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[2/1/2015] NPB Injuries, beginning on February 1, 2015

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Injuries are reported by the media, beginning on February 1, 2015.

Name Team Date Upd Problem
Fushimi, Torai ORI 12/28 12/28 The media learned on December 28 that Fushimi fractured his left hamate bone when he swung the batting while training in Hawaii on December 22. He had surgery to treat the fracture at a hospital in Osaka on December 28. He will most likely require three months for a full recovery.
Daily Sports 12/28/2015,
Miyanishi, Naoki HAM 12/22 12/22 Miyanishi slipped near his home in Sapporo on December 22. He was examined at a hospital on December 22 and diagnosed with a fracture in the fifth metacarpal of his right hand. He will most likely require about five weeks for a full recovery.
Nikkan Sports 12/22/2015, Sponichi 12/22/2015,
Iwamoto, Akira HAN 12/19 12/19 Iwamoto played catch at a distance of about fifty meters during workouts on December 18. He is taking things slow due to pain in his right shoulder.
Sanspo 12/19/2015,
Egarashi, Yuki YOM 12/18 12/18 Egarashi told reporters he got tonsillectomy at a hospital in Tokyo on November 25.
Sanspo 12/18/2015,
Kiyota, Ikuhiro LOT 12/16 12/16 Kiyota had surgery to treat a nasal breathing problem at a hspital in Tokyo. The breathing difficulties made it difficult for him to run at full speed and led to sleep issues. He was originally planning to have surgery during the season, but he had be adjust his schedule because of the All-Star Series and Climax Series.
Sanspo 12/16/2015,
Yoshikawa, Daiki YOM 12/15 12/15 Yoshikawa had his tonsils removed on December 4. He was discharged from the hospital on December 10. He lost three kilograms because he could not eat any solid food. He hopes to gain it back and push ultimately push his weight up to seventy-seven kilograms. He worked out at Giants Stadium on December 14 for the first time since his surgery.
Nikkan Sports 12/15/2015,
Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 12/13 12/13 Tsutsugo tweaked his leg while sliding into a base during a winter league game in the Dominican Republic on December 9 (December 10 Japan time) and missed two games (December 10 and 11, December 11 and 12 Japan time).
Sanspo 12/13/2015,
Ishimine, Shota LOT 12/13 12/13 Ishimine told reporters on December 12 that he ruptured a ligament near the base of his right thumb during a Climax Series game against Softbank on October 14. He missed Kamogawa fall camp because he was rehabbing the thumb.
Sponichi 12/13/2015, Sanspo 12/13/2015,
Sekine, Taiki YOK 12/10 12/10 Sekine complained of pain in his right foot and return from playing winter ball in Taiwan on December 8. He was examined in a hospital in Yokohama on December 9 and diagnosed with a sprain.
Nikkan Sports 12/9/2015,
Tanaka, Daiki YOM 12/09 12/09 The Giants announced on December 8 that Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder at a hospital in Chiba.
Nikkan Sports 12/8/2015,
Kawahara, Hiroyuki SOF 11/25 11/25 Kawahara had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow (medial collateral ligament) at a hospital in the Kanto region. He will require about a year for a full recovery.
Chunichi Sports 11/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/25/2015,
Itoi, Yoshio ORI 11/24 11/24 Itoi is using PRP therapy to treat his left knee. He received an injection on November 20.
Nikkan Sports 11/24/2015, Sports Hochi 11/24/2015,
Kikuchi, Yusei SEI 11/24 11/24 The Lions announced on November 23 that Kikuchi had surgery to treat empyema and corrective surgery on his nasal septum at a hospital in Tokyo on November 18.
Nikkan Sports 11/23/2015, Sanspo 11/24/2015,
Yoshida, Kazumasa ORI 11/22 12/16 Yoshida is playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. The media learned that he has not been able to play because he suffered a minor injury to his left side. He is hoping to make it back into games before the end of the month. [12/16] Yoshida ended up pitching in just three games. The injury may have been to his right side.
Sponichi 11/22/2015, Daily Sports 12/16/2015,
Morimoto, Tatsuya HAM 11/22 12/02 Morimoto will have reconstructive surgery on his right wrist (TFCC) at a hospital in Tokyo on December 2. He hurt the wrist during the Phoenix League in October. He will require about three months for a full recovery. [12/02] Morimoto had surgery at a hospital in Tokyo on December 2. The wrist will be immobilized for about a month.
Sanspo 11/21/2015, Daily Sports 12/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/2/2015,
Osera, Daichi HIR 11/19 12/14 Osera developed inflammation in his right middle finger in late June. He was shut down during fall camp to give the finger and his right shoulder some rest. He could begin a throwing program before the end of the month. [11/22] Osera resumed playing catch on November 22. He threw the ball thirty times at a distance of around ten meters. [12/14] Osera is now playing catch at a distance of about forty meters. He no longer feels pain and is hoping to toss a bullpen session with a squatting catcher during spring camp. He will begin extending the distance he plays catch and increasing how hard he throws the ball in early January.
Daily Sports 11/19/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2015, Daily Sports 12/14/2015,
Nakamoto, Yusaku YAK 11/18 11/18 Nakamoto returned to Tokyo on November 16 because of pain in his left elbow.
Sanspo 11/17/2015,
Ito, Yoshihiro LOT 11/17 11/17 Lotte announced on November 17 that Ito had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Funakoshi, Chiba. He will require about six months for a full recovery.
Daily Sports 11/17/2015,
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 11/17 11/17 Nakamura may have tweaked his right leg (tight right hamstring area) during a game against Venezuela on November 15. He was prepared to play on November 16 with the leg taped, but he got the night off as a precaution. The night off will also give him three days off, since there are no games on November 17 and 18.
Sanspo 11/17/2015, Daily Sports 11/17/2015,
Yokoyama, Yuya HAN 11/16 12/24 Yokoyama hurt his right foot while training on November 15. He was examined at a hospital in Kochi and diagnosed with a fracture in his fifth metatarsal on November 16. He returned to Osaka on the same day. [11/26] Yokoyama had surgery to treat his right foot at a hospital in Osaka on November 24. He was discharged on November 26 and started rehab at the Naruohama facilities on the same day. [12/12] Yokoyama also had a tired left shoulder. He resumed playing catch on December 11 (he threw the ball about fifty times). [12/19] Yokoyama threw the ball 100 times into a net during workouts on December 18. [12/24] Yokoyama resumed playing catch outdoors at the Naruohama facilities on December 23. He threw the ball roughly seventy times at a maximum distance of about thirty meters.
Nikkan Sports 11/16/2015, Daily Sports 11/16/2015, Sponichi 11/26/2015, Sanspo 12/12/2015, Sanspo 12/19/2015, Sanspo 12/24/2015,
Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 11/16 11/16 Kikuchi hurt his left knee against Yokohaam on May 16. He hurt his right knee against Lotte on May 26. He played through the pain and did not a single game this season. His batting average dropped because he was having difficulty hitting inside pitches with his knees. With the season over, he is taking it easy since his knees need rest.
Sponichi 11/16/2015,
Kazahari, Ren YAK 11/15 11/15 Kazahari struggled with right elbow pain. Scheduled to pitch in a practice game against an Industrial League team on November 15. It will be his first game in about four months. He threw forty-six pitches in the bullpen on November 14.
Sanspo 11/15/2015,
Shima, Motohiro RAK 11/13 11/14 Shima missed the Dominican Republic game on November 12 because of discomfort in his collarbone (or neck). He tweaked the area during the Mexico game on November 11. [11/14] Shima returned to the line-up on November 14. The pain in his left chest (location seems to change) started when he banged it while trying to catch a ball in the dirt during the Mexico game on November 11.
Nikkan Sports 11/13/2015, Sanspo 11/13/2015, Daily Sports 11/14/2015,
Takeda, Shota SOF 11/13 11/13 Takeda was pulled after four innings against the Dominican Republic on November 12 because of pain in his right leg -- he grabbed his right shin after recording the final out of the 4th inning. [11/14] Takeda told reporters he was scheduled to pitch four innings, but Hiroki Kokubo was also quoted as saying that he wanted him to pitch a little more. According to Sponichi, he felt the mound was a little hard and that may have contributed to the pain in his right ankle. There seems to be some disagreement as to what happened, but all reports make it seem as though the situation is not serious and that it should not affect his next outing.
Daily Sports 11/12/2015, ZakZak 11/13/2015, Sponichi 11/13/2015, Sports Hochi 11/13/2015,
Yanagita, Yuki SOF 11/13 12/24 Yanagita will have surgery to clean his right ellbow. He is not expected to miss opening day next year. He deicded to have the surgery since he is not participating in the Premier 12. [11/13] Softbank announced on November 13 that Yanagita had surgery to clean out his elbow at a hospital in Fukuoka. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. He may not be ready to throw at full strength during spring camp, but should be okay by opening day. [11/24] Yanagita started rehabbing his right elbow at the Saitozaki facilities on November 24. He is not expected to miss opening day next year. [11/28] Yanagita could resume playing catch in late-December. There is no timetable on when he can get back to swinging the bat. [12/09] Yanagita is planning to refrain from swinging the bat at full strength through to the end of spring camp to keep unnecessary strain off his right elbow and left knee. [12/24] Yanagita played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters on December 24. He threw the ball twenty-five times. It was the first time he played catcher after his surgery.
Sponichi 11/12/2015, Chunichi Sports 11/13/2015, Sponichi 11/13/2015, Daily Sports 11/13/2015, Sponichi 11/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2015, ZakZak 12/9/2015, Sponichi 12/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2015,
Okada, Takahiro ORI 11/12 11/12 T-Okada is not participating in fall camp because of pain in his left Achilles tendon.
Nikkan Sports 11/12/2015,
Donoue, Takehiro HIR 11/09 11/09 Donoue joined Ni-gun workouts at Giants Stadium on November after spending time recovering from discomfort in his right hamstring. He did not participate in general fielding practice or running exercises, but did regular warm-ups and batting practice.
Nikkan Sports 11/9/2015,
Kokubo, Tetsuya HIR 11/07 11/07 Kokubo started feeling discomfort in his right elbow during the first block of fall camp. He was sent back to Hiroshima for tests on November 7. The discomfort is in the same area he had surgery on in September 2012.
Daily Sports 11/7/2015,
Ogino, Takashi LOT 11/07 11/09 Ogino felt discomfort in his left knee during Kamogawa fall camp practice on November 6. He was taken to a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with inflammation in the knee. He was reassigned to Lotte Urawa Stadium on November 7. [11/09] Ogino has inflammation in his left patellofemoral joint.
Daily Sports 11/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2015, Sponichi 11/9/2015,
Iwashita, Daiki LOT 11/07 11/07 The Marines announced that Iwashita had reconstructive surgery on his right eblow (medial collateral ligament). He will most likely require about ten months for a full recovery.
Chunichi Sports 11/7/2015,
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 11/07 11/07 Nakamura took an HBP off the back of his right hand against Puerto Rico on November 6. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and treated with ice before he was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise. He returned to Tokyo on November 7 for a second opinion and rejoined the Samurai Japan team in Sapporo after he was given the same diagnosis.
Sports Hochi 11/6/2015, Sponichi 11/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/6/2015, Sanspo 11/7/2015, Sports Hochi 11/7/2015, Daily Sports 11/7/2015,
Otosaka, Tomo YOK 11/06 11/06 Otosaka will miss fall camp because of periodontal ligament inflammation.
Sanspo 11/5/2015,
Enokida, Daiki HAN 11/04 12/28 Enokida hurt his right leg (hamstring) during base-running practices on November 4. He was taken to the hospital for an examination. [11/06] Enokida was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain. [12/01] Enokida resumed throwing in the bullpen on November 29. He threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher. [12/02] Enokida threw forty-one pitches in the bullpen on December 1. [12/28] Enokida told reporters on December 27 that his right leg was fine.
Nikkan Sports 11/4/2015, Daily Sports 11/4/2015, Sanpso 11/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2015, Sanspo 11/30/2015, Sanspo 12/2/2015, Sanspo 12/28/2015,
Ichioka, Ryuji HIR 11/03 11/03 Ichioka started feeling pain in his left side while tossing a bullpen session on November 3. He end practice early and rested at the team hotel. He will return to Hiroshima on November 4 and begin workouts with the San-gun group.
Daily Sports 11/3/2015,
Takaya, Hiroaki SOF 11/03 11/03 Takaya was diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain that will require two to three weeks for a full recovery. He suffered the injury while running to first base during Game 3 of the Nippon Series.
Nikkan Sports 11/3/2015,
Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 10/30 10/30 Yamada took an errant ball off his face during his at bat in the 5th inning against Softbank on October 28 and suffered a dislocated jaw. He was able to pop it back into place by himself and remained in the game (he was cleared by the team trainer).
Daily Sports 10/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 29/2015,
Lee, Dae-Ho SOF 10/28 10/29 Lee was replaced by a pinch-runner after he was hit by a pitch in the 5th inning against Yakult on October 27. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters Lee was having problems with his neck (he could hit but not play defense). Hitting coach Yasuo Fujii said the pain was from sleeping the wrong way. [10/29] Lee was able to play on October 28. He got treatment for the neck and also took medication to ease the pain.
Sanspo 10/27/2015, ZakZak 10/28/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/29/2015,
Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK 10/27 11/15 Ishikawa is planning to get his right elbow cleaned out during the winter. [11/04] Ishikawa will have surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama on November 12. [11/15] The Bay Stars announced on November 13 that Ishikawa had surgery on his right elbow as planned on November 12. He is not expected to miss spring camp.
Sponichi 10/27/2015, Sponichi 11/4/2015, Sanspo 11/14/2015,
Kuwahara, Masayuki YOK 10/26 10/26 Kuwahara took an HBP off his left wrist during a Phoenix League game on October 21. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a fracture in his left ulnar styloid.
official announcement,
Iwamoto, Takahiro HIR 10/24 11/09 The Carp announced on October 24 that Iwamoto had surgery to treat an occlusive disease in his left axillary artery at a hospital in Hiroshima on October 21. He will need to stay in the hospital for about a week. His schedule after that will be decided based on how he is feeling after his stay in the hospital. [11/09] Iwamoto is starting to swing the bat with some authority. There are still some issues with his throwing.
Daily Sports 10/24/2015, Sponichi 11/9/2015
Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 10/24 10/24 Uchikawa could end up missing the entire Nippon Serires with two fractured ribs (seventh and eighth on left side) that will require about three weeks for a full recovery. He suffered the injury when he crashed into a wall while chasing down a fly ball in foul territory during the first game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. He made it through the Climax Series and was participating in workouts. But the pain increased when he rolled over while sleeping on the night of October 23. The fractures were discovered when he was examined on October 24.
Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015, Sponichi 10/24/2015, Sanspo 10/24/2015,
Arihara, Kohei HAM 10/23 11/12 The Fighters announced that Arihara had surgery to remove a subcutaneous abscess from his back on October 23 at a hospital in Saitama. He will be hospitalized for about two weeks. He will resume practices at Kamagaya as soon as is he able to. [11/08] Arihara was discharged from the hospital on November 8. He will resume practices at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya on November 12. [11/12] Arihara resume practices on November 12 at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya.
official announcement, Daily Sports 11/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2015,
Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 10/22 10/11 Fujinami is planning to withdraw from the Premier 12 because of inflammation in his right shoulder. [10/23] Samurai Japan announced on October 22 that Fujinami was being replaced by Yasuhiro Ogawa because of right shoulder inflammation. He first started feeling pain in his shoulder during the regular season. There were games where he pitched through quite a bit of pain. He was examined at a hospital on October 19 and diagnose with inflammation. He can play a light game of catch, but is concerned anything more might cause problems. He is not expected to toss a bullpen session before the end of the year. He will refrain from throwing the ball hard for two to three weeks. [10/24] Fujinami played some light catch at a distance of about fifteen meters during practices at Naruohama on October 24. He also played catch with his left arm. [11/11] Fujinami played catch at a distance of about twenty meters on November 9. He is still not planning to throw off the mound before the end of the year.
Nikkan Sports 10/22/2015, official announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/22/2015, Daily Sports 10/22/2015, Sports Hochi 10/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2015, Sanspo 11/10/2015,
Matsuyama, Ryuhei HIR 10/22 11/20 Matsuyama ended fall practices early on October 20 because of pain in his right hamstring. He started feeling discomfort in the hamstring while running foul poles in the morning. The injury does not appear serious, but he may not be able to participate in fall camp. [11/20] Joined fall camp on November 7. Played in an intra-squad game on November 19 and recorded three hits and an RBI.
Daily Sports 10/21/2015, Daily Sports 11/20/2015,
Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 10/20 10/20 Uchikawa took an HBP off his left arm against Lotte on October 19. He has a little internal bleeding, but is otherwise fine. He played in an intra-squad game on October 19. He was used as designated hitter as a precaution.
Nikkan Sports 10/19/2015,
Konno, Ryuta RAK 10/19 10/19 The Eagles announced on October 18 that Konno had surgery on his right knee (meniscus) at a hospital in Chiba on October 14. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.
Sponichi 10/18/2015,
Huffman, Chad LOT 10/17 10/17 Huffman left for the United States out of Narita Airport on October 16 to get treatment for his right foot (pain in the ball of his foot).
Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015,
Yokoyama, Yuya HAN 10/16 10/19 Yokoyama was sent back to Osaka on October 14 from the Phoenix League because of a tired left shoulder. He worked out at the Naruohama facilities on October 15. He will resume throwing once he is feeling better. [10/19] Yokoyama may not be able to resume pitching practices by (or during) fall practices that begins on October 20.
Sanspo 10/16/2015, Sanspo 10/19/2015,
Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 10/13 10/13 Sakamoto felt tightness in his neck and, as a precaution, took things slow during workouts on October 13. He may have tweaked his neck when he slid into home plate against Hanshin on October 12.
Sponichi 10/13/2015,
Miyanishi, Naoki HAM 10/13 12/08 The Fighters announced that Miyanishi will have surgery on his left elbow (cleaning and nerve transposition) on October 19. He will most likely require about five months for a full recovery. [10/20] The Fighters announced on October 20 that Miyanishi had survery on his left elbow at a hospital in Sapporo on the same day. [12/08] Miyanishi is hoping to resume throwing the ball around Christmas. He would like to be making long distance throws by the start of spring camp.
official announcement, official announcement, Sponichi 12/8/2015,
Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 10/12 10/12 Uchikawa fouled a ball off the top of his left foot during an at bat an intra-squad game on October 9. He received treatment for the foot at YafuOku Dome on October 11.
Daily Sports 10/12/2015,
Cruz, Luis LOT 10/10 10/10 Cruz had trouble running to first on a single he hit in the 7th inning against Nippon Ham on October 10 because of spasms in both legs. He turned down a stretcher, but had to be assisted off the field and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He is not expected to miss the Nippon Ham game on October 11.
Sponichi 10/10/2015, Daily Sports 10/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015,
Murton, Matt HAN 10/10 10/10 Murton missed an intra-squad game on October 8 because of pain in his right big toe. The Tigers are taking a wait-and-see approach.
Nikkan Sports 10/9/2015, Sponichi 10/9/2015,
Yanagita, Yuki SOF 10/08 10/14 Yanagita participated in practices at YafuOku Dome on October 8 and tweaked his neck while taking batting practice. He skipped the intra-squad game on the same day (he was slated to get the start at designated hitter and bat third for the Whites). The Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling after two or three days. [10/10] Yanagita missed another intra-squad gmame on October 9. His neck is improving, but he is still feeing pain. [10/11] Yanagita missed hois third straight intra-squad game on October 10. There is a chance he might miss the first game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. [10/12] Yanagita was able to play in an intra-squad game on October 12. He got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He went 0-for-2: G5, F9. It was his first game in about a week. He took thirty-three swings during batting practice and hit ten over the fence. [10/13] Yanagita might be ready to play as a designated hitter. There seems to be some concern that coming back too early, particularly from the contusion to his left tibia, could lead to further injury. [10/14] Yanagita took forty swings during batting practice on October 13 and hit fourteen over the fence. He chased baseballs hit by teammates in centerfield. He was running dashes at seventy to eighty percent. During pre-game batting practice on October 14, he swung the bat thirty-seven times and hit thirteen over the fence. He made the starting line-up against Lotte in center field and batted third. He hit a home run in his second trip to the plate.
Sports Hochi 10/8/2015, Tokyo Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2015, Sports Hochi 10/11/2015, Sponichi 10/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2015, Daily Sports 10/12/2015, Sponichi 10/13/2015, ZakZak 10/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2015, Sports Hochi 10/14/2015, Sports Hochi 10/14/2015,
Nakamura, Takeya SEI 10/05 10/05 There is a good chance Nakamura will withdraw as a candidate from the Premier 12 because he wants to rest his barking back and get treatment for it.
Sports Hochi 10/5/2015,
Tone, Chiaki YOM 10/04 10/04 Tone felt discomfort in his left side while pitching in the 8th inning against Yokohama on Octoer 3. He was pulled from the game and is considered day-to-day.
Sponichi 10/4/2015,
Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 10/04 10/04 Iguchi fouled a ball off his left shin on October 2. He was left out of the starting line-up against Rakuten on October 3 because of swelling.
Daily Sports 10/4/2015,
Kiyota, Ikuhiro LOT 10/04 10/17 Kiyota hurt his right shoulder while playing defense in the 5th inning against Rakuten on October 2. He was examined at a hospital in Chiba on October 3 and diagnosed with a sprain in his right shoulder. He is unable to throw the ball, but could make an appearance as a pinch-hitter. He is, for the time being, considered day-to-day. [10/08] Kiyota played catch catch on October 8 and was able to throw the ball with some power. [10/17] Kiyota's right shoulder was apparently in really bad shape. He required two shots to relieve pain and swelling. The pain was so bad he had trouble getting out of bed. His back injury from September 22 made things worse.
Daily Sports 10/3/2015, Sports Hochi 10/3/2015, Sports Hochi 10/8/2015, Sanspo 10/16/2015,
Yoshimi, Kazuki CHU 10/04 12/19 Yoshimi was taken off the active roster on August 6. The media later learned that he had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Aichi on October 1. He will not be able to throw for four to six weeks. He is hoping to resume playing catch some time during fall camp. He could begin tossing bullpen session in December. This was the fifth time Yoshimi had surgery on his elbow (including before he turned professional). [12/11] Yoshimi threw off a mound to a standing catcher on December 8. It was his first session off a mound since his surgery. He followed that up with a session on December 10 (about thirty pitches) and another on December 11 (about twenty pitches). [12/19] Yoshimi tossed a bullpen session (thirty pitches) to a squatting catcher on December 18.
Sponichi 10/3/2015, Sponichi 10/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/11/2015, Sports Hochi 12/11/2015, Daily Sports 12/19/2015,
Laird, Brandon HAM 10/03 10/03 Laird started complaining of a stomach ache after he hit a single in the 5th inning against Lotte on Septembr 30. He was replaced on defense in the 6th.
Sanspo 10/1/2015,
Cruz, Luis LOT 10/01 10/08 Cruz started feeling pain in his right hamstring after running out a grounder to short with the bases loaded and one out in the 4th inning against Nippon Ham on October 1. He reached on a force and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a strain that will most likely require about ten days for a full recovery. [10/03] Lotte is not planning to take Cruz off the active roster for the time being because he might be able to play. [10/08] Cruz took fielding practice on October 8. He is able to run at seventy to eighty percent.
Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Sponichi 10/3/2015, Sports Hochi 10/8/2015,
Senga, Kodai SOF 10/01 10/01 Senga left his start against Rakuten on October 1 partway through the 5th inning because he developed cramps in both calves.
Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015,
Shiranita, Hirokazu ORI 09/29 09/29 Shiranita hurt his left hamstring while covering first base against Rakuten on September 28. He was examined at a hospital in Kobe on September 29 and diagnosed with a left hamstring strain. He will most likely require about three weeks for a full recovery.
Sponichi 9/29/2015,
Fukudome, Kosuke HAN 09/28 09/28 Fukudome hurt his right hamstring while running the bases against Hiroshima on September 27. He originally hurt the hamstring while running the bases during a game in late August. The Tigers managed to keep Fukudome going by resting him once a week, but with the races coming down to the wire, they were forced to play him more frequently. Fukudome did not play on September 28.
Sanspo 9/28/2015, Daily Sports 9/28/2015,
Kishi, Takayuki SEI 09/27 10/05 Kishi has pain in his left side. The Lions are going to skip him in the rotation until he is ready to pitch. He may not get another start during the regular season. [09/28] Kishi was examined at a hospital on September 28 and diagnosed with a strain in his left abdominal oblique muscle. He will be taken of the active roster on September 29. He is not going to make the Climax Series, but might have a chance at the Nippon Series, if the team makes it that far. [10/05] Kishi might skip the Premier 12 because of the strain in his left side.
Sports Hochi 9/27/2015, Sponichi 9/27/2015, Sports Hochi 9/28/2015, Sponichi 9/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2015, Sports Hochi 10/5/2015,
Yanagita, Yuki SOF 09/26 10/09 Yanagita was removed after getting hit by a pitch during a game against Lotte on September 26. Dae-Eun Rhee threw a fastball that struck Yanagita in the left thigh (or somewhere on the inner part of his left knee) in the 1st inning. He had to be assisted off the field for treatment and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He was seen walking around on his own after the game. His leg was taped. The team trainer told the media there was some swelling, but no abnormalities in the bones. [09/27] Yanagita was left out of the starting line-up against Lotte on September 27 as a precaution. [09/28] The Hawks want Yanagita to take it easy until he is fully ready to play. There was some internal bleeding and there is concern about another injury due to overcompensation. [09/29] Yanagita was not available to play on September 28. "I can swing the bat okay, but I still can't run properly," said Yanagita. He was also not available to play on September 29. [10/09] The media learned that Yanagita suffered a bone contusion on his left tibia.
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Oh, Seung-Hwan HAN 09/26 10/10 Oh was taken off the active roster on September 26 with tightness in his right adductor muscle. [09/27] It is uncertain when Oh first got hurt, but he did experience simiar problems in early April. He could pitch an inning during a Phoenix League game next month to stay sharp. [10/03] Oh is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage at Koshien on October 3. He is not scheduled to pitch in the Phoenix League. [10/08] Oh started working out with the Ichi-gun team on October 3. He participated in workouts at Koshien on October 6 and played catch (the only thing he can do right now). He told reporters he was still not 100 percent and that he would have to throw off a mound to know where he was in his recovery. There is a good chance he will miss the First Stage of the Climax Series. [10/10] Oh's right leg is not in good shape. At worse, he could miss the entire postseason. A lot will depend on when he can begin throwing (he is only playing catch at this point).
