Shota Oba was tossed from Monday night's game for throwing a dangerous pitch -- he hit Orix Buffalo Keiji Obiki up near the brim of the helmet. And even though Monday's game was called after the top of the 3rd, the ejection will remain in the books.
Oba was the 5th pitcher in the NPB (2nd in the PL) to get ejected from a game for throwing a dangerous pitch.
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Yuki Saito is working on a new slider (vertical break) with pitching coach Masato Yoshii. Masataka Nashida has also been helping him out. Saito's next start will likely come on the 24th against the Orix Buffaloes.
A number of players, including Masato Fukae, Shunta Goto, Tetsuya Yokoyama, and Softbank Hawk Shuhei Fukuda, popped out of the dugout after the game was canceled to fool around in the rain and entertain the fans that came.
Keiji Obiki took an HBP near the brim of his helmet during his at bat in the first inning on Monday against the Softbank Hawks and later told reporters, "I'm fine. I just need to get over it as soon as possible."
Obiki did leave the field temporarily for treatment and was able to return to play.
The Eagles held practices beginning at 10am on Monday. Darrell Rasner also rejoined the team.