The Swallows have an interest in Chunichi senryokugai Masafumi Hirai. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2012
They also plan to give Yokohama senryokugai Naoyuki Shimizu a tryout after the post-season even though he had problems with his left knee this season. Source: Sponichi 10/12/0212
Ryosuke Morioka felt pain in his lower back while tacking fielding practice on Thursday and was evaluated at a hospital. Since he was taken off the active roster on the same day, he will not be eligible to return until October 21.
Yoshiyuki Noguchi was called up in his place.
Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012
New Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata will meet up with the Ni-gun players in Miyazaki on the 17th. New Ni-gun batting coach Kenichiro Kawamura is planning to work with Ni-gun players while staying at the Naruohama dorms. Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2012
Daiki Enokida will be a starter next season. His top priority right now is to fully recover from left elbow surgery and improve on his stamina/conditioning so that he can pitch deep into games. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012
According to Sanspo, unnamed sources are saying that Shinobu Fukuhara is currently leaning towards remaining with the Tigers and not exercising his international FA option. If he stays, he could be a candidate to take over the closer role. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012
Team president Nobuo Minami, GM Katsuhiro Nakamura, and Yutaka Wada met at a hotel in Hyogo on Thursday for about two hours to discuss possible player additions. They also confirmed their notes on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Kosuke Fukudome, and Ryota Igarashi. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2012
The three, plus owner Shinya Sakai are scheduled to meet today as well. Source: Sanspo 10/12/2012
The Carp want more arms for the bullpen and could convert Yuya Fukui into a reliever. Source: Sponichi 10/12/2012
Yokohama Bay Stars
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Shigeru Kaga, and Shun Yamaguchi have a shot at being named to the Samurai Japan roster that plays two games against Cuba in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2012
The Bay Stars will be renovating the dugouts and locker rooms at Yokohama Stadium during the winter -- an extra row of seats will be added to the dugout (from two rows to three) and the locker rooms will be upgraded to something nicer (like the MLB). Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2012, Sponichi 10/12/2012