Masahiro Yamamoto's father passed away on Thursday, of complications from pneumonia, at the age of seventy-eight. Yamamoto, who was working out at Nagoya Dome at the time, rushed to see his father, but was too late (by about thirty minutes).
Nikkan Sports reports that Yoshinori Sato was scratched from his Ni-gun start against Yomiuri today because of discomfort in his shoulder. No word on when he will pitch next, but it does not appear to be serious.
Sports Hochi mentions Yoshinori's return will likely have to wait until/after early May.
Kyosuke Takagi (left shoulder pain) played some catch at Giants Stadium today and later told reporters, "I was about to throw the ball about forty to fifty meters. I think things are improving." This was his third round of catch since he developed pain in his left shoulder.
Kenji Yano (left lisfranc injury) worked out at Giants Stadium today. His workouts included playing catch and soft toss batting practice. Said Yano, "I just need to work on my running now. ... I feel better every day. But I also need to be careful as I continue moving forward."
Shinjiro Hiyama collected a pinch-hit double on Friday night and moved into third place on the All-time Central League list for hits by a pinch-hitter with 138. The double also gave him his 2,000th total base.
The plate commemorating Kenta Maeda's no-hitter was installed at Mazda Stadium today.