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PL News and Notes: Sho Nakata (HAM) scheduled for more testing

by on Sep.22, 2011 @ 12:49 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Toshiya Sugiuchi worked out at at the Saitozaki training facilities Wednesday -- he played catch at a distance of about 17 meters for 10 minutes, ran, and did various other training exercises.

Regarding when he'll toss his first bullpen session and when he might make it back to the active roster, Sugiuchi said, "I'm not sure, but I'm trying to do my best."

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The Hawks decided not to demote Shota Oba just yet and will probably give him another start on the 24th against the Rakuten Eagles (Kleenex Stadium).  The reason: they want to give him another start as soon as possible so he doesn't drag his 6-pitch ejection from the 19th.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi was scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The game was rained out and now it seems the Lions might use him as a reliever for a few games.

Kikuchi tossed 70 pitches in the bullpen at Seibu Dome on Wednesday.

Chiba Lotte Marines

On Wednesday, the Marines decided to stay another night in Sendai because of weather conditions.

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Hayden Penn is currently scheduled to pitch in a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on the 25th.

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A little more on team president Ryuzo Setoyama and director of team operations Akira Ishikawa's decision to step down after the current season:

According to a number of articles (here, here, and here), the two may have decided that they had enough of playing the bad guy (and taking the heat) by trading away / losing players like Naoyuki Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Nishoka, Hiroyuki Kobyashi, and Saburo Omura after being told to reduce financial losses while improving the team.

And at this point, it seems the only person on the coaching staff that has a guaranteed a position in 2012 is Norifumi Nishimura.

Incidentally, Setoyama provided explanations to team staff members on Sunday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters ended up having to stay in the Tokyo area on Wednesday because flights to Hokkaido were canceled due to the typhoon.

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Yuki Saito threw 45 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.

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A little more on Sho Nakata's condition, via Sponichi: on Tuesday, for the third time in the last 30 days (8/25, 9/15, and 9/20), Nakata suffered from dizzy spells and nausea.  Without any possible causes (he was eating and sleeping properly and didn't have a fever or sore joints), the team decided it would be best for Nakata to get checked out at a hospital.  Unfortunately for Nakata and the team (or perhaps fortunately, depending on how you look at things), doctors couldn't find any problems either -- his MRI, blood tests, and EKG were all normal -- and came to the conclusion that he was fatigued.

And now it seems the Fighters aren't fully satisfied with the fatigue diagnosis and will have Nakata undergo additional tests on Thursday.

Rakuten Eagles

The typhoon has done a little damage at Kleenex Stadium -- some water managed to get through a makeshift wall and into the front entrance area of the stadium.

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Senichi Hoshino told reporters that three consecutive rains out were a bit much.

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For the first time this season, the Eagles could start their top two pitchers in the same seriesHisashi Iwakuma's next start will likely come on the 23rd against the Softbank Hawks.  Masahiro Tanaka could follow with a start on the 24th.  Assuming 5-days of rest, the two could pitch again on the 29th and 30th, both against the Orix Buffaloes.  After that, on 10/5 and 10/6 against the Nippon Ham Fighters.