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[3/3/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Rakuten, Lotte, Orix

by on Mar.03, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Bobby Keppel is still having issues with his right shoulder.  An examination at a hospital on March 1 did not reveal any problems.  He has not tossed a bullpen session since February 16.

Hideki Kuriyama does not want to apply unnecessary pressure on Keppel and is planning to assume he will not be ready for opening day.

Source: Sponichi 3/3/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani played in an Koiku League game against Yomiuri today.  He was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2013

Otani threw fifty-three pitches in the bullpen before today's game.

Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2013

Kuriyama told reporters today that Otani will be sent to Ni-gun after he gets an at bat as a pinch-hitter during an exhibition game against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome on the 6th.

Source: Sponichi 3/3/2013

Seibu Lions

2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi graduated from his high school on Saturday.  The Lions held a press conference in Kochi on the same day and announced that they wanted to help Aiuchi grow into a responsible adult.  Negotiations between the two sides are expected to begin again shortly.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kodai Senga was demoted to Ni-gun after he missed a game on Saturday with a fever.

"[Senga] does have a fever.  But he is in a situation where he has to show us that he wants to pitch even with a fever.  There are a lot of pitchers that want to pitch that can not.  He is basically being demoted. ... We have a lot of starters so he will be pushed toward the back of the line.  If someone steps up, then he will not have a chance," said pitching coach Ikuo Takayama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Through Saturday, in nine games against other teams, Rakuten pitchers have issued forty-three walks/HBPs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

 Yoshifumi Okada's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 3,374 grams, at a hospital in Tochigi on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 3/3/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Chihiro Kaneko may not be ready to pitch by opening day.  He has not tossed a bullpen session since he hurt his right elbow last month and is still only able to play catch at a max distance of about forty meters.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2013