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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: June 20, 2012

by on Jun.20, 2012 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Takuya Asao tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday, his fourth since he started rehabbing his right shoulder.  The Dragons do not want to rush Asao back and will wait until he is 100%.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/20/2012

Said Ni-gun pitching coach Shinji Imanaka, "If he suffers a set back, that will be it for him this season.  Right now, I could go so far as to say the team can wait for him until August."  Source: Sponichi 6/20/2012


Shinji Tajima (right shoulder) may not make it back to the active roster until some time in July.

Said Tajima, "I feel ok when throwing the ball.  A part of me really wants to get back to pitching.  Right now, I am playing catch at a distance of about thirty-five meters."

The Dragons are taking it slow with Tajima.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 6/20/2012


Shuhei Takahashi had a chance to go back to his family's home in Kanagawa after Sunday's game and then returned to the player's dorm on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012

Yakult Swallows

A DVD starring Tsubakuro is scheduled to hit store shelves on August 15.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012


While not 100% connected to the team, a Reuters report filed on June 11 notes that Yakult does not want Danone to increase its stake in the company.  A snip:

Last month, Japanese media reported Danone was in talks with Yakult, best known for its fermented lactic drinks, to lift its stake to 28 percent from around 20 percent the consumer goods giant currently holds.

... Danone first took a stake in Yakult in 2000 and the two firms entered into a strategic agreement in 2004. Under the terms of that deal, Danone could not lift its stake to more than 20 percent for five years.

... Under their strategic partnership, the two firms have teamed up to establish joint ventures in India and Vietnam, and reports have said Danone wants to greater leverage Yakult's lactic acid technology and sales network in emerging economies.

Yomiuri Giants

Shoki Kasahara threw seventy-three pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  Kasahara, Dicky Gonzalez, Shun Tono, and Yuki Koyama are candidates for the final two two open spots in the starting rotation.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012, Sponichi 6/20/2012


The Giants plan to continue using both Michihiro Ogasawara and Edgar Gonzalez at first base.  Source: Daily Sports 6/19/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Robert Zarata could be a candidate to close.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012


Jason Standridge will likely get Friday's start against Yokohama.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012

Yuya Ando could get Sunday's start against Yokohama.  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012

Atsushi Nomi's next start could come against Chunichi on July 26 (at Nagoya Dome).  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2021


Matt Murton could return to the starting line-up on June 22 (right field, batting lead-off).  Murton had a meeting with Yutaka Wada and batting coach Atsushi Kataoka on Tuesday that lasted about thirty minutes.

Said Kataoka, "June 22 is a new start.  These games up to the All-Star break are key so it is important to get a good start. ... It is all about Murton.  Right now, he is not performing on all cylinders.  This is not the kind of player he is.  We need him if we want to good start to the second half.  Our line-up is built around him.  I want him to do well and we need him to do well.  And we are thinking of ways to help."

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012, Sponichi 6/20/2012


Team president Nobuo Minami told his scouts on Tuesday to do their absolute best in finding the perfect talent for the draft.  One scout reportedly replied, "There is no such thing."  Source: Sanspo 6/20/2012, Sponichi 6/20/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Shota Dobayashi started choking up on the bat (about two or three fingers up from the knob) after watching Nobuhiro Matsuda (SOF) take his swings during a game on June 9.  Since then, he is 8-for-21 with three homers, ten RBI, and eight runs scored.  Source: Daily Sports 6/19/2012


Dennis Sarfate threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He is currently schedule to pitch in two Ni-gun games on June 22 and 24.  Depending on how well he does, he could return to the active roster on June 26.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/20/2012


Nick Stavinoha reportedly informed the club on Tuesday that he wants to return to the US for knee surgery.  A final decision will be reached after Stavinoha talks things over with Kenjiro Nomura.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Had Tuesday's game against the Rakuten Eagles not been rained out, the Bay Stars would have been able to make a stop in Yokohama before heading to Osaka on Thursday.  But now they tonight and will need to go to Osaka directly from Sendai.  They will spend thirteen days on the road (twelve nights) and travel a total of about 4,600 kilometers.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/20/2012