Takuya Asao gave up five runs (four earned) in seventy-nine appearances last year. He has given up four runs (three earned) in just sixteen games so far this year.
Kazuki Yoshimi could be out until June.
Sponichi notes that the Giants set a new franchise record by recording their seventh shutout loss in their twenty-six game of the season. The previous high of seven shutout losses in thirty-three games was set in 1948. They also note that the Giants are 3-11-1 when the opposition scores first.
According to Sponichi, Dennis Houlton will likely be the odd man out of the starting rotation during Inter-league play. Sanspo figures the Giants could go with the following four-man rotation: Tetsuya Utsumi, Hirokazu Sawamura, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Ryosuke Miyaguni.
Said general pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi, via Nikkan Sports, "Houlton's pitches are high. He is not pitching well. If he continues to pitch like this, we may have to call in Miyaguni."
Nine inning Giants' games are averaging about two hours and five-seven minutes. They are currently the only team in the NPB with game times coming in under three hours.
Michihiro Ogasawara was taken off the active roster today. While there are reports about Ogasawara coming off the active roster because of a hamstring strain, Daily Sports notes that the Giants were already thinking about taking him off the active roster because of his struggles at the plate.
Akihito Fujii was checked out at a hospital on Wednesday and was given the green light to start catching duties. Depending on how things go over the next few days, he could return to the active roster as early as May 8.
Yokohama Bay Stars
The Bay Stars held a meeting for position players on Wednesday that lasted about thirty to forty minutes. Kiyoshi Nakahata had the players study video of two types of players: players that are currently hitting well (like Yakult's Wladimir Balentien) and players that are struggling (like Alex Ramirez and Hichori Morimoto).
Sports Hochi reports that the Bay Stars may attempt to tap the overseas market for a power right-handed bat. Sponichi adds that signing a foreign player is more likely than a trade. Sanspo reports that the team is open to both options.
The Bay Stars currently have one spot open on their seventy-man roster.