Hanshin’s Ryota Arai had an outdoor batting practice session at Naruohama (where the farm team plays) on the 22nd, his first since injuring his lower back. “I hope to keep making progress, little by little. I’m not just thinking about the Climax Series, I want to get back to 100% as soon as possible,” he said passionately as he makes preparations to get back on the Tigers’ active roster. Farm team trainer Nakano explained, “It was his first outdoor batting practice, but I didn’t see any problems at all.”
My two yen worth: Here’s to hoping Ryota can make it back soon! Mind you, the Tigers seem to have a lot of players who are eligible at positions that already have able starters. It will be hard for him to crack the starting lineup, though perhaps third base is a good fit for him, especially with Imanari still out.