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[11/11/2014] Suzuki Japan All-Star Series: News and Notes

by on Nov.12, 2014 @ 4:57 am, under Samurai Japan


  • Shintaro Fujinami took a batted ball off his right hand (specifically, the thumb) during the 2nd inning of Monday's game against Softbank-Nippon Ham. He was treated with ice and then taken to a hospital in Fukuoka. He returned to the team hotel past 9:00pm and told reporters there was no pain and that he was alright. There is a chance he could be scratched from his Game 4 start. Source: Sanspo 11/11/2014, Sports Hochi 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Fujinami was diagnosed with a bruise. He did not play catch on Tuesday, but did do some light throwing. He told reporters he was fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014 ... Fujinami is currently slated to make his Game 4 start as planned. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014
  • Samurai Japan held full-squad workouts at Naruohama on Tuesday. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo took thirty-four swings during batting practice and hit six over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014 ... Sho Nakata took thirty-nine swings during extra batting practice and hit eight over the fence. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014
  • Shohei Otani tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday. He is slated to make an appearance in relief on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014 ... Otani threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 11/11/2014 ... Otani has permission to take batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014
  • It took Koshien grounds crew about six hours to rebuild the mound and batter's box/home plate area according to MLB specifications. Source: Daily Sports 11/11/2014
  • Hideki Matsui will be a guest commentator for Games 2 and 3 of the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Norichika Aoki will be a guest commentator for Games 1 and 2. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014
  • About 450 people (players, coaches, staff, family) attended a Suzuki Japan All-Star Series Welcoming Party at a hotel in Osaka on Monday. Source: Sponichi 11/11/2014
  • Sadaharu Oh and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. Source: official announcement