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Chunichi Dragons: Hitoki Iwase taken off active roster

by on Aug.02, 2012 @ 5:32 pm, under NPB

Hitoki Iwase was taken off the active roster today in order to get a tune-up at Ni-gun.

Said pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo, "It is a regretful demotion.  I spoke to Iwase after the game yesterday and I made the decision.  Then I told the manager.  This is to help him get back to throwing with confidence.  Closer's pitch under a lot of emotional pressure.  There is no timetable [for his return].  I will talk to him after a week.  Is it ok to bring him up, or not.  Right now, I do not know how long it will take.  I did not think sending him to Ni-gun was necessary yesterday, but he approached me. He must be that prepared."

Source: Daily Sports 8/2/2012

FWIW: Gondo said the following to reporters after last night's game: "We will continue to use [Iwase].  Iwase is Chunichi's trump card.  If we do not get our trump card back to where he should be, we will not be able to keep up [with Yomiuri]."

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2012