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[5/30/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on May.30, 2013 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB

Tomohiro Nioka was taken off the active roster today out of concern for both his calves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013

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Kenji Sato will take Nioka's spot on the active roster.  Kenshi Sugiya was also taken off the active roster today.  He will be replaced by Brian Wolfe.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013

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Yuki Saito had been limited to throwing fastballs during his bullpen sessions.  Beginning today, he was allowed to slowly mix in off-speed pitches.  He also began throwing more -- he had been tossing about twenty pitches to a standing catcher and thirty to a squatting catcher three times a week; with the addition of off-speed pitches, he will be allowed to throw forty to fifty pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2013

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Up until Wednesday night's victory against Hiroshima, the Fighters were 0-10-1 in the last eleven games 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani played in.  For the season, with Otani playing, they are 3-14-1.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2013

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Team owner Hiroshi Kobayashi received a team update from Hideki Kuriyama when the two met before tonight's game against Hiroshima.

"I am not worried," said Kobayashi.  "The PL is very competitive.  There is still plenty of season left."

Source: Sanspo 5/29/2013