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PL News and Notes: Hiroki Kokubo (SOF) to rejoin active roster tomorrow

by on Aug.26, 2011 @ 1:32 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Kokubo (fractured rib) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima today.  He was the starting DH, batted fourth, and went 2-for-3.  As of now, he's schedule to return to the active roster tomorrow.

Seibu Lions

The Lions announced that they will be selling a Yusei Kikuchi lunch box for 1,300 yen beginning on 9/2.  A portion of the sales will be donated to relief and reconstruction efforts in northern Japan.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines decided to push Yuki Karakawa's (contusion, left calf) return to the active roster back to next week.  Karakawa was originally working towards making it back to the active roster in time for a start tomorrow against the Orix Buffaloes, but Norifumi Nishimura decided to give him a little more time because he's still having difficulty running at full speed.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Kensuke Tanaka met with the coaches today at Sapporo Dome in order to give them an update on his rehab (fracture in his left talus bone).  Masataka Nashida told reporters that even though Tanaka's rehab was going well, he wasn't necessarily expecting him back for the regular season.  Nashida also said he was still holding out on hope that Tanaka makes it back in time for the Climax Series, but that it was going to depend on how his next medical evaluation goes (scheduled for later this month).