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Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin: September 2, 2012

by on Sep.02, 2012 @ 5:53 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Jun Matsui was taken off the active roster on Saturday because of pain in the base area of his left thumb.  Matsui complained of the pain during batting practice on Friday and was evaluated at a hospital, where they cleared him of any damage to the bones.  No word on how much time he is expected to miss.  Source: Sanspo 9/2/2012

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe hurt his left knee during a close play at home plate in today's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

With runners on first and third and one out in the top of the 8th, Yoshitomo Tsutugo hit a grounder to Taishi Ota at first.  Ota threw the ball to home plate where Abe injured in left knee while trying to block the plate.

Abe could not stand on his own and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.  He was later diagnosed with a contusion on his left knee.  Abe was not taken to the hospital and instead received treatment at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 9/2/2012


Dennis Houlton became the fourth foreign pitcher to record double-digit wins with two or more teams: Jeremy Powell (Kintetsu, Orix, Yomiuri), Nathan Minchey (Hiroshima, Lotte), Seth Greisinger (Yakult, Yomiuri), and Houlton (Softbank, Yomiuri).  He is also the eleventh player in franchise history to record double-digit victories during their first year after moving to the Giants.  Houlton and Toshiya Sugiuchi are the first pair of pitchers in franchise history to record double-digit victories during the same first year after joining to the Giants since Kimiyasu Kudo and Darrell May in in 2000.  Source: Sponichi 9/2/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Kai-Wen Cheng was taken off the active roster today in order to make room for Hiroaki Saiuchi.  Saiuchi is not expected to remain on the active roster for very long after he makes his debut Ichi-gun start today.

With Cheng coming off the active roster, Matt Murton might also have a shot at rejoining the active roster soon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2012


Minoru Iwata (11), Jason Standridge (10), and Randy Messenger (10) have all lost ten or more games.  The last time the Tigers had three pitchers with double-digit losses in the same season was when they had four in 2001.  This also marked just the third time in franchise history that two foreign pitchers recorded double-digit losses in the same season: Peter Burnside (14) and Gene Bacque (14) in 1965; and Greg Hansell (13) and Buddy Carlyle (10) in 2001.  Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2012


Takahiro Arai missed his third straight game on Saturday because his right shoulder.  Source: Sanspo 9/2/2012


Murton told reporters he plans to return to the US within a week after the season ends.  That likely means he will not attend fall practices/camp.  Source: Sanspo 9/2/2012