According to Nikkan Sports, Yuichi Honda has been battling neck pains for about a week.
Honda's consecutive games streak ended at 352 on Sunday, one day after his every inning of every game streak ended at 293.
Nippon Ham Fighters
If Bobby Keppel needs his right shoulder cleaned out, he might miss up to four months of the season.
According to Nikkan Sports: Six pitchers have won ten MVP of the Month awards and eight position players have won twelve MVP of the Month awards since the Fighters moved to Sapporo. Yu Darvish leads all pitchers with five; Atsunori Inaba leads all position players with four. The last Nippon Ham pitcher to win the award for March/April: Darvish in 2008. The last position player: Fernando Seguignol in 2004.
If Masaru Takeda and Inaba win the MVP of the Month for March/April, they will become the first Fighters to win the award in the same month since Darvish and Inaba in May 2009.
Yoshinao Kamata started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Sunday and tossed four shutout innings. He faced fifteen batters, threw seventy-one pitches, allowed one hit, walked two, hit one, and struck out one. This was Kamata's first Ni-gun start.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yuki Karakawa picked Kenji Akashi (SOF) off first base in the 1st inning on Sunday. Sponichi notes the amount of time he took before making the three pick-offs throws to first: 0.9 seconds, 2.8 seconds, and 3.0 seconds.