Brad Penny returned to Japan today and is expected to report to the Saitozaki training facilities on Thursday.
Akira Nakamura played in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin today (started in right, batted first) and went 3-for-5: double to right in the 1st inning; infield single in the 3rd inning; run-scoring single to right in the 7th inning.
Hiroki Kokubo was left out of the starting line-up today because of tightness in his lower back. He did take part in pre-game workouts (batting practice, running).
Said Kokubo, "This is not something that developed yesterday or today. I have had this for a while now. I do not have any problems swinging the bat, but fielding is another story."
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Carlos Rosa will most likely be sent down to Ni-gun on Thursday after another lackluster outing. According to Yahoo Sports' pitch tracker, sixteen of the twenty-two pitches Rosa threw tonight were out of the strike zone.
April 18 (vs RAK): 0.1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 2 R, 0 ER
April 6 (vs HAM): 1.0 IP, 5 BF, 2 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 2 R, 2 ER