The Swallows announced today that the working relationship they began with Tsubame City in Niigata last season, will continue into this season. Amongst some of the projects they will be working on together: the Swallows Rice Farm Project, Rice Planting Tours, and Tsubakuro Rice.
Rookies Ryuya Matsumoto, Nobutaka Imamura, and Ikusei pitcher Kazuki Mori all tossed batting practice off the mound today for the first time since turning pro. The three pitchers have tossed batting practice on two other occasions, but this was the first time they threw off the mound -- the other two times were from shorter distances.
The Giants announced today that Takayuki Takaguchi was diagnosed with influenza B.
Toshiya Sugiuchi's start on Wednesday was rained out. His next start will likely be against the Hanshin Tigers (at Tokyo Dome) on April 28. The starters after him will get their starts pushed back by one day.
Naoto Nishida turned nineteen today. With the Ni-gun game against Chunichi rained out, he spent about two hours working out at the indoor facilities at Nagoya Stadium.
Tatsuya Kojima's Ni-gun start against Chunichi was rained out today. He will have a chance to pitch, in relief, in Friday's game against Softbank.
Kojima was sent down to Ni-gun a few days after he was ejected from a game for throwing a dangerous pitch that hit Yoshiyuki Kamei (YOM) in the face and broke his nose.
Akihito Fujii started taking outdoor batting practice against a pitching machine at Naruohama on Wednesday. If everything goes well, Fujii could play in his first rehab Ni-gun game some time in early May.
The Carp are hoping Kenta Kurihara (right elbow) will be able to return within the minimum amount of time, but there is a chance he could be out longer. Especially since he waited to say something until he was hitting at about 50%.
Takahiro Iwamoto will be called up to take Kurihara's spot on the roster.
For those wondering, Kurihara had his elbow cleaned out back in 2008.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Yuki Kuniyoshi has had four of his starts rained out this year (includes two exhibition games). His next start will likely be against the Chunichi Dragons (at Nagoya Dome) on April 29.