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Kiyota, Ikuhiro LOT 09/25 09/25 Kiyota fouled a pitch off his left leg during his third at bat in the 4th inning against Softbank on September 25. He was replaced on defense in the 5th. He was examined at a hospital in Narashino and diagnosed with a bruise on his left tibia. He is considered day-to-day.
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Balentien, Wladimir YAK 09/24 09/24 Balentien was left out of the starting line-up against Hiroshima on September 23 because of tightness in both legs. He did make it into the game as a bat off the bench in the 8th.
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German, Esteban ORI 09/24 09/24 German was replaced on defense partway through the 5th inning against Seibu on September 23 because of pain near his right adductor muscle.
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Takahashi, Tomomi SEI 09/23 10/12 Takahashi twisted his right ankle while pitching against Orix on September 23. With two out in the 8th inning, Takahashi chased after a ball that bounced of his left leg and slowly rolled toward the first base dugout. He managed to glove the ball, but in doing so, also twisted his ankle. He fell to his knees in pain and could not stand up. He had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama and diagnosed with a sprained right ankle. [09/24] Takahashi is set to be re-examined. There is a chance he will not be able to pitch again this season. [09/26] Takahashi was re-examined on September 25 and diagnosed with a fracture in his right fibula. He could require two to three months for a full recovery. He should be okay for spring camp next year. He will not be able to participate in the Premier 12. [10/12] Takahashi wants to build up strength in his upper body until he can begin running in December. He started the season at eighty-three kilograms and is currently down to seventy-eight. He resumed trunk exercises on October 10.
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Nishino, Yuji LOT 09/23 09/25 Nishino suffered a bruise on the top of his left foot during his outing against Rakuten on September 23. He was called in to pitch the 9th when he took a batted ball of his left foot after recording two outs. He remained in the game and later needed help walking off the field after recording the last out of the inning. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba and diagnosed with a bruise on the top of his left foot. He is considered day-to-day. [09/25] Nishino was re-examined on September 24 and diagnosed with a fissure fracture in the second metatarsal of his left foot. He will most likely require six weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on September 25.
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Kikuchi, Yusei SEI 09/22 09/22 Kikuchi left his start against Orix on September 22 after only five innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger.
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Kiyota, Ikuhiro LOT 09/22 09/22 Kiyota hurt his back while running the bases against Rakuten on September 22. The incident took place in the 3rd inning when he tried to stretch a double into triple and slid into third base. He was replaced on defense in the 4th inning.
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Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 09/21 09/21 Abe did not play on September 21 because of tightness in his back. He s hoping to make it back to the line-up on September 22.
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Hijii, Ryuzo LOT 09/21 09/21 Hijii was hit in the face in the 2nd inning of a game against the Ni-gun Seibu Lions on September 21. He was taken to the hospital in Saitama and diagnosed with fractures in his nasal bone and ethmoid bone. He will be discharged from the hospital on September 22.
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Miyazaki, Toshiro YOK 09/21 09/21 Miyazaki hurt his right ankle while running out a grounder to third in the 4th inning against Yokohama on September 21. He may have injured a ligament.
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Nakamura, Takeya SEI 09/21 09/25 Nakamura was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his fourth at bat against Nippon Ham on September 20 because of some tightness in his back. He was left out of the starting line-up on September 21 because of fatigue. He did not participate in pre-game practices, but was available to play. [09/22] Nakamura will most likely be left out of the starting line-up on September 22 and 23. Assuming everyting is okay, he could return to the starting line-up for the Rakuten game on September 26. [09/25] Nakamura could return to the starting line-up on September 26.
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Wakiya, Ryota SEI 09/19 11/06 Wakiya hurt his right ankle while running the bases against Nippon Ham on September 19. He reached base on a single to left in the 6th inning and tried to score from first on a double to left. He hurt the ankle when he collided into Shota Ono at home plate. He had to be assisted off the field. He received treatment but did not go to the hospital. The Lions are taking a wait-and-see approach. [09/20] Wakiya was examined at a hospital in Sapporo on September 20 and diagnosed with a fracture in his right ankle. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. [11/06] The cast on Wakiya's ankle is set to come off soon.
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Shirasaki, Hiroyuki YOK 09/19 10/19 Shirasaki was set to make the starting line-up at shortstop against Hanshin on September 19, but was scratched at the last minute because he suffered a partial left shoulder dislocation while swinging the bat before the start of the game. He received treatment but did not go to the hospital. He will be with the team when they travel to Hiroshima for two games (September 20-21). [09/20] The Bay Stars decided to take Shirasaki off the active roster on September 20 because he was still unable to participate in pre-game practices. [09/21] Shirasaki was taken off the active roster on September 21. [09/29] Shirasaki will have surgery to treat his left shoulder. [09/30] Shirasaki could go under the knife early next month. He will most likely require about four months for a full recovery. [10/19] The Bay Stars announced on October 14 that Shirasaki had surgery on his left shoulder to treat recurrent should dislocations at a hospital in Yokohama on October 13.
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Blanco, Tony ORI 09/19 09/21 Blanco was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning against Rakuten on September 19. The slugger started feeling discomfort in his right hamstring after he reached base on a walk in the 3rd inning. [09/20] Blanco was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with inflammation in his right biceps femoris muscle. The Buffaloes are planning to take Blanco off the active roster. [09/21] Blanco was taken off the active roster on September 21.
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Murata, Shuichi YOM 09/19 09/23 Murata was taken off the activer roster on September 19 with inflammaton in his right elbow. [09/21] Murata began his rehab at Giants Stadium on September 20. He played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters, took some soft-toss batting practice, and ran some dashes. He first starting feeling discomfort in his elbow about ten days ago. It got worse during pre-game practices on September 19. Murata resumed live batting practice on September 21. He is slated to play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on September 22. [09/23] Murata played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on September 22. He got the start at designated hitter and batter fourth. He went 0-for-3.
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Dickson, Brandon ORI 09/18 09/18 Dickson was taken off the active roster on September 18 with an injury to his right intercostal muscle. He started feeling pain in the area during his last start and was examined at a hospital in Kobe on September 17. He is not expected to pitch again this year.
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Obiki, Keiji YAK 09/16 09/16 Obiki missed a Yokohama game on September 15 because of pain in his right elbow. He will be examined at a hospital on September 16. He first started feeling discomfort in the elbow on September 13. He hurt the same elbow in 2013.
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Shima, Motohiro RAK 09/14 09/14 A forkball in the dirt thrown by Yoshitaka Muto in the 10th inning against Softbank hit Shima in the right arm. He was replaced by Shota Koseki because he felt some tingling in the arm. He is considered day-to-day.
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Sakaguchi, Tomotaka ORI 09/13 09/28 Sakaguchi started feeling discomfort in his right elbow this year. The media learned on September 12 that he is considering surgery because he wants to be 100 percent next year. [09/28] The elbow injury does not appear to be serious. If he has surgery, it will be to clean the elbow. It should not be something that causes him to miss spring camp next year.
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Schierholtz, Nate HAN 09/13 09/14 Schierholtz was taken off the active roster on September 13 with lower back pain. He will be examined at a hospital early next week. The chief trainer told reporters it was a flare-up of a chronic condition. [09/14] Schierholtz was examined at a hospital on September 14 and diagnosed with lumbar facet syndrome. He will report to San-gun for his rehab on September 15.
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Uemoto, Hiroki HAN 09/12 10/08 Uemoto was taken off the active roster on September 12 with pain in his left hamstring. He suffered the injury during his last at bat against Hiroshima on September 11. He could undergo tests on the leg on September 14. [09/14] Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka on September 14 and diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring. He could end up missing the rest of the season. [09/15] Uemoto may have suffered a mild strain, which means he might be able to make it back before the end of the season, perhaps even before the end of September. [09/16] Uemoto started rehabbing at the Naruohama facilities on September 15. [09/21] Uemoto started training outdoors on September 20. He also resumed indoor soft-toss batting practice. [10/02] Uemoto could head to the Phoenix League for his first rehab game. He resumed fielding grounders on September 29. He wore cleats during fielding practice for the first time on October 1. He might be at around eighty percent. [10/06] Uemoto played in a Phoenix League game against Yokohama on October 5. He got the start at second and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-3: F8, G4, 1B7. [10/08] Uemoto joined Ichi-gun practices at Koshien on October 8 for the first time in about a month. He also played in an intra-squad game.
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Ichikawa, Tomoya HAM 09/12 09/15 Ernesto Mejia barrelled Ichikawa at home plate in the 3rd inning against Seibu on September 12. Ichikawa had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Iruma, Saitama for tests. He did not lose consciousness and CT scans did not reveal any abnormalities. [09/13] Ichikawa suffered a minor bruise on his left arm. He is considered day-to-day. [09/15] Ichikawa was examined at a hospital in Sapporo on September 15 and diagnosed with a sprain in his cervical spine. He was taken off the active roster on September 15. He will most likely need about ten days for a full recovery.
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Yamamoto, Tetsuya YAK 09/11 09/11 The Swallows announced on September 11 that Yamamoto had reconstructive surgery on the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gumna on September 10.
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Kano, Keisuke HAN 09/11 10/16 Kano took an HBP off his right hand against the Yomiuri Giants on September 10 -- he was hit by Hirokazu Sawamura in the 9th inning. He was examined at a hospital on the same day in Hyogo and diagnosed with a fracture in his fifth metacarpal bone (pinky). He is scheduled to begin his rehab at the Naruohama facilities on September 12. There is no timetable on his return. [09/12] It could take about a month for a full recovery. Kano could miss the rest of the regular season. [10/16] Kano finished his rehab assignment at the Naruohama facilities on October 14. He is healthy enough to be able to hit pithes over the fence during live batting practice. He is scheduled to attend fall practices that begins on October 20.
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Naruse, Yoshihisa YAK 09/10 09/10 The media learned on September 9 that Naruse suffered a strain in his left hamstring and could end up missing the rest of the season.
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Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 09/10 09/10 Hirano was taken off the active roster on September 10 with pain in his lower back. The condition is not considered serious, Orix is playing it safe. [09/11] Hirano went to a hospital for tests on September 10.
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Inzen, Tomoya YOM 09/10 09/10 Inzen dislocated his left shoulder in a game against Yakult on September 2. He took batting practice during Ni-gun workouts on September 10. He did not participate in general practices, but did spend about twenty minutes taking batting practice. He told reporters he could swing the bat, but was not yet able to throw the ball.
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Yamasaki, Yasuaki YOK 09/07 09/08 The Bay Stars stopped using Yamasaki after he blew a save opportunity on September 4 out of concern that he might be tired. They reassess his status after he tosses a bullpen session during practices on September 7. If he is ready to pitch, the Bay Stars could begin using him for the Yakult series that begins on September 8. If he needs more time, they could wait to pitch him until the Yomiuri series that begins on September 12. [09/08] Yamasaki resumed throwing on September 7. He threw fifteen pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen.
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Fukudome, Kosuke HAN 09/06 09/06 Fukudome was replaced by a pinch-runner after hitting a single to left in the 6th inning against Chunichi on September 5. He may have re-aggravated the right middle finger he hurt in August when he fouled off a pitch earlier in the at bat. He was in the starting line-up against Chunichi on September 6 and went 3-for-4.
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Nakata, Sho HAM 09/05 09/05 Nakata fouled a ball off the upper part of his left knee during an at bat in the 7th inning against Orix on September 5. He walked and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He is considered day-to-day.
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Takeda, Shota SOF 09/05 09/17 Takeda left his start against Rakuten on September 5 after seven full innings because he popped a blister on his right index finger. [09/12] Takeda was set to get a start against Rakuten on September 12. His turn will be skipped because of the rain out on September 11 -- Kenichi Nakata was pushed back a day to September 12. His finger is better, but the extra rest will give him more time to heal and prepare for his next start. [09/17] Got the start on September 17 on eleven days of rest.
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Herrera, Yoslan YOK 09/05 09/08 The Bay Stars were planning to use Herrera in the 9th inning against Yomiuri on September 5, but decided not to because the pitcher had tightness near the back of his right shoulder. [09/07] Herrera was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on September 6 and diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right shoulder. He might be okay to resume pitching on September 8. [09/08] Herrera will most likely be taken off the active roster on September 9 after discomfort returned in his right shoulder on September 8.
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Kakunaka, Katsuya LOT 09/03 11/13 Kakunaka fractured his left ring finger and pinky when he attemped a bunt during a Nippon Ham game on September 3. He will most likely require six to eight weeks for a full recovery. [09/16] Kakunaka's splint was removed on September 15. He rehabbed at Lotte Urawa Stadium on September 16. He caught baseballs with his right hand. He still feels pain when the finger comes into contact with something. [09/25] Kakunaka resumed hitting practice on September 25. He swung the bat with just his right hand. [10/06] Kakunaka played in a Phoenix League game against Hanwha on October 6. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third. He went 0-for-3 (G3, G3, G4) in his first game in about a month. [10/10] Kakunaka joined Ichi-gun practices on October 9. He will most likely make the Game 1 starting line-up on October 10. He still has some pain in his fingers, but is good enough to play. [11/13] The fractures in Kakunaka's fingers were still not fully healed when he returned to the line-up during the Climax Series.
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Castellanos, Alex YOM 09/02 09/02 Castellanos played in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on September 2 and felt discomfort in his right thigh while running the bases in the 1st inning. He was removed from the game on defenese in the 2nd inning. He is considered day-to-day.
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Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 09/01 10/03 Kaneko left the Rakuten game on September 1 early because of discomfort in his right shoulder. He was pulled after throwing one pitch to Kazuya Fujita in the 4th inning. He will be taken off the active roster. [09/02] Kaneko first started feeling discomfort in his shoulder during his start against Rakuten on August 25. He felt he could pitch through the discomfort, until the 4th inning on September 1. The discomfort is in the back area of the shoulder. He was taken off the active roster on September 2. He will be examined at a facility in Kobe on September 4. [09/03] Kaneko will visit at least two hospitals for an examination. He will go to a hospital in Kobe on September 4 and then another some time on or after September 7. [09/04] Kaneko visited a hospital in Kobe on September 4 for tests. No abnormalities were found. [09/05] Kaneko is planning to visit a different hospital on September 7 for a second opinion. [09/07] Kaneko visited a hospital in Funabashi, Chiba on September 7 for a second opinion. No abnormalities were found. Still no timetable on his recovery. [09/08] Orix does not want to force Kaneko back this season and could have him work toward the 2016 season. [09/16] Kaneko visited Kyocera Dome on September 15 and gave Junichi Fukura an update on his progress. He has resumed playing catch, but there is still no timetable on his return. Fukura told reporters the ace would only take the mound this season if he said he wanted to pitch. [10/01] Kaneko could return to the active roster in time to make a relief appearance in the Buffaloes' last game of the season on October 3. He joined Ichi-gun practices on September 30 and tossed a bullpen session. [10/03] Kaneko was added to the active roster on October 13. He pitched a shutout inning in relief, on the same day, against Softbank.
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Nagae, Kyohei SEI 08/31 08/31 Nagae took an HBP off the back of his right hand during his at bat in the 6th inning of a game against Seibu on August 31 and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise.
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Otani, Tomohisa LOT 08/31 09/22 Otani hurt his right leg while pitching in a game against Orix on August 29. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on August 31 and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. He will require about three weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. [09/22] The Marines added Otani to the active roster on September 22.
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Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 08/29 09/02 Kuroda started a game against Yokohama on August 29. Aarom Baldiris hit a ball that hit Kuroda on the right hand in the 4th inning. He remained in the game to finish the inning. He was removed from the game after facing the first batter of the inning in the 5th -- the decision to take him out of the game was made after he finished his warm-ups before the start of the inning so he was required to face the first hitter. He left the stadium with a trainer around 8:30pm to visit a hospital in the Yokohama area. He will be re-examined by a specialist on August 31. [08/30] Kuroda left Yokohama and returned to Hiroshima on the morning of August 30. His next start, potentially on September 4 against Yakult at Jingu, is up in the air. [08/31] Kuroda was exmamined at a hospital in Hiroshima on August 31 and diagnosed with a bruise on his right palm. No abnormalities were found in the bones. The Carp will make a decision on Kuroda after they see how he is feeling on September 1. [09/01] Kuroda threw thirty pitches -- all fastballs -- to a standing catcher during practices on September 1. He is not expected to miss his next start. [09/02] Kuroda's next start could come on either September 4 or 5.
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Takeda, Shota SOF 08/29 08/29 Takeda started a game against Nippon Ham on August 29. He pulled himself out after the 7th inning because he developed a cramp in his right calf and did not want to risk getting hurt.
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Nakata, Sho HAM 08/28 08/30 Nakata was replaced by a pinch-runner after he twisted his right ankle when his foot got caught up in the ground while sliding into second on a double in the 9th inning. He is considered day-to-day. [08/29] Nakata was left out of the starting line-up on August 29. [08/30] Nakata was left out of the starting line-up again on August 30.
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Maestri, Alessandro ORI 08/27 08/28 Maestri took a batted ball off his right hand during a game against Rakuten on August 27. The incident occurred in the 7th inning when Rakuten's Rintaro Kitagawa hit a one-hopper back up the middle that struck Maestri on the right hand. He managed to pick up the ball and make a throw to first, despite blood on his hand. He was removed after the play. [8/28] Maestri required seven stitches to close a wound near the base of his right thumb. He will require about a month of a full recovery. Maestri was examined at a hospital on August 27. No abnormalities to the bones, muscles, or tendons were found. He was taken off the active roster on August 28.
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Nomi, Atsushi HAN 08/27 08/27 Nomi may have tweaked his left leg when he slid into third base in the 3rd inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on August 26th. He remained in the game. It may have affected his pitching/rhythm since he seemed to lose control of his pitches after that (he retired the side in order in his first two innings and then gave up three runs on six hits and three walks over the next 2.1 innings). He was reportedly close to developing a cramp in his left leg when he was removed from the game partway through the 5th inning. He told reporters he was fine after practices on August 27.
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Pena, Wily Mo RAK 08/26 08/26 Pena took an HBP off his left wrist in the 8th inning. He was taken to the hospital for tests and was diagnosed with a bruise on his left forearm.
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Endo, Issei CHU 08/26 10/11 Endo was taken off the active roster on August 26 with discomfort in his right shoulder. [10/11] Endo told reporters on October 11 his shoulder was at about fifty percent and that was playing catch at a distance of about sixty meters. He might be okay to begin participating in the Phoenix League during the third block. The media also learned on the same day that Endo suffered a dislocated shoulder. He played with discomfort for over a month.
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Kawabata, Shingo YAK 08/25 08/26 Kawabata recorded an infield single in the 7th inning of a game against Yomiuri on August 25 and was replaced by a pinch-runner because of discomfort in his left leg. [08/26] The media is reporting that Kawabata developed a cramp somewhere either in the front area of his left thigh or behind his left knee. He is not expected to miss any playing time.
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Nishimura, Kentaro YOM 08/25 09/03 The media learned on August 24 that Nishimura will have surgery to clean out his right elbow. The procedure is set to take place at a hospital in Yokohama in early September. He has not pitched in a game since July 24. Nishimura had a similar surgery in June 2009. [09/03] The Giants announced on September 3 that Nishimura had surgery at a hospital in Yokohama to clean his right elbow. His goal is to be ready to throw during spring camp next year.
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Kamata, Yoshinao RAK 08/24 08/25 Kamata had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in March 2014. He played in his first rehab game in March. He could be ready to make the active roster in time for the Seibu three-game series that begins on August 28. [08/25] Kamata could get a start against Seibu on August 29. If he gets the start, it will be his first Ichi-gun game since October 13, 2013.
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Ishizaki, Tsuyoshi HAN 08/24 08/24 Ishizaki was taken off the active roster on August 23 with discomfort in his right shoulder. The discomfort began during a bullpen session on August 22. He participated in Ni-gun practices at Naruohama on August 23, but did no throwing.
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Mikolas, Miles YOM 08/23 09/04 Mikolas was taken off the active roster on August 23 with fatigue. He is expected to return in ten days. He may have had some tightness in his right shoulder and elbow. [08/31] Mikolas has still not started a throwing program. There is currently no timetable on his return. Aaron Poreda will most likely get Mikolas' next start on September 2. [09/03] Mikolas resumed playing catch on September 1. He threw twenty-five pitches to a squatting catcher on September 3. [09/04] Mikolas might be ready to return to the active roster in time for a start against Hanshin on September 9.
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Sato, Yoshinori YAK 08/22 11/12 Yoshinori pitched in a Ni-gun practice game against Surugadai University on August 22. He entered the game in the 6th inning and tossed two shutout innings. He threw thirty-two pitches, did not allow any hits, walked, two, struck out two, and topped out at 147km/h. This was his first rehab game since May 9. He has not pitched in an Ichi-gun game since September 3, 2011 because of right shoulder pain. He had shoulder surgeryin April 2013 and has been working his way back since then. [08/29] Yoshinori started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on August 29. He pitched three innings, allowed two runs (earned) on three hits and a walk. He faced thirteen hitters, struck out three, and topped out at 147km/h. [09/12] Yoshinori pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on September 11. He entered the game in the 3rd inning and gave up a run over 2.1 innings of work. He faced eleven hitters, allowed two hits, walked one, hit one, and struck out two. [11/12] Yoshinori threw seventy-five pitches in the bullpen on November 12.
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Takeda, Hisashi HAM 08/21 10/20 The media learned on August 20 that Takeda might need surgery on his right knee. The chronic pain in his right knee grew worse in July. He started having difficulty running and had to adjust his training menu. If he goes under the knife, it could take eight weeks for a full recovery. Takeda had problems with his left knee during spring camp and had a meniscectomy in early March. He started playing in games in May, but struggled and recorded a 6.00 ERA in nine games at Ni-gun. [08/22] Takeda will have surgery on his right knee at a hospital in Sapporo on September 1. [08/23] Reports on August 23 indicate that Takeda will have surgery on August 31. [08/31] Takeda had reparative surgery on his right knee (medial meniscus) at a hospital in Sapporo on August 31. He will be discharged in about two weeks. After that, he will begin a rehab program at the Kamagaya facilities. He will most likely need about five months for a full recovery. [09/16] The Fighters announced on September 16 that Takeda was discharged from the hospital. [10/20] Takeda did some walking and played some catch on October 20. He is still about a month away from being able to run.
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Hayashi, Masanori YOK 08/20 08/20 Hayashi is scheduled to have surgery to clean out his left elbow some time before the end of the month. He was having problems with the elbow since the start of the season. His condition grew worse after a shutout inning in relief on August 12. He will most likely required two to three months for a full recovery.
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Mori, Tomoya SEI 08/20 08/20 Mori fould a ball off his right knee during his at bat in the 1st inning of a game against Rakuten on August 20. He had to be carried off the field and replaced by a pinch-hitter. He was taken to the hospital during the game and diagnosed him with a bruised right knee. There were no problems with the bones.
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Otosaka, Tomo YOK 08/19 08/19 Otosaka was hit in the head by a thrown ball during pre-game fielding practice on August 19. A stretcher was prepared, but he was able to walk off the field with help from the trainer. He did not miss the game against Yakult.
Nikkan Sports 8/19/2015,
Yamanaka, Hirofumi YAK 08/19 09/20 Yamanaka was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on August 19 and diagnosed with a mild strain in his right pectoralis major muscle. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. He will be shut down for four to five days. He could require anywhere from two weeks to a month for a full recovery. Yamanaka suffered the injury during his start against Yokohama on August 18 (he first started feeling discomfort in the 3rd inning, but remained in the game until partway through the 7th). [09/10] Yamanaka could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game some time early next week. [09/12] Yamanaka is set to pitch three innings in a Ni-gun rehab game agianst Lotte on September 15. He could return to the active roster in time for the Hanshin series that begins on September 20. [09/15] Yamanaka started a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on September 15. He pitched two shutout innings, faced six hitters, allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out none. [09/16] Yamanaka could make the active roster in time for a start against Hanshin on September 20. [09/20] The Swallows added Yamanaka to he active roster on September 20.
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Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 08/18 08/19 Kuroda took a batted ball off his right hand during the 1st inning of a game against Chunichi on August 18. Ryosuke Hirata hit a ball back to the mound and Kuroda threw up his right hand. The ball struck his hand and rolled toward third. Hirata reached first on an infield single. Kuroda threw five practice pitches before leaving the field for treatment. He returned and threw six more practice pitches and remained in the game. [08/19] Kuroda told reporters he felt bad for the concern he caused when he took a batted ball off his hand. He also said that it would be time for him to quit the day his hand stopped reacting. "The day my hand stops reacting in those situations is the day I have to call it quits. I've been told to stop putting my hand in danger, but that's the way I play the game. It's why I'm here now." He played some catch at a distance of about fifty meters at Mazda Stadium on August 19. He is not expected to miss his next start.
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Saiuchi, Hiroaki HAN 08/17 08/17 Saiuchi's left leg slipped when he walked Yuhei Nakamura in the 9th inning of a game against Yakult on August 16. He remained in the game but was pulled after walking the next batter. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.
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Schierholtz, Nate HIR 08/16 09/03 Schierholtz was taken off the active roster on August 16 with tightness in his back. He started feeling the tightness in his back after the Yokohama game on August 15. He is scheduled to have his back examined by the team doctor some time on or after August 17. [09/03] Schierholtz returned to the active roster on September 3.
Daily Sports 8/16/2015,
Hamada, Tatsuro CHU 08/16 08/16 The Dragons added Hamada to the active roster on August 14 for a start against Yakult on August 15. It was his first Ichi-gun appearance since he suffered a right elbow injury (medial collateral ligament) in August 2014.
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Kato, Kosuke HAN 08/15 08/15 Kato stumbled and suffered a laceration on his left shin on August 14 and required a number of stitches to close the wound. He was able to attend practices at Naruohama on the same day, but worked out separately from the rest of the players. He could rejoin regular workouts early next week.
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Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 08/13 08/25 Uchikawa was left out of the starting line-up for the first time this year on August 13. He felt tightness in his left side when he woke up in the morning and did not participate in pre-game practices. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he ws left out of the starting line-up as a precaution (the Hawks do not want his condition to get worse). [08/18] The Hawks are not planning to rush Uchikawa because they are still worried about his left side. [08/19] Uchikawa struck out during a pinch-hit at bat against Orix on August 19. It was his first game since August 12. [08/23] Uchikawa returned to the starting line-up (designated hitter) on August 22 for the first time in ten days. [08/25] Uchikawa returned to playing the outfield on August 25.
