Nobuhiro Matsuda worked out with the Ichi-gun roster today for the first time in about two months -- he was seen taking batting and fielding practice. The Hawks are expected to add Matsuda to the active for for the last three games of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2012, Sanspo 10/4/2012
Chihiro Kaneko (coming back from right elbow inflammation) is slated to start Friday's game against the Softbank Hawks. It will be his first Ichi-gun start since June 16 (vs Chunichi). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2012
Team director Yoshio Murayama told reporters today that he is talking to Hirotoshi Kitagawa about returning next season, most likely as a coach.
Kitagawa worked out at the team facilities in Kobe today and is hoping to get some playing time during his retirement game on Sunday.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2012
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Takahiro Fujioka could make his last start of the season on Saturday against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2012