Tadahito Iguchi, the manager of professional baseball and Lotte, said of pitcher Aki Sasaki, who canceled his First Army enrollment due to fatigue, “I don’t know if I’m going to pitch in the regular season or no, but I’m going to pitch one more time. I think it would be nice to be able to do that,” he said, showing the prospects for his future as a pitcher.
Pitcher Sasaki started the game against Nippon-Ham on the 14th of this month after 11 days in the middle and scored his 9th scoreless win in 5 innings.
In that game, the pitch count was 58, which was the lowest since he turned pro, but the leaders canceled the 1st Army’s registration on the 15th to allow pitching intervals considering pitcher Sasaki’s fatigue.
Director Iguchi said, “My recovery is slowing down. I think I’m tired from the past year and I don’t know if I should pitch or not, but I hope I can pitch once more during the season. I think,” he said, showing the prospect that pitcher Sasaki will pitch one more game in the remaining 13 regular season games.
Pitcher Sasaki, in his third year as a professional, has nine career-best wins so far, and expectations are high for his first double-digit victory.
From now on, I will continue to accompany the 1st Army to make adjustments, and the first re-registration for the 1st Army will be on the 25th of this month.