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[5/19/2013] Nippon Ham, Seibu, Orix

by on May.19, 2013 @ 4:08 pm, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hideki Kuriyama told reporters on Saturday that he will most likely avoid using 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani as a position player for at least two days after he makes his debut as a starting pitcher on the 23rd vs Yakult.

"I am sure his arm will feel tight after he makes the start.  I want to give him at least two days of rest before he starts throwing [as a position player].  I do not want to risk a shoulder or elbow injury," said Kuriyama.

Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2013

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Dai-Kang Yoh has collected multiple hits in eight straight games.  The NPB record of ten consecutive games (after the start of the two league format) is held by Tsuguo Goto (1952), Charlie Lewis (1954), and Michihiro Ogasawara (2001).

Source: Sponichi 5/19/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura took batting practice while wearing cleats at Seibu 2 Stadium on Saturday for the first time since he had surgery on his left knee last fall.  He faced both a pitching machine and a live arm.

Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2013

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Yuji Kaneko was taken off the active roster today because of his struggles at the plate.

Source: Sponichi 5/19/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Keiichi Hirano felt some tightness his left calf during Saturday's game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium.  He was taken off the active roster today as a precaution -- he experienced similar tightness earlier this month on the 14th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/19/2013