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Nakajima, Hiroyuki ORI 08/13 08/13 Nakajima needed treatment for his left wrist after he tweaked it while fielding a ball in the 2nd inning of a game against Softbank on August 13. He had the wrist taped and remained in the game until he was replaced on defense in the top of the 9th.
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Mejia, Ernesto SEI 08/13 08/13 Mejia banged his right knee while fielding a bunt in the 3rd inning of a game against Nippon Ham on August 13. He was removed from the game as a precaution. The Lions are taking a wait-and-see approach.
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Fukudome, Kosuke HAN 08/12 08/12 Fukudome tweaked his right ring finger (or middle finger) when he swung at and missed the first pitch of his fourth at bat during a game against Chunichi on August 11. He told reporters after the game he was fine. Fukudome did not participate in pre-game batting or fielding practice on August 12. He did play in the game.
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Higa, Motoki ORI 08/11 10/11 Higa was taken off the active roster on July 29 with pain in his right shoulder. Orix announced on August 11 that he had surgery to repair his right shoulder labrum. He will need five to nine months for a full recovery. [10/11] Higa's recovery is going faster than expected. If there are no setbacks, he could be ready to toss bullpen sessions during spring camp next year. He is planning to resume playing catch this month.
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Iwazaki, Suguru HAN 08/09 08/10 Iwazaki started a game against Yokohama on August 9 and left partway through the 7th with a cramp in his left leg. He pulled himself out of the game. [08/10] Iwazaki participated in practices for pitchers at Koshien Stadium on August 10. Workouts were light. He told reporters his leg was fine. He is not expected to miss his next start.
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Hosokawa, Toru SOF 08/09 08/11 Hosokawa felt discomfort in his right hamstring while running the bases in the 3rd inning of a game against Lotte on August 9. The Hawks will make a decision on his status after they find out what is wrong with the leg. [08/11] Hosokawa was examined at a hospital on August 10 and diagnosed with a right hamstring strain. He was taken off the active roster on August 11. It could take ten days to two weeks for a full recovery.
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Yamamoto, Masahiro CHU 08/09 10/01 Yamamoto started a game against Yakult on August 9. His night was cut short (just twenty-two pitches) when he jammed his left index finger against his right hamstring while throwing the ball. He will be taken off the active roster on August 10. [08/10] Yamamoto was taken off the active roster on August 10. He joined Ni-gun practices at Nagoya Stadium on the same day. There are no plans for him to go to the hospital. There is still swelling. The team is planning to see how the finger heals over the next couple days. [08/14] Yamamoto participated in Ni-gun practices at Nagoya Stadium on August 14. A lot of the swelling has gone away, but he still feels some pain. He could be ready to return to the active roster in September. [09/01] Yamamoto played some catch at Nagoya Stadium on September 1. He is unable to throw te ball hard because there is still some swelling in his finger. [09/02] Yamamoto played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on September 1. There is still some swelling, but no pain. There is chance he might end up missing the rest of the season, but his goal is to pitch in at least one more game this year. His status for next year is a question mark. [09/07] Yamamoto participated in Ni-gun practices at Nagoya Stadium on September 7. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters. There is still no timetable on when he might be able to pitch. [10/01] Yamamoto announced his retirement on September 26. He will be given the chance to pitch in one last game on October 7 against Hiroshima. He will most likely face just one hitter. He played catch at a distance of about forty meters on October 1.
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Okada, Masatoshi SEI 08/08 08/09 Okada hurt his left shoulder when he slid head-first into second base in the top of the 2nd inning of a game against Orix on August 8. He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom of the inning. [08/09] Okada was taken off the active roster on August 9.
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Miyazaki, Yuki ORI 08/08 08/09 Miyazaki hurt his left hamstring during a Seibu game on August 8. He suffered the injury when making a running/leaping catch in the 7th inning. He was immediately replaced after the play. He will be taken off the active roster on August 9. He told reporters he thought it might be a mild strain, based on how if felt. [08/09] Miyazaki was examined at a hospital in Kobe on August 9 and diagnosed with a mild strain in his left hamstring. He was taken off the active roster on the same day.
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Pena, Wily Mo RAK 08/08 08/08 Pena and Yasunori Kikuchi crashed into each other while chasing down a fly ball hit by Daikan Yoh in the 1st inning of a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on August 8. Pena took Kikuchi's elbow to his face and fell to the ground. He stayed down for a while, but was okay and remained in the game.
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Kiyota, Ikuhiro LOT 08/07 08/08 Kiyota took an HBP off his face during during his at bat in the 4th inning of a game against Softbank on August 7. He was able to walk off the field on his own. He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for an evaluation and diagnosed with a bruise in his upper jaw area. He needed four stitches to close a laceration on his upper lip. [08/08] Kiyota was not available to play on August 8. The team will monitor him over the next few days to see if he is okay to play.
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Kataoka, Yasuyuki YOM 08/07 08/08 Kataoka took an HBP off the left side of his head during his at bat in the 12th inning of a game against Hiroshima on August 7. He was taken off the field on a stretcher He was examined at a hospital after the game and diagnosed with a bruise. [08/08] Kataoka did not play on August 8 as a precaution.
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Sugiura, Toshihiro YAK 08/06 09/21 Sugiura left a Ni-gun start against Rakuten on August 5 after one inning because of pain in his right elbow. There is a chance he may have hurt a ligament. He will be examined within the next couple of days. [08/08] Sugiura was examined at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. No abnormalities were found. He is expected to resume throwing shortly. Sugiura suffered a partial tear in his right elbow MCL in February 2014 and chose rehab over surgery. [09/12] Sugiura started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on September 11. He gave up an earned run over two innings of work. He faced ten hitters, allowed four hits, and struck out one. [09/15] Sugiura pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on September 15. He gave up a run on three innings of work in relief. He faced ten hitters, allowed one hits, walked none, and struck out one. [09/16] Sugiura could make the active roster in time for a start against Hanshin on September 21. [09/21] Sugiura was added to the active roster on September 21.
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Sekimoto, Kentaro HAN 08/06 09/08 Sekimoto was taken off the active roster on August 6 because of pain in the right side of his back. He suffered the injury during pre-game practices on August 5. [08/24] Sekimoto took batting practice at Naruohama on August 23. It was the second day in a row he was able to participate in batting practice. He could be ready to play in a rehab game on August 25. [08/26] Sekimoto could be ready to play in his first rehab game on September 1. [08/29] Sekimoto played in his first rehab game on August 29. He got the start at designated hitter batting third against Ni-gun Hiroshima and went 1-for-2. [09/02] Sekimoto played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on September 1. He got the start at designated hitter and batted second. He went 0-for-2. [09/03] Sekimoto could be ready to rejoin the active roster for the Yomiuri series that begins on September 8. He went 2-for-3 during a rehab Ni-gun game against Chunichi on September 2. He got the start at designated hitter and batted second. [09/05] Sekimoto played in another rehab game on September 4. He got the start first and batted third. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. It was the first time he played defense in a game since his injury. [09/08] The Tigers added Sekimoto to the active roster on September 8.
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Makihara, Taisei SOF 08/05 08/05 Makihara fell at home after a Nippon Ham game on August 4 and suffered a laceration on the back of his head. The team will monitor the cut over the next few days.
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Asamura, Hideto SEI 08/05 08/05 Asamura was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning of a game against Rakuten on August 5 as a precaution because he felt discomfort in his left shoulder. He felt discomfort in the shoulder after his at bat in the 1st inning, but kept playing.
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Uemoto, Hiroki HAN 08/05 08/26 Uemoto hurt his lower back/hip area while diving for a ball in the 7th inning of a game against Hiroshima on August 4. He could be taken off the active roster. The Tigers will make a decision on him after they see how he is feeling on August 5. [08/06] Uemoto was taken off the active roster on August 6 because his lower back/hip was not feeling any better compared to the previous day. He will be examined and his status will be re-evaluated. [08/07] Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka on August 7 and diagnosed with a fissure fracture in the left anterior superior iliac spine. He started a rehab program at the Naruohama facilities on the same day. It is uncertain how much time he will miss. [08/12] Uemoto resumed outdoor workouts on August 11. [08/15] Uemoto resumed fielding practice on August 14. He could be ready to play in his first rehab game on August 18. [08/18] Uemoto's first rehab game will be pushed back at least one day because he still feels some pain. [08/19] Uemoto played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 19. He got the start at second against Softbank and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-2 (1B8, L6). He was replaced on defense in the 4th. [08/24] Uemoto could be ready to re-join the active roster. His status will be reassessed on August 25. [08/25] Uemoto will most likely be added to the active roster on August 26. [08/26] Uemoto was originally set to return to the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on August 28, but the rain out on August 25 allowed the Tigers to move things up a few days.
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Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 08/04 08/06 Sakamoto missed the Yakult game on August 4 with lower back pain. He is considered day-to-day. [08/05] Sakamoto was left out of the starting line-up on August 5. [08/06] Sakamoto returned to the starting line-up on August 6.
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Matsumoto, Ryuya YOM 08/04 08/04 Matsumoto was out with a left shoulder injury. He pitched in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 4. It was his first game since March 18. He started the game against Lotte and gave up two runs over six innigs of work. He faced twenty-two, allowed three hits, walked once, and struck out seven.
Nikkan Sports 8/4/2015,
Okada, Takahiro ORI 08/04 08/26 T-Okada complained of tightness in his lower back during pre-game practices on August 4. He was left out of the starting line-up against Lotte on the same day as a precaution. His condition does not appear to be serious. He is considered day-to-day. [08/05] T-Okada was taken off the active roster on August 5. [08/26] T-Okada will play in his first rehab game on August 26. He will begin as either a designated hitter or pinch-hitter and work his way to playing the field over the weekend.
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Okajima, Takero RAK 08/04 08/04 Okajima missed time with an injury to his right side. He played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 4 (against Yakult). It was his first game since a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on May 26. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and struck out looking.
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Perez, Nelson HAN 08/02 08/02 Perez felt some tightness in his back on July 31. His condition does not appear to be serious, but he did not travel with the Ni-gun team during their current road trip. He is considered day-to-day.
Sanspo 8/2/2015,
Mima, Manabu RAK 08/02 11/14 Mima felt discomfort in his right elbow while throwing warm-up pitches before the 6th inning of a game against Orix on August 2. He was removed from the game as a precaution. [08/03] Mima was taken off the active roster on August 3. [08/04] Mima was examined at a hospital on August 3 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. [08/24] The media found out on August 23 that Mima will have surgery to clean out his right elbow. The Eagles are still setting the schedule. [08/27] Mima has had surgery on his right elbow three other times: the summer of his third year of high school, the spring of his second year of college, and the spring of his fourth year of college. He already has three screws in his elbow from a prior procedure. [09/01] The Eagles announced on September 1 that Mima had surgery at a hospital in Kanagawa to clean out his right elbow. He will require about a month for a full recovery. [11/14] Mima resumed throwing practices this month.
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Ito, Hikaru ORI 08/02 08/03 Ito was hurt during a close play at home plate against the Rakuten Eagles on August 2. With one out an Wily Mo Pena at first in the 7th inning, Mitsutaka Goto hit a single to right that T-Okada misplayed. Pena rounded third and slid hard into home plate. Ito stood his ground, but was injured in the process. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and received ice treatment. "I hurt my neck and lower back. I'll be going to the hospital tomorrow. I still can't look to the side, but I'll try my best to be ready for Tuesday," said Ito. [08/03] Ito was examined at a hospital in Kobe on August 3. He has mild neck pain that should not keep him from playing on August 4.
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Kidokoro, Ryuma SOF 08/01 08/28 Kidokoro entered a game against Seibu on August 1 as a pinch-runner for Dae-Ho Lee in the 9th inning. He hurt his left shoulder as he slid into third base on a stolen base attempt. He was taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa after the game. There is a chance he may have dislocated the shoulder. [08/02] Kidokoro was taken off the active roster on August 2. [08/05] Kidokoro was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on August 4. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder that will need to be immobilized for about four weeks. [08/28] The Hawks announced on August 28 that Kidokoro had surgery (Bankart lesion and reparative) on his right shoulder at a hospital in Fukuoka on August 27. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.
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Goto, Taketoshi YOK 08/01 08/02 Goto grab the area around his waist after he swung through a pitch as a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning of a game against Hiroshima on August 1. He left the field for treatment and was unable to return. [08/02] Goto was taken off the active roster on August 2.
Sponichi 8/1/2015,
Ino, Shoichi YOK 08/01 08/18 Ino was taken off the active roster on August 1 with tightness in his right shoulder. [08/18] Ino resumed bullpen sessions on August 18. He threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher. He will throw two more sessions this week and could pitch in a rehab game next week.
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Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK 08/01 08/01 Ishikawa hurt his left hamstring while playing defense in the 5th inning of a game against Hiroshima on July 31. He was taken off the active roster on August 1.
Daily Sports 8/1/2015,
Fukuda, Shuhei SOF 08/01 08/01 Fukuda was taken off the active roster on July 31 with tonsillitis.
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Moriuchi, Toshiharu HAM 07/31 07/31 Moriuchi had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on May 28, 2014. He was added to the active roster on July 31.
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Kamei, Yoshiyuki YOM 07/30 08/14 Kamei he twisted his right ankle while running the bases in the 8th inning of a game against Yokohama on July 30 and was removed from the game. He later told reporters he was fine. [07/31] Kamei was examined on July 31 and diagnosed with an injury to a lateral ligament in his ankle. He will most likely require about three weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. [08/05] Kamei did some jogging on August 3 for the first time since he got hurt. [08/11] Kamei resumed outdoor fielding, hitting, and base-running practice on August 11. [08/13] Kamei participated in pre-game practices at Tokyo Dome on August 13. The Giants are planning to add him to the active roster on August 14. He played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on August 12: he got the start in left, batted fourth, and went 1-for-3. [08/14] Kamei was added the active roster on August 14.
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Schierholtz, Nate HIR 07/30 08/10 Schierholtz was replaced on defense in the 5th inning of a game against Yakult on July 30 because he was not feeling well. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with heat sickness. The team will make a decision on his status after they see how he is recovering. He could be taken off the active roster to make room for Brad Eldred. [07/31] Schierholtz returned to the team hotel for rest after he received IV treatment for his heat sickness at a hospital in Yokohama. He is considered day-to-day. [08/01] Schierholtz was taken off the active roster on August 1 as a precaution. He returned to Hiroshima on August 1 and will join San-gun workouts on August 2. Rainel Rosario was called up to take his spot on the roster. [08/10] The Carp are planning to add Schierholtz to the active roster on August 11. He resumed playing at Ni-gun on August 4 and hit a two-run home run against Ni-gun Orix on August 8.
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Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 07/29 07/29 Hirano was taken off the active roster on July 29 with a left ankle sprain. He suffered the sprain while warming up before an appearance against Softbank on July 26. He will most likely require ten days to two weeks for a full recovery.
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Utsumi, Tetsuya YOM 07/29 08/12 Utsumi left his start on July 29 against Yokohama early because of discomfort in his left hamstring. He was removed after throwing one pitch to Hiroyuki Shirasaki with runners on first and third and one out in the 7th inning. It may have been a cramp. [07/30] Utsumi was taken off the active roster on July 30 to give him a little extra time to prepare for his next start. [08/12] Utsumi was added to the active roster on August 12.
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Yamamoto, Tetsuya YAK 07/29 07/29 Yamamoto was hit in the right side of the head by a batted ball during his outing against Hiroshima on July 28. He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for an examination. He was diagnosed with a bruise and is considered day-to-day.
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Aikawa, Ryoji YOM 07/28 09/03 Aikawa hurt his left hand when he slid into second base in the 2nd inning of a game against Yokohama on July 28. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter and taken to a hospital in Matsuyama for an examination. He was diagnosed with a left distal radius frature and a left ulnar styloid fracture. He will be taken off the active roster on July 29. [07/29] Aikawa was taken off the active roster on July 29. [09/03] Aikawa's cast was removed after an examination at a hospital on September 2. He took light swings during workouts at Giants Stadium on September 3.
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Luna, Hector CHU 07/25 07/25 Luna took an HBP off his right arm in the 8th inning of a game against Yakult on July 26. He remained in the game on defense in the bottom-half of the inning, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 9th as a precaution.
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Arai, Takahiro HIR 07/25 07/25 Arai fell into the photographer's pit on the first base side while chasing down a foul ball in the 9th inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants on July 26. He hit the back of his head and needed help getting up. He was able to walk back to the dugout on his own. He was removed from the game as a precaution. He was taken to a hospital in Hiroshima for tests. Nothing unusual was found. He is considered day-to-day.
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Sugiuchi, Toshiya YOM 07/25 12/14 Sugiuchi was examined at a hospital after he was taken off the active roster on July 23. The Giants have not mentioned anything to the media, but it may have been to check on his right hip, something that has been giving him problems the last few years. He could also be fatigued. There is a chance he could be out for a while. [08/05] Sugiuchi played catch on August 4 for the first time since he was taken off the active roster. [09/17] The media learned on September 17 that Sugiuchi will have surgery on his right hip. He could end up needing more than six months for a full recovery. The Giants plan to support Sugiuchi's decision. [10/01] The Giants announced that Sugiuchi had surgery on his right hip at a hospital in Fukuoka. There were no complications during the procedure. It is uncertain how much time he will need for a full recovery. [12/14] Sugiuchi was confined to a bed after the surgery and required a wheelchair to get around. He resumed walking without any support in late-November.
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Dickson, Brandon ORI 07/25 08/27 Dickson felt discomfort near the back of his right side while pitching in the 4th inning of a game against Softbank on July 24. He was removed from the game after the discomfort got worse in the 5th inning. He was examined at a hospital on July 25 and diagnosed with an injury to his intercostal muscle. He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. [08/27] Dickson returned to the active roster on August 27.
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Wakui, Hideaki LOT 07/24 07/24 Wakui left his start on July 24 against Rakuten with a cramp in his right calf. He told reporters he could have continued pitching, but thought it best to leave before he got into trouble.
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Yoh, Daikan HAM 07/24 07/24 Yoh felt tightness in his left leg while running the bases in the 5th inning of a game against Seibu on July 24. He was replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th as a precaution. His condition does not appear to be serious. He is considered day-to-day.
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Fujimura, Daisuke YOM 07/24 07/24 Fujimura resumed outdoor batting practice (about ten minutes) on July 24 after missing some time with lower body tightness.
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Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 07/17 07/17 Tsutsugo took an HBP off his right elbow during a game against Yomiuri on July 15. He was examined on July 16 and diagnosed with a bruise. There is some swelling that makes it difficult for him to throw the ball. He is not expected to miss the All-Star series, but could be limited in his role.
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Okada, Takahiro ORI 07/15 07/23 T-Okada was replaced on defense in the 6th of a game against Lotte on July 15. He started feeling pain in his lumbar region while running the bases in the 3rd inning. [07/18] T-Okada was taken off the active roster on July 18 with lower back pain. The injury does not appear to be serious. The Buffaloes expect a fast recovery. [07/19] T-Okada was examined at a hospital on July 17 and diagnosed with lower back pain. [07/23] Okada still has some pain in his back, but is feeling better. He is hoping to return to the active roster in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on July 28.
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Hara, Takuya ORI 07/15 07/15 Hara was taken off the active roster on July 15 with an injury to his right latissimus dorsi. He suffered the injury while throwing the ball on defense during the 8th inning of a game against Lotte on July 14. He will be shut down for about a week.
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Ono, Shota HAM 07/14 07/14 Ono took a one-hopper off his right ring finger while catching warm-ups from Akihiro Hakumura in the 8th inning of a game against Seibu on July 12. The finger was not feeling any worse on July 13 and there was no damage to the bone.
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Imae, Toshiaki LOT 07/14 09/10 Imae took an HBP off his left wrist during his at bat in the 8th inning of a game against Orix at Kyocera Dome on July 14. He was replaced on defense and taken to the hospital for an evaluation. He was diagnosed with a fracture in his left ulna and an avulsion fracture in his left radius. He will require six to eight weeks for a full recovery. [09/03] Imae participated in a batting practice scrimmage at Lotte Urawa Stadium on September 3 (first rehab assignment). He went 1-for-5 with a walk. He also played some third. [09/05] Imae played in a rehab game against the Futures on September 5. He got thes tart at second and batted third. He went 0-for-3. This was his first rehab game since his injury. [09/10] Lotte added Imae to the active roster on September 10. He was supposed to play in a couple more rehab games after September 5, but they were rained out.
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Makihara, Taisei SOF 07/14 07/14 Makihara was hit by a batted ball during pre-game practices on July 14. He was running base-running drills during batting practice. Toru Hosokawa hit a pitch that struck him in the head. Makihara was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Obihiro. He was diagnosed with a bruise on the back of the left side of the head.
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Miyaguni, Ryosuke YOM 07/13 07/13 Miyaguni took a batted ball of the area near his left wrist during a relief outing against the Yokohama Bay Stars on July 13. He did not remain in the game. He is considered day-to-day.
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Aizawa, Tsubasa HIR 07/12 07/14 Aizawa took an HBP off his head during his at bat in the 3rd inning of a game against Chunichi on July 12. He was stopped from standing and was taken off the field on a stretcher as a precaution. He was able to return the game after getting some treatment. [07/14] Aizawa participated in practices at Koshien on July 13. He is not expected to miss any time.
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Murata, Shuichi YOM 07/11 07/11 Murata took an HBP off his left hand during his at bat in the 5th inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner. The Giants do not think it is anything more than a bruise.
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Bullington, Bryan ORI 07/11 09/11 Bullington his start against Rakuten on July 11 early because of an injury. He hurt the area near his right heel while running to cover first base in the 5th inning. He remained in the game, but was replaced after he bobbled a bunt in the 6th. [07/13] Bullington was examined at a hospital in Kobe on July 13 and diagnosed with a strain near his right heel (flexor digitorum brevis). He will most likely require a month to a month-and-a-half for a full recovery. [09/07] Bullington worked out at Hotto Motto Kobe on September 7. He could return to the active roster in time for a start against Lotte on September 11. [09/11] The Buffaloes added Bullington to the active roster on September 11.
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Pena, Wily Mo RAK 07/09 07/10 Pena was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off his left wrist during his second at bat in the 4th inning of a game against Softbank on July 9. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka and diganosed with a bruise on his left hand. The Eagles are not planning to take him off the active roster at this point in time. He is considered day-to-day. [07/10] Pena will be re-evaluated at a later date to make sure his hand is okay.
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Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro YAK 07/08 07/20 Hatakeyama was removed on defense in the 7th inning of a game against Yomiuri on July 8 because of an injury to his left adductor muscle. He is scheduled to have the leg examined at a hospital on July 9. [07/09] Hatakeyama was having problems with his hip joints since the early spring that may have placed a strain on his adductor muscle. His condition got worse on July 5. He felt pain in his left leg before the start of the game on July 8. There is a chance he could be taken off the active roster. [07/10] Hatakeyama was examined at a hospital on July 9 and diagnosed with mild injuries to his left vastus medialis and adductor longus. There is no timetable on his recovery. He can swing the bat, but has difficulty moving around on his legs. He was taken off the active roster on July 10. He might be able to return to the active roster when the second-half begins on July 20. [07/19] Hatakeyama joined Ichi-gun workouts on July 19. He is set to return to the active roster on July 20 as the clean-up hitter. [07/20] Hatakeyama was added to the active roster on July 20.
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Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 07/08 07/28 Kuroda was taken off the active roster on July 8 with inflammation in his right peroneal tendon and right shoulder. He was given a shot to help the inflammation and did not participate in practices. Neither condition appears to be serious. The Carp see this as a good way to give Kuroda some time to rest and prepare for the second-half. He is not expected to miss the All-Star series. [07/09] Kuroda was originally set to start a game against Hanshin on July 14 on six days of rest before starting an All-Star game on July 18 on three days of rest. [07/10] Kuroda resumed practiced at Mazda Stadium on July 10. He also got treatment for his right ankle and shoulder. He will begin playing catch on July 11. [07/11] Kuroda played catch on July 11 for the first time in four days. He threw the ball fifty-seven times and maxed out the distance at around forty meters. [07/14] Kuroda threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen on July 14. It was his first session since he was taken off the active roster. He is planning to toss another session before he makes an appearance during the All-Star series. [07/28] Kuroda was added to the active roster on July 28.
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Luna, Hector CHU 07/08 07/08 Luna took a ball off his right thumb and broke the nail while fielding a grounder at third in the 8th inning of a game against Hanshin on July 7 and was removed from the game.
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Araki, Takahiro YAK 07/07 07/07 Araki hurt his left hamstring while running the bases in the 3rd inning of a game against Hanshin on July 2. He was removed from the game on defense in the 4th. He was examined at a hospital on July 6 and diagosed with a grade two strain in his left biceps femoris that will take four to six weeks for a full recovery.
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Arakaki, Nagisa YAK 07/07 07/07 Arakaki took a batted ball off his left wrist during a game against Hiroshima on July 5. He was examined at a hospital on July 7 and diagnosed with a bruise. He is not expected to miss his next start, which could come on July 12 against Yokohama.
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Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 07/07 07/07 Yamada had problems with his hamstrings and ankles in June.
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Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK 07/07 07/08 Ishikawa hurt his right knee during a close play a home plate in the top of the 1st inning and did not return for the bottom-half of the inning. He was taken to a hospital in Hiroshima for treatment. A spokesperson for the team told reporters that Ishikawa suffered a laceration on his right knee. [07/08] Ishikawa was taken off the active roster on July 8. He will focus on his recovery until the stitches are removed.
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Makida, Akihisa RAK 07/05 09/12 Makida hurt his left leg while running the bases after grounding out to short in the 1st inning of a game against Nippon Ham on July 5. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with inflammation in his left hamstring. He is considered day-to-day. [08/23] Makida was taken off the active roster on July 16 because of pain in his left leg. He is back to being able to do basic hitting, fielding, and running. He feels he is okay to pinch-hit, even though he is still not 100 percent. He could play in his first rehab game on August 28. [09/12] The Eagles added Makida to the active roster on September 12.
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Yanagita, Yuki SOF 07/05 07/05 Yanagita injury his left ankle during a game against Seibu on July 2.
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Chono, Hisayoshi YOM 07/05 07/05 Chono was replaced on defense in the 10th of a game against Chunichi on July 4. Tatsunori Hara told reporters it was nothing serious, but enough that he was unable to play defense at the time.
