Kentaro Sekimoto was held out of the starting line-up on Tuesday because of stiffness in his lower back / hip. Sekimoto did show up on the field for pre-game practice but left early in order to get treatment. He was taken off the active roster today.
From Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Softbank:
Kai-Wen Cheng started the game and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings of work. ... Craig Brazell grounded out to first in his pinch-hit at bat in the 6th inning. He later told reporters, "I didn't feel any discomfort while running to first. Being a pinch-hitter made things a little difficult for me. Tomorrow I'll have more than one chance at the plate and I think things are going well so far."
Team chairman Tsuneo Watanabe's thoughts on Tatsunori Hara:
Statistically, he's the first manager to accumulate so many victories since Tetsuhara Kawakami. There aren't many [managers] like that. I guess there's also Motoshi Fujita. So even just looking at just the numbers, he makes sense. He's also got a great personality -- he's cheerful and an all-around good guy. The team won't finish in first this year. We need to focus on next year. And if that's the case, then the best candidate is the guy that struggled the most this year. It has been decided.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama recorded the first birthday homer of his pro career on Tuesday night; he turned 29.