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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima: August 7, 2012

by on Aug.07, 2012 @ 4:13 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi is planning to take carry Shuhei Takahashi on the active roster when the team goes to play a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars in Kofu on Saturday.  Takahashi has ties to Kofu from his playing days with Tokai Daiguaku Kofu High School.  Source: Sanspo 8/7/2012

At this point, it seems this is just a one-game deal, but if Takahashi plays well enough, Takagi may consider leaving him on the active roster for a bit longer.  Source: Sponichi 8/7/2012

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Maximo Nelson will likely pitch out of the bullpen this week because the team only plays five games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

Yakult Swallows

Yuki Shichijo is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Yokohama (at Jingu).  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

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Wladimir Balentien (right gluteal muscle strain) visited the Jingu clubhouse on Monday to organize his things.  He told reporters that he was able to hit and throw without any problems, but running was still an issue.  If things go well, he could return some time before the end of this month.  Source: Sanspo 8/7/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Yuki Koyama will get a shot to take Dicky Gonzalez's spot in the starting rotation (Wednesday starts).  If he does not pitch well, the Giants may also consider other options, like Shoki Kasahara or Keisuke Kishi.  Source: Sanspo 8/7/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Yasutomo Kubo is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants (at Tokyo Dome).  Jason Standridge will likely follow with a start on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 8/7/2012Sanspo 8/7/2012

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Robert Zarate is a candidate to move into the closer role next season, should Kyuji Fujikawa decide to leave for the Majors.  Source: Sanspo 8/7/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

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Pitching coach Takashi Yamaguchi told reporters that Kazuhito Futagami might get a shot at starting an Ichi-gun game and that Naoto Tsuru will likely remain in the bullpen because it can be difficult to switch someone from relieving to starting in the middle of the season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

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According to Sanspo, Yutaka Wada feels the only way he can get back to winning this season is to continue using the veteran players -- it seems he is still not ready to throw in the towel.

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There are grumblings about the Tigers' front office holding some sort of an "emergency" meeting with Wada at some point over the next few days.  Team owner Shinya Sakai told reporters he knew nothing about a meeting and that he was leaving on-field decisions up to the coaches and manager.

Team president Nobuo Minami is in Tokyo right now and spoke to reporters on Monday.  Said Minami, "I have no plans, but I am sure we will talk if we see each other."

Source: Sanspo 8/7/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

Sponichi mentions that the two already met on Monday with Minami asking Wada to use young players.

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Sports Hochi notes that ten or more players may not return (senryokugai, retirement) for the 2013 season.  Twenty players did not return after the team finished in fourth place in 2002 and fifteen players did not return after a fourth place finish in 2004.  And unnamed team source is also quoted as saying that they would like to start the 2013 season with sixty-six to sixty-seven players on the seventy-man roster.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp will likely start their Big 3 against the Chunichi Dragons (August 7-9 at Nagoya Dome): Kenta Maeda, Yusuke Nomura, and Kan Otake.  The last time the three made consecutive starts in one series: May 11-13 vs Chunichi at Mazda Stadium with a 1-1-1 record.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012

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Naoki Nakahigashi catch batting practice on Monday.  With Tsubasa Aizawa hurt, he was added to he active roster with hopes of being a possible back-up catcher.  Source: Sports Hochi 8/7/2012