Craig Brazell started at first and batted third during a Ni-gun game against Sofbank on Thursday and went 0-for-2. As of now, the Tigers plan on activating him on the 17th.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Thursday. It was an important game for Kobayashi because Ichi-gun head coach Katsuhiko Kido was also in attendance -- a good performance may have meant an immediate call-up. Unfortunately for Kobayashi, he had an unimpressive outing: he faced 6 batters and gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits over an inning of work; he also walked 1 and struck out 1.
As of now, the Tigers will probably wait to call Kobayashi up until they begin a 13-game stretch in October. In the meantime, he's scheduled to pitch another Ni-gun game on the 19th (vs Chunichi).
Kentaro Sekimoto started his rehab at the Naruohama training facilities on Thursday (lasted about 4 hours). He also told reporters he plans on returning to the active roster after 10 days and that he wasn't looking on becoming 100%.
Shunsuke Fujikawa was demoted to Ni-gun on Thursday due to performance issues.
Shohei Tateyama became the 13th player in NPB history (7th in CL history and 1st in franchise history) to strikeout 5 times in one game on Thursday night.
Kazuhiro Hatakeyama became the second Yakult player to hit homers in 4 consecutive games this season (the other, Wladimir Balentien). The franchise record of 5 was reached by 6 foreign players, with the last being Aaron Guiel in 2007.
On Thursday, Michihiro Ogasawara spent about 10 minutes taking soft-toss BP using just his right hand.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Rookie Shinji Ohara appeared in his 58th game on Thursday night and tied a franchise record for appearances by a rookie during a single season. The last rookie to reach 58 games: Takashi Suzuki in 1958.
Terrmel Sledge dropped by Yokohama Stadium on Thursday and provided the following comment to reporters:
I'm grateful to my teammates. Leaving like this is tough for me. ... I'd like to work on getting myself motivated for the 2012 season. I love it here in Yokohama, but I'll play with whichever of the 12 NPB teams that want me the most.