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Tamura, Tatsuhiro LOT 07/04 07/05 Tamura hurt his left ankle while playing defense in a game against Seibu on July 4. The injury took place in the 4th inning when he twisted the ankle during a close play at home plate. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa. He was diagnosed with a sprain. [07/05] Lotte is not planning to take Tamura off the active roster for the time being (they also do not plan on using him until he is healed). They did add another catcher, Naoya Emura, to the active roster on July 5.
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Itoi, Yoshio ORI 07/04 08/11 Itoi was taken off the active roster on July 4 after he was examined at a hospital in Kobe on July 3 and diagnosed with an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and an injury to his right peroneal tendon. He will require three to four weeks for a full recovery. There is a good chance he will not be able to participate in the All-Star series. The elbow injury is part of an older problem caused by a bone fragment. He hurt the peroneal tendon this year. [07/10] Itoi is expected to talk to the Buffaloes about the All-Star series. If he misses it, he will be forced to sit out the first ten games after the break. Depending on how much more time he needs to heal, it might make sense to participate in the All-Star series in whatever form possible, such as a bat off the bench. [07/15] Itoi is planning to participate in the All-Star series. He is at a point where he could be ready for one pinch-hit appearance. [07/16] The media learned on July 16 that Itoi will be participating in the All-Star series. He is not 100 percent healthy, but able to play. [07/17] Itoi could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on July 20. He still has trouble throwing the ball, but could potentially be used as a designated hitter or bat off the bench. [07/20] Itoi was added to the active roster on July 20. [08/10] The Buffaloes will most likely continue to use Itoi as their primary designated hitter for the six-game stretch that begins on August 11 because they want to make sure he does not place too much strain on his elbow and leg (mostly his elbow). He is still only back to playing light catch. [08/11] Itoi could return to the outfield for the Lotte series at Hotto Motto that begins on August 14.
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Tsukahara, Shohei ORI 07/04 07/24 Tsukahara was taken off the active roster on July 4 with an injury to the twelfth costal cartilage on his right side. [07/24] Tsukahara joined Ichi-gun practices on July 23 and was added to the active roster on July 24.
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Nishino, Masahiro ORI 07/03 10/09 The media learned on July 3 that Nishino suffered a fracture in his right hand during a game against Nippon Ham on July 2. He will be taken off the active roster on July 4. [07/04] Nishino may have suffered the fracture when he swung at a pitch and missed during his at bat in the 8th inning of a game against Nippon Ham on July 2. There may have been problems before that, but it was not until that swing and miss that he felt intense pain. He will most likely need about two months for a full recovery. He withdrew from the Fresh All-Star Game. [07/08] Nishino had surgery at a hospital in Kobe to remove bone fragments in his right hand on July 8. He will require about two months for a full recovery. [07/09] A replacement for Nishino on the Fresh All-Star roster was nemed on July 9. [09/01] Nishino still feels discomfort in his right hand. He has yet to resume batting practice. [10/09] Nishino will join players participating in the Phoenix League on October 10. He will be practicing with them for the most part and could see limited action (bat off the bench) closer toward the end of the Phoenix League season. He has resumed hitting practice.
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Cruz, Luis LOT 07/03 07/03 Cruz took an HBP off his left hand during his at bat in the 10th inning of a game against Seibu on July 3. He left the field for treatment and did not return. He was replaced by a pinch-runner.
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Mori, Tomoya SEI 07/03 07/07 Mori banged his left knee and suffered a bruise when he crashed into the Field Seat fences at YafuOku Dome while playing defense in the 2nd inning of a game against Softbank on July 2. He was left out of the starting line-up against Lotte on July 3 as a precaution. He was available to play. [07/07] Mori missed two games because of the bruise on his left knee. He returned to the starting line-up at designated hitter on July 7.
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Nakata, Sho HAM 07/03 07/04 Nakata felt discomfort in his left ankle after flying out to left during his at bat in the 4th inning of a game against Rakuten on July 3. He was replaced on defense in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution. He told reporters he started feeling the discomfort before the start of the game. He is considered day-to-day. [07/04] Nakata was examined at a hospital in Sendai on July 4. He was diagnosed with inflammation in his left ankle.
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Otani, Shohei HAM 07/02 07/03 Otani started a game against Orix on July 2 and left with two out in the 7th because of a blister on his right middle finger. He popped the blister when he struck out Tony Blanco for the second out of the inning. [07/03] Otani participated in practices as usual on July 3. He was able play catch. Otani was able to pull himself out of the game on July 2 before his blister popped. He is not expected to miss his next start at this point in time.
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Barrios, Edison SOF 07/01 07/24 Barrios was taken off the active roster on July 1. Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato reporters Barrios was examined at a hospital, but no inflammation was found. His workouts will be adjusted to account for fatigue. [07/14] Barrios returned to the active roster on July 14. [07/15] Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters on July 15 that Barrios will most likely sit out the All-Star series out of concern for his condition. [07/16] The NPB announced that Barrios will miss the All-Star series with inflammation in his right shoulder. Yuito Mori was named his replacement. Barrios will have to sit the first ten games after the break as part of the penalty for missing the series. [07/24] Barrios may not be ready to return to the active roster until mid-August.
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Wolfe, Brian SOF 06/30 09/12 The Hawks announced on June 30 that Wolfe will be arriving in Japan on July 1. He had surgery on his right elbow last June and has been rehabbing in the United States. He is back to throwing bullpen sessions. He will join the rehab group in July 3. He is not expected to need that much time. [07/01] Wolfe arrived in Japan on July 1. He could play in his first rehab scrimmage/game before the end of the month. [07/02] Wolfe worked out at YafuOku Dome on July 2. He played catch at a distance of about forty meters. He told reporters he might be ready to play in a scrimmage/game in two to three weeks. He will begin his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on July 3. [09/12] Wolfe is set to start the Rakuten game on September 13. He pitched in seven Ni-gun games and recorded a 1.17 ERA over 23.0 innings of work.
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Toritani, Takashi HAN 06/29 07/12 Toritani has had problems with his back. An HBP during a Yakult game on June 21 aggravated it. He does not plan to sit out any games. [07/07] Toritani will most likely stay in the lower-end of the batting order for the remaining games up until the All-Star break because of his back. [07/12] Toritani returned to the lead-off spot on July 12.
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Koyano, Eiichi ORI 06/28 09/13 Koyano was taken to a hospital Narashino, Chiba after he took an HBP off his right wrist during his at bat in the 1st inning of a game against Lotte on June 28. He was diagnosed with a fracture in the ulnar styloid. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery. [09/02] Koyano played in his first rehab game on September 2. The game was called in the top of the 5th because of rain. He got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He grounded out to short and struck out swinging. [09/13] The Buffaloes added Koyano to the active roster on September 13.
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Aranami, Sho YOK 06/27 06/27 Aranami hurt his right adductor when he grounded out to second during his at bat in the 2nd inning of a game against Hanshin on June 27. He was replaced on defense in the 4th. He will be taken off the active roster on June 28 because he is unable to run at full speed.
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Tomei, Daiki ORI 06/27 07/08 Tomei was examined at a hospital in Kobe on June 26 because he as not feeling well. He was diagnosed with tonsillitis and taken off the active roster on June 27. He will miss his next start, which would most likely have come on July 2 against Nippon Ham. [07/08] Tomei returned to the active roster on July 8.
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Uchi, Tatsuya LOT 06/25 08/23 Uchi had surgery on his right elbow and right ankle during the past off-season. He pitched in his fourth rehab game on June 25. He entered the game in the 9th against Rakuten and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four hitters, allowed one hit, struck out two, and topped out at 151km/h (1B7, Kl, Ks, G1). [08/23] Lotte added Uchi to the active roster on August 23.
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Tanaka, Eisuke LOT 06/25 07/11 Lotte announced on June 25 that Tanaka will not be able to make his scheduled start for the NPB against the Samurai Japan university team on June 29 because of tightness in his right elbow. He first started feeling discomfort in the elbow after a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on June 23. [07/01] Tanaka was shut down for a few days. He resumed throwing on June 30. He could begin pitching exercises this week. [07/04] Tanaka threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on July 3. It was his first session since he got hurt. [07/07] Tanaka pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game on July 7 against the Futures. He entered the game in the 5th and gave up a run on one hit over an inning of work. He faced six hitters, walked three, and topped out at 146km/h. He will pitch in one more Ni-gun rehab game before the Fresh All-Star game on July 16. [07/11] Tanaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on July 11. He entered the game in the 6th and gave up two runs over an inning of work. He faced five hitters, allowed two hits, walked one, and topped out at 145km/h.
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Murata, Shuichi YOM 06/25 06/26 Murata took a batted ball hit by Hyuma Matsui off his left calf during the 5th inning of a game against Yokohama on June 24. He was replaced on defense in the 6th as a precaution. He is considered day-to-day. [06/26] Murata did not participate in practices on June 25. He is still considered day-to-day.
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Nomi, Atsushi HAN 06/24 06/26 Nomi left a game against Hiroshima on June 24 with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th. He wanted to continue pitching, but was removed with discomfort in his left calf. It was later reported as a cramp. [06/26] Nomi developed a cramp in his left calf during the Hiroshima game on June 24. He participated in practices on June 25, but kept things light.
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Otonari, Kenji SOF 06/24 12/14 Otonari was taken off the active roster on June 10 because he was not scheduled to pitch for at least ten days. He pitched in a Ni-gun game on June 18, but was taken to the hospital after the game and diagnosed with inflammation in his left elbow. The media learned on June 24 that he will be shut down until the inflammation goes away. There is currently no timetable on his return. [08/18] Otonari is planning to have surgery to clean out his left elbow some time in the near future. He might need about three months for a full recovery. [08/26] The Hawks announced on August 26 that Otonari had surgery at a hospital in the Kanto region. He will begin a rehab program after he is discharged on August 28. He could require three to four months for a full recovery. [08/28] Otonari will have to keep the elbow immobile for about a week. [12/14] Otonari is playing catch at a distance of forty meters.
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Lee, Tu-Hsuan SOF 06/23 06/23 The Hawks announced on June 23 that Lee had surgery on his right shoulder. He will be discharged from the hospital in about a week and will most likely require around four months for a full recovery.
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Ichikawa, Tomoya HAM 06/23 06/23 Ichikawa started spring camp at Ni-gun because he had surgery on his lower back during the off-season and had a right calf mucle strain. His recovery was slowed down when he re-aggravated his calf injury on March 20. He was added to the active roster on June 23.
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Takahashi, Yoshinobu YOM 06/22 06/22 Takahashi took an HBP off the his inner left leg during his at bat in the 9th inning of a game against Chunichi on June 21. He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution. He is considered day-to-day.
Sanspo 6/22/2015,
Valdes, Raul CHU 06/21 08/12 Valdes was taken off the active roster on June 21 with pain in his left elbow. He started feeling pain in the elbow when he got Shinnosuke Abe out in the 5th inning of a game against Yomiuri on June 20. [06/22] Valdes was examined at a hospital. There was no ligament damage. He is not expected to miss a large amount of time. He will be shut down for a brief amount of time before the team re-evaluates his condition. [08/12] Valdes returned to the active roster on August 12.
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Imanami, Takahiro YAK 06/21 06/21 Imanami was replaced on defense as a precaution in the 1st inning of a game against Hanshin on June 21 because of pain in his lower back.
Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015,
Mendoza, Luis HAM 06/21 06/21 Mendoza left his start early on June 21 against Softbank because he popped a blister on his right middle finger. He left the field for treatment after walking the first batter he faced in the bottom of the 4th and attempted to continue, but could not.
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Santiago, Mario HAN 06/20 07/05 The media learned on June 19 that Santiago complained of right shoulder tightness. He has not participated in general workouts since June 18. There is a chance he could go to the hospital for an evaluation. [07/05] Santiago could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game during an Orix series that begins on July 10.
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Fujita, Kazuya RAK 06/20 07/20 Fujita hurt his right leg (near the righ knee) while running the bases in the 1st inning of a game against Lotte on June 20. He could not stand and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with a minor strain in his right hamstring. He will most likely require about two weeks for a full recovery. [07/19] Fujita was able to play in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on July 19. He will play in a few rehab games at Ni-gun before he makes his return to the active roster. [07/20] Fujita could return to the active roster for the Lotte series that begins on July 24.
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Kitagawa, Rintaro RAK 06/20 06/20 Kitagawa played in a Ni-gun rehab game on June 20 against Nippon Ham. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and hit a sac fly to center. It was his first at bat since a Ni-gun game against Seibu on March 27. Kitagawa missed time with an injury to his right wrist.
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Karashima, Wataru RAK 06/19 06/26 Karashima was scratched from his start on June 19 with back pain. He felt the pain when he woke up in the morning on the same day. He is considered day-to-day. [06/20] Karashima played catcher during pre-game practices on June 20. He told reporters his back was feeling better than the previous day. [06/26] Karashima made his next scheduled start on June 26 against Softbank.
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Hisamoto, Yuichi HIR 06/18 06/18 Hisamoto had surgery on his right elbow later November. He tossed batting practice at the Ono facilities on June 17 for the first time since he went under the knife. He threw sixty-five pitches. Hisamoto threw forty pitches in the bullpen on June 16.
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Sato, Tatsuya ORI 06/17 06/27 Sato was taken off the active roster on June 17 with pain in his lower back. He headed to the hospital for tests after general workouts at Hotto Motto Kobe on the same day. He was diagnosed with discogenic lower back pain. [06/26] Sato joined Ichi-gun practices on June 25 and tossed a bullpen session in front of coaches. The Buffaloes could add him to the active roster on June 27. [06/27] Sato was added to the active roster on June 27.
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Sakakibara, Ryo ORI 06/17 08/26 The media learned on June 16 that Sakakibara had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Kobe on May 19. He should be able to resume playing catch later this week. He could play in his first rehab game in July. [08/26] Sakakibara is expected to play in his first rehab game on August 26.
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Otani, Shohei HAM 06/14 06/18 Otani felt discomfort in his right leg while pitching in the 8th inning of a game against Yokohama on June 14 (he may have twisted his right ankle when pitching to Tomo Otosaka). He left the field for treatment, but did not return and was replaced by a reliever. He was examined at a hospital after the game. No problems were found. [06/15] Otani may have twisted his ankle when his foot got stuck in the rubber. He is not expected to miss his next start. [06/18] Otani may not get another start until June 24, at the earliest.
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Kaneko, Yuji SEI 06/14 06/14 Kaneko suffered a broken nose while taking batting practice at Ni-gun on June 13.
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Shima, Motohiro RAK 06/13 07/14 Shima was removed from a game against Chunichi on June 13 after he took a foul tip off his left side while playing defense in the 4th inning. He returned to the game after treatment, but was quickly removed. [06/17] Shima was examined at a hospital in Fukushima on June 17 and diagnosed with a fracture in the seventh rib on his left side. He will require four to six weeks for a full recovery. [07/05] Shima is hoping to make it back in time for the All-Star series, since missing it would mean having to sit out the first ten games after the break. [07/08] Shima could join the Ichi-gun team on July 10. He had a follow-up exam at a hospital in Fukushima on July 8 and was told he was making good progress. He is currently not expected to miss the All-Star series. [07/10] Shime could return to the active roster in time for the Seibu series that begins on July 14. He was supposed to play in a rehab game against Yakult on July 9, but it was rained out. He is now slated to play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 12. [07/13] Shima played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 12. He started at catcher and batted sixth. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. [07/14] Shima returned to the active roster on July 14. Mizuno sent Shima a protective pad to wear under his uniform in case he gets hit by another ball off his left side.
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Osera, Daichi HIR 06/13 06/13 Osera took a batted ball off his right buttock in the 8th inning of a game against Softbank on June 13. He was removed from the game as a precaution.
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Ishimine, Tadashi RAK 06/13 06/13 Ishimine hurt his right leg while playing first base in the 8th inning of a game against Chunichi on June 12. He suffered the injury when he tried to catch a bad throw and stretched out his leg. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a rupture in his right adductor muscle. He will require four to six weeks for a full recovery.
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Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK 06/12 06/12 Ishikawa hurt his leg while running the bases during the 6th inning of a game against Nippon Ham on June 12. He suffered the injury while tagging up to second on a foul out by Tomo Otosaka. He seemed concerned about the area near his left hip.
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Kinjo, Tatsuhiko YOM 06/12 06/12 Kinjo was taken off the active roster on June 11 with an injury to the outer portion of his left foream.
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Itoi, Yoshio ORI 06/12 06/12 Itoi was removed on defense in the 7th inning of a game against Hanshin on June 12. No specific reason was given for the early departure, but concern about fatigue is a possibility.
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Nakata, Ren HIR 06/12 11/16 Nakata was taken off the active roster on June 12 with discomfort in his right shoulder. He has been struggling with right shoulder discomfort since spring camp. [06/18] Nakata was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on June 16 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder joint. It is unknown how long it will take for a full recovery. [11/16] Nakata currently weighs eighty-two kilograms. He weighed as much as ninety-four kilograms this spring. He is still rehabbing the shoulder. He is also planning to set a diet to help him slim down and add more muscle in time for the 2016 season.
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Yanagita, Yuki SOF 06/11 06/12 Yuta Iwasada hit Yanagita near the left forearm with a pitch in the 1st inning of a game against Hanshin on June 11. Yanagita left the field temporarily for treatment and returned as the runner on first. He was later removed before the start of the 3rd inning. He hopped on a cab around 7:20pm and headed to the hospital for tests because there were concerns of a possible fracture. He was diagnosed with a bruise. He is considered day-to-day. [06/12] Yanagita was okay to play on June 12 and made the starting line-up.
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Kataoka, Yasuyuki YOM 06/11 07/24 Kataoka felt tightness in his right calf while playing defense in the 4th inning of a game against Nippon Ham on June 11 and was removed as a precaution. [06/12] Kataoka was taken off the active roster on June 12 with a minor strain in his right calf. [07/20] Kataoka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on July 20. He got the start at second and batted second. He went 0-for-2 and left after three innings. [07/23] Kataoka joined Ichi-gun practices at Mazda Stadium on July 23. He will most likely be added to the active roster on July 24. [07/24] Kataoka was added to the active roster on July 24.
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Fujita, Kazuya RAK 06/11 06/11 Fujita bumped into a base runner while covering first base in the 1st inning of a game against Nippon Ham on June 11. He was removed on defense in the 2nd inning and taken to a hospital in Sendai. He was diagnosed with inflammation in his left shoulder.
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Nishida, Tetsuro RAK 06/11 06/11 Nishida ran into a wall while chasing down a foul ball during a game against Nippon Ham on June 11. He left the game after the 5th inning and was diagnosed with a bruise on his left knee.
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Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 06/07 06/19 Abe was taken off the active roster on June 7 with pain in his neck. He was playing through some neck pain but his condition got worse when he took a foul tip off his mask while playing defense in the 9th inning of a game against Softbank on June 6. [06/08] Abe could be shifted back to first base out of concern for his neck. He has had problems with his next since last season. [06/09] Abe first started having neck problems during spring camp last year. He went from using a full helmet to a mask to lighten the load on his neck (the mask is about 500 grams lighter than the helmet). Some in the organization are questioning whether or not Tatsunori Hara made the right decision by moving Abe back to catcher partway through the season. Considering age and previous health conditions, it may not have been the best move to make, but it may have been a move Hara felt he had to make. The Giants are planning to re-evaluate Abe on June 16. If he is ready, he could rejoin the active roster in time for the Chunichi series that begins on June 19. [06/10] Abe visited Giants Stadium to offer coaches an update on his progress after an examination at a hospital on June 9. He worked out at Giants Stadium on June 10 for the first time since he was taken off the active roster. Workouts included running, playing catch, and hitting off a tee. He told reporters his neck was feeling better. [06/11] Abe resumed batting practice against a pitching machine on June 11. He could join general Ni-gun workouts on June 12 depending on his condition. [06/13] Abe joined general workouts at Giants Stadium on June 12. He fielded grounders at first and took some live batting practice for the first time. It is still uncertain which position Abe will play when he returns to the active roster. [06/16] Hara told reporters on June 16 that he was planning to have Abe focus on first base again because of health issues. "I can't let him catch while he has concerns. This has to be difficult for him. I'm ninety-nine percent sure [he won't catch]." He could return to the active roster in time for the Chunichi series that begins on June 19. [06/19] Abe returned to the active roster on June 19.
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Hermida, Jeremy HAM 06/06 09/23 Hermida jammed his left thumb when he slid back to first base on a pick-off attempt in the 2nd inning of a game against Hanshin on June 6. He remained in the game until he was replaced on defense in the 6th. He is considered day-to-day. [06/08] Hermida was examined at a hospital in Sapporo on June 8 and diagnosed with an incomplete fracture near the base of his left thumb (scaphoid). He will have to keep the hand immobilized for two to three weeks. He will most likely require about six weeks for a full recovery. [06/13] Hermida will return to the United States on June 13. He will rehab overseas and return to Japan on July 6. [07/07] Hermida returned to Japan on July 6 and met up with the Ichi-gun team on July 7. He will continue his rehab at Kamagaya moving forward. [09/18] Hermida joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on September 17. There were plans to add him to the active roster on September 19, but he was instead allowed to return to the United States to be with his expecting wife. He left on September 18 and is scheduled to return on September 21. [09/23] The Fighters added Hermida to the active roster on September 23.
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Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK 06/06 06/06 Ishikawa took an HBP off his right hand in the 6th inning of a game against Seibu on June 6. He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution. He received treatment and is considered day-to-day.
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Sugiyama, Shota CHU 06/05 06/05 Sugiyama got hurt during a close play at home plate involving T-Okada in the 2nd inning of a game against Orix on June 5. He had trouble getting up and limped off the field. He was replaced by Masato Matsui.
Nikkan Sports 6/5/2015,
Tateoka, Soichiro YOM 06/04 06/04 Tateoka hurt his right calf while running the bases in the 1st inning of a game against Orix on June 3. He was replaced by a pinch-runner after he reached base on a walk in the 4th. He is considered day-to-day.
Sanspo 6/4/2015,
Ito, Hayata HAN 06/04 08/14 Ito hurt his left thumb when he slid into second base in the 5th inning of a game against Lotte on June 3. He was replaced on defense partway through the 7th inning. He was taken off the active roster on June 4. [06/05] Ito was examined at a hospital in Osaka on June 5 and diagnosed with a thumb subluxation. [06/14] Ito rehabbed at Naruohama on June 13. He threw into a net to keep his shoulder loose. [07/05] Ito could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 10 against Orix. [07/22] Ito played in a Ni-gun practice game on July 21. He got the start in right and batted lead-off. He went 0-for-3. [08/14] Ito returned tot he active roster on August 14.
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Oishi, Tatsuya SEI 06/03 06/03 Oishi was taken off the active roster on June 3 with tightness in his right shoulder. It does not appear to be serious since he was able to participate in practices at Nagoya Dome on the same day. He was also able to play some catch.
Sponichi 6/3/2015,
Sekimoto, Kentaro HAN 06/02 07/10 Sekimoto was taken off the active roster on June 2 with pain in his left side. [06/07] Sekimoto did some light batting practice at Naruohama on June 6. No full swings, just checks to see how the body reacted to contact. [06/08] Sekimoto practiced outdoors for the first time on June 7. He played catch at a maximum distance of about forty meters. He felt no pain and was satisified with his progress. [06/10] Sekimoto worked out at Naruohama on June 9. He played catch with a trainer for about ten minutes outdoors. He maxed out the throwing distance at about thirty meters. [06/14] Sekimoto was at Naruohama on June 13. His workouts included dashes and playing catch. He also took soft-toss indoors batting left-handed. [06/19] There is a chance Sekimoto will not be ready to return to the active roster before the All-Star break. The Tigers do not want to rush the veteran because aggravating could mean even more time away from the active roster. [06/27] Sekimoto could play in his first rehab game on July 3 against Chunichi. He will most likely ease his way into games as a designated hitter. A practice game against Osaka Gas on July 1 is also a possibility. [07/01] Sekimoto participated in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on June 30. He struck out swinging against Kazuya Tsutsui and struck out looking against Yutaka Tamaki. [07/03] Sekimoto played in an intra-squad game on July 2. He got the start at third and batted clean-up for the Reds. He went 2-for-3: single to left in the 1st, single to left in the 6th. He handled two chances at third without any problems. He could be ready to return to the active roster in time for a series against Chunichi that begins on July 7. [07/04] Sekimoto played in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 4. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-3 with two RBI. He hit a two-run double to left-center in the 4th off Masahiro Yamamoto. [07/07] The Tigers decided to delay Sekimoto's return to the active roster because he might need a little more time at Ni-gun. [07/08] Sekimoto could be ready to join the active roster on July 10. [07/10] Sekimoto was added to the active roster on July 10.
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Masuda, Shintaro RAK 06/01 08/04 Masuda hurt his right hand during a Yomiuri game on May 31. He suffered the injury when he fouled a pitch off during his at bat in the 7th inning. He was replaced on defense in the 8th. Masuda was examined at a hospital in Sendai on May 1 and diagnosed with a fracture in the hamate bone. He will undergo surgery to treat the fracture on June 4 and will require two to three months for a full recovery. [06/04] Masuda had surgery on his right hand on June 4. There were no complications during the procedure. He will require about two months for a full recovery. He will most likely miss the first-half of the season. [08/04] Masuda was added to the active roster on August 4.
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Asao, Takuya CHU 06/01 06/01 Asao was taken off the active roster on June 1 with tightness in his right shoulder and for some rest. [08/16] Asao returned to the active roster on August 15.
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Sugano, Tomoyuki YOM 05/31 06/09 Sugano was taken off the active roster on May 31 with pain in his neck. He tweaked his neck during pre-game practices on May 30. The condition does not appear to be serious since he was able to play catch and do some light running on May 31. Tatsunori Hara would not comment on the severity, but did say that the team was giving Sugano ten days of rest because he was not 100 percent. [06/09] Sugano is set to return to the active roster in time for a start against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome on June 10. He threw sixty pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium on June 8.
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Francisco, Juan YOM 05/31 08/22 Francisco missed two consecutive Ni-gun games with tightness in his back. [06/01] Francisco first started complaining of tightness in his back on May 29. [06/13] Francisco practiced outdoors on June 13 for the first time since May 28. He is still having problems with his back and needs more time. [07/07] Francisco joined regular Ni-gun practices on July 7 for the first time since he got hurt. He told reporters the pain in his back was more or less gone. [07/15] Francisco left for the Dominican Republic on July 15 for a second opinion and treatment on his back. He will be gone for about two weeks and should return to Japan before the end of the month. [08/01] Francisco returned to Japan on July 31 and rejoined Ni-gun workouts at Giants Stadium on August 1. He no longer feels pain in his back. [08/22] As of August 21, Francisco felt no pain in his back. He could play in his first rehab game some time next week (designated hitter). [09/02] Francisco played in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on September 2. It was his first Ni-gun game since May 28. He got the start at designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-2: 1B8, Kl.
