Shinnosuke Abe (right side) was left out of the starting line-up again tonight. During pre-game practices he took some grounders at first and threw balls to second and home plate to check on his throwing condition. He did not take batting practice but did some other workouts in the indoor training facilities.
Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2013
Takuya Asao (right shoulder) might be able to return to the active roster in time for the start of the Yomiuri series that begins on the 12th.
"[Asao] has not yet pitched on consecutive days. He needs a little more time. The earliest would be the Yomiuri series. But he may not be ready for that. There is no need for him to aim for that either," said pitching coach Shinji Imanaka.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2013
Tsuyoshi Nishioka's left knee is not at 100%. He was not in the starting line-up tonight against Hiroshima.