With Jose Lopez hurt (left side), Daisuke Nakai was added to the active roster today.
Nakai was demoted after he overslept and arrived at practices about an hour late on the 11th. He received five alarm clocks from concerned fans (one fan gave him two). His father also sent him a number of e-mails telling him to do his best to regain the trust he lost.
Yakult Honsha held a stockholders meeting today. A number of concerns were raised about the Swallows, like: why has there been an increase in injuries this year; a lot of good players are on the disabled list; a player that was drafted out of high school is currently smoking, why was that player allowed to begin and is that a good image for a health-drink maker to have.
In response to these questions, acting team president/owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa said, "Injuries due to poor preparation have decreased since last year, but a number of people mentioned how some of the injuries seem to be similar. We will try to increase communication with the front office in an attempt to improve injury rates. I have not heard of any players that smoked before turning twenty. This is personal choice, but as a team, we do urge people not to smoke."
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2013
1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami will continue to get Sunday starts up until the All-Star break. If he continues to struggle, the Tigers may consider making adjustments to his schedule in the second-half.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was called up today. Having him on the active roster will give the Bay Stars another option at first if Tony Blanco is not fully prepared to return full-time after taking an HBP off his left elbow on Sunday.