Tsuyoshi Nishioka earned his domestic FA option upon returning to the active roster today. Nishioka told reporters the option was something he was not currently thinking about. Team officials said he was a valued member of the team.
Nishioka was taken off the active roster on July 23, one day before earning his FA option, because of back pain. He never got to play defense in games during his rehab stint at Ni-gun, but Yutaka Wada called him up anyway with hopes to jump-start a slumping team. Wada plans to use Nishioka as a bat off the bench for the time being. The veteran infielder was able to participate in pre-game batting and fielding practice today.