since he'll be pitching on 12 days of rest.  He also said he'll be happy if he can hit 150km/h range during the start on the 31st.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Shota Ishimine (out with tonsillitis) was released from the hospital yesterday and is scheduled to join the Ni-gun team for practice today and could return to the active roster as early as the 30th.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda was fighting off viral gastroenteritis and will be making his first start in 10 days against the Rakuten Eagles (Sapporo Dome) today.

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Yuki Saito told reporters that he changed the way he gripped the fork ball during his last start on the 20th against the Orix Buffaloes (Sapporo Dome) and found it to work really well for him.

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Masataka Nashida once again told reporters yesterday that he has no plans of moving Sho Nakata out of the clean-up spot, regardless of performance.

Said Nashida, "[Akinobu Okada] took T-Okada out, but I won't take Sho [Nakata] out even if he's slumping."

Rakuten Eagles

Senichi Hoshino is leaning towards sending some of the younger players out for winter ball overseas.

"I think sending pitchers like [Kenji] Tomura and [Tomohiro] Tsuchiya to winter league," said Hoshino.  "Baseball players need to develop a hunger to win."

He also said, "Our team is too weak.  I think the Winter Leagues would be good for the players. ... And each player will be on separate teams.  No interpreters.  We'll prepare them, but they should try to get by on their own."

Hoshino was responsible for sending players like Takeshi Yamasaki and Masahiro Yamamoto overseas for training back when he managed the Chunichi Dragons.  The Eagles have also sent players overseas in the past: Satoshi Nagai to Hawaii in 2008 and Hiroshi Katayama to Arizona in 2009.

Potential candidates this time around include Tomura, Tsuchiya, Ryohei Isaka, and Masafumi Togano.

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Hisashi Iwakuma worked out in Sapporo yesterday (stretched, played some catch) in preparation for his start against the Nippon Ham Fighters today.