Shintaro Fujinami was taken off active roster today and reassigned to Ni-gun for a tune-up. He practiced at the Ni-gun facilities today.
[UPDATE 5/19 @ 4:34pm]
Fujinami is slated to start a Ni-gun game on June 3 against Chunichi on seven days of rest.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2017
[UPDATE 6/3 @ 9:12pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi earlier today. He allowed a run on three hits over five innings of work. He walked one, struck out five, and topped out at 154km/h.
Fujinami gave up a run on a walk and two hits in the first inning. After that, he allowed just one infield hit.
[UPDATE 6/11 @ 12:11am]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Softbank today. He gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. He threw 116 pitches, walked five, and struck out eleven. He put runners on first and second, the struck out three in a row to end the first inning. He topped out at 155km/h.
[UPDATE 6/16 @ 7:02pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and tossed six shutout innings. He threw ninety-nine pitches, allowed two hits, walked/hit five, threw two wild pitches, struck out ten, and topped out at 157km/h.
[UPDATE 6/17 @ 3:57pm]
Fujinami apparently threw 230-240 pitches on June 16: ninety-nine during the game and the rest during a bullpen session before the game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2017
[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:21pm]
Fujinami was scheduled to start another Ni-gun game on June 23 against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium. However, his outing was pushed back a day to June 24 because Koyo Aoyagi is now slated to start the game on the 23rd.
Modified information based on newer update from 6/21
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:10pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today. He gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He walked two, struck out seven and topped out at 154km/h.
[UPDATE 7/1 @ 4:46pm]
Fujinami was scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on June 30, but the game was rained out. He threw close to sixty pitches in the bullpen. He is now slated to get a start on July 2 against Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2017
[UPDATE 7/2 @ 4:24pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium today. he gave up seven runs over 4.0+ innings of work. His day ended when he was tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch to Masami Ishigaki in the fifth with a runner on first and no out. He threw 109 pitches, allowed seven hits, and walked/hit seven.
[UPDATE 7/24 @ 12:33am]
The Tigers have placed Fujinami on his own schedule — since he is working on his mechanics, he gets to decide when he is ready to pitch. His next one or two appearances will be in relief. The Tigers will evaluate his progress after they see how well he pitches.
Source: Tokyo Sports 7/23/2017
[UPDATE 7/26 @ 12:12am]
Fujinami pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on July 25. He entered the game in the fifth and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He threw eleven pitches, faced four batters, gave up one hit, walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 156km/h.
[UPDATE 7/27 @ 11:10pm]
Fujinami pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on July 27. He entered the game in the fifth inning and did not allow a run in an inning of work.
The recorded the first two outs on nine pitches (eight strikeouts). He threw a total sixteen pitches in the inning.
[UPDATE 7/28 @ 9:35pm]
Fujinami is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Orix on July 29. He is expected to pitch about three innings. It will be his first Ni-gun start since July 2 against Chunichi.
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 10:50pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Orix today. He gave up a run on four hits over three innings. He threw seventy-one pitches, walked three, struck out seven, and topped out at 158km/h.
Fujinami gave up a two-out double in the first, then struck out the next batter he faced to end the inning. He loaded the bases with one out in the second (single to right, walk, single to left), but got out of the jam by striking out two in a row. He walked two in a third inning and with runners on first and second and two out, allowed a run to score on an infield single to second.
[UPDATE 7/30 @ 10:42pm]
Fujinami will most likely get another start on five to six days of rest. That should put his next start some time during a three-game series against Ni-gun Chunichi that begins on August 4. He will pitch about five innings.
[UPDATE 8/2 @ 4:05pm]
Fujinami is expected to throw about 100 pitches over five innings during his next start.
Source: Sanspo 8/2/2017
[UPDATE 8/4 @ 4:08pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on August 4. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings of work. He threw ninety-two pitches, walked one, struck out seven, and topped out at 157km/h.
Fujinami retired the side in order in the first, put runners on first and second with one out before recording two strikeouts in a row to end in the second, allowed an unearned to score in the third, gave up a solo home run in the fourth, and put runners on first and third with two out before racking up his seventh strikeout for the last out in the fifth.
Fujinami will most likely make his next start on five days of rest on August 10 against Ni-gun Hiroshima. The start could be his last test before returning to the active roster.
Added additional performance information on 8/5 @ 1:22pm.
[UPDATE 8/10 @ 11:31pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game game against Hiroshima today. He gave up a run on four hits, including a solo home run, over five innings of work. He threw eighty-four pitches, walked two, struck out three, and topped out at 156/km/h.
Fujinami did not allow a run in the first inning. He served up a home run to the first batter he faced in the second inning (Takahiro Iwamoto). There was a rain delay of about ten minutes in the second inning. He put runners on first and third in the fourth inning, but recorded a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning without allowing a run. He walked a runner with one out in the fifth. The runner made it to second, but no further than that.
[UPDATE 8/11 @ 9:13pm]
Fujinami could get called up for a start on either the 16th or 17th (both against Hiroshima at Kyocera Dome).