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[11/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 1:02 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi's left elbow has shown good improvement with PRP therapy. He could begin playing catch in December. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe was timing his pitches with his upper body, but decided to change things after watching Yasiel Puig during the Suzuki Japan All-Star Series. "I think I'll try something like Puig next year," said Abe, referring to how still the outfielder keeps his upper body. He added, "I can use my legs to help with my timing." Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014
  • Former Giant Yoshihito Ishii will be a coach for the Musashi Hear Bears (BC League) next year. Source: Sponichi 11/26/2014, official announcement (pdf)

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shintaro Fujinami was given the 2015 Miki House Sanspo MVP Award. Source: Sanspo 11/25/2014, Sanspo 11/25/2014
  • The Tigers gave Tomoyuki Kubota the 2014 Tadashi Wakabayashi Award for inviting youth baseball teams (over 7,000 kids) to games over six seasons. Source: official announcement

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto had surgery to clean his left elbow. It will most likely take seven to eight months for a full recovery. Source: Sanspo 11/26/2014
  • Team owner Hajime Matsuda is planning to give Koichi Ogata five years as manager of the Carp. Ogata wants the team to succeed and is prepared to take responsibility by stepping down if performance is lacking. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kisho Kagami's uniform number will change from twenty-one to sixty-seven. Source: official announcement
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Tomo Otosaka, and Hyuma Matsui will begin training in the United States on the 30th. Tsutsugo could replace Takehiro Ishikawa as the next team captain. Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada is slated to have a tonsillectomy in December. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014
  • The Swallows announced that they hired Yuji Serizawa to be a Ni-gun battery coach. He was assigned the number ninety. Source: official announcement