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[3/3/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.03, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Hideaki Wakui is slated to start Tuesday's exhibition game against Rakuten.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Watanabe will mostly likely make the opening day starting rotation.  He could make his first start of the regular season on March 30 vs Softbank.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shinya Kayama joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at YafuOku Dome on Monday.  He will pitch an inning in relief in Tuesday's game against Hanshin.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Dae-Ho Lee did not attend general workouts on Monday  He did not play in Sunday's exhibition game because of discomfort in his back.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014
  • Paul Oseguera will be sent down to Ni-gun.  The four foreign player slots on the active roster could end up going to Lee, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, and Dennis Sarfate.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against Yokohama.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Hisashi Yamada will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He will also participate in an opening ceremony at Bs Square before the start of the game.  Source: official announcement

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The media learned Wily Mo Pena hurt his right side during Saturday's practice game against Seibu.  He did not play in Sunday's practice game against Lotte and returned to Osaka.  Pena's condition does not appear to be serious, however the Buffaloes will exercise caution because side injuries can be tricky.  There is a good chance he will miss Tuesday's game against Yokohama.  At worst, he could be sidelined until mid-March.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani will most likely make all his pre-season appearances in Ichi-gun games.  Other players will be making appearances in Ni-gun Kyoiku League games.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe attended his high school graduation on Monday.  He could not participate in the ceremony, since he had to go to the NPB Rookie Seminar in the afternoon.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/3/2014