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[5/8/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Softbank, Lotte, Orix

by on May.08, 2013 @ 5:30 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced that Brian Wolfe was diagnosed with sinusitis and will require about a week of rest.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani was lifted from his Ni-gun start against Yomiuri on Tuesday because he was bleeding from his right middle fingernail (it was not a cracked/broken fingernail).

Source: Sanspo 5/8/2013

Ten of the nineteen pitches Otani threw on Tuesday were called balls.  Seventeen of the nineteen pitches were fastballs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2013, Sports Hochi 5/8/2013

Otani's next Ni-gun outing could come against Lotte at Kamagaya on the 17th.

Source: Daily Sports 5/8/2013

Seibu Lions

Takayuki Kishi is currently scheduled to return to the active roster in time for a start against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on the 17th.

Source: Daily Sports 5/8/2013

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Pitching coach Tadashi Sugimoto wants Kishi and Hideaki Wakui to be more involved in pitch selections during their starts.

"They are leaving it up to others.  They are just following the signals.  It is important they tell the catchers what they are thinking.  They need to think about how they want to pitch," said Sugimoto.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg is the closer.  However, when he is not available, the Hawks will likely go to Kodai Sengu (currently the team's 8th inning pitcher).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2013, Daily Sports 5/8/2013

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Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Hiroshima:

Hiroki Yamamda started the game and gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.  Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2013 ... Ayatsugu Yamashita went 1-for-3 with a walk.  He hit a two-run home run in the 4th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2013 ... Shuhei Fukuda grounded out to third in a pinch-hit at bat in the 8th inning.  This was his first rehab game since he had left knee surgery last year in November.  Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/2013 ... Yuki Yanagita started at center and batted.  He went 0-for-1: BB, BB, Ks.  Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takashi Ogino was added to the active roster today.  In thirty-three Ni-gun games, Ogino was 41-for-128 with seventeen runs, twenty RBI, ten stolen bases, and a slash line of .320/.373/.469.

Orix Buffaloes

The media recently learned that Takahiro Mahara (inflammation in the right subclavius) started playing catch about a week ago (he is now throwing the ball at a distance of about seventy meters).  He participated in Ni-gun workouts on Tuesday.

"I just need to wait until the tingling goes away.  After that, things should move quickly.  I am prepared [for the next step].  I am at more than fifty percent compared to when I suffered the injury," said Mahara.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2013

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Takahiro Okada (left hamstring tightness) is scheduled to play in a rehab Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Koshien on the 14th.  He joined Ni-gun practices on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2013