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Chiba Lotte Marines: Takashi Ogino, Tatsuya Uchi making good progress

by on Apr.23, 2012 @ 8:38 pm, under NPB

Takashi Ogino is coming back from right knee surgery and Tatsuya Uchi is coming back from right elbow surgery. Ogino played in his first rehab game on Saturday: Ni-gun vs Seibu, 0-for-2, 2 R.  Uchi pitched in his first rehab game on Sunday: Ni-gun vs Seibu, 1 IP, 3 BF, 14 NP, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB/HBP, 0 R, 0 ER.

Norifumi Nishimura on when they expect Ogino and Uchi to return to the active roster, via Nikkan Sports: "We were first thinking mid-May, but there is no need to rush their returns.  Uchi needs more innings and Ogino needs more at bats.  It would hurt them, and the team, if [we rushed their returns and] they got hurt again."

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Tomoya Satozaki could return to the starting line-up as early as Tuesday, dependent on how he is feeling in the morning.

Satozaki took a foul ball off his right arm on April 13.  He played a full game the following day, but has not played in any games since because the team felt he needed some rest.

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Takahiro Fujioka's next start could come against the Softbank Hawks on April 30 at QVC Marine.

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Seth Greisinger has not allowed a run in either of his two starts this season:

4/10 vs Orix: 8 IP, 113 NP, 28 BF, 2 H, 6 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER
4/4 vs Seibu: 7 IP, 94 NP, 23 BF, 4 H, 9 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER 

He is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

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