The inflammation in Shinnosuke Abe right side is not severe enough to warrant a removal from the active roster. He missed his first game of the year tonight.
Kosuke Fukudome took fifty-seven swings during outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Wednesday. He took twenty-nine swings against a pitching machine (fastballs) and hit three over the fence. He took twenty-eight swings against a right-handed batting practice pitcher and hit baseballs to the opposite direction. Four minutes each, eight minutes in total.
Wednesday's workout schedule also included jogging, side-step exercises, short dashes, and grounders at second.
Fukudome's rehab has been going well -- if things continue to progress at the same pace, he might be able to return to the active roster some time in August, about a month earlier than initially expected.
Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2013
Koji Yamasaki was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 2nd inning of tonight's game against Orix because of pain in his left ankle. Yamasaki originally hurt the ankle during a game against Rakuten on June 27. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka; no problems were found.
Source: Sponichi 7/4/2013