Outfielder Yuichi Matsumoto (no. 31), the 29-year-old veteran who originally hails from Brazil, was recalled to the first team after being dropped a little over three weeks ago. Prior to being dropped he hit .233 in 33 appearances for the top club.
On the farm this season, Yuichi has hit .333 in 17 games with three home runs and 15 rbi’s. The left-handed batter went straight into last night’s lineup for game one of Tokyo’s home stand against Chunichi.
Making room on the first team for Yuuichi was starting pitcher, Kyouhei Muranaka, who was actually just called up on Thursday. That makes it two days in a row that a pitcher was brought up to start a game and then sent back down to the farm within 24 hours.
Muranaka’s stats are currently 0-4 with an 8.25 ERA.
The 28-man top team roster is currently comprised of the following players:
Pitchers: Yoshinori, Lim, Tateyama, Ishikawa, Yuuki, Kida, Matsui, Takagi, Lee, Igarashi, Oshimoto
Catchers: Aikawa, Yoneno, Kawamoto
Infielders: Kawashima, Miyamoto, Yoshimoto, Tanaka, Hatakeyama, Noguchi
Outfielders: Fukuchi, Guiel, Takeuchi, Iihara, Aoki, Shida, Yuichi