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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin: July 2, 2012

by on Jul.02, 2012 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi was upset that his team was swept by the Yomiuri Giants, particularly because his ace, Kazuki Yoshimi, did not pitch.

"That is why we lost.  But I am not surprised, because our ace did not pitch. ... Winning one game would not be a big deal.  The difference is in the three pitchers the Giants selected for this series and the three pitchers we started.  And I made sure to say that I wanted to win these three games. ... I am sure changes will be made [to the rotation].  We also have veterans throwing at Ni-gun.  If [Soma] Yamauchi is going to pitch like that, he will not get another chance," said Takagi.

Pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo had told reporters the rotation was already set for the upcoming Yakult and Yokohama series, but it seems he may have to make tweaks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012

Interestingly enough, a Sports Hochi Osaka report makes it sound more like Takagi was simply a little frustrated, but also realized that there was no reason to rush Yoshimi and set the rotation just so that he could start a game against the Giants at this stage in the season.

Sponichi's report is similar to Nikkan Sports.

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced today that they added Ikusei INF Kazunao Yamamoto to the seventy-man roster. His new uniform number will be 91 (from 009) and his new contract will be worth an estimated 5.5M yen.  Source: Daily Sports 7/2/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012


Ryosuke Miyaguni (right shoulder) threw twenty-one pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen after playing catch outdoors today.  Miyaguni is currently slated to start a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012


Tatsunori Hara on sending up a pinch-hitter for rookie Seiji Tahara in the 2nd inning of Sunday's game against the Chunichi Dragons, via Nikkan Sports: "A regular starter probably would have swung the bat.  But this was an special situation.  I decided to go with offense."

Hara has now pulled four pitchers over his managerial career after two or fewer innings: Kazuhiro Takeda (retirement game, 0.1 IP, October 10, 2002), Seth Greisinger (injury, 1.0+ IP, August 3, 2010), and Ryosuke Miyaguni (injury, 1 IP, May 16, 2012).  Source: Sponichi 7/2/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Kyuji Fujikawa's Ni-gun rehab outing on Sunday was rained out.  His workouts included stretching, dashes, and playing catch.  He also threw seventy pitches in the bullpen.

"The trainers and coaches decide when I pitch.  They will also have to consider my leg as well," said Fujikawa to reporters.

There are Ikusei games scheduled against San-gun Softbank on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Fujikawa probably will not appear in either.  Instead, he will most likely toss live batting practice on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012

Sanspo figures the earliest Fujikawa will be able to join the team is July 7, assuming he gets to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 6 and feels ok.


Tomoaki Kanemoto got the day off on Sunday.  Source: Sanspo 7/2/2012


Shinobu Fukuhara reported to the Naruohama training facilities on Sunday for treatment on his lower back.  Source: Sanspo 7/2/2012