Takuya Asao could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game some time during a three game series against Softbank that begins today. He could return to the active roster after the All-Star break. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2012
The Swallows do not expect Chang-Yong Lim (right elbow) to return to the active roster in a timely fashion. As such, they will likely call up Orlando Roman for a start against Hanshin on June 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2012
The Giants will likely go with Dennis Houlton, Dicky Gonzalez, and Tetsuya Utsumi for the three-game series against Hiroshima that begins tonight. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012
Ryosuke Miyaguni is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against the Futures on Wednesday (three innings). Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2102
Kyuji Fujikawa played catch at a max distance of about eighty meters today. He also took some fielding practice for the first time since he injured his thighbone/femur. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2012
A number of Tigers, including Minoru Iwata, Daiki Enokida, Kohei Shibata, and Shinji Komiyama happened to get the same Shinkansen soccer player Shinji Kagawa took on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/26/2012
Nikkan Sports adds that it was the ninth car and Kagawa had the seat just in front of Iwata.
The Tigers could start Atsushi Nomi, Takumi Akiyama, and Yuya Ando during a three game series against Yakult that begins on June 29. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2012
Kazuo Ito is slated to make his first official Ni-gun start on Wednesday against Hiroshima (five innings, about eighty pitches). Ito got a late start to the season because of right shoulder discomfort. He made his first Ni-gun appearance in relief on June 17 against Chunichi (2 IP, 9 BF, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 R, 1 ER). Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2012
US-base scout Andy Sheets returned to the US on Monday. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2012
The Carp have hit a combined 196 lead-off homers (includes top and bottom of the 1st; Yomiuri Giants have hit 177). They are also the only team in the NPB to have had three players hit twenty or more lead-off homers over their career: Yoshihiko Takahashi (32), Koichi Ogata (28), and Kenjiro Nomura (21).
Over the last five years, the Giants have hit twenty-one while the Carp have hit just six.
Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
The Bay Stars held a press conference to introduce Kensuke Uchimura. He has been assigned the number twenty-three. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2012
Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters on Monday he wanted to mix things up by changing the line-up. Takayuki Kajitani could return to the lead-off spot over Sho Aranami. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012, Nikkan Sports 6/26/2012