Shinji Iwata hit Tsubasa Aizawa in the head in the 3rd inning on Saturday. He was initially ejected from the game for throwing a dangerous pitch, but after umpires convened to discuss the pitch, they reversed the call on grounds they felt the pitch slipped out of his hand.
Yuki Shichijo will likely be called up from Ni-gun, instead of Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder tightness), during the team's nine-game stretch that begins on April 28. The Swallows see no point in rushing Yoshinori back at this point in the season.
Yoshitomo Tani apparently tweaked his right hamstring while playing defense on Friday and was examined at a hospital the same day. The team has not released information on how long it will take for a full recovery, but it does not appear serious since he was available to play on Saturday.
According to Sponichi: The Giants suffered their fifth shutout loss of the month on Saturday. That ties a team high that was set five other times: May 1959; April 1960; August 1964; July 1979; and September 1989. It is also the first time since August 4, 2006 that the team finds itself in last place after playing ten or more games.
Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a single and a double on Saturday to give him 4,371 career total bases. That moved him into sole possession of 6th on the All-time list for total bases, above Shigeo Nagashima's 4,369.
Jason Standridge was taken off the active roster today because the Tigers will be going with a five-man rotation next week (they have no game on Friday) and because of his recent struggles on the mound (last two starts: 7 IP, 10 H, 8 SO, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 9 R, 5 ER). Standridge will stick around with the Ichi-gun team since they also play nine straight games beginning on April 28, which means his next start could come on May 1.
Kai-Wen Cheng will take Standridge's spot on the active roster.
Akihito Fujii's workouts on Saturday included playing catch, catching fly balls outdoors, batting practice, and catching twenty pitches (each) thrown by the fastball and curve pitching machines.
Tomonori Maeda recorded his 350th career double today (vs Chunichi, 8th inning, off Takuya Asao).
Kenta Kurihara appeared in his 1,000th career game on Friday; he played in his first game on August 31, 2002. Kurihara is the 449th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.