There is a good chance that Shota Takeda will make his Ichi-gun debut on July 7 -- he would essentially be filling in for the recently demoted Nagisa Arakaki. Kodai Senga is another candidate for the start. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/4/2012
Takeda's Ni-gun stats: 4 G, 17 IP, 11 H, 1 HR, 5 BB, 12 SO, 3 R, 3 ER.
Takeda topped out at 152km/h during a Ni-gun outing against Orix on June 20. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012
UPDATE @ 6:07pm - Sponichi reports that Takeda will indeed make his Ichi-gun debut on July 7.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Atsunori Inaba played in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Tuesday (starting DH, batted fourth) and went 1-for-2: solo homer to right, strikeout.
The Lions currently expect Takeya Nakamura to return to the active roster some time before the start of the All-Star break. Nakamura has yet to join the Ni-gun players for workouts, but did start taking soft-toss batting practice last weekend.
Said Hisanobu Watanabe, "Right now, [Nakamura] is not with us, but we plant to call him up the moment we know he can swing the bat. Having him around will be good enough, even if all he can do is hit."
Source: Sports Hochi 7/4/2012
Of course, if he feels he needs to play in a couple of Ni-gun games first, Watanabe is willing to let him do that as well. Source: Sponichi 7/4/2012
Motohiro Shima could return to the active roster on July 10. Shima played in his first rehab game on June 26. While he has yet to play out a full game, he is expected to rejoin the active roster once he shows that he can. Source: Sports Hochi 7/4/2012
Hisashi Kawata will be added to the active roster today for the first time since 2007. Kawata can catch, play first, and DH (he is listed as a catcher, but has spent more time at first and DH over the last few years). Source: Sponichi 7/4/2012
Ni-gun stats: 32 G, 19-for-54, 10 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 12 BB, 13 SO, .352/.593/.478
With Brett Harper joining the team, Shintaro Masuda will get some more playing time by shifting to the outfield. Masuda took some fielding practice in the outfield at QVC Marine on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2102
Chiba Lotte Marines
The Marines do not have any sort of set timetable on Takahiro Fujioka -- they will keep him at Ni-gun as long as necessary. They are, however, hoping he can, at the very least, return some time after the All-Star break when games become more important. Source: Sports Hochi 7/4/2012