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CL News and Notes: Craig Brazell (HAN) still on course to return on the 17th

by on Sep.15, 2011 @ 5:30 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Tomoaki Kanemoto did not take part in pre-game BP on Wednesday and instead worked on strengthening exercises for his right shoulder.  He also didn't make it into the starting line-up for the second straight night and also didn't make it into the game as a pinch-hitter.  Reporters later asked Akinobu Mayumi if something was wrong with Kanemoto, he said there was nothing to report.

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Wednesday's Ni-gun game against Softbank:

Keiji Uezono started the game and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits over 4 innings of work. ... Craig Brazell started at first and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-2 (single to left) and was removed from the game after 4 innings.  Brazell will play in one more Ni-gun game today.  Assuming no problems, he'll join the Ichi-gun team for practice on Friday and rejoin the active roster on the 17th.

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The Tigers' flag at Koshien Stadium was at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of Shunjiro Kuma.  The players also wore back patches on their uniform sleeves.

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura has not allowed a run over his last 18 consecutive innings of work.  His 2.22 ERA is currently 4th best in the Central League (39 runs in 158 innings of work).

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Hisayoshi Chono tweaked his left ankle while running down a ball in the outfield in the bottom of the 9th inning Wednesday night and was promptly removed from the game.  The injury doesn't appear to be serious as the Giants don't expect him to miss any games.

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Michihiro Ogasawara was allowed to workout without his left wrist brace on Wednesday.

Said Ogasawara, "I felt a little worried taking the brace off, but there wasn't a lot of pain. ... I can't really say anything more until I see how I feel after a few days. ... I feel like I made a nice step forward [in my recovery]."

Most of Ogasawara's current rehab training includes running and lower body exercises.

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The Giants are looking for a group of supporters/fans to form their Osaka Oendan (2012 season).

Hiroshima Carp

Tsuyoshi Wada's (SOF) mini-bus arrived at Mazda Stadium on Wednesday in order to collect signatures from Carp players (Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Akihiro Higashide, Kenta Kurihara, Kenta Maeda, and Yuya Fukui).  The mini bus is on its way to Fukushima and will make stops along the way to collect additional signatures.  The bus will then be presented to the Fukushima High School Baseball Federation at a ceremony in Fukushima on the 23rd.