Hiroaki Saiuchi complained of tightness in his lower back during workouts on Thursday. His running exercises were canceled. He played catch at a distance of about twenty meters and he threw lightly to a standing catcher in the bullpen.
Saiuchi did get an MRI later in the day. The team trainer told reporters that Saiuchi was having difficulty throwing the ball to squatting catchers. He was scratched from his Ichi-gun start against the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday. Takumi Akiyama will likely get the start.
Source: Sanspo 9/14/2012
Nikkan Sports adds a little more... After warm-ups, he started playing catch and looked a little uncomfortable, at times twisting his lower back. He also threw the ball around with with the trainer before heading to the bullpen. After a few minutes of throwing off the mound, Saiuchi moved to the indoor facilities because the trainer called off his running exercises.
"[Saiuchi] did not look right during warm-ups. He was scheduled for a bullpen session so I had him throw off the mound to a standing catcher to check on his body movement. He complained of tightness in his lower back. He could not throw hard to a squatting catcher," said team trainer Yasunori Gonda.
Saiuchi was taken to the hospital later in the day for an MRI, CT scan, and various other tests. His start on Monday against the Yokohama Bay Stars has been scratched.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012
GM Katsuhiro Nakamura is thinking about converting Daiki Enokida from reliever to starter to alleviate some of the strains from pitching on consecutive days as a reliever -- Enokida has had problems with his elbow. Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2012
The media learned on Thursday that team president Nobuo Minami, GM Nakamura, and manager Yutaka Wada were scheduled to meet today in Tokyo. They likely discussed contract plans for veteran players, like Craig Brazell, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, and Shinjiro Hiyama. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 9/14/2012
Kyuji Fujikawa changed his intro music from LINDBERG's every little thing every precious thing to GReeeeN's Wai-ha Waiwaide Iiwai - Omaewai? (ワイはワイワイでいいワイ～おまえワィ？～) on Thursday. Fujikawa later told reporters it was a one-day thing -- he just wanted to mix things up a little. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012, Sponichi 9/14/2012, Daily Sports 9/14/2012
Tickets to what could end up being Tomoaki Kanemoto's retirement game at Koshien Stadium (September 29 vs Hiroshima and October 5 vs Yakult) are close to being sold out. The Tigers are also planning to release merchandise to commemorate Kanemoto's final season. Source: Sanspo 9/14/2012
Sports Hochi notes the retirement game will most likely be scheduled on September 29. An unnamed team official is quoted as saying, "It is a Saturday so I think a lot of fans will be able to come. I think it is the best option." Kanemoto will likely get the start in left and bat clean-up for the game. Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2012
According to Nikkan Sports, the Hanshin Tigers have serious interest in Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Koskue Fukudome. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2012