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Sugiyama, Shota CHU 05/31 05/31 Sho Nakata stepped on Sugiyama's left leg while crossing the plate in the 7th inning of a game against Nippon Ham on May 31. Sugiyama received treatment and was able to return to the field.
Sanspo 5/31/2015,
Furuya, Takuya LOT 05/31 05/31 Furuya was taken off the active roster on May 31 with pain in his right hip. He started feeling the pain on May 29 and was taking a wait-and-see approach.
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Ogino, Takashi LOT 05/31 07/24 Ogino was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hurt his left hamstring while rounding first base on a double to right-center in the 3rd inning of a game against Yokohama on May 31. He was using crutches after the game and will be examined at a hospital on June 1. [06/01] Ogino was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a hamstring strain that will require six to eight weeks for a full recovery. [07/24] Ogino played in a Ni-gun rehab game agianst Nippon Ham on July 24. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th and blasted a grand slam. He remained in the game as the center fielder. He grounded out to first in his next at bat and finished 1-for-2 with four RBI. It was his first game since May 31.
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Kaneto, Norihito RAK 05/31 05/31 Kaneto was taken off the active roster on May 31 with pain in his back. He started feeling discomfort in his back while throwing in the bullpen during a Yomiuri game on May 30. An examination at a hospital in Fukushima revealed inflammation and some muscle damage. There is no set timetable on his recovery.
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Yoshimi, Kazuki CHU 05/30 08/04 Yoshimi left a Nippon Ham game on May 30 after just forty-eight pitches. Motonobu Tanishige told reporters after the game it was because of tightness in his elbow. Yoshimi also missed a start earlier this month on the 17th. He did make his next start on the May 22 and pitched seven inning. Whether the two are related are unknown. [05/31] Yoshimi was taken off the active roster on May 31. [06/01] Pitching coach Yui Tomori thought something was wrong with Yoshimi when he started having difficulty throwing strikes during his start on May 30. Yoshimi was prepared to continue pitching, even though he felt something in his elbow. The Dragons pulled him from the game because they were concerned he might re-aggravate an old injury. [06/17] Yoshimi is slated to pitch during a Ni-gun series against Hiroshima that begins on June 23. [07/22] Yoshimi pitched in his first rehab game since he was taken off the active roster in May. He started a Ni-gun game against Softbank on July 22. He tossed two perfect innings and struck out one. This was his first game in about two months. [08/03] Yoshimi joined Ichi-gun practices on August 3. [08/04] Yoshimi was announced as the starter against Yokohama on August 5.
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Ray, Kenny RAK 05/30 05/30 Yomiuri's Hisayoshi Chono hit a ball back to the mound in the 4th inning on May 30 that hit Ray in the right leg. Ray left the game early as a precaution. He is not expected to miss his next turn in the rotation.
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Lopez, Jose YOK 05/30 06/02 Lopez hurt his left leg (base of the hamstring) while running the bases during a game against Lotte on May 30. He left the game early and is considered day-to-day. [05/31] Lopez was left out of the starting line-up on May 31 as a precaution. He was available as a pinch-hitter. [06/02] Lopez was left out of the starting line-up on June 2 as a precaution. He was available off the bench.
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Kondo, Kensuke HAM 05/30 05/30 Kondo got the day off on May 30. He did not participate in pre-game practices and instead got some treatment at the stadium facilities. He is expected to play on May 31.
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Tanishige, Motonobu CHU 05/28 06/09 Tanishige hurt his knee while running the bases in the 3rd inning of a game against Softbank on May 28. He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution. The media later found out that it was a minor back strain that started up during pre-game fielding practice. There is a chance he could be taken off the active roster. [06/09] Tanishige could return to he active roster some time after Inter-league play ends. He resumed batting practice on June 8.
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Hirata, Ryosuke CHU 05/27 06/05 Hirata started feeling pain in his hip on May 26. He did not play in the game on the same day. He was feeling better on May 27, but was taken off the active roster as a precaution. He is hoping to return to action within the minimum ten days. [06/04] Hirata played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on June 4. He got the start in right and batted clean-up. He went 2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI, and two strikeouts. He could return to the active on June 6. [06/05] Hirata joined the Ni-gun team for practices on June 5. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on June 6.
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Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 05/27 05/27 Iguchi hurt his right thumb during pre-game fielding practice on May 27 and was left out of the starting line-up for the Hiroshima game on the same day.
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Despaigne, Alfredo LOT 05/27 06/20 Despaigne left a game against Hiroshima on May 27 in the 7th inning on defense after he hurt his left leg while running the bases in the 4th. Tsutomu Ito told reporters it was like he hyperextended his left knee. [05/28] Despaigne was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on May 28 and diagnosed with an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. It is uncertain how much time he will need for a full recovery. He will most likely be taken off the active roster on May 29. [05/29] Despaigne was taken off the active roster on May 29. He could require at least three to four weeks for a full recovery. [06/17] Despaigne is running short distance dashes. He wants to start playing again, but the team is being cautious. He has forward mobility, but there are still concerns about his lateral movement, both when running the bases and swinging the bat. [06/18] Despaigne took batting practice at QVC Marine on June 18 for the first time since he got hurt. [06/19] Despaigne play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on June 23 against Nippon Ham. [06/20] Despaigne was added to the active roster on June 20. The coaches watched him during pre-game practices and felt his knee was good enough to be used as a bat off the bench.
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Nakajima, Hiroyuki ORI 05/26 06/09 Nakajima missed the Yokohama game on May 26 because of a strained back. He did not go to the hospital and rested at the team hotel. He is considered day-to-day. [05/27] Nakajima was examined at a hospital in Yokohama. No other problems were found, other than the strained back. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. [05/28] It is uncertain if Nakajima will be able to return to the active roster in the minimum ten days. [06/08] Nakajima is expected to return to the active roster on June 9. [06/09] Nakajima returned to the active roster on June 9.
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Nanita, Ricardo CHU 05/26 06/26 Nanita was taken off the active roster on May 26 with pain in his lower back. He is set to play in his first rehab game on June 10 against Ni-gun Orix. He was supposed to play in his first rehab game on June 9, but it was rained out. [06/26] Nanita was added to the active roster on June 26.
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Arai, Ryota HAN 05/25 06/09 Arai was taken off the active roster on May 25 after he hurt his left knee while playing in a game against Yokohama on May 24. The incident took place in the 1st inning when he dove after a ball hit by Hyuma Matsui and banged his knee on the ground. He remained in the game, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 9th because the pain was getting worse. [05/26] Arai began a rehab program at the Naruohama facilities on May 26. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on May 25 and diagnosed with a bruised knee. He told reporters the pain was going away. [05/31] Arai participated in workouts at Naruohama on May 30. He took about 100 swings during batting practice and hit nine over the fence. He could play in rehab game during an upcoming Ni-gun series against Orix that begins on June 2. [06/01] Arai is set to play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on June 2. He could return to the active roster in time for a Lotte game on June 4. [06/03] Arai played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on June 2. He was the starting designated hitter and batted sixth. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. [06/09] Returned to the active roster on June 9.
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Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 05/24 06/02 Tsutsugo tweaked his right leg running (hamstring) out a grounder to short in the 1st inning of a game against Hanshin on May 24. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter as a precaution. [05/25] Tsutsugo was examined at a hospital on May 25. He later dropped by Yokohama Stadium for a light workout, which included soft-toss batting practice. His status for May 26 is uncertain. [05/26] Tsutsugo was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on May 25 and diagnosed with a minor injury to his right hamstring. He will be used as a bat off the bench. He was not available on May 26. [05/29] Tsutsugo made it into the Lotte game on May 29 as a pinch-hitter. Could make the starting line-up as a designated hitter on May 30. [06/02] Tsutsugo is still unable to run at full speed. He was left out of the starting line-up on June 2 as a precaution. He was available off the bench.
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Milledge, Lastings YAK 05/24 05/24 Milledge crashed into Yuhei while playing defense in the 4th inning of a game against Hiroshima on May 23. Milledge was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Hiroshima for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise on the right front portion of his head. He was taken off the active roster on May 24.
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Terauchi, Takayuki YOM 05/23 09/19 Terauchi hurt his left calf during a game on May 23. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with a strain in his left calf. He was taken off the active roster on May 24. The injury took place when he hit a pitch foul and ran toward first during an at bat in the 4th inning of a game again Chunichi. [05/26] Terauchi resumed practices on May 26. He told reporters he was walking normally and able to play catch. [07/21] Terauchi played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on July 21. He got the start a third, batted third, and played for three innings. He went 0-for-1. He is set to play five innings in his next rehab game. [09/19] The Giants added Terauchi to the active roster on September 19.
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Sekine, Taiki YOK 05/23 05/23 Sekine hurt his left heel during a game against Hanshin on May 22. He was taken off the active rsoter on May 24.
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Hoshi, Takanori SEI 05/22 05/22 The Lions announced on May 22 that Hoshi had surgery on his right wrist on May 20 and began rehab on May 22.
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Ueda, Tsuyoshi YAK 05/22 05/22 Ueda left a game against Hiroshima on May 22 after taking an HBP of his right calf in the 1st inning. He is considered day-to-day.
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Imae, Toshiaki LOT 05/22 05/22 Imae ducked away from a pitch throw near his head during a game against Orix on May 22. The incident took place in the 8th inning with Tatsuya Sato on the mound. The pitch hit the brim of the helmet and grazed his ear. He was replaced by a pinch-runner. He did not go to the hospital after leaving the game.
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Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN 05/22 09/25 Nishioka was removed from a game against Yokohama on May 22 with discomfort on his right elbow. He started at third but was replaced by Ryota Arai in the 5th. [05/23] The media learned on May 23 that Nishioka's injury was serious and could require some time for a full recovery. The trainer said it was a right elbow flexor strain. The injury took place while making a throw to first after fielding a grounder hit by Toshiki Kurobane in the 3rd inning of a game against Yokohama on May 22. He was taken off the active roster on May 23. He will rest at home for two days, beginning on May 24. Rehab will begin at the Naruohama facilities on May 26. [05/26] Nishioka was re-examined at a hospital on May 25 and diagnosed with an injury to his right medial collateral ligament. He rested for three days and began a rehab program on May 26. He will begin playing catch as soon as the pain goes away. There is no timetable as of yet. [05/27] The injury is not bad enough to require a surgery, but could take two to three months for a full recovery. [07/15] Nishioka was checked out by trainers on July 14 for the first time in about two weeks. He has already started swinging the bat lightly. Playing catch will be put off for a bit longer. [07/23] Nishioka's recovery is taking longer than expected. There is still no timetable for his return to the active roster. [07/24] The Tigers are not planning to force Nishioka back until he is fully healed. They are still not sure when he will be able to resume throwing activities. They are hoping he will be ready to return before the end of the season, if not the post-season. [08/18] Nishioka will be re-evaluated at some point later this month because his elbow is not improving as quickly as they hoped. [08/19] The media learned on August 18 that Nishioka has resumed hitting practice against pitching machines. His elbow may be improving, but he is only taking swings from the left side when taking batting practice against pitching machines. [08/22] There have been no major changes' in Nishioka's condition. He is still slated for a re-examination at some point before the end of the month. [08/23] Nishioka resumed outdoor hitting practice at the Naruohama facilities on August 22. He took thirty-one swings from the left side and collected ten could-be hits. Swung at sixty to seventy percent. [08/26] Nishioka resumed playing catch on August 25. He played catch at a distance of about twenty meters for roughly five minutes. During batting practice, he took thirty-two swings from the left side. [08/29] Nishioka played catch outdoors on August 26 for the first time since his injury. He played catch outdoors again on August 29 - about five minutes at a distance of roughly twenty meters. [09/03] Nishioka could make it back to the active roster as a left-handed bat off the bench. [09/04] Nishioka could play in his first rehab game/scrimmage next week. He is still only playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters, but is taking regular batting practice from the left side. [09/08] Nishioka could play in his first rehab game on September 15 against Ni-gun Hiroshima. He is still not ready from the right-side, but could be used as a left-handed bat off the bench. [09/09] Nishioka played catch at a distance of about forty meters. He took live batting practice from both sides of the plate. From the right side, it was more about timing. [09/10] Nishioka could play in his firest rehab game on September 15. He took nine light swings from the right side during live batting practice on September 9. He could play in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama when the Ni-gun team goes on the road for three games against Chunichi on September 11. [09/12] Nishioka is scheduled to play in his first rehab game on September 17 against Ni-gun Hiroshima. He will get playing time as a designated hitter while batting left-handed. He took twenty-eight swings during batting practice on September 11. He is not scheduled to participate in batting practice scrimmages over the weekend (September 12 and 13). [09/13] Nishioka took fifteen swings during outdoor batting practice on September 13 and hit one over the fence in left while batting from the right side. He took twenty-nine swings from the left side and hit one out to right. [09/15] Nishioka started working with Masayoshi Hideshima as his personal trainer in late-May. [09/16] Nishioka took batting practice from both sides of the plate on September 15. [09/17] Nishioka took twenty-six swings from the left side durig batting practices on September 16 and recorded sixteen could-be hits. He could join the active roster in time for the Yomiuri two-game series that beginson September 22. The rehab game on September 17 was rained out. He is scheduled to make the starting line-up at designated hitter batting first against Ni-gun Softbank on September 18. He will get two to three at bats. [09/18] Played in a Ni-gun rehab game on September 18. He got the start at designated hitter and batted lead-off. He collected a single to center in his first at bat. He batted from the right side. He was caught trying to steal second. The game was his first since May 22. He was removed after the one at bat. [09/19] Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on September 19. He got the start at designated hitter and batted lead-off. He struck out swinging in his first at bat and collected a single to right in his second at bat in the 3rd inning. He batted from the right side. His day ended after two at bats. [09/21] Nishioka took forty swings from the left side and twenty-three swings from the right-side during batting practice on September 20 and hit a combined six over the fence. He is set to play in another rehab game on September 22. He will test his swing from the left side. When he joins the active roster will depend on how he is feeling after September 22. [09/22] Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on September 22. He got the start at designated hitter and batted lead-off. He batted from the right side and went 1-for-3: F8, Fo7, 1B8 (advanced to second on a wild pitch). [09/24] Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on September 23. He got the start at designated hitter and batted lead-off. He went 2-for-3 with a walk. He recorded one hit from each of the plate. [09/25] The Tigers added Nishioka to the active roster on September 25.
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Akaminai, Ginji RAK 05/22 08/18 Ginji hurt his left shin during a game against Seibu on May 22. The injury took place in the 8th inning when he slid in Ginjiro Sumitani at home plate in a close play. [05/23] Ginji was taken off the active roster on May 23 with a bruise on the lower outer portion of his leg. [05/29] There is a chance Ginji will not be able to return to the active roster before the end of inter-league play. He still had pain in his leg, as of May 28. [05/30] Ginji was re-examined at a hospital in Chiba on May 29. There were no abnormalities to the bones or ligaments in the shin. He should be able to resume practices after the pain subsides. [06/16] Ginji may not be ready to return to the active roster until after the All-Star break. He has already resumed playing catch and soft-toss batting practice, but is not able to run because he still feels pain when jogging. [06/27] The Eagles learned that Ginji had an incomplete fracture in his left fibula. He had already resumed practices, but an evaluation at a hospital in Fukushima on June 26 revealed the fracture. His return will most likely be pushed back until mid-August. Ginji was originally examined four times by three doctors. They all agreed it was either a bruise or a bone bruise. He was re-examined because he was still feeling pain. [08/06] Ginji could play in his first rehab game on August 8. [08/08] Ginji recorded a RBI single to left in a one-at-bat Ni-gun rehab outing against Hanshin on August 8. [08/18] Ginji returned to the active roster on August 18.
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Lee, Dae-Ho SOF 05/22 05/25 Lee left a game against Nippon Ham early because of tightness in his lower back. He was pulled from a game on defense in the 5th on May 22. [05/23] Lee missed the Nippon Ham game on May 23. [05/25] Lee missed two consecutive games (May 23, 24) with pain in his lower back. He attended workouts at Nagoya Dome on May 25. He swung the bat about seventy times during batting practice. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he was going to make a decision on Lee after watching him practice on May 26.
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Hirano, Keiichi ORI 05/21 09/19 Hirano was taken off the active roster on May 21 because of worsening pain in his right heal. [09/19] Hirano has decided to retire.
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Bullington, Bryan ORI 05/20 07/09 Bullington left his start on May 20 against Softbank early with discomfort in his right shoulder. He is considered day-to-day. He told reporters he felt tightness in his shoulder and neck and that he planned to go to the hospital on May 21. [05/21] Bullington was taken off the active roster on May 21 with tightness in his right shoulder and neck. [07/09] Bullington is set to return to the active roster for a start against Rakuten on July 11.
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Murata, Shuichi YOM 05/20 06/19 Murata missed the Hanshin game on May 19 with problems in his lower body. He was examined at a hospital in Hyogo on May 20 and diagnosed with a strain in his right biceps femoris. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. He suffered the injury while running the bases during a Yakult game on May 17. Tatsunori Hara told reporters he was told the injury was not that severe. [05/22] Murata resumed practices on May 22. His workouts included playing catch and batting practice. He told reporters he felt no pain when throwing and hitting the ball, but still felt some pain when running. [05/24] A second strain was discovered near the right buttock during a re-examination. He could require about a month for a full recovery and might end up missing inter-league play. His workouts on May 24 included light running and catch, soft-toss while sitting, and one-hop pitch soft-toss. [05/28] Murata resumed indoor batting practice on May 28. [06/02] Murata took fielding and batting practice outdoors on May 2, for the first time since he got hurt. He also ran dashes with cleats. [06/03] Murata can hit and field without any problems. He is at seventy to eighty percent. [06/04] Murata played in a batting practice scrimmage and went 2-for-3. He also took fielding practice at third. [06/10] Murata could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on June 16 against Yokohama. [06/14] Murata played in a batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on June 14. He had six trips to the plate and recorded two hits. He is slated to play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on June 16. [06/16] Murata played in a Ni-gun rehab game on June 16 against Yokohaam. It was his first game in about a month. He got the start at third and batted clean-up. He went 0-for-2: Kl, F6. He left on defense in the 5th. He could return to the active roster in time for the Chunichi series that begins on June 19. [06/19] Murata returned to the active roster on June 19.
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Tsuchiya, Teppei ORI 05/19 05/19 Teppei hurt his right side will taking pre-game batting practice on May 18.
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Suzuki, Shota CHU ?? 06/23 Suzuki has been rehabbing his left leg since March. He could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 22. [06/23] Suzuki took a batted ball off his left knee during a Ni-gun Hanshin game on March 20. He was diagnosed with a fracture. He was added to the active roster on June 23. He could get a start during the Hiroshima series that begins on June 26.
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Tsuruoka, Shinya SOF 05/18 07/13 Tsuruoka hurt his hand while catching Jason Standridge during a game against Seibu on May 17. He suffered the injury in the 6th inning when he tried to catch a ball in the dirt to Tomoya Mori. He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a distal phalanx fracture in his right thumb. He will have to keep the finger secured for three weeks. He will most likely require six to eight months for a full recovery. [05/19] Tsuruoka began his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on May 19. [06/17] Tsuruoka played catch on June 17 for the first time since his injury. He still needs to wear a brace on his thumb for two to three more weeks. He will need another two to three weeks to rebuild his shoulder muscles. [07/07] Played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 7 against Seibu. Started at catcher and batted eighth. Went 0-for-1 at the plate and threw out a runner trying to steal second in the 3rd inning. His day ended after three full innings. [07/13] Tsuruoka joined Ichi-gun workouts on July 13.
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Ota, Taishi YOM 05/17 05/17 Ota fouled a ball off his left knee (inner portion) during a game against Yakult on May 16 and got the day off on May 17.
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Kaneda, Kazuyuki HAN 05/17 05/17 Kaneda hurt his left side. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka on May 15 and diagnosed with a minor strain. [06/08] Kaneda threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on June 7. It was his first session since he first got hurt. [06/27] Kaneda is expected to toss some batting practice soon.
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Yoshimi, Kazuki CHU 05/17 05/22 Yoshimi was scratched from his start against Hanshin on May 17 at the last minute because of some tightness in his right elbow. [05/18] Yoshimi's condition is not considered serious. He should be able to make his next, which should come during a three-game series against Yomiuri that begins on May 22. He participated in general workouts at Nagoya Dome on May 18. [05/22] Yoshimi participated in general workouts at Nagoya Dome on May 21. He is set to start the Yomiuri game on May 22.
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Tsuruoka, Shinya SOF 05/17 05/17 Tsuruoka was clipped in the head by Ernesto Mejia's backswing during the 4th inning of a game against Seibu on May 17. He was treated and was able to return to the game.
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Blanco, Tony ORI 05/17 06/23 Blanco hurt his right hip during a game against Nippon Ham on May 17. The incident took place during his first at bat in the 2nd inning when he checked his swing on a 2-1 pitch. He was replaced by a pinch-runner after he worked out a walk. He will most likely be taken off the active roster. [05/18] Blanco was examined at a hospital in Kobe on May 18 and taken off the active roster with a strain in his right adductor. [06/02] The Buffaloes do not want to rush Blanco and could slow down his return until some time in July to make sure he is 100 percent healthy. [06/17] Blanco could join the active roster in time for the Rakuten series that begins on June 23. He has played in five rehab games and is 1-for-17 at the plate so far. The Buffaloes will make their final decision on Blanco after watching him play in a practice game against Osaka Gas on June 17, and during a three games series against Ni-gun Chunichi that begins on June 19. [06/21] Blanco is scheduled to return to the active roster on June 23. [06/23] Blanco was added to the active roster on June 23.
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Baldiris, Aarom YOK 05/17 05/17 Baldiris hit a foul ball off the top of his left foot during his at bat in the 2nd inning of a game against Hiroshima on May 16. He was pulled from the game on defense in the 4th and was left out of the starting line-up on May 17.
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Ogawa, Yasuhiro YAK 05/15 05/15 Ogawa took a batted ball just above his left ankle in the 2nd inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants on May 15. He also fouled a pitch off his right thigh during his at bat in the 5th. He told reporters he only started feeling pain after his night ended.
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Matsui, Jun YAK 05/15 05/15 Matsui was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off his left knee during his at bat in the 4th inning of a game against Hanshin on May 14. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and no abnormalities were found. He was still taken off the active roster on May 15.
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Oka, Hiromi HAM 05/14 05/18 Oka hit his head on the ground when he crashed into Seibu's Ernesto Mejia and fell when running out a grounder to first in the 3rd inning of a game against the Lions on May 14. He remained in the game until the 5th, but was removed on defense in the 6th and taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests. No abnormalities were found. He is considered day-to-day, but will get the day off on May 15. [05/18] Oka resumed regular practices on May 18. After getting the day off on May 15, he suited up for games on May 16 and 17 (available off the bench), but did not participate in general team practices. He could return to the starting line-up on May 19.
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Kajitani, Takayuki YOK 05/13 05/23 Kajitani hurt the inner part of his left ankle while running the bases after hitting a double in the 7th inning. The Bay Stars will wait to see how he is feeling on May 14 before deciding what steps to take next. [05/14] Kajitani was taken off the active rsoter on May 14 with a left ankle sprain. He has difficulty walking. He is hoping to make it back in time for the inter-league series. [05/21] There is a chance Kajitani could make it back to the active roster on May 24. [05/23] Kajitani returned to the active roster on May 24. He told reporters on May 23 that he was running without any problems and that he was 100% ready.
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Ono, Shota HAM 05/13 05/13 Hideto Asamura's backswing clipped Ono on the head during a swinging strikeout in the 6th inning of a game against Seibu on May 13. There was some bleeding, but Ono remained in the game after getting treatment.
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Nogami, Ryoma SEI 05/10 05/19 Nogami was taken off the active roster on May 10 with back pain. It is not considered serious. The Lions only expect him to miss one start. [05/19] Nogami is scheduled to make his next Ichi-gun start against Lotte on May 20.
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Arai, Takahiro HIR 05/09 11/07 Arai hurt his left hand during his at bat in the 7th inning of a game against Hanshin on May 9. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with dislocated middle finger. The Carp will wait to make a decision on Arai until they see how he is feeling on May 10. [05/10] Arai was left out of the starting line-up on May 10. He will most likely get the finger checked out at a hospital in Hiroshima on May 11. [05/11] Arai will be available off the bench during the Yomiuri series that begns on May 12. He got the green light to travel with the team on May 11, after he was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and had another chance to test the hand during practices at Mazda Stadium. [05/19] Arai returned to the startng line-up on May 19. he got the start at first and batted clean-up. [06/11] Arai still needs to ice his left hand every now and then after games because it is not 100 percent. [06/12] Arai was left out of the starting line-up on June 12 because his hand is still giving him problems. He was available as a pinch-hitter. He could return to the starting line-up on June 13. [06/16] Arai wants to return to the starting line-up after missing three games against Softbank. He resumed fielding practices on June 14. [11/07] Arai had the option to have off-season surgery to treat his finger dislocation, but decided against it because he felt it would be a waste of his time.
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Chono, Hisayoshi YOM 05/09 05/09 Chono did not play in a game against Yokohama on May 8 because of tightness in his lower back.
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Ino, Shoichi YOK 05/08 05/08 Ino was hit by a low throw made by Shuto Takajo when he attempted to make a throw to second on a stolen base attempt in the 4th inning. The thrown ball hit Ino in the lower back -- he ducked down but the throw was much lower than expected. In was removed from the game as a precaution.
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Koyano, Eiichi ORI 05/06 06/11 Koyano left a game against Softbank on May 3 early because of his left hamstring. He also sat out games against Seibu on May 4, 5, and 6. He will be taken off the active roster. [06/09] Koyano is expected to return to the active roster some time this week. [06/11] Koyano was added to the active roster on June 11.
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Sakaguchi, Tomotaka ORI 05/04 05/04 Sakaguchi suffered a bruise near his waist when he crashed into the wall in left while attempting to field a ball hit by Dae-Ho Lee in the 9th inning of a game against Softbank on May 3. He did play on May 4, but not as a starting player.
