Wei-Ying Chen was scratched from his start last night because of a possible injury (pain in his flank). While it doesn't appear to be a serious injury (he was seen playing catch and running before the game), he could still be taken off the active roster.
Takumi Akiyama faced 10 batters during situational BP yesterday at Naruohama and threw 37 pitches, allowed 2 could-be hits, and struck out 2.
Akiyama's next Ni-gun start could come on the 11th vs Hiroshima. His last start came on 8/28 when he gave up 7 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits over 4 innings of work against the Ni-gun Chunichi Dragons (practice game).
Assuming no setbacks, Craig Brazell could return to the active roster in time for a 3-game series against the Chunichi Dragons that begins on the 13th.
Michihiro Ogasawara currently has his sights set on being ready to return to the active roster in time for the Climax Series. But there are no guarantees as of yet.
Said Ogasawara, "It isn't as if the bones will magically fused together in 2 weeks. We'll see where we are after 3 weeks. [In the meantime] I want to make sure I'm ready for when it's better."
On Wednesday, Ogasawara worked out for about 3 hours with a brace on his left wrist.
Team chairman Tsuneo Watanabe's comments on the Rusty Ryal incident:
He really got up and left [the dugout]? Without permission? You can get away with stuff like that just because you're a foreigner. Aside from [Alex] Ramirez, there aren't any good foreign [players]. [Ryal] should be punished as needed. We have rules in Japan. There's no need to look the other way just because [a player] is foreign."