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Chunichi, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: July 24, 2012

by on Jul.24, 2012 @ 7:04 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

There is a chance Hitoki Iwase might be taken off the active roster with left elbow discomfort.  If that happens, Jorge Sosa could get a chance to close out games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2012

On Monday, Iwase did some walking, running, and played a light game of catch.  His elbow felt the worse during the second game of the All-Star Series.  He did tell reporters that he thought he would be ok for the start of the season-half.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni faced Yoshitomo Tani during batting practice on Monday and gave up two could-be hits on twenty-eight pitches.  Miyaguni will be rejoining the starting rotation in the second-half after missing time with right shoulder discomfort in the first-half.  Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2012


Scott Mathieson threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on Monday and told reporters he felt fine.  Source: Sponichi 7/24/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Ikusei pitchers Robert Zarate and Yutaka Tamaki were added to the seventy-man roster today.  Zarate was assigned the number ninety-five (from 116); Tamaki the number ninety-seven (from 118).

The Tigers have now maxed out their seventy-man roster.

Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2012, Sanspo 7/24/2012


Takahiro Arai cut his practices short on Monday -- he did not take batting practice or situational batting practice.  Reason: his right shoulder may not have been feeling well.  Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 7/24/2012


Hiroaki Saiuchi threw thirty-five pitches during situational batting practice on Monday: he faced eight batters, walked two, and did not allow a hit.  Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2012

Ryoma Matsuda also faced eight batters and walked one and gave up one hit (triple to Kohei Shibata).  He faced Hayata Ito twice and broke his bat the first time around and struck him out the second time around.  He also walked Hiroki Uemoto on eleven pitches.  Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2012

Akira Iwamoto faced eight batters and did not allow a hit, but did walk two.  Sanspo 7/24/2012

Shinobu Fukuhara got Craig Brazell to fly out to center; Tomoaki Kanemoto to fly out to right; and Shinjiro Hiyama to strikeout looking.  Source: Sanspo 7/24/2012

Minoru Iwata faced six batters and did not give up any hits.  Iwata could get Friday's start against Yokohama at Koshien.  Source: Sanspo 7/24/2012

Ito went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/24/2012

Ryota Arai went 1-for-3: single to left.  Source: Sanspo 7/24/2012

Issei Morita went 1-for-4: single to center.  Source: Sanspo 7/24/2012


Akihito Fujii played in an intra-squad game at Naruohama on Monday: he was the starting catcher for the white team, batted sixth, and played until he was removed after his at bat in the 2nd inning (strikeout swinging).  Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2012

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp will likely wait until the last minute on Nick Stavinoha.  The team holds an option on the 2013 season that expires at the end of November.  If exercised, Stavinoha will likely get a raise over the 32M yen he made this season.  But based on his health, Hiroshima may want to adjust the numbers and may ultimately let the option run out and give him a look during spring camp.

Stavinoha suffered an injury in June that required season-ending surgery.  He has been quoted as saying that he is interested in playing in Hiroshima next year.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/24/2012