Matt Murton (HAN), Alex Ramirez (YOK) could be returning to their respective starting line-ups today
Matt Murton (HAN) participated in evening workouts at Jingu Stadium on Monday and will likely be back in the starting line-up tonight against the Yakult Swallows in right batting sixth.
Said Murton, "I was able to return today because all the trainers worked hard in taking care of me each day. I am really grateful to them. As a baseball player, it is difficult to be at 100% for every game, but I think I am good enough to play."
Incidentally, Murton has done extremely well against the Yakult Swallows:
2011: 34-for-85, 16 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .400/.433/.541
2010: 49-for-106, 26 R, 4 HR, 25 RBI, .462/.491/.651
Alex Ramirez (YOK) is apparently good enough to return to the starting line-up tonight. Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports mention he could start in left and bat clean-up. Kiyoshi Nakahata also said to reporters yesterday that he still was not sure which players, other than Ramirez, to start in the outfield.
"This is a tough choice," said Nakahata. "The three outfielders have all done a good job. Rock, scissor, paper? That would not be very nice for the players, but that is about how difficult this decision is."
Hichori Morimoto (LF): 7-for-11, 2 R, 3 RBI, .636/.667/1.000
Sho Aranami (CF): 5-for-19, 1 R, 0 RBI, .500/.500/.500
Tatsuhiko Kinjo (RF): 2-for-12, 2 R, 1 RBI, .167/.231/.417
Alex Ramirez (PH up to now): 2-for-3, 0 R, 2 RBI, .667/.667/.667
The Nikkan Sports report closes with the following (paraphrased): with a left-handed starter on the mound for Chunichi, do you start the right-handed hitting Morimoto and the switch-hitting Kinjo, or do you go with speed and use Aranami and Morimoto?