Masayoshi Tsukada had reconstructive surgery on his right knee (ACL) earlier today. He will remain in the hospital for about three weeks. In all, it will likely take Tsukada about six months for a full recovery.
Tsukada suffered the injury during base-running practices on June 1.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2012
Nippon Ham Fighters
Eiichi Koyano missed Tuesday's game because he was not feeling well. He was later diagnosed with gastroenteritis. He did play in tonight's game (entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and took over at third). Source: Sanspo 7/11/2012
Yasuyuki Kataoka was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a minor case of inflammation in his right wrist. The team does not plan on taking Kataoka off the active roster for the time being and will instead monitor his progress. He currently has problems swinging the bat the throwing the ball. Source: Sports Hochi 7/11/2012
Masahiro Tanaka threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday in preparation for his next start on Thursday (vs Orix at Kleenex Stadium). He could also get one more start before the All-Star break on July 18 (vs Lotte at QVC Marine). Source: Sponichi 7/11/2012
The Eagles have recorded two walk-off victories in one much just three times in franchise history: June 2 (Chunichi) and June 30 (Hanshin), 2006; October 4 (Seibu) and October 7 (Softbank), 2008; and July 1 (Softbank) and July 10 (Orix), 2012. Source: Sponichi 7/11/2012
Chiba Lotte Marines