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Yoh, Daikang HAM 05/04 07/03 Yoh hurt his left hand (wrist region) when he slid head-first into first base on a grounder to second in the 6th inning. He was removed from the game on defense in the 7th. [05/05] Yoh was examined at a hospital in Sapporo on May 5 and diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his left navicular (scaphoid). The wrist will be immobilized for two weeks. He would require six weeks for a full recovery. [05/06] Yoh is expected to rest and recuperate in Sapporo until May 18. [05/12] Yoh resumed playing catch on May 12. It was his first game of catch since he got hurt. He was unable to catch the ball because he still has a brace on his wrist. He threw the ball at a distance of about thirty meters. [06/26] Yoh might not be ready to play in his first rehab game until July because he still feels pain in his wrist. He is expected to resume batting practice some time next week. [06/28] Yoh played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on June 28. Yoh got the start in center and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-2 and hit a two-run home run in the 3rd. [07/01] Yoh could return to the active roster on July 3. [07/03] Yoh was added to the active roster on July 3.
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Obiki, Keiji YAK 05/04 06/28 Obiki was removed from a game against Yokohama on May 4 with discomfort in his left flank. He tweaked the flank during his at bat in the top of the 3rd and was removed from the game before the bottom of the 3rd. He told reporters he started feeling discomfort in the area three or four days earlier. He will be taken off the active roster and get treatment at Ni-gun. The injury could be serious. [05/08] Obiki was diagnosed with a strain in his left internal oblique muscle. He will require four to six weeks for a full recovery. [06/20] Obiki played in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on June 20. He got the start at short and batted second. He went 3-for-3: 1B9, 1B8, 2B7/8. He left on defense in the 6th. [06/28] Obiki was added to the active roster on June 28.
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Takai, Yuhei YAK 05/03 05/03 Yuhei took an HBP off his left shin during his at bat in the 1st inning of a game against Hiroshima on May 3. He was removed on defense in the 3rd as a precaution. The team will see how he is feeling over the next two to three days before deciding what steps to take next.
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Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 05/03 05/03 Kikuchi took an HBP off the left side of his head during a game against Yakult on May 3. The incident took place in the 1st inning with Ren Kazahari on the mound for the Swallows. Kikuchi was taken off the field on a stretcher. He received treatment and returned to the field. He was later removed from the game and taken to a hospital for tests. No abnormalities were found in the brain or bones.
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Kuroda, Hiroki HIR 05/03 05/15 Kuroda was taken off the active roster on May 3 with inflammation in his right ankle (tendon running along the outer portion of the ankle). He will be examined at a hospital in Hiroshima after the Golden Week break. He was struggling with the condition from early on during the season and was diagnosed with inflammation in the ankle by the team doctor on April 27. They had been able to treat it prior to each start, but things were not looking quite as good for his next outing. [05/04] Kuroda played catch during pre-game practices on May 4. He threw the ball seventy-one times and maxed out the distance at about sixty meters. He could return to the active roster in time for a start against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium on May 15. The softer mounds in Japan could be the cause of his ankle problems. [05/07] Kuroda was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on May 7. He was given the same diagnosis he received from the team doctor on April 27. He also received an injection to help relieve pain. Assuming no problems, he could make his next Ichi-gun start on May 15 against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium. [05/08] Could toss a bullpen session this weekend. How he feels during and after the session will determine whether or not he gets the Ichi-gun start on May 15. [05/11] Kuroda threw about eighty pitches in the bullpen after some long toss (max distance of seventy-five meters) on May 10 (closed session). He is scheduled to return to the active roster in time for a start against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium on May 15. [05/13] Kuroda threw thirty-five pitches, including cutters and sliders, in the bullpen on May 12. [05/15] Kuroda was added to the active roster in time for a start against Yokohama on May 15.
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Caraballo, Francisco ORI 05/01 05/01 Caraballo left a game early against Softbank on May 1 after he tweaked his left hamstring while running the bases in the 4th inning.
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Nakamura, Akira SOF 05/02 05/03 Nakamura complained of tightness in his right hamstring and sat out a game against Orix on May 2. He is considered day-to-day. [05/03] Nakamura was available to play off the bench for the second game in a row.
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Tamura, Hitoshi YOK 05/02 05/04 Tamura left a game against Chunichi on May 2 with discomfort in both hamstrings. He started feeling the discomfort while running the bases in the 5th inning. There is a chance he will be taken off the active roster. [05/03] Tamura was taken off the active roster on May 3 with a minor strain in his left hamstring. [05/04] Tamura will be examined at a hospital in Yokohama. He could require about a month for a full recovery.
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Matsumoto, Tetsuya YOM 05/01 05/01 Matsumoto took things slow on May 1 because of tightness in his left hamstring and discomfort in his left ankle.
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Nishimura, Kentaro YOM 05/01 05/30 Nishimura took a batted ball off his face while pitching in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on May 1. Yakult's Naomichi Nishiura hit a line drive back to the mound in the 3rd inning with runners on first and second and two out. The ball hit Nishimura in the face. The pitcher was rushed to a hospital in Toda and diagnosed with a facial bruise. He also needed ten stitches to close a cut on his right eyelid. There were no bone or brain abnormalities. He will stay in the hospital overnight as a precaution. [05/02] Nishimura was discharged from the hospital on May 2. He will be taking things slow for a while. [05/19] Nishimura resumed pitching practices at Giants Stadium on May 19. He threw about fifty pitches to a standing catcher. [05/20] Nishimura threw fifty-two pitches to a squatting catcher on May 20. [05/30] Nishimura pitched in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 30. He started a game against Nippon Ham and gave up two runs over five innings. He faced twenty-two hitters, allowed five hits, walked three, struck out five, and topped out at 148km/h.
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Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN 04/28 04/28 Nishioka fouled a ball off his left ankle during a game on April 26 and skipped fielding and running exercises on April 27.
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Tateyama, Shohei YAK 04/28 06/27 Tateyama had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on April 12, 2013. He required another surgery almost a year later on April 10, 2014. He is slated to start and pitch two innings in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on April 29. He could be ready to make the active roster some time in July. [04/29] Tateyama pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on April 29, his first game since April 5, 2014. He started the game and gave up two runs on two hit and a walk over an inning of work. He topped out at 148km/h. He could be ready to join the active roster some time around the All-Star break. [05/13] Tetayama started a Ni-gun rehab game on May 13 against Seibu. He gave up a run over four innings of work. He faced twenty hitters, threw sixty-eight pitches, allowed five hits, walked three, hit two, and struck out three. He also hit 149km/h on a Seibu radar gun. [05/20] Tateyama started a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on May 20. He pitched six innings, allowed one run (earned) on four hits He faced twenty-four hitters, threw ninety-one pitches, walked one, hit one, and struck out five. This was his fourth rehab game. [05/27] Tateyama started a Ni-gun rehab game on May 27, but was pulled in the 1st inning with discomfort in his right hamstring. He told reporters he would most likely be okay if he could take things a litle slow for a couple of days. [06/09] Tateyama could be ready to join the active roster in time for the Chunichi series that begins on June 23. A lot will depend on how well he pitches on June 10 (game against Ni-gun Nippon Ham). [6/12] Tateyama started a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on June 11. He tossed five shutout innings and allowed two hits. He will most likely get one more start a Ni-gun (June 18 against Rakuten) before the Swallows seriously consider calling him up. [06/12] Tateyama could return to the active roster in time for a start against Yomiuri at Jingu on June 28. He tossed four bullpen sessions and threw more than 300 pitches over a thirteen day period beginning on May 28. He topped out at 148km/h on June 12. [06/17] Tateyama could join the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series that begins on June 27. He could share the sixth spot in the starting rotation with other pitchers while he regains full health. [06/18] Tateyama started a Ni-gun games against Rakuten on June 18. He gave up five runs (four earned) over six innings of work. He faced twenty-nine, threw 105 pitches, allowed six hits, walked four, hit one, struck out six, and topped out at 146km/h. He could be ready to make the active roster in time for a start against Yomiuri at Jingu on June 28. [06/22] Tateyama told fans through his blog on June 22 that he received the green light to work out with the Ichi-gun team. [06/27] Tateyama threw about eighty pitches in the bullpen on June 25. If his start on June 28 gets rained out, he will most likely be sent down to Ni-gun for his next assignment.
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Fukuura, Kazuya LOT 04/28 05/08 Fukuura was taken off the active roster on April 28 with a ureteral stone. He had surgery at a hospital in Chiba to remove the stone. His recovery timetable is unknown. [05/08] Fukuura returned to the active roster on May 8.
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Nishi, Yuki ORI 04/28 05/02 Nishi was scratched from his start against Rakuten on April 28 because of spasms and pain in the left side of his face. He was examined at a hospital in Kobe, but tests did not reveal anything out of the ordinary. The Buffaloes will reassess his condition after a day off on April 29. [04/30] Nishi rejoined the Ichi-gun team for practices on April 30. The Buffaloes are taking a wait and see approach before deciding whether or not to take him off the active roster. [05/01] Nishi's facial spasms were apparently the result of fatigue. [05/02] Nishi is slated to start a game against Softbank on May 3. The coaches gave the green light after they watched him toss a bullpen session on May 1. He is still taking medication to treat his condition.
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Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 04/27 05/13 Sakamoto fouled a ball of his right ankle during a game against Yakult on April 25. He was at Giants Stadium for workouts on April 27, but was a part of the main group. [04/28] Sakamoto was replaced on defense in the 2nd inning of a game on April 28 after he developed tightness in his left calf. He fouled a pitch off his left calf during a game on April 25. [04/29] Sakamoto was taken off the active roster on April 29 with tightness in hs left calf. This was the first time he was taken off the active roster since September 12, 2007 and the first time he was taken off the active roster due to an injury. His condition is not considered serious, but the Giants want to avoid things getting worse. [05/01] Started rehab at Giants Stadium on April 30. [05/06] Sakamoto resumed base-running exercises on May 6. He wore spikes and was running at about eighty percent. He felt no discomfort. [05/07] Sakamoto is slated to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 15 against Softbank. [05/09] Sakamoto resumed live batting practice on May 8. He played in a batting practice scrimmage on May 9 and recorded two hits and two walks in five trips to the plate. [05/11] Sakamoto played in another batting practice scrimmage on May 10 and recorded two hits and a walk in three trips to the plate. He is scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 13 against Lotte. [05/12] Sakamoto played in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 12. He got the start at short and batted second. He went 1-for-3 with a double. [05/13] Sakamoto returned to the active roster on May 13.
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Tanaka, Kensuke HAM 04/27 04/27 Tanaka was diagnosed with inflammation in his right hamstring on April 20. He is considered day-to-day (he missed a game against Orix on April 26).
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Hirata, Ryosuke CHU 04/27 04/28 Hirata was left out of the starting line-up the last four games because of pain in his right elbow. He participated in practices at Jingu Gaien on April 27. He told reporters he was ready to play. [04/28] Hirata banged up his right leg and elbow when he hit the fence during a game against Yakult on April 22. He told reporters he felt fine during practices on April 27. He returnted to the starting line-up on April 28.
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Schierholtz, Nate HIR 04/27 04/27 Schierholtz did not play on April 26 because of tightness in his right hamstring. He started feeling discomfort in the hamstring while playing defense in a game against Hanshin on April 25. He should be able to return to the line-up on April 28 against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium.
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Balentien, Wladimir YAK 04/24 09/18 Balentien tweaked his left hamstring while chasing down a fly ball hit in the 5th inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants on April 24. He remained in the game to finish out the inning, but did not return in the 6th. [04/25] Balentien was taken off the active roster with a strain in his left rectus femoris. He will most likely require about four to six weeks for a full recovery. [05/13] Balentien left for the United States on May 13 for another evaluation on his left leg. The Swallows told reporters the slugger wanted a second opinion and that it was not because his injury was getting worse. There is no timetable on his return to Japan. [05/14] Balentien could begin a rehab program in the United States. [05/16] The Swallows announced on May 16 that Balentien had surgery on his left hamstring on May 15 (US time). The Swallows are hoping he will be ready to play some time after the end of Inter-league play. [05/17] It will take at least two months for a full recovery. [06/17] Balentien may not be ready to rejoin the active roster until some time in August. He is still at the walking stage. He is expected to remain in the US until he is healthy. [07/07] Swallows medical director Kenichi Watabe is scheduled to meet with Balentien in the US to see how his rehab is going. Watabe has already left Japan for the US. [07/10] The Swallows are currently hoping Balentien might be ready to return to the active roster some time in mid-August after the team received positive news about his progress. [08/11] There is a chance Balentien will not be ready to return to Japan until September. Even if he returns before the end of August, he is not expected to be ready to join the active roster right away and will most likely have to spend some time at Ni-gun. "He won't be able to play in any games this month. Maybe the last ten or so games of the season," said Mitsuru Manaka. [09/01] The Swallows will know whether Balentien returns to Japan or continues his rehab in the United States on either September 2 or 3. If he returns and is able to play in rehab games at Ni-gun, he could be ready to rejoin the active roster for the Yokohama game on September 15. [09/02] Balentien could return to Japan early next week. [09/03] Balentien is currently set to arrive in Japan on September 7. He will begin practices at the Ni-gun facilities on September 8. He could be ready for the Yomiuri series that begins on September 18. [09/07] Balentien arrived in Japan on September 7. He will report to Ni-gun on September 8. "I'm in good shape. I feel no pain in my legs. I hope I can meet everyone's expectations and help the team win during the final stretch," said Balentien. He also said he gained about two to three kilograms. [09/08] Balentien rehabbed for three hours twice a week and trained for two hours three times a week while in the US. He practiced for about two hours at the indoor Ni-gun facilities in Saitama on September 8. He spent about ten minutes taking sixty-five swings during batting practice. It was his first session since he went under the knife. The Swallows are not planning to call him up early just to be a pinch-hitter. They also do not want to risk re-injury by calling him up to early. They will probably wait at least until around September 18 to activate him. [09/09] Balentien will most likely bat fifth or sixth in the line-up when he returns. [09/11] Balentien is set to participate in batting practice scrimmages over the weekend (September 12 and 13). He could return to the active roster as early as September 15. [09/12] Balentien took live batting practice on September 12 for the first time since his surgery. He took thirteen swings against Katsuki Akagawa and recorded three could-be hits and took about ninety swings against Ni-gun hitting adviser Takao Ise and hit six over the fence. He also took fielding practice in the outfield and ran some dashes. [09/14] Balentien practiced at the Jingu facilities on his day off on September 14. He is set to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on September 15. [09/15] Balentien got the start at designated hitter and batted third in his first Ni-gun rehab game on September 15 against Lotte. He went 0-for-2: G4, BB, Kl, BB. He is set to play the outfield during a Ni-gun rehab practice game against Lotte on September 16. If there are no problems, he could return to the active roster in time for the Yomiuri game on September 18. [09/16] Balentien played in a Ni-gun practice game against Lotte on September 16. He got the start in left and batted third. He lined into a triple play in the 7th. [09/18] Balentien returned to the active roster on September 18.
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Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 04/23 05/25 Kaneko had surgery to clean out his right elbow in November 29, 2014. He has control of his rehab schedule. The last time he had similar surgery was in 2011. That year, he made his first Ichi-gun start on June 5. [05/08] Kaneko tossed about fifty pitches in the bullpen on May 5. There is a chance he could make the active roster without pitching in any Ni-gun rehab games and only toss bullpen sessions. [05/14] Kaneko pitched in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage on May 13. He faced four hitters (Yoshitomo Tani, Esteban German, Tomotaka Sakaguchi, and Takayoshi Kawabata) multiple times and threw fifty-one pitches, or he tossed three shutout innings and allowed three hits. He topped out at 145km/h. [05/15] Based on past history, there is a remote chance Kaneko might be able to join the active roster in time for a start during a Lotte series that begins on May 22. Hiroshi Moriwaki met him on May 14 to discuss his condition after pitching in a batting practice scrimmage the previous day. Moriwaki came away feeling positive about Kaneko's progress. [05/19] Kaneko could be activated without pitching in any rehab games at Ni-gun. He could get an Ichi-gun start during an Orix series that begins on May 22. Possibilities are May 23 and 24. [05/20] Kaneko is slated to make his first Ichi-gun start of the year on May 23 against Lotte at Kyocera Dome. [05/25] Kaneko was added to the active roster on May 23. He made his first Ichi-gun start and gave up six earned runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings of work. He played catch during practice on May 24 and was cleared for his next start on May 30 against Hiroshima.
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Moscoso, Guillermo YOK 04/22 06/04 Moscoso left a game against Hanshin on April 22 with tightness in his left hamstring. The hamstring started acting up after he threw five pitches to Tsuyoshi Nishioka in the 7th inning. He will get the leg examined at a hospital on April 23. [04/23] Moscoso was taken off the active roster on April 23. He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring. [05/19] Moscoso is set to pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 21 against Yomiuri. He will get at least one more rehab start at Ni-gun before a possible return to the active roster in early June. [05/22] Moscoso started a Ni-gun rehab game against the Yomiuri Giants on May 21 and tossed two perfect innings. He struck out three. He could get one more Ni-gun start and throw about 100 pitches. He could then rejoin the Ichi-gun team in June. [06/02] Moscoso joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on June 2. He is set to start a game against Softbank on June 4. [06/04] Moscoso was added to the active roster on June 4.
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Sumitani, Ginjiro SEI 04/22 04/23 Brandon Laird (Nippon Ham) struck out swinging in the 2nd and clipped Sumitani in the head with his back-swing. He stayed in the game but left after three innings. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama in Ni-gun. No major issues were discovered. [04/23] Sumitani was re-examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 23. No problems were discovered. He could return to the line-up on April 24.
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Sanchez, Gaby RAK 04/22 04/22 Sanchez developed tightness in his back during a game against Softbank on April 22 and left on defense in the 5th inning. There are currently no plans for him to get checked out at a hospital.
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Itoi, Yoshio ORI 04/22 04/22 Itoi suffered a bruise on his buttock during a game against Seibu on April 19. He left a game on April 21 against Lotte early after he hurt another area of his body. He made the starting line-up at designated hitter on April 22 for the first time this year.
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Hirano, Keiichi ORI 04/22 05/07 Hirano tweaked his left hamstring while running the bases in the 12th inning of a game against Lotte on April 21. [05/07] Hirano did not play in four games because of his left hamstring. He could return to the starting line-up during the Nippon Ham series that begins on May 8.
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Okamoto, Kazuma YOM 04/21 04/21 Okamoto has been taking things slow since late-March because of tightness in his lower back. Assuming no setbacks, he could play in a rehab game some time this week.
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Sugiura, Toshihiro YAK 04/21 08/06 Sugiura was taken off the active roster on April 20 with tightness in his right shoulder. He started feeling discomfort in the shoulder during his start on April 19. He will miss his next start on April 26. [04/23] Sugiura is with the Ichi-gun team. He resumed playing catch on April 23 during practices at Nagoya Dome. He threw the ball at a distance of about twenty meters. It was the first time he threw the ball since his start on April 19. [05/12] Sugiura may not be ready to pitch until some time in June. [07/07] Sugiura is set to pitch two or three innings in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 8 against Rakuten. If things go well, he could make the active roster before the end of the month. [07/09] Sugiura started a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on July 8. He gave up two runs over three innings of work. He faced eleven hitters, threw forty-four pitches, allowed two hits, walked none, struck out two, and topped out at 141km/h. [08/06] See latest entry, new injury.
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Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 04/21 04/22 Iguchi hurt his right adductor during a game against Softbank on April 19. He was examined at a hospital on April 21 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right adductor. He did not play on April 21 as a precaution and will most likely sit out on April 22. Lotte is planning to take him off the active roser if it seems he needs more time. [04/22] Iguchi participated in practices on April 22. Tsutomu Ito told reporters the veteran's condition was not serious.
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Takeyama, Shingo CHU 04/19 04/21 Takeyama hurt his right leg during a close play at home plate in the 7th inning of a game against Hiroshima on April 18. He was taken off the active roster on April 19. [04/21] Takeyama was diagnosed with a injury to his right anterior talofibular ligament.
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Luna, Hector CHU 04/19 04/28 Luna complained of pain in his right elbow before a game against Hiroshima on April 18. He left the stadium before the game for tests. He was taken off the active roster on April 19. [04/22] Luna resumed batting practice on April 22. [04/28] Luna went 1-for-3 during a rehab game against Softbank on April 26. He will most likely be added to the active roster on April 29.
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Nakajima, Hiroyuki ORI 04/19 05/08 Nakajima felt discomfort in his right thigh after running out an infield hit in the 2nd inning of a game against Seibu on April 19. He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution. [04/20] Nakajima visited a hospital in Kobe and was diagnosed with a right hamstring strain. He will remain on the active roster for the time being and is considered day-to-day. [04/21] Orix decided not to keep Nakajima with the Ichi-gun team so that he can focus on his thigh. He was taken off the active roster on April 21. He will continue his rehab in Kobe. [05/06] Nakajima played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on May 6. He got the start at first and batted third. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. [05/08] Nakajima will join the Ichi-gun team on May 8. He is still not quite 100 percent, but could be added to the active roster depending on how he looks during pre-game practices. Nakajima was added to the active roster and made the starting line-up at third.
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Matsuyama, Ryuhei HIR 04/18 04/24 Matsuyama hurt his left thigh while running out a double in the 6th inning of a game against Chunichi on April 18. He was examined by a team doctor and diagnosed with a strain. He is considered day-to-day. [04/24] Matsuyama resumed batting practice on April 23. He could be ready to join the active roster on April 29.
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Balentien, Wladimir YAK 04/18 04/24 Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles in October 2014. He is slated to play in his first rehab game on the 18th against the Futures. He is running the bases at about seventy percent and is able to participate in fielding practice. He could join the Ichi-gun team in time for the start of a Hanshin series on April 28, or some time in early May. He played in a Ni-gun rehab game against the Futures on April 18 and went 1-for-3. He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off. He told reporters he was swinging the bat at 100 percent and was running at eighty percent. [04/21] Balentien hit a home run during a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on April 21. He is scheduled to play the outfield during his next game. He could make the active roster on April 28. [04/22] Balentien got the start in left during a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on April 22. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. [04/23] Balentien could make the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series that begin on April 24, instead of April 28 because he experienced no problems after playing the field on April 22. [04/24] Added to the active roster on April 24.
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Pena, Wily Mo RAK 04/17 04/17 Pena left a game against Nippon Ham on April 17 with discomfort in his right hamstring. He showed a limp after he ran to first base on an uncaught third strike in the 7th inning. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital for tests. He is considered day-to-day until the team receives the results of his tests. [04/22] Pena was left out of the starting line-up on April 22 for rest. He told reporters his right leg was fine.
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Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 04/17 05/13 Abe tweaked his left leg during a game against Hanshin on April 17. He hit a run-scoring double in the 1st inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner because he felt discomfort in his hamstring. He returned to the team hospital partway through the 4th. He will be taken off the active roster and examined at a hospital on Aprli 18. [04/18] Abe was taken off the active roster on April 18 and was examinted at a hospital. He was diagnosed with a strain in his left biceps femoris. It is uncertain how much time he will miss, but he could require two to four weeks for a full recovery. [04/20] Abe worked out at Giants Stadium on April 19. He told reporters he felt pain in his leg, but was able to move around more than expected. [04/22] Abe lightly swung the bat seventy times during soft-toss batting practice on April 21. He told reporters he felt no pain swinging the bat, but did feel a little pain throwing the ball. He took batting practice against a machine on April 22 for the first time since he got hurt and played catch at distances between forty and eighty meters. [04/26] Abe wore cleats during batting practice at Giants Stadium on April 25 for the first time since he got hurt. He also did some throwing after squatting and standing up to throw. [04/29] Abe resumed catching practices in the bullpen on April 28. He caught Kentaro Taira and Hector Mendoza. [05/01] Abe resumed outdoor batting practice on May 1. He took fifty swings and hit thirteen over the fence. He also spent some time catching pitchers in the bullpen. He could return to the active roster some time later this month. [05/02] Abe caught Hector Mendoza's bullpen session (thirty-seven pitches). [05/06] Abe's workouts on May 6 included playing catch and base-running exercises. [05/07] Abe could play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun during a three-game series against Lotte that begins on May 12. [05/09] Abe took ninety-three swings during live batting practice on May 8 and hit eighteen over the fence and caught Kan Otake's bullpen session on May 8. He played in a batting practice scrimmage on May 9. He faced Hector Mendoza three times and recored a single to right in his third at bat. He also got some playing time at catcher. He took seventy-four swings during live batting practice and hit seven over the fence. [05/11] Abe played in another batting practice scrimmage on May 10. He got four at bats against Satoshi Fukuda and recorded two hits and a walk. He is expeted to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 13 against Lotte. [05/12] Abe played in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 12. He got the start at catcher and batted third. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. [05/13] Abe returned to the active roster on May 13.
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Kamei, Yoshiyuki YOM 04/17 05/07 Kamei was taken off the active roster on April 17 with tightness in his right leg. He left a game early on April 15 and sat out a game on April 16. [04/26] Kamei played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on April 26. He got the start in right and batted second. He went 3-for-3. [05/06] Kamei played in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on May 6. It was his first game since April 26. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. [05/07] Kamei is set to join the active roster on May 8.
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Hasegawa, Yuya SOF 04/16 09/15 Hasegawa is having problems with the right ankle he had surgery on in December 2014. He was taken off the active roster on April 16. Will not be rushed back. [06/23] Hasegawa joined the Ni-gun team for practices on June 23. He will participate in Ni-gun practices until June 25. If he seems okay, he could get an at bat during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on June 26. [09/15] Hasegawa returned to the active roster on September 15.
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Sato, Tatsuya ORI 04/16 05/02 Sato was taken off the active roster on April 15 with lower back pain/tightness. He started complaining of tightness in the area on April 13 and continue to show up at the stadium, but was not showing lot of signs of improvement. [05/02] Sato returned to the active roster on May 2 after pitching in two Ni-gun rehab games.
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Yano, Kenji YOM 04/15 04/15 Had surgery on his right elbow in November 2014. Is currently playing at full strength at Ni-gun. Ready for Ichi-gun.
