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[6/25/2013] Yomiuri, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

by on Jun.25, 2013 @ 7:09 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2013, Sponichi 6/25/2013

Yakult Swallows

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

Hanshin Tigers

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.

Source: Sponichi 6/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/25/2013

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.

Source: Sponichi 6/25/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/25/2013

8 comments on “[6/25/2013] Yomiuri, Yakult, Hanshin, Yokohama

  1. Kohaku

    Sometimes I find Japan surrealist :) Those stockholders comments are just like the ones made by drunk guys at the bar lol

  2. kohaku

    I doubt that some rookie smoking has any impact on yakult s low performance this year. And injuries to Tateyama and Yoshinori are probably not related to poor preparation.

    And what is that measure going to change on injuries “We will try to increase communication with the front office in an attempt to improve injury rates”…

    1. Carter

      The smoking thing is about Yakult’s image, not performances. And asking about injuries is legitimate, whether there’s a good reason for that or not.

  3. rog

    legitimate questions with meaningless answers. sounds like that meeting was a big waste of time.

  4. kohaku

    I think there are much more legitimate questions:
    why has Morioka been playing so much at short when he commits errors one after the other? (and Kawashima is much better at defense…)
    How come there is not a decent closer on the whole team?
    How come younger talent (Ueda, Emura) cannot grow and keep on being assigned to ni-gun?
    How come the line up is change every two or three games without a clear plan for what s next?
    etc etc etc…

    1. Steve Novosel

      “How come there is not a decent closer on the whole team?”

      You can ask that of most teams.

      “How come younger talent (Ueda, Emura) cannot grow and keep on being assigned to ni-gun?”

      Emura’s a rookie – what exactly are you expecting them to do? He’s pitched in less than half a season so far. He goes to ni-gun to grow. That’s what ni-gun is for.

  5. kohaku

    He s been one of the best relievers on a team that has no deep bench…I think he should stick with ichi-gun and pitch in relief

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