NPB Bullet Points
by Patrick Newman (Aug 21, 2009)
- Yokohama dai-veteran Kimiyasu Kudoh was assessed with the first ever ball called due to the 15-second rule. He got hit with the call while shaking off signs in the 7th inning of Yokohama's 10-3 loss to the Giants on the 18th.
- Kudoh's fellow geezer Hideki Irabu has made his first appearance for Kochi, throwing one inning in a practice game against Shikoku Bank. Gen relays a report that Yokohama might kick the tires on Irabu this offseason.
- The Hiroshima Carp are holding a tryout on September 19 at Mazda Stadium. To qualify you must be between ages 17 and 24 and be at least 175cm (5′8) tall.
- Hiroki Kuroda is playing catch again after his horrific accident. He joked, "I'm glad I didn't forget how to throw", though he is still experiencing headaches.