Likely starters for the next three games (vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome): Yudai Kawai, Kenichi Nakata, and Kazuki Yoshimi.
Note: Yoshimi will be making the start on five days of rest.
Chief/pitching coach Daisuke Araki told reporters on Monday that Chang-Yong Lim was not yet ready for Ichi-gun and that his velocity was still down. He also said that they were still in no position to promote him, even if he was good to go.
"Lim is not ready. His velocity has not returned," said Araki. "At our current state, we can not take [Orlando] Roman out [of the starting rotation]. ... Even if Chang-Yong [Lim] were pitching well, we still would not be able to bring him up right away."
Ni-gun: 3 G, 14 BF, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2 R, 1 ER.
Likely starters for the next three games (vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome): Dennis Houlton, Tetsuya Utsumi, Dicky Gonzalez.
Note: Utsumi will be making the start on five days of rest.
Scott Mathieson started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten today and gave up a run on four hits over 5.1 innings of work. He also topped out at 150km/h.
The Giants had batters hit really slow pitches (about 50km/h) during batting practice on Monday.
Ryosuke Miyaguni has managed to win the sixth spot in the starting rotation. His next start, assuming six days of rest, should come against the Yokohama Bay Stars on April 15.
Taishi Ota and Takayuki Takaguchi will be sent down to Ni-gun today; Daisuke Nakai and Ryuichi Kajimae will be called up.
Tokyo Dome City's Giants Opening Festival 2012 will run through to April 12.
Matt Murton might be moved up a slot in the batting order this week, from sixth to fifth.
Yutaka Wada on Kenji Jojima's current status, via Sanspo: "I first need to meet with [Jojima] directly [on Tuesday] and see how he is doing. The trainer did tell me he was doing much better than [Sunday]. He can now move his shoulder. ... Days are like medicine. We will check on his range of motion [on Tuesday and decided]."
Likely starters for the next three games (vs Hanshin at Mazda Stadium): Kan Otake, Yuya Fukui, and Kenta Maeda.
Note: Maeda will be making the start on five-days of rest.
Yokohama Bay Stars
There is a chance Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (left ankle) will be able to return to the active roster in time for the upcoming Yomiuri series (April 13-15).
"We hear [Tsutsugo's] leg has gotten much better," said head coach Yutaka Takagi. "He needs to be at 100% on defense before we call him up. ... He is one of our marquee players and I think he can become a catalyst [for our team]."
In seven Ni-gun games, all at DH, Tsutsugo is 2-for-14 with seven walks and eight strikeouts (.143/.409/.214).
Team president Jun Ikeda and Yokohama Stadium president Hiroshi Tsuruoka are planning to head to the US in early July in order to check out four to five MLB stadiums.