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[4/21/2013] Nippon Ham, Softbank, Lotte, Orix

by on Apr.21, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Masaru Takeda is currently slated to return to the active roster in time for a start during the Orix series that begins the 27th.  Hisashi Takeda is expected to return to Ichi-gun for the Softbank series that starts on the 23rd.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013

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Bobby Keppel will get a few more outings at Ni-gun.  The team is hoping he will be ready to return to the active roster some time during Inter-league play.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2013

Keppel's next Ni-gun outing will likely come on the 25th against Seibu.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2013

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With Ni-gun pitching coach Takeharu Kato standing on home plate, Yuki Saito tossed fifty pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.

"I still have some concerns, but the pain is more or less gone," said Saito.  "[I think I can begin pitching practices some time] next week or the week after.  I am capable of pitching in a game, but I am still in the process of solidifying my mechanics."

Source: Sanspo 4/20/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani threw a few two-seamers while playing catch on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2013

He also took 136 swings during batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 4/21/2013

Softbank Hawks

Hiroki Yamada was taken off the active roster today for a chance to work through some of his issues at Ni-gun.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013

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Ryota Igarashi was taken off the active roster on Saturday because of his struggles.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Daichi Suzuki tied a PL record (held by five others) on Saturday by hitting a triple in his third straight game.  He was also the third player in franchise history to achieve the feat.

PL History: Kazuo Kageyama (1954), Hisayuki Miyake (1955), Kingo Motoyashiki (1958), Chihiro Hamana (1993), Daisuke Hayakawa (2007), Suzuki (2013)

Franchise History: Miyake, Hayakawa, Suzuki

The NPB record of four games, set in 1960, belongs to Shigeo Nagashima.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yuki Nishi was removed from Saturday's game against Softbank when he popped a blister on his right middle finger while playing catch in between innings.  He is not expected to miss his next turn in the rotation.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013

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Kei Igawa participated in pre-game workouts on Saturday and tossed a bullpen session in front of the coaches.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2013

If Igawa pitches well during his next Ni-gun outing, he could return to the active roster in early May.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2013