Hiroki Kokubo went 0-for-3 (two strikeouts, fly out to center) during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today (started at first, batted fourth). He also committed a fielding error. Kokubo is scheduled to play in another Ni-gun game on Saturday and could rejoin the active roster on June 24. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
The Fighters plan to use a portion of the money they received through posting Yu Darvish toward upgrading their Ni-gun facilities at Kamagaya. Building a roof over the 2,300 infield seats at the stadium and upgrading the scoreboard are two ideas being considered. The team has already decided on upgrading the turf inside their indoor training facility. Source: Sports Hochi 6/22/2012
Jose Ortiz played in Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Thursday. He started at first, batted third, and went 2-for-3: HBP, foul out to first, two-run double to left, single to center.
Ortiz was added to the active roster today.
Lee turned thirty-one on Thursday.
Luis Garcia was taken off the active roster today after he threw out his back while changing. Source: Sports Hochi 6/22/2012
Masahiro Tanaka has made a number of changes to his pitching mechanics since the start of the season. Source: Sports Hochi 6/22/2012
Motohiro Shima (fracture near the base of his right thumb) could return to the active roster as early as June 29 -- he has already started batting practice and throwing the ball. He is hoping to playing in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on June 26. Assuming no problems, he will likely be cleared to rejoin the active roster on June 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
The Marines are thinking about releasing Katsuya Kakunaka merchandise. Source: Sponichi 6/22/2012