Hisayoshi Chono likes to swing the bat with his pinky on the bat knob. Tatsunori Hara recently advised Chono to switch over to a bat with a thinner knob because he felt it might help his swing.
Chono has four different kinds of bats and Hara selected a bat with a thin knob, similar to the one Shuichi Murata uses.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2012
A day after starting a Ni-gun game against the Futures on Wednesday and allowing two runs on four hits over three innings of work, Ryosuke Miyaguni's right shoulder was feeling fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012
Takumi Akiyama will likely start Saturday's game against the Yakult Swallows. Source: Sanspo 6/28/2012
Takashi Toritani blamed himself for the throwing error that was charged to Keiichi Hirano on Wednesday night by telling reporters he was not prepared for the throw. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012
If Kyuji Fujikawa does not run into any setbacks during his rehab, he might have a shot at returning to the active roster as early as July 3. But that would also depend on whether or not Fujikawa is ready to pitch a rehab Ni-gun game on either June 30 or July 1. Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2012
Sanspo figures July 10 to be a more realistic ETA date.
Yusuke Nomura was scratched from today's start against the Yomiuri Giants after the coaches determined he was not quite ready to return (they made the decision on Tuesday after watching his workouts). Nomura is now tentatively scheduled to start a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on July 1. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/28/2012
Dennis Sarfate topped out at 154km/h during his outing on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2012
The Carp decided to send Jumpei Shinoda back to Ni-gun after a lackluster start on Wednesday (4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 HR, 3 SO, 0 BB, 3 R, 3 ER. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Alex Ramirez was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning of Wednesday night's game against the Yakult Swallows because his right arm, everything down past the elbow, was not feeling good. Source: Sports Hochi 6/28/2012, Sponichi 6/28/2012
Ramirez hit a homer off Yakult Swallow Shohei Tateyama for the first time in his career on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2012