Tokyo Roster Update — 8/22/09

Pitcher Masao Kida (no. 42).Pitcher Masao Kida (no. 42) and outfielder Munehiro Shida (no. 0) were brought up to Outfielder Munehiro Shida (no. 0).the first team before yesterday’s game.

Kida, a veteran right-handed pitcher who has played in the majors for the Dodgers and Mariners, spent most of the season on the top team before being demoted a little over a week ago. Through 42 and a third innings on the top team, Kida has 3-4 record and a 5.74 ERA.

He turns 41 on September 12th, so hopefully he can return to form and help the team notch a few wins before that point.

His blog can be found here.

Shida, a decent all-around player who hits and throws righty, is in his eighth year with the team. He hit .222 in 45 plate appearances last season, but his at-bat yesterday was the first top team at-bat of 2009.

In 75 games on the farm team so far this season, Shida has hit .251 and collected 25 rbi’s.

Headed down to the farm team to replace them are starting pitcher, Ichiba, and reliever, Hagiwara. Ichiba (7.88) was 1-5 in nine appearances for the first team, and the current demotion is undoubtedly partially the result of Thursday’s game against the Tigers. Hagiwara was reasonably effective at the start of the season but has been overused and currently sports an ERA of 4.93.

Here’s a look at the top team 28-man roster:

Pitchers: Yoshinori, Lim, Tateyama, Ishikawa, Matsuoka, Yuuki, Kida, Matsui, Takagi, Lee, Igarashi, Oshimoto

Catchers: Aikawa, Yoneno, Kawamoto

Infielders: Kawashima, Kajimoto, Yoshimoto, Tanaka, Hatakeyama, Kawabata, Noguchi

Outfielders: Fukuchi, Guiel, Takeuchi, Iihara, Aoki, Shida

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini