According to Sponichi, Kenshin Kawakami's next Ichi-gun regular season start might get pushed back until April 24 (vs Yakult at Jingu). The Dragons were originally hoping a return to the active roster within the ten-day minimum, but decided against it since he is still feeling some discomfort in his left lower back.
Nikkan Sports feels Kawakami's next start might not come around until the Yokohama series that begins on April 28 at Nagoya Dome.
Orlando Roman will likely make his next two starts on four days of rest. According to Nikkan Sports, Roman has never started a game on four days of rest in his professional career. The closest to it: starting a game, leaving early, and then pitching in relief on four days of rest.
The three starters for the Chunichi series that begins today: Toshiya Sugiuchi, Dennis Houlton, and Dicky Gonzalez.
The three starters for the Yakult series that begins today: Randy Messenger, Yasutomo Kubo, and Yuya Ando.