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[5/12/2013] Chunichi, Yakult, Hanshin

by on May.12, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Soma Yamauchi was scratched from his start today after he complained of some pain in his back (near his left shoulder blade) while playing catch during pre-game practice.  It is not considered serious.

Source: Sanspo 5/12/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Takeaki Tokuyama to the seventy-man roster.  There is a chance he could also make his Ichi-gun debut as a starting pitcher for a game against Seibu on the 15th at Jingu.

Source: Sanspo 5/12/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome started his training workouts on Saturday.  They included shoulder, upper body, and trunk strengthening exercises.  He also got treatment for his left knee (ice, electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy).

Source: Sanspo 5/12/2013

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Yutaka Wada on taking 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami off the active roster on Saturday: "We were already talking about having him skip an Inter-league start.  In some ways, this is going according to our plans.  He has pitched [regularly] the last month and he is probably feeling a little tired.  We will not push him."

Fujinami will be eligible to come off the active roster on the 21st, but his next Ichi-gun will likely come on the 26th against Nippon Ham.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/12/2013, Daily Sports 5/12/2013

Fujinami participated in pre-game practices today.  His workouts included playing catch at distances between sixty to seventy meters and running dashes (about fifty meters).  He spoke to reporters and said, "There is no need to worry.  I feel good."

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/2013