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[7/19/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.20, 2014 @ 12:39 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yoshinori Tateyama could be added to the active roster for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 21st.  He got a chance to introduce himself to his new teammates and coaches when he joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Koshien on Friday.  He also spent some time working with catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014, Sponichi 7/19/2014
  • Mauro Gomez has yet to reach his goal and will therefore continue to let his beard grow out. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • The longest Matt Murton went without shaving before this season was a week to ten days. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) could begin playing in rehab games before the end of the month.  He started running dashes at Nagoya Stadium on Friday.  He has already resumed batting practice against pitching machines. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014
  • Hector Luna (right elbow) might not be able to make it back to the active roster until some time in August.  The Dragons do not want to risk further injury and will likely play it safe with Luna. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014 ... Luna told reporters he did not want to repeat the same mistake he made last year by returning to the active roster before his injury fully healed (last year it was his knee and he ended up missing the end of the season).  He also said he wanted to get at least 200 more trips to the plate before the end of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel got an MRI on his left side at a hospital in Yokohama on Saturday.  The Bay Stars are expected to get the results within the next couple days. Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2014
  • Shugo Fujii was limited to three Ni-gun games since June because of problems with his left elbow.  He told reporters his elbow was fine and that he was ready to pitch.  He also said, "I'm not sure if they'll offer me an extension for next year.  I want to make it to Ichi-gun and help the team win.  I'll start and relieve." Source: Sponichi 7/19/2014