Ryota Arai of the Hanshin Tigers was seen doing rehabilitation exercises at Naruohama on September 18th. He has been off the starting roster since August 29th with a sore lower back. He did sprints, played catch and for the first time since his injury, took indoor batting practice at the cages. “I was able to swing just like always, but could only put about 50% of my strength into it. I’ll ramp things up slowly.” Saying he will “do what it takes to make sure it doesn’t flare up again,” he hopes to contribute to the Tigers’ pennant run next month.