Tony Blanco played in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin yesterday and hit a 150 meter homer to left in his first at bat of the game. Blanco started at first and batted fifth. Assuming no setbacks, he could rejoin the active roster as early as 8/30.
Takumi Akiyama is currently scheduled to start tomorrow's game against the Yakult Swallows.
Randy Messenger's wife gave birth to the couples third child, a boy, at a hospital in Kobe on Thursday.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi may have lost his job as the 8th inning setup man after another outing in which he allowed 2 runs (none earned).
Michihiro Ogaswara started his rehab today after taking the day off yesterday. He spent about 2.5 hours at Giants Stadium doing various things like throwing into a net and riding a stationary bike.
Hirokazu Sawamura is the first Yomiuri pitcher to lose 10 games in his first season since Suguru Egawa in 1979.