Takahiro Okada was left out of the starting line-up today after he was diagnosed with gastritis. Okada did arrive at Kleenex Stadium with the team, but did not participate in pre-game practices. He instead spent time in the trainer's room.
Okada did make it into tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles as a pinch-hitter hitter in the top of the 7th and connected for an RBI single.
Satoshi Nagai threw ninety pitches in the bullpen at the Ni-gun facilities in Izumi, Sendai today.
"My shoulder is fine. But I lost the feel for pitching against live hitters and I am trying to get that back as soon as possible," said Nagai.