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Honda, Yuichi SOF 04/12 07/04 Honda hurt his right ankle while running to first after dropping down a bunt during his at bat in the 6th inning of a game against Nippon Ham on April 12. He had to be helped off the field and was taken to a hospital in Kumamoto for an evaluation. The chief trainer told reporters that while there were no fractures, they were uncertain about the extent of damage to the ligaments. Honda will be re-examined at a hospital in Fukuoka. [04/13] Was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with an ankle sprain that will take four to six weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on April 13. [04/14] There is a chance Honda might not make it back to the active roster until some time in mid-June. [04/24] Honda would like to make it back to the active roster before the end of May. His rehab menu currently includes playing catch and walking. [05/13] Honda may not be ready to play until June or later because his injury was a little worse than originally diagnosed. In addition to the sprain, he also injured the bones. [05/14] Honda was unable to run dashes as of May 13. There is still some swelling and pain. [06/09] Honda played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on June 9. He got the start at second against Hanshin and batted second. He struck out swinging in his only trip to the plate. He is still not quite 100 percent. [06/16] Honda played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on June 16. He got the start at second and batted second. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI. He reached in the 3rd on an infield hit and stole second. He hit a two-run single to center in the 6th. He played through to the end of the 6th inning. [06/17] Honda could be ready to join the active roster in early July. [07/03] Honda joined Ichi-gun practices at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on July 3. He took fielding practice at second and short. The Hawks are expected to add him to the active roster on July 4. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he could use Honda as a starter at second or a late-inning pinch-hitter/defensive replacement at short. [07/04] Honda was added to the active roster on July 4.
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Baldiris, Aarom YOK 04/11 04/11 Was hit by a pitch in the head during his a game against Chunichi on April 11. Was examined at a hospital in Aichi and diagnosed with a bruised neck. [04/12] Was not available to play on April 12. Returned to Yokohama. Considered day-to-day. The Bay Stars feel he will be okay to play on April 14.
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Matsumoto, Tetsuya YOM 04/11 04/11 Hurt his left ankle while playing defense in a game against Yakult on April 10. Considered day-to-day.
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Uemoto, Hiroki HAN 04/10 04/10 Did not participate in indoor practices at Koshien on April 10 because of tightness in his right leg. Not considered seious.
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Okamoto, Ken SOF 04/10 04/10 The Hawks announced on April 10 that Okamoto had surgery to clean out his right elbow. He will be discharged from the hospital on April 11 and will most likely require four to five months for a full recovery.
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Koyama, Shinichiro RAK 04/10 09/20 The media learned on April 9 that Koyama is planning to have surgery to clean out his right labrum at a hospital in Chiba on April 14. He will not be able to play catch for about a month after the surgery. He could require about three months for a fully recovery. Considering retirement if comeback does not go well. [04/14] Had surgery at a hospital in Chiba on April 14. There were no complications during the procedure. [08/04] Koyama pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game on August 4. It was his first game since he got hurt. He entered the game in the 6th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four, threw nine pitches, allowed one hit, walked none, struck out one, and toped out at 138km/h. [09/20] Koyama announced his decision to retire after the season.
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German, Esteban ORI 04/09 05/19 Hurt his right hamstring when he ran into a fielder and fell while running the bases during a game against Lotte on April 8. He was examined at a hospital in Kobe on April 9 and diagnosed with a right hamstring strain. He was taken off the active roster and will require about four weeks for a full recovery. [05/19] German was added to the active roster on May 19.
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Guzman, Jesus HIR 04/05 05/01 Taken off the active roster on April 5 with discomfort in his left flank. Starterd feeling the discomfort during pre-game batting practice on the same day. He will be examined at a hospital. [04/07] Was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with left external oblique muscle strain. [04/24] Guzman resumed soft-toss batting practice on April 21. He could make it back to the active roster in early May. [05/01] Could return to the active roster early next week. Played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on May 1. Was the starting designated hitter and batted third. Went 1-for-2: 1B8, DP4. Will see some time at first before returning to the active roster. [05/02] Hiroshima decided to delay Guzman's return by a couple of days. He could be called up for the Yomiuri series that begins on May 4 depending on how he does on May 2 and 3. [07/23] Guzman joined Ichi-gun practices at Mazda Stadiu m on July 23. He is set to join the active roster on July 24 in place of Brad Eldred (returned to the US to be with his expecting wife).
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Nogami, Ryoma SEI 04/04 04/14 Took a batted ball off the area on his left hamstring near the knee in the 2nd inning of a game against Softbank on April 5. Remained in the game until he finished the 5th inning. He did not require a visit to the hospital. [04/05] Could miss his next start. [04/06] Was taken off the active roster on April 6 with a bruise on his left hamstring. The Lions have a fairly light schedule and decided to take him out of the rotation. [04/14] Scheduled to return to the active roster in time for a start on April 16 against Rakuten at Omiya.
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Tanaka, Hiroyasu YAK 04/04 04/08 Was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yokohama's Shun Yamaguchi on April 4. Was examined at a hospital in Yokohama. Tests did not reveal any abnormalities. Will be monitored for twenty-four hours. [04/05] Was at the stadium on Aril 5. Appeared fine. Should return to playing on April 7. [04/07] Resumed practices on April 6. Will be taking things day-by-day. [04/08] Returned to the starting line-up on April 8 against Chunichi.
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Imanari, Ryota HAN 04/04 05/23 Taken off the active roster on April 4 with an injury to a costal cartilage. Felt discomfort in his right side while warming up on April 3. Was examined at a hospital on April 4 and diagnosed with an injury to a costal cartilage on the right side. [04/05] The injury is to the tenth and eleventh costal cartilages on the right side. [05/02] Imanari resumed outdoor live batting practice at the Naurohama facilities on May 1. He took 110 swings and hit one of the fence. [05/08] Imanari could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 13 against Softbank depending on how he looks during live batting practice on May 12. [05/12] Imanari played in a batting practice scrimmage on May 11. He went 1-for-4. He could play in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 13 against Softbank. [05/13] Imanari will most likely get thirty to forty trips to the plate at Ni-gun before making his way back to the active roster. He could be ready to join the Ichi-gun team as a left-handed bat off the bench for the start of Inter-league play. He played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 13. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 1-for-3: G4, G4, 1B8. [05/14] Imanari missed a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on May 14 because of tightness in his left hamstring. [05/23] Imanari played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on May 23. He got the start at third and batted second. He went 0-for-2.
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Ando, Yuya HAN 04/04 04/16 Taken off the active roster on April 4 with tightness in right shoulder. [04/05] Felt the tightness in the shoulder while playing catch on April 3. Should be able to throw again within two to three days. [04/06] Started rehab at the Naruohama facilities on April 5. Hoping to make it back to the active roster in the minimum ten days. [04/08] Tossed thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on April 8, one day earlier than originally planned. [04/13] Tossed batting practice on April 12. Faced four hitters and threw forty-five pitches. Still no timetable on his return, but continues to make good progress. [04/14] Pitched in Ni-gun rehab game on April 14 against Orix. Entered game in the 5th and tossed shutout inning. [04/16] Added to the active rsoter on April 16.
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Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 04/04 04/30 Was taken off the active roster on April 4 with inflammation in his right ankle. Suffered the injury while covering first base during a game against Softbank on April 1. Was examined at a hospital in Kobe on April 3. Feels no discomfort while walking, but does feel pain when throwing off an incline. Will be traveling with the Ichi-gun team. Pain could subside after four to five days. [04/14] Could return to Ichi-gun practices shortly. [04/18] Hirano tossed about forty pitches in a bullpen session on April 17. He was able to throw the ball at about ninety percent. He could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on April 24 against Hiroshima. If things go well, he could return to the active roster during a nine-game stretch that begins on April 28. [04/30] Hirano returned to the active roster on April 30. He is not pain free, but is also not experiencing any difficulty running or throwing.
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Sarfate, Dennis SOF 04/03 04/05 Took a batted ball off the area near his right knee during an appearance against Seibu on April 3. Managed to record two outs before leaving the game in pain. The Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling on April 4. [04/05] He was not scheduled to pitch on April 4.
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Garate, Victor HAM 04/03 07/30 Complained of pain in his leg while running during practices on April 3. Was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with an injury to the left biceps femoris. He will most likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery. [05/04] Garate was added to the active roster on May 4. He got his first start since March 29 and pitched five innings, threw eighty-two pitches. [07/30] The Fighters filed paperwork to place Garate on waivers on July 30. The leg injury may have ultimately led to he decision.
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Yoh, Daikang HAM 04/02 04/26 Was removed from a game against Lotte on April 2 after he developed tightness in his right thigh. He may have tweaked his leg while running the bases in the 7th inning. [04/04] Was left out of the starting line-up on April 4 out of concern for the thigh. [04/06] Sat out on April 5 as well. Whether he plays on April 7 will depend on how he is feeling before the start of the game. [04/07] Missed another game on April 7. [04/11] Returned to the starting line-up on April 11 for the first time in five games. [04/12] Taken off the active roster on April 12. Participated in pre-game practices on April 12, but left afterward. [04/13] Taken off the active roster because his condition was not improving (not getting worse either). [04/21] Yoh could return to the active roster on April 22. He has gone 4-for-11 in four rehab games at Ni-gun. [04/26] Yoh is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on April 28.
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Aikawa, Ryoji YOM 04/02 05/17 Was removed from a game against Chunichi on April 2 after he hurt his right leg while running the bases in the 7th inning. [04/03] Was examined at a hospital on April 3 and diagnosed with a strain in his right hamstring. It could take about a month for a full recovery. [04/21] Aikawa resumed taking batting practice against pitching machines on April 21. He told reporters he was at 100 percent with the bat, had no problems on defense, but was at seventy to eighty percent with running. [05/02] Workouts on May 1 included live batting practice. Could play in a Ni-gun rehab game on April 4. [05/07] Aikawa could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 9. [05/12] Aikawa played in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 12 and went 0-for-1. [05/13] Aikawa entered the game in the 6th for Abe at catcher on May 12. It was his first game since April 2. He could be ready to return to the active rsoter before the end of the month. [05/17] Aikawa played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on May 17. He got the start at catcher and batted seventh.
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Matsuzaka, Daisuke SOF 04/02 12/01 Spent the morning of April 2 training at the Saitozakif facilities. Visited YafuOku Dome later in the day and gave coaches an update on his progress. Medical staff and trainers decided to shut his arm down due to shoulder fatigue. Toss forty-one pitches in the bullpen on March 29, but nothing after that. Was examined at a hospital on March 31 (MRI), but no inflammation was found. [04/10] Chief trainer Tomihisa Arai told reporters Matsuzaka was not with the team because he was going to a specialized rehab facility. He should not be away for more than a week and could return in two to three days. [04/13] Resumed rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on April 11. [04/14] Started strengthening exercises for his shoulder at the Saitozaki facilities. Will continue to take things slow and will check in with off-site medical establishments. The Hawks are planning to let him set his own timetable. The current focus is on strengthening the shoulder. [04/16] Might not be able to return during the first-half of the season, especially if he does not begin a throwing program before the end of the month. [04/18] Matsuzaka resumed playing catch on the 15th. He threw the ball at a distance of about thirty meters. He could take his rehab to the next level based on how he is feeling on the 21st. [04/19] Matsuzaka could begin playing catch some time next week. He threw the ball a few days earlier and will examined at a hospital one more time before he begins a throwing program early next week. (Week beginning on April 20.) [04/21] Matsuzaka spent another stint away from the team for rest and additional consultations on his condition (he did not throwing). He left on April 16 and returned on April 21. He played a light game of catch on April 21. He threw the ball a distance of around forty meters about 140 times. [04/25] Matsuzaka threw the ball at a max distance of about sixty meters on April 24. He could resume throwing in the bullpen early next month. [05/01] Matsuzaka played catch at a distance of about forty meters outdoors after warm-ups on April 30. He reached seventy meters during long distance throwing. [05/05] Matsuzaka tossed a bullpen session on May 5 for the first time since March 29. He threw forty-two pitches, including ten curveballs, to a standing catcher. Before the session, he played catch indoors for about fifteen minutes, moved outdoors and did not long toss for around ten minutes, and then returned indoors for three extra minutes of catch. [05/06] Matsuzaka threw forty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on May 6. Toru Hosokawa caught the session. He threw sliders, change-ups, and cutters, in addition to the fastball and curve. [05/07] Matsuzaka played some catch on May 7. He also did about thirty-five minutes of shadow pitching. [05/12] Matsuzaka threw forty-nine pitches to a squatting catcher at the Saitozaki facilities on May 12. It was the first time he had the catcher squat since March 29. Toru Hosokawa caught the session. Matsuzaka also played catch for about thirty minutes after the session. [05/13] Between the bullpen session and playing catch on May 12, Matsuzaka threw the ball over 200 times. He kept his workouts light on May 13. [05/14] Matsuzaka threw forty-nine pitches to a squatting catcher on May 12. He then threw sixty to a standing catcher. After that, he played some catch, which included sixty throws at forty meters and fifty throws at twenty meters. Including warm-ups and everything else that day, he threw the ball over 230 times. He could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on May 22. [05/15] Matsuzaka threw sixty-nine pitches to squatting catcher in the bullpen on May 15. He could toss batting practice some time next week. [05/16] Matsuzaka could pitch an inning in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on either May 19 or 20. He threw 107 pitches to a squatting catcher behind closed doors on May 16. [05/17] Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he will consider calling Matsuzaka up after he reaches five innings or over 100 pitches in an outing. Kudo has other pitchers to think about and is not planning to give him any preferential treatment. He could pitch in a rehab game on May 20. [05/18] Matsuzaka is slated to join the Ni-gun team on May 19 and pitch in a rehab game against Orix on May 20. [05/19] Matsuzaka could get at least two to three rehab starts at Ni-gun. If he pitches well and can throw about 100 pitches in a game, he could make the active roster in time for a six-game stretch at YafoOku Dome that begins on June 9. He joined Ni-gun practices in Kochi on May 19 and threw thirty-six pitches to a standing catcher and sixty-seven pitches to a squatting catcher. He is set to pitch an inning or two (no more than thirty pitches) in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 20. [05/20] Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on May 20. He entered the game in the 6th and gave up a run on two hits over two innings of work. He faced eight hitters, threw thirty-two pitches, walked none, struck out two, and topped out at 142km/h. He is scheduled to pitch in another Ni-gun rehab game on May 24. [05/22] Matsuzaka is expected to pitch about three innings during his next Ni-gun rehab outing on May 24. He could get a Ni-gun rehab start durning a Hiroshima series that begins on May 29. [05/24] Daisuke was scratched from a Ni-gun rehab outing on May 24 due to right shoulder muscle fatigue. His schedule moving forward will be decided based on how he his shoulder is feeling on May 26. [05/26] Matsuzaka did some long toss on May 26. He told reporters his right shoulder felt better than on May 24. He is not scheduled to pitch in a game this week. [05/29] Rehab coach Kazumi Saito told reporters on May 29 that while Matsuzaka skipped his outing because of pain, he was feeling better now. [05/30] Matsuzaka could end up missing the first-half of the season. He resumed rehab workouts on May 29 and played light catch for about ten minutes. He will not toss any bullpen sessions (but will do long toss) until his right shoulder gets better. He played catch at a distance of about forty meters for about thirty minutes on May 30. Rehab coach Saito told reporters on May 30 that he missed his last start not because of pain, but because he felt his arm might come loose. [06/08] Matsuzaka will spend a week, beginning on June 8, visiting various rehab facilities. His right shoulder has not been improving as planned and a change of scenery could help. He has been playing catch, but has not been able to toss a bullpen session since he was scratched from a Ni-gun appearance on May 24. [06/17] Matsuzaka resumed his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on June 16. He played catch for about twenty minutes, but did not toss a bullpen session. He spent the past week getting treatment and undergoing rehab at various facilities in Japan. There is a good chance he will miss the entire first-half of the season. [06/30] Kudo was at the Saitozaki facilities on June 30. Matsuzaka gave him an update on his progress when he bumped into him after practice. Matsuzaka played catch at about fifty meters. [07/01] Kudo spoke to Matsuzaka directly for the first time since April 2. They chatted for about twenty minutes. There is still no timetable on when he might be able to start tossing bullpen sessions. [07/15] Someone with information told reporters the discomfort in Matsuzaka's right shoulder starting changing into pain around mid-June. He is playing catch, but his condition is not improving. He was seen rehabbing at the Saitozaki facilities on July 7, but left the team to visit a rehab clinic outside of Fukuoka Prefecture. The time he spends rehabbing outside of the team facilities will most likely increase as he focuses on the condition of his right shoulder. He has received permission from the team. He could be shutdown indefinitely, if his shoulder does not improve. [07/22] Matsuzaka spent ten days going to rehab facilities outside of Fukuoka Prefecture. He returned to the Saitozaki facilities on July 18 looking much better than before, however, there is still no timetable on his recovery. [07/29] The media learned the organization will allow Matsuzaka to proceed with his own rehab program until he is recovered (he will be responsible for his own actions/decisions). He worked out at the Saitozaki facilities for three days beginning on July 24. The furthest he got was playing catch. He left Fukuoka again on July 27 for a five-day rehab program in another prefecture. [08/12] Former teammate (currently a baseball analyst) Takashi Ishii wonders if it might be better for Matsuzaka to shut things down altogether and focus on the 2016 season. [08/18] Matsuzaka had surgery on his right shoulder on August 18. Procedure included cleaning out the labrum and rotator cuff, removal of a Bennett lesion, and loosening of the posterior capsule. He will require about six months for a full recovery. [08/19] Matsuzaka could head to the United States for his rehab. He played some catch at one point on August 4 at a distances of about twenty meters, but had difficulty throwing the ball again the following day. He may not be ble to throw the ball for two to three months after the surgery. He should be okay for the start of the season next year. [08/26] Matsuzaka was discharged from the hospital on August 26. [11/01] Matsuzaka is hoping to be ready to toss a bullpen session on the first day of spring camp. [11/11] Kudo is not going to require Matsuzaka to be ready by opening day next year. He does not want to rush the veteran since he is returning from surgery and will give him a chance to pitch when he is ready. [11/17] Matsuzaka will most likely continue his rehab in the United States until late January. He is expected to return to Japan in time to make the start of fall camp on February 1. [12/01] The Hawks set a six-month rehab schedule for Matsuzaka. Assuming he follows it completely, he will be rehabbing until the end of February, or the end of spring camp.
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Blanco, Tony ORI 04/01 05/08 Taken off the active roster on April 1. Reaggravated left knee. Not considered serious enough for a hospital visit. [04/07] Will travel to Yokohama on April 7 to visit doctor that worked with him last year. Not expected to return in minimum ten days. [04/14] Could make it back before the end of the month. [04/15] Resumed batting practice on April 14. Is at sixty to seventy percent. Hoping to make it back before the end of the month. [05/02] Blanco joined the Ichi-gun team on May 2. He was not added to the active roster, but also did not appear to have any problems during regular practices. [05/08] Blanco was added to the active roster on May 8. He made the starting line-up as the designated hitter.
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Milledge, Lastings YAK 03/31 05/18 Was in the starting line-up on March 31 against Hanshin, but was pulled before the start of the game because of discomfort in his right shoulder. [04/01] Taken off the active roster on April 1 with a first degree strain in his right subscapularis. His arm will be shut down for about a week. He could require a month for a full recovery. [04/14] Resumed soft-toss batting practice on April 12. Throwing is still a problem. [05/18] The Swallows are expected to activate Milledge on May 19.
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Inoue, Seiya SOF 03/30 03/30 Hurt left index finger when he tried to get back to second base during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 28. Diagnosed with a fracture in the finger. Surgery is a possibilty.
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Yamashita, Ayatsugu SOF 03/29 04/24 Was removed from a game against Lotte on March 29 after he hurt his left knee during a close play at home plate in the 5th inning. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with an injury to the medial collateral ligament. He will be re-evaluated on March 30. [03/30] Re-examined at a hospital on March 30. Will need about a week of rest and five to six months for a full recovery. [03/31] Began rehab on March 31 at the Saitozaki facilities. Spent about two hours getting various kinds of treatment. [04/24] Ayatsugu returned to the active roster on April 24.
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Morino, Masahiko CHU 03/29 06/01 Took a thrown ball off his right hand while sliding into second in the 1st inning of a game against Hanshin on March 29. He was removed from the game as a precaution. [03/30] Diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx of his right thumb. [03/31] The Dragons have not released a timetable, but he might need over a month for a full recovery. [05/19] Morino took batting practice during workouts at Nagoya Stadium on May 18. He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on either May 20 or 21. [06/01] Morino joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on June 1.
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Matsui, Kazuo RAK 03/29 03/29 Was not available to play on March 29 due to general tightness in his legs. He should be fine for the Seibu series that begins on March 31.
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Matsunaka, Nobuhiko SOF 03/28 09/20 Has had left shoulder pain/inflammation. Does not currently cause a lot problems when swinging the bat. Is set to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on March 31 against Chunichi at YafuOku Dome. [09/20] The Hawks are planning to add Matsunaka to the active roster on September 20. They are planning to use him as either a designated hitter or bat off the bench. He is not expected to play any defense because he still has problems with his left shoulder.
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Otani, Shohei HAM 03/27 05/11 Left a start on March 27 early after developing a cramp in his right leg. [03/29] Was able to participate in regular practices on March 28. Took batting practice at Sapporo Dome on March 29 for the first time since the start of the season. Was not availble to play in Rakuten game later in the day. He will most likely play in a game as a position player on March 31 against Lotte. He is currently expected to make his next start on April 4 against Orix on seven days of rest as scheduled. [04/26] Left another start on April 26 with a cramp in his right calf. [04/28] Otani was not available to play on April 28. Hideki Kuriyama gave him the night off. [04/29] Otani was not available to play against on April 29. His next start will most likely get pushed back a day from May 7 to May 8. [04/30] Otani told reporters there was no lingering tightness in his calf. He also said he was prepared to play, but that the decision was not his to make. He is scheduled to resume hitting workouts on May 1. [05/01] Kuriyama told reporters on April 30 that he was taking a wait and see approach with Otani and that rest was a top priority. Otani was not available to play for the third straight game on May 1. He played catch and resumed soft-toss batting practice during pre-game practices. He could end up sitting the entire three-game Lotte series that began on May 1. His next start as a pitcher could also be pushed back from May 4 against Rakuten at Sapporo Dome to May 10 against Orix at Kyocera Dome. [05/02] Otani resumed live batting practice on May 2. He took twenty-two swings during pre-game batting practice and hit one over the fence. He was not available to play in the game. [05/04] Threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher during a bullpen session at QVC Marine on May 3. He threw off a mound for the first time in seven days. He also hit two over the fence during batting practice. He is scheduled to toss a bullpen session to a squatting catcher on May 5. He took about fifty swings during batting practice at Sapporo Dome on May 4 and hit six over the fence. [05/05] Otani threw about fifty pitches to a squatting catcher during a bullpen session on May 5. He is slated to get a tune-up two-inning outing at Ni-gun against Yokohama on May 8. Assuming no issues, his next outing will be at Ichi-gun. [05/06] If Otani does not suffer any setbacks after his appearance on May 8, he could get a start during the Orix series that begins on May 15. [05/07] Otani threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on May 7 in preparation for his Ni-gun tune-up outing on May 8. [05/08] Otani could return to the starting line-up as a position player on May 9 or 10 if nothing goes wrong during or after his Ni-gun outing on May 8. If he continues to do well, he could return to the starting rotation in time for a start on May 14 against Seibu at Sapporo Dome. [05/10] Otani returned to the starting line-up as a position player on May 10. [05/11] Otani is expected to make his next start as pitcher on May 14 against Seibu.
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Urano, Hiroshi HAM 03/27 03/27 Was examined at a hospital in Sapporo on March 27 and diagnosed with a first degree muscle strain in his right posterior deltoid. He will need over two weeks for a full recovery.
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Lee, Dae-Ho SOF 03/25 03/26 Did not participate in general practices on March 25 due to some lower back pain. [03/26] Was able to participate in general practices on March 26. Back was feeling better when he woke up in the morning.
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Gurriel Jr., Lourdes YOK 03/25 03/25 Arrival in Japan delayed due to left wrist injury.
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Gurriel, Yulieski YOK 03/25 03/25 Arrival in Japan delayed due to right hamstring injury. Treating the injury given higher priority than coming to Japan. Currently no timetable on his arrival.
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Ono, Shota HAM 03/24 04/26 Had problems with right elbow pain and was did not play defense in one exhibition game this year. Fighters do not want to rush him back and will most likely have him start the year at Ni-gun to avoid further problems. [04/26] Ono is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on April 28.
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Kawahara, Hiroyuki SOF 03/24 03/24 Softbank announced on March 24 that Kawahara had surgery on his left shoulder (labrum) at a hospital in Yokohama. He will be discharged from the hospital on April 1 and will require about six months for a full recovery.
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Fukuda, Shuhei SOF 03/23 05/08 Hurt his right hand during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on March 22. Was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with a fracture in the middle phalanx of the ring finger. There is no timetable on his recovery. [04/28] Played in a San-gun rehab game against the Tokushima Indigo Socks (Shikoku League). He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and grounded out to first. [05/08] Fukuda was added to the active roster on May 8. He made the starting line-up in right.
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Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 03/23 03/23 Missed an exhibition game against Lotte on March 22 because of a bruise on his right shoulder. Did not take batting practice on March 23 to give his shoulder a rest.
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Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 03/22 03/22 Was replaced by a pinch-hitter during an exhibition game against Yomiuri on March 22 after he took an HBP off his right knee during his at bat in the 1st inning. Received treatment but did not require a visit to the hospital. Should not be a problem for opening day.
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Kishi, Takayuki SEI 03/21 05/29 Started an exhibition game against Yokohama on March 21 and left after two innings because of discomfort in his left side. He was examined at a hospital in Saitama, but no problems were found. Currently not expected to miss the opening day start. He will be re-examined within the next couple of days. [03/22] The pain came suddenly. He would have pitched through it if there had been no pain. He will miss the opening day start and is not expected to pitch during the opening series. The Lions do not want to risk further or additional injury. [03/31] Might not be ready to join the Ichi-gun team until May. Still no timetable on when he might be able to resume playing catch. The Lions are waiting for the inflammation to go away. [04/11] Resumed playing catch on April 10. Could be ready to return to the active roster in time for a start against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome on May 12. [05/06] Kishi resumed throwing in the bullpen on May 5. He threw fifty pitches without pain. [05/08] The Lions are not planning to rush Kishi back, since they are playing well without him. That could mean two to three Ni-gun rehab games before a possible return to the active roster in early June. He could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 19 against Nippon Ham. Kishi threw sixty pitches in the bullpen on May 6. [05/19] Kishi is set to pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 21 against Nippon Ham. He will start the game and throw about thirty pitches. He could join the active roster in early June. [05/28] Kishi started a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on May 21. He tossed two shutout innings. He threw thirty pitches, faced seven hitters, gave up one hit, and struck out three. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in early June. [05/22] Kishi topped out at 147km/h on May 21. [05/28] Kishi started a Ni-gun rehab game on May 27 against Yakult on May 27. He gave up two runs (one earned) over seven innings of work. He faced twenty-nine hitters, threw ninety-two pitches, allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out five. He could make the active roster in time the Chunichi series that begins on June 2 at Nagoya Dome. [05/29] Kishi is set to join the Ichi-gun team for practices on May 30. He could get a start against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on June 4.
