Kentaro Takasaki is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.
The top four batters in the line-up could be: Sho Aranami, Naoto Watanabe, Takehiro Ishikawa, and Alex Ramirez.
The Bay Stars announced today that Shintaro Ejiri will begin working out at Ni-gun on Saturday because of pain in his right shoulder.
Alex Ramirez has been feeling some tightness in his back. He played through Thursday's game against KIA with the help from the trainer.
In an effort to strengthen their farm system, the Bay Stars plan to add about fifty games to their Ni-gun schedule this year. The games will be in addition to the Ni-gun regular season schedule and will be against University, Industrial, and Independent League teams (two games have already been decided: JX-ENEOS and Tokyo University). In cases where two Ni-gun games are scheduled, the Bay Stars will split their Ni-gun roster into two groups.
Said GM Shigeru Takada, "We have a lot of players and not enough regular season games. And there are things you can only learn by playing in games. There are a lot of things players can take away from games and we also want to give the younger players more experience."