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Softbank, Seibu, Orix, Rakuten: July 9, 2012

by on Jul.09, 2012 @ 6:05 pm, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks will celebrate Hiroki Kokubo's 2,000th hit on July 14 (vs Lotte at Yahoo Dome).  Sadaharu Oh is also scheduled to present Kokubo with his Meikyukai jacket during a pre-game ceremony.

Seibu Lions

Takayuki Kishi (pain in area behind left knee) attended pitcher workouts at Seibu 2 Stadium today.  The session lasted about two hours and included playing catch and running.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2012

Orix Buffaloes

Keiji Obiki missed games between July 3 and 8 because of tightness in his lower back.  He did take some medicine before the game on Friday to ease some of the pain so that he could play (entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th, took over at short in the bottom half of the inning, and then hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the 9th).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2012

Rakuten Eagles

Kelvin Jimenez was taken off the active roster today swelling in his right middle finger.  Jimenez suffered the injury during his outing against Seibu on Saturday (July 7).  Source: Sports Hochi 7/9/2012


Masahiro Tanaka threw thirty-six pitches out of the set position during a bullpen session on Sunday -- he started off slow and turned things up towards the end and did not experience any problems throwing the ball.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2012