The Buffaloes are short on starting pitching and may speed up Kei Igawa's return to the NPB. Perhaps even as early as April 30 (vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome).
There is a chance Masahiro Tanaka (back) will miss more time than the team's original estimate -- he is still not able to do any running or throwing.
Said Tanaka to reporters on Tuesday, "If I could throw, I would be throwing. That I am not [throwing] means that I can not. Running? If I could, I would."