Brian Falkenborg will likely return to the active roster on Friday.
Said Falkenborg, "I am at about eighty percent right now, but I will be back at 100% after I throw two or three more times."
Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2012
Hiroki Kokubo took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Wednesday and hit two over the fence. He is scheduled to play in Ni-gun games against Hiroshima on June 22 and 23. Assuming no difficulties, he could be back on the active roster as early as June 24. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012
More on Shota Takeda's Ni-gun start against Orix on Wednesday: 5 IP, 19 BF, 77 NP, 4 H, 3 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
Shogo Akiyama was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with pain in his right thigh. Akiyama suffered the injury during a close play at home on June 11 (vs Yakult). He managed to play through the pain, but the injury has been slow to heal so far. Source: Sponichi 6/21/2012
Kei Igawa will likely get two more Ni-gun rehab outings (June 24 vs Hanshin and June 30 vs Chunichi) before he gets added to the active roster. Current ETA: July 7 vs Lotte (at QVC Marine). Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012
Nikkan Sports notes that Igawa will start Ni-gun games on June 24 vs Hanshin and July 1 vs Chunichi.
More on Igawa's Ni-gun start against Softbank on Wednesday: 1 IP, 3 BF, 7 NP, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
Takahiro Okada on his left hamstring after playing in a Ni-gun game on Wednesday, via Sports Hochi Osaka: "My leg is about eighty percent. Still a little worried, but it was good that I was able to hit and then run the bases."
The Eagles announced today that 573 fans took advantage of their Tohoku-san Ticket Giveaways -- fans with Tohoku prefectures as last names were given free tickets. The breakdown: 189 Miyagi-sans, 152 Fukushima-sans, 119 Akita-sans, 108 Yamagata-san, 4 Aomori-sans, and 1 Iwate-san. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Katsuya Kakunaka is the second player in franchise history to finish with the best Inter-league batting average. The other: Benny Agbayani in 2007 (30-for-80, .375). Source: Sponichi 6/21/2012