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[3/5/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 2:13 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yuki Matsui threw thirty-three pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Tuesday.  Coaches decided to give him Wednesday's start against Lotte after checking on his workouts.  Source: Daily Sports 3/5/2014, Sports Hochi 3/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Kazuhisa Makita's exhibition game start on Wednesday was rained out.  He threw about twenty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen.  He will make an appearance in relief in Thursday's game against Chunichi and go about three innings.  Takayuki Kishi is slated to start the game.  Source: Sponichi 3/5/2014
  • Taiki Nakago was diagnosed with influenza B on Tuesday. Yasuhiro Tanaka was called up to Ichi-gun to step in for Nakago.  Source: Sanspo 3/5/2014
  • The locker rooms as Seibu Dome were renovated and uneveiled to the players on Tuesday.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/5/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • Jason Standridge could make his first regular season start on April 1 against Nippon Ham.  Source: Daily Sports 3/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2014
  • Seiichi Uchikawa missed his second straight exhibition game on Wednesday with discomfort in his back.  He did take fielding practice during pre-game workouts, but did not take any live batting practice.  Source: Sanspo 3/5/2014
  • Nao Higashihama will pitch in a Kyoiku League game against Orix on the 9th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/5/2014
  • Kenji Otonari will start and pitch three innings against Hanshin in a Kyoiku League game on the 12th.  Source: Sponichi 3/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes announced Chihiro Kaneko and Takahiro Mahara were diagnosed with the flu during a hospital visit on March 1.  They have already resumed light workouts are expected to rejoin the team on the 7th.  Source: Sanspo 3/5/2014, Sports Hochi 3/5/2014
  • Shun Tono will start an exhibition game against Yakult on March 6.  Source: Sanpso 3/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • 2nd round draft pick Hiroshi Urano will likely start an exhibition game against Orix on the 9th.  He threw about sixty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/5/2014