Tokyo Roster Update — 8/28/09

Pitcher Kyouhei Muranaka (no. 15)Starting pitcher Kyouhei Muranaka (no. 15) rejoined the first team after a very brief stay (about 10 days) down on the farm.

He was utterly ineffective in his five starts prior to last night’s game. His record was 0-4 and he averaged nearly a run per inning as indicated by his 8.06 ERA.

Takada waited less than two innings to yank him last night, and his continued ineffectiveness, much like Ryo Kawashima’s, makes one wonder why he was called back up in the first place. He survived just one and two-thirds innings while giving up two runs off of four hits.

After being called up to start yesterday’s game, Ryo Kawashima (no. 17) was quickly sent packing in order to make room for Muranaka. Kawashima had a disastrous start last night against Hiroshima. He gave up nine earned runs in only four innings off of nine hits (including two round-trippers) and four walks.

Here’s what the roster looks like as of 6 pm yesterday evening:

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

Catchers: Aikawa, Yoneno, Kawamoto

Infielders: Kawashima, Miyamoto, Yoshimoto, Tanaka, Hatakeyama, 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