Shota Takeda's next start will likely come against the Chiba Lotte Marines (at Yahoo Dome) on July 14. Takeda is also preparing contact lenses for the start -- his vision is not bad, but he some times has trouble seeing the catcher's signs. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012
The Hawks also do not plan on lifting their eighty or so pitch limit on Takeda. Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2012
Takeda will continue to smile when he pitches -- seems some people made a fuss about how he smiled too much during his last start and how that could be taken the wrong way by opposing teams. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuki Saito will be getting a new glove for the second half of the season that will also include his uniform number and a tiny caricature near the base of the thumb area. He plans to unveil/use the new glove during the All-Star series. Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012
Saito's first start in the second half will likely be against the Orix Buffaloes on July 29. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012
Sho Nakata, Kenshi Sugiya, Haruki Nishikawa, and Takuya Nakashima worked on their hitting on Monday. Nakata also tossed some batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012
Atsunori Inaba is trying to change things up to help the team win. On Sunday, he suggested everyone use intro songs performed by J-pop group Southern All-Stars. He is now thinking about giving out a reward to help push players forward. Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012
Kei Igawa is currently slated to start Wednesday's game against the Rakuten Eagles (at Kleenex Stadium). Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
Chihiro Kaneko could end up missing more time than originally expected -- since he was scratched from his start on June 23 (vs Seibu at Seibu Dome), the Buffaloes still have no timetable on when he will be able to start playing catch.
Said Akinobu Okada, "We have shut Kaneko down. After the All-Star break? No, it will take some time."
Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/10/2012
The Eagles added Brett Harper to he active roster today -- he took Kelvin Jimenez's spot on the roster. Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012
The team held a press conference for Harper at Kleenex Stadium earlier today. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012
Masahiro Tanaka will not get another start until some time on or after July 12. Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
Sponichi figures his next start will be on July 12 against Orix (at Kleenex). Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012
Tanaka, with help from Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri) and Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), is also working towards organizing the 1988 Club (for players born in 1988). Fifty-five NPB players (including Ikusei) were born in 1988. Source: Sponichi 7/10/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines
Yuki Karakawa will be scratched from his start on Wednesday because of possible tightness in his back. Shingo Ono will likely get the start instead. Source: Sports Hochi 7/10/2012
Said Norifumi Nishimura, via Sponichi, "The tightness has not gone away. We will decide on his next start while we are in Sapporo."
Nikkan Sports' quote from Nishimura includes Softbank and Rakuten as possible options.