Masato Kobayashi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts in Okinawa today.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/8/2013
Former Swallow Yuya Kamada signed with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (CPBL) last season and had a fairly decent year: he started strong with eleven victories in the first-half, made the All-Star roster, then recorded just five victories in the second-half. He was selected to the Best Nine and won a Golden Glove award. He also led the league in wins with sixteen. While his final numbers were solid (26 G, 16-7, 171.1 IP, 169 H, 26 BB, 119 SO, 60 ER, 3.15 ERA, 1.14 WHIP), his second-half fade-out left a bad impression and the Lions decided not to give him an extension. Kamada returned to Japan and decided to retire this year on March 27. He announced today on his blog that the Lions (CPBL) will be holding a retirement ceremony for him on the 14th.
1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami recorded his fifth victory of the year on Sunday and became the nineteenth rookie drafted out of high school to win at least five games, third in franchise history (behind Yutaka Enatsu's twelve victories in 1967 and Shoji Toyama's eight wins in 1986).
Source: Sponichi 7/8/2013
Daiki Enokida was taken off the active roster on Sunday because he is not scheduled to start another game until the 17th (vs Yomiuri at Koshien).
Takumi Akiyama could get a start on the 13th against Yokohama at Koshien.
Source: Sanspo 7/8/2013