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CL News and Notes: Jun Hirose (HIR) could return to the active roster as early as the 6th

by on Sep.04, 2011 @ 3:39 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Sponichi notes that Kazuki Yoshimi may have suffered a minor injury while throwing practice pitches before the 4th inning on Saturday -- Yoshimi retired into the dugout for some treatment before continuing.  When approached after the game, Yoshimi simply replied, "No comment."

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai was working on making some adjustments to his batting stance during practice on Friday -- he was using a more pronounced one-legged stance to help him with his timing.  Arai also worked on his throwing with fielding / base-running coach Teruyoshi Kuji.

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A little more on Kenji Jojima: he had his left knee cleaned out on 8/16 and the stitches came out on 9/1; he hasn't fully given up on returning this year (perhaps for the post-season), but realistically, he's thinking about making sure he's 100% by spring camp (2/1); he has been shut down (no throwing) until 10/11; the surgery he had on his knee during the off-season has completely healed; his workouts moving forward will include things like riding the stationary bike and doing squats in order to regain strength and range of movement in his knee.

Yomiuri Giants

Alex Ramirez became the 56th player in NPB history to record 300 doubles Saturday night.  Ramirez's 300th double came in the top of the 9th off Chang Yong Lim (YAK).

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Shinji Takahashi suited up as a catcher Saturday night (just between the 5th and 7th innings) for the first time since 8/25/2009.

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien was benched Friday night because he hasn't been pushing himself on the field -- he isn't running out grounders and he isn't doing everything he's supposed to be doing on defense.

And on Saturday, the Swallows did not have any foreign players in the starting line-up for the first time this season.  Balentien and Josh Whitesell both made it into the game as pinch-hitters.

Hiroshima Carp

Jun Hirose (right hamstring) worked out with the Ichi-gun team Saturday at Mazda Stadium and could be added back to the active roster as early as the 6th.