baseman Masahiro Araki was taken off the rsoter due to a groin injury Wednesday.
He hurt it while beingh thrown out stealing second in the first inning
of Tuesday's game.
Hanshin Centerfielder Norihiro Akahoshi will rejoin the team on Thursday after sitting out with a herniated disk in his neck.
Yomiuri Second year lefthander Takanobu Tsujiuchi, who recently had reconstructive elbow surgery, had the cast removed from his arm Wednesday.
Miscellaneous Mariners centerfielder Ichiro Suzuki played in his 999th career MLB game Wednesday and went 2-5 for his 12th mulithit effort of May in a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay. He now has a 16 game hitting streak and is batting .328. Ichiro is on pace for 220 hits.
Catcher Kenji Johjima was 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Rays third baseman Akinori Iwamura could be back as soon as the 28th, said manager Joe Maddon.
Cardinals outfielder So Taguchi was 0-1 in a pinch hit appearance during a 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh.
The Chicago White Sox absorbed a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Oakland and that was reflected in second baseman Tadahito Iguchi's day, as he went 0-4.
Yankees leftfielder Hideki Matsui went 2-4 with three RBIs Wednesday in an 8-3 win over Boston. One of those hits was a two run homer.
Senshudai Kitakami High School, which was one of the focal points of the recent Seibu scouting scandal, has restructured its program and will now be readmitted to the Japan High School Baseball Federation on June 1st so that it can play against other schools.
This was more pro forma than anything else, but the JHSBF also sent a list of demands to NPB interim commissioner Yasuchika Negoro. They want Seibu to apologize to the schools that got caught up in the Yuta Kimura and Katsuhito Shimizu matters, some kind of indication that they are serious about preserving the promised good ethics they swore to in the wake of the Yasuhiro Ichiba matter, stiff punishment for the scouts and others who made the scandal possible and they want radical reform as to how pro scouts interact with amateur coaches and players.