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Ogino, Takashi LOT 03/21 03/21 Missed two exhibition games because of tightness in his left hamstring. Is not expected to miss opening day.
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Okajima, Hideki YOK 03/20 03/21 Sent down to Ni-gun on March 21 because of an injury to his right leg. [03/21] Could be a continuation of previous left knee injury. A decision on his schedule will be made after an evaluation on the 21st.
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Orui, Susumu YOM 03/20 03/20 Hurt his left knee while playing defense during a Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 19. Was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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Blanco, Tony ORI 03/20 03/22 Was examined at a hospital in Kobe on March 19 and diagnosed with inflammation in his left knee. He did not play in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 20 and instead rested at home. He is considered day-to-day. [03/22] Joined the Ichi-gun team on March 22. Told reporters the knee was feeling better and should be fine by opening day.
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Rivas, Amaury CHU 03/18 06/04 Pitched in an exhibition game on March 17 against Orix at Nagoya Dome. Left after one inning with pain in his right elbow and head to a hospital in Nagoya for an evaluation. He will most likely be sent down to Ni-gun. [05/29] Rivas started playing in Ni-gun rehab games on May 20. He left a Ni-gun rehab game on May 29 after three pitches because of discomfort in his arm. He was taken to the hospital after the game for an evaluation. [06/04] The Dragons announced on June 3 that Rivas returned to the Dominican Republic to get treatment for his right elbow.
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Norimoto, Takahiro RAK 03/18 03/18 Felt tightness in his right elbow after pitching in a game on March 14. Elbow was examined on March 16, no problems were found.
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Arai, Takahiro HIR 03/18 03/24 Complained of pain and swelling in his right elbow. Returned to Hiroshima on March 18. Will be examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on March 19. [03/19] Hiroshima is hoping Arai will be able to rejoin the team on March 22. [03/20] Was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. Improving daily. Is currently scheduled to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 22. Is planning to play through the pain if it is not to severe. [03/21] Is expected to join the Ichi-gun team on March 22, but no plans for him to play in an exhibition game on the same day. [03/22] Arai is expected to make the opening day roster. He did not participate in general practices at Mazda Stadium on March 22, but was working at the stadium working out. [03/24] Arai took batting practice with both hands during workouts at Mazda Stadium on March 24. He also played some light catch.
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Anraku, Tomohiro RAK 03/18 05/02 The Eagles announced on March 18 that Anraku was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain that will take four to six weeks for a full recovery. He twisted the ankle during practices at kobo Stadium on March 17. [04/21] Anraku could make his Ni-gun debut in June. If he continues to make good progress, his first outing could be pushed up to May. [05/01] Resumed pitching to a squatting catcher on April 15. Could pitch in his first official Ni-gun game during a two-game series against Yokohama that begins on May 2. Could get his first start on May 14 against Nippon Ham. [05/02] Anraku made his official Ni-gun debut on May 2 against Yokohama. He gave up a run on a hit and two walks over an inning of work in relief. He struck out one and topped outa t 146km/h.
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Wada, Kazuhiro CHU 03/17 05/18 Wada failed to join the Ichi-gun team on March 17 because of discomfort in his left knee. [05/18] Wada spoke to reporters after Ni-gun practices on May 18 and said his knee was feeling better, but he was uncertain how it would hold up playing defense and running on a daily basis. He has played in twenty Ni-gun games and has also played some left.
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Yamaguchi, Tetsuya YOM 03/16 03/22 Took things slow during workouts at Giants Stadium on March 16 due to tightness in his back. It was a precautionary decision. [03/22] Pitched in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 22. Appears to be fine.
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Ishikawa, Takehiro YOK 03/16 03/16 Did not play in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 15 because of some discomfort in his right elbow. Not considered serious.
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Kajitani, Takayuki YOK 03/16 03/17 Did not play in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 15 because of tightness in his legs. Not considered serious. [03/17] Expected to return to the line-up against Yomiuri on March 18.
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Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 03/16 03/17 Did not play in an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 15 because of tightness in his right hamstring and adductor. [03/17] Expected to return to the line-up against Seibu on March 20.
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Ito, Hikaru ORI 03/15 03/15 Left the game after he fouled a ball off his left shin during his at bat in the 3rd inning of an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 15. He had to be helped off the field and was replaced by a pinch-hitter.
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Sugiura, Toshihiro YAK 03/15 03/16 Left an exhibition game against Rakuten on March 15 after taking a batted ball off his right shin. The incident occurred in the 1st when Gaby Sanchez hit a ball back to the mound. He told reporters he was fine, other than some swelling. He is considered day-to-day. [03/16] Is not expected to miss his next scheduled start on March 22 against Nippon Ham.
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Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 03/15 03/15 Did not play in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 15 because of tightness in his legs. He did participate in pre-game warmups, but did not participate in batting or fielding practice. First started feeling some tightness during a practice game against Seibu on March 14. Should be okay for practices on March 16.
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Kishida, Mamoru ORI 03/15 04/28 Left an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 14 with discomfort in his left side. He took the mound in the 8th and started feeling the discomfort after he threw his last practice pitch. Did not pitch to any hitters in the inning. Told reporters the condition was not serious and that he stopped before things got worse. He will be examined on March 16. [03/16] Was examined at a hospital in Kobe on March 16 and diagnosed with an injury to his left oblique. There is no timetable on his recovery. He will need a few days of rest. [04/15] Could play in a rehab game before the end of the week. Has also tossed batting practice twice. [04/17] Pitched a shutout inning in relief in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on April 17. Faced five hitters, gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out two. Could make another appearance on April 19. If things go well, he could return to he active roster before the end of the month. [04/18] Kishida could return to the active roster in time for a Lotte series that begin on April 21, or during a nine game stretch that begins on April 28. [04/27] Kishida tossed two shutout innings during a Ni-gun rehab game on April 25. Assuming no problems, he could join the active roster on April 28. [04/28] Kishida was added to the active roster on April 28.
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Shimamoto, Hiroya HAN 03/14 03/14 A ball hit by Kosuke Fukudome hit Shimamoto in the head while he was playing catch. He appears to be fine.
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Yoshida, Kazumasa ORI 03/14 05/02 The media learned on March 13 that Yoshida felt discomfort in his left side. He missed his exhibition game start against Hiroshima on March 14. [05/02] Yoshida pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on May 2. He pitched two perfect innings in relief. He is expected to pitch about five innings during his next Ni-gun appearance on May 6.
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Koyano, Eiichi ORI 03/14 03/17 Hurt his left thumb during pre-game practices on March 14. Was examined at a hospital in Fukuyama, Hiroshima and diagnosed with a bruise. [03/17] Could return to the line-up against Chunichi on either March 17 or 18.
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Suzuki, Daichi LOT 03/14 03/15 Injured his left leg when he collided into Shogo Nakamura while chasing after a ball on defense in the 7th inning of an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 14. He had to be helped off the field. Nakamura remained in the game. [03/15] Was examined at a hospital in Funabashi and daignosed with a bruise on his left knee. Could return to the line-up on March 17 against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.
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Okada, Toshiya CHU 03/13 03/13 Complained of discomfort in left arm after pitching in a game against Lotte on March 11 and sent back to Nagoya. Will be examined shortly.
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Mori, Tomoya SEI 03/13 03/13 Sprained his right ankle during a Kyoiku League game against Yakult on March 10. Participated in Ni-gun general practices on March 13. Told reporters his ankle was fine.
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Sawamura, Hirokazu YOM 03/12 03/13 Was slated to be the fifth pitcher used by Samurai Japan during the Global Baseball Match game on March 11, but was scratched because of discomfort in his right arm. The condition is not considered serious. The discomfort may have started on March 6. [03/13] Did some long distance throwing on March 13 -- about ninety meters -- and told reporters there were no issues.
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Nishioka, Tsuyoshi HAN 03/12 03/15 Did not play in an exhibition game against Yakult on March 12 because of discomfort in his right elbow. The team is planning to wait to make a decision until after he has been examined. [03/13] Was examined on March 12, nothing significant was found. Yutaka Wada told reporters it was probably post-op tightness and not pain. Nishioka could return to the line-up as early as March 17 against Yokohama. [03/14] Practiced indoors at Koshien on March 14. Workouts including playing catch and batting practice. He played catch at a distance of fifteen meters for about five minutes. Will practice at Koshien on March 15 and at Naruohama on March 16. Could rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 17, later if he is not swinging the bat well. [03/15] Took batting practice (sixty-eight swings) and fielding practice at the Naruohama facilities on March 15. Also some throws to first and second. Should be able to rejoin Ichi-gun team on March 17.
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Matsumoto, Tetsuya YOM 03/11 03/11 Took an HBP off the area near his right shin during an exhibition game against Softbank on March 11. He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution.
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Ota, Taishi YOM 03/11 04/30 Left an exhibition game against Softbank on March 11 with discomfort in his left hamstring. Started feeling the discomfort while running out a grounder to short in the 1st inning. He will return to Tokyo on March 12 for an evaluation. [03/12] Ota was examined at a hospital on March 12 and diagnosed with strain in his left biceps femoris. He is not expected to be ready for opening day. [03/13] Could require about a month for a full recovery. [04/09] Could play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on April 14. [04/10] Played in a batting practice scrimmage on April 10. [04/13] Played in a Ni-gun rehab game on April 12. Was the starting designated hitter and batted sixth. Hit a solo home run during his fourth at bat in the 8th inning. First game in about a month. [04/30] Added to the active roster on April 30.
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Nomura, Yusuke HIR 03/11 03/11 Started an exhibition game against Hanshin on March 11. Took a batted ball off the back of his right hand with two out in the 1st inning. Finished out the inning but did not return for the 2nd. The ball did not hit the hand directly. It hit his glove first. There is some swelling.
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Mickolio, Kam RAK 03/10 03/10 The Eagles announced he will be out about three months with herniated disc. He complained of pain in his right buttock on March 7. He was examined at a hospital in Fukushima on March 9 and diagnosed with the herniated disc. Surgery was deemed unnecessary.
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Kaneda, Kazuyuki HAN 03/09 03/17 The media learned on March 8 that Kaneda was having problems with tightness in his right elbow. He started feeling the tightness after he pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Hiroshima on March 4. He will be shut down until the tightness goes away. [03/17] Does not appear as if he will be ready for opening day.
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Kikuchi, Yusei SEI 03/07 04/27 Did not pitch in any games or scrimmages during spring camp. Cause may have been inflammation in left elbow. Tossed bullpen sessions on four consecutive days during the first block of spring camp, then started to slow things down in the name of solidfying his mechanics. Refrained from tossing sessions until late-February. Inflammation was likely discovered during the slow down period. Was able to continue playing catch because inflammation was minor. Inflammation is reportedly gone now. Has tossed a number of bullpen sessions, but no timetable on when he will pitch in a game. [03/20] Slated to pitch one to two innings in relief during a Ni-gun rehab game on March 24 against Lotte. He will most likely pitch at least three rehab games and could make it to the active roster in time for a Rakuten series that begin on April 14. [03/24] Pitched an inning in relief in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 24. Topped out at 155km/h. [03/30] Pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on March 29. Tossed three shutout innings, struck out three, and topped out at 156km/h. Hoping to make it to the active roster by mid-April. [04/07] Scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Lotte on April 8. If there are no setbacks, he could start an Ichi-gun game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on April 24. [04/13] Started a Ni-gun game on April 12. Tossed six shutout innings. Slated to start another Ni-gun game on April 19. Hoping to make the active roster in time for a nine game stretch that begins on April 28. [04/21] Kikuchi is slated to get his first Ichi-gun start of the year on April 28 against Lotte at QVC Marine, assuming no physical issues. He gave up a run on four hits over five innings during his last Ni-gun game on April 19. [04/27] Kikuchi is set to return to the active roster in time for a start against Lotte on April 28.
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Yoshihara, Shohei LOT 03/06 03/12 The media learned on March 6 that Yoshihara needs surgery to treat a right knee meniscus injury. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery. He might end up missing the entire the season. He started and pitched two innings in a practice game against Seibu on February 25. Was training at Lotte Urawa when he suffered the injury. The surgery will take place on March 11. [03/12] Lotte announced on March 12 that Yoshihara had surgery on his left knee on March 11. He wil most likely require about three months for a full recovery.
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Utsumi, Tetsuya YOM 03/07 07/23 May have suffered an injury during his last outing on March 4. Was set to pitch four innings on the 4th, but left after three. He was also scratched from his next start on March 11. [03/08] Played catch at a distance of about thirty meters on March 7. [03/11] The media learned on March 10 that Utsumi may not be ready for opening day based on his current progress. [03/12] Utsumi was sent down to Ni-gun with inflammation in his left forearm. He is not expected to be ready in time for opening day. [03/13] Will most likely be shut down for at least two weeks. Might be ready to pitch at Ichi-gun some time after May. [03/20] Threw about fifty baseballs into a net during practices at Giants Stadium on March 19. He could resume playing catch shortly. If things go smoothly, he might be ready to pitch in a rehab game some time in mid-April. [04/03] Threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on March 2. It was his second session since he got hurt. [04/15] Has now tossed seven bullpen sessions since he got hurt (and recovered). [04/19] Pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on April 19. He faced three hitters (five times each), threw thirty-two hits, and alowed four could-be hits, including a home run to Kazuma Okamoto. [04/20] Utsumi tossed forty-eight pitches in the bullpen on April 21. He is slated to make an appearance in relief in a Ni-gun rehab game on April 23 against Nippon Ham. He could return to the active roster some time after May 10. [04/21] Utsumi tossed forty-eight pitches in the buillpen during workouts on April 21 in preparation for his Ni-gun rehab outing on April 23. [04/23] Pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on April 23. He entered the game in the 7th and tossed three shutout innings and allowed one hit. He threw forty-three pitches and topped out at 136km/h. His next outing will most likely be as a starter against Ni-gun Seibu on April 28. He could be ready to make the active roster some time in mid-May. [04/30] Utsumi was scratched from a Ni-gun start due to inflammation in the right forearm. He wore an elbow support brace during practices on April 29. [05/05] Utsumi is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on May 6. This willl be his first rehab start. [05/06] Utsumi started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on May 6. He tossed four shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out five. He topped out at 138km/h. [05/07] Utsumi threw fifty-one pitches on May 6. He will be stretched out to eighty then 100 over his next few starts. [05/14] Utsumi made his second Ni-gun rehab start on May 14. He pitched in a game against Lotte and gave up four runs (one earned) on four hits, four walks, and one HBP over five innings of work. He threw ninety-four pitches and struck out four. [05/21] Utsumi started a Ni-gun rehab game on May 21 against Yokohama. He gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He faced twenty-seven hitters, allowed five hits, walked one, hit one, and struck out six. [05/28] Utsumi started a Ni-gun rehab game on May 28 against Lotte. He gave up two runs over five innings of work. He faced twenty-three hitters, threw 106 pitches, allowed seven hits, walked three, struck out two, and topped out at 139km/h. [05/31] Utsumi is set to return to the active roster in time for a start against Softbank at Tokyo Dome on June 5. [06/05] Utsumi was added to the active roster on June 5. He started a game against Softbank and developed cramps in both hamstrings while pitching in the 4th. He was removed from the game as a precaution with a runner on second and one out in the 4th. [06/06] Utsumi was taken off the active roster on June 6. He joined the Ni-gun team and practiced at Giants Stadium. His workouts included playing catch and running. He told reporters his hamstrings were fine. [06/15] Utsumi worked out at Giants Stadium on June 15 and threw fifty-seven pitches in the bullpen in preparation for a Ni-gun outing against Yokohama on June 17. [06/19] Utsumi started a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on June 18. He gave up three runs over six innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw 108 pitches, allowed eight hits, walked none, and struck out two. [06/27] Utsumi started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on June 27. He gave up three runs (all earned) on six hits over six innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, walked none, hit one, and struck out four. [07/23] Utsumi will most likely be added to the active roster in time for a start against Yokohama on July 29. He tossed eight shutout innings in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on July 22.
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Gomez, Mauro HAN 03/07 03/15 Took things slow and sat out exhibition game on March 7 because of tightness in his left side. He may have tweaked the area while trying to get back to second base during a practice game against Seibu on March 6. [03/09] Gomez is considered day-to-day. He could return to the line-up some time around the 14th. [03/10] Resumed batting practice on March 10. No problems were found during a follow-up examination on March 9. [03/11] Resumed soft-toss batting practice on March 10. Began with just the left hand, then added the right. Swung the bat for about ten minutes. He may not be ready to return to the line-up until the 17th. [03/13] Resumed outdoor batting practice on March 13. Took forty-four swings, hit zero over the fence. Expected to return to the line-up on March 15 against Yokohama. [03/15] Returned to the line-up on March 15 as planned. Went 1-for-3 with a walk. Is slated to play defense on the 17th.
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Hermida, Jeremy HAM ?? 03/07 Complained of tightness in his upper right arm during spring camp. Had been staying away from playing defense in games as a precaution. Could play the outfield soon.
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Sugiuchi, Toshiya YOM 03/06 03/13 Scratched from an exhibition game start against Orix on March 6 because he slept on his neck wrong. [03/07] Condition not considered serious. Slated to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 15. [03/08] Focused on treating the neck on March 7. [03/10] Resumed playing catcher on March 9. Managed to stretch distance out to about forty meters. [03/13] Tossed a bullpen session on March 13. Over fifty pitches. Is slated to pitch in a game on March 14 against Seibu.
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Miyanishi, Naoki HAM 03/04 03/04 Took things slow on March 4 because of tightness in left elbow.
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Takeda, Hisashi HAM 03/04 03/09 Took things slow on March 4 because of inflammation in left knee. [03/06] Complained of pain in his left knee after pitching in a practice game against SK (KBO) on February 27. He was diagnosed with an injury to his left medial meniscus. All scheduled game appearances have been canceled. There is a chance he might not be ready for opening day. He will rest a few days and will be re-evaluated. He will most likely have surgery. [03/09] Fighters announced on March 9 that he had left knee surgery. He will be discharged on March 9 and will rehab at the Kamagaya facilities. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery.
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Kawasaki, Nariaki YAK 03/04 03/04 Ended practices early on March 3 because of pain in his left calf.
Sanspo 3/4/2015,
Hosokawa, Toru SOF 03/03 05/29 Hurt his right thumb while catching a bullpen session during spring camp (sometime around mid-February). He was originally diagnosed with a bruise, but he was re-examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 2 because the pain was not improving. Tests revealed a fracture in the right thumb metacarpal. He will require about a month and a half for a full recovery. [03/04] Will have to wear a cast for about four weeks. [03/31] Resumed batting practice on March 31. Could play in his first rehab game on April 10 against Ni-gun Hiroshima. If things go well, he could make it to the active roster before the end of the month. [04/10] Could be ready to rejoin the active roster on April 17. [05/29] Hosokawa was added to the active roster on May 29.
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Yamamoto, Masahiro CHU 03/03 08/09 Pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 3. Left after one pitch. Appeared concerned about his right leg. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya after the game and diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right patellar ligament. He later told reporters he tweaked the knee because his back foot got caught between divots made by previous pitchers. [03/04] The injury does not appear to be serious. He can walk around on his own. Feels pain when he bends the knee. Told reporters he should be able to resume regular workouts as soon as the inflammation goes away. [03/05] Will not be able to do any normal running for about ten days. [03/10] The Dragons are still uncertain when Yamamoto will be able to resume pitching practices. There is a chance he could miss an extended amount of time. He still feels pain in his right knee when he stresses it. [05/17] Yamamoto threw about twenty pitches in the bullpen on May 16 (light session). He is hoping to pitch in a game some time in June. [05/18] Yamamoto threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on May 18. [05/19] Yamamoto could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game during a three-game series against Orix that begins on June 9. He tossed his session on May 18 at sixty to seventy percent. [06/16] Yamamoto is scheduled to make a Ni-gun rehab start during a three-game series against Hanshin that begins on June 16. He will most likely begin with about two innings of work. [06/17] Yamamoto is slated to star a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on June 18. [06/18] Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on June 18. He gave up a run over two innings of work. He faced nine, threw twenty pitches, allowed three hits, walked none, and struck out none. He gave up a solo home run to Taiga Egoshi in the 2nd. He could pitch another one or two innings on June 21 against Orix, depending on how he is feeling after the start. [06/21] Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on June 21. He tossed a perfect inning and struck out one hitter. He topped out at 131km/h. [06/25] Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on June 25. He gave up a run over three innings of work. He faced twelve, allowed three hits, including a solo home run to Ko Shimozuru in the 2nd, walked none, and struck out one. [07/03] Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on July 3. He gave up four runs on seven hits over four innings of work. He faced eighteen hitters, threw fifty-seven pitches, walked none, hit none, and struck out one. He held Hanshin to two hits through the first three innings, then gave up four runs on five hits in the 4th. [07/10] Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Softbank on July 10. He tossed five shutout innings and allowed two hits. He faced seventeen hitters, threw sixty-four pitches, walked one, struck out one, and topped out at 133km/h. [07/22] Yamamoto pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on July 22. He entered the game in the 3rd and did not allow a run over 5.2 innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, allowed four hits, walked three, hit one, and struck out one. [08/03] Yamamoto joined Ichi-gun practices on August 3. [08/09] Yamamoto was added to the active roster on August 9.
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Karashima, Wataru RAK 03/02 03/02 Was scheduled to pitch three innings during an exhibition game against Softbank on March 1, but left after one inning due to spasms in his left side. He is considered day-to-day.
Sanspo 3/2/2015,
Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 02/28 02/28 Hurt his right wrist when he collided into the first baseman while running out an infield grounder during a practice game against Nexen (KBO) on the 28th. Told reporters he was fine and that he may have landed on his hand when he fell. He did not go to the hospital and instead got treatment (ice and electrotherapy). Does not appear serious.
Daily Sports 2/28/2015,
Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 02/28 03/01 Suffered a cut on his right middle finger while throwing the ball during workouts before a practice game against Orix on the 28th (hangnail got caught on the ball a fingernail). Was still able to start the game since the cut did not interfere with his pitching. [03/01] The hangail got caught on the thumb. He did not feel any pain, but the bleeding did not stop.
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Donoue, Takehiro YOM 02/28 04/24 Hurt his thumb when his right hand hit the ground in the 1st inning of an exhibition game against Yakult at Tokyo Dome on the 28th. He was removed from the game on defense in the 5th. Tests revealed a fracture near the base of the thumb. No word on how long it will take for a full recovery. [03/02] Worked out at Giants Stadium on March 2. Took some light batting practice without his right hand. [03/03] Donoue is expected have surgery to treat the fracture within the next few days and will focus on rehab. [03/04] Had surgery on his right thumb. [04/15] Resumed batting practice at Giants Stadium on April 14. Could play in his first rehab game in late-April and be ready for the active roster during Golden Week. [04/24] Donoue hit a home run during his at bat in the 2nd inning of a Ni-gun exhibition game against Nippon Tsuun on April 24. He was the starting designated hitter and batted sixth.
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Mikami, Tomoya YOK 02/28 04/21 Has not pitched in any games recently due to tightness in right elbow. Has not tossed a bullpen session since he pitched in a practice game against Hanshin on the 21st. He has played some catch. There is no timetable for when he will be able to toss his next bullpen session. There are plans for him to have the elbow examined some time on or after March 2 (Monday). [03/01] Mikami will be examined at a hospital in Yokohama on the 2nd. He will be shutdown and will continue the rest of his training at Ni-gun. [03/02] Mikami was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. He will continue workouts at Ni-gun. [03/03] Mikami has been working on a new shuto. The pitch might have caused the inflammation. [03/12] Kiyoshi Nakahata does not think Mikami will be ready for opening day, based on current progress. [04/21] Mikami pitched in his first Ni-gun rehab game on April 21 against Yakult. He entered the game in the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief (F8, E6, G3, Kl).
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Ueda, Tsuyoshi YAK 02/26 03/01 Felt tightness in his left buttock during warmups on the 26th. Will be examined once he returns to Tokyo. [03/01] Was examined at a hospital on February 27 and diagnosed with a mild injury to his left buttock. It will take about two weeks for a full recovery.
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Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro YAK 02/26 02/26 Felt some tightness in his left calf on the 26th. Should be okay with some rest.
Sanspo 2/27/2015,
Koyano, Eiichi ORI 02/?? 02/27 Hurt his right wrist earlier during camp and was taking things slow. Appeared in three games, but only on defense because of the wrist. He told reporters on the 26th that his wrist was fully healed.
Sports Hochi 2/27/2015,
Nishikawa, Haruki HAM 02/27 02/27 Did not play in a practice game against SK on the 27th because of tightness in his back. First started feeling discomfort in his back while taking pre-game batting practice.
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Eldred, Brad HIR 02/26 05/22 Hurt his right knee during a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 26th. Was examined at a hospital in Okinawa and diagnosed with an injury to the medial meniscus that will require about a week of medical treatment. Hiroshima will consider Eldred's condition one day at a time. [02/27] Rested at the team hotel on the 27th. No word on how long it will take for a full recovery. [03/02] Hiroshima has not yet set a timetable on Eldred's return. [03/04] Was re-examined at a hospital on Wednesday. [03/06] Began rehab at San-gun on March 6. It is uncertain if he will be ready for opening day. Hiroshima is being cautious because it is an injury to the medial meniscus. [03/09] Eldred will return to the United States for additional tests on his right knee. There is no timetable for his return to Japan as of this time. Surgery has not been ruled out. [03/19] The Carp announced on March 19 that Eldred had surgery on his right knee in the United States on March 16 (US time). Still no timetable on his recovery. [03/20] Could require any where from a month to three months for a full recovery. At worst, he could miss the first-half of the season. [04/09] The Carp announced on April 8 that Eldred will return to Japan on April 10. He could be ready to play some time in June, May seems unlikely. [04/17] Resumed hitting off a tee this week. He was seen taking full swings during practices at the Ono facilities on April 17. He could make it back to the active roster during Inter-league play. [04/24] Eldred might be ready to join the active roster in late-May. [05/01] Eldred joined Ni-gun workouts at the Ono training facilities on April 30. He could be ready to join the active roster for Inter-league play. He is at about eighty percent. He resumed batting practice against a pitching machine on April 24. He is not experiencing any problems when swinging the bat. He could begin playing in rehab games during a Ni-gun six-game stretch that begins on May 12. [05/04] Eldred played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 4 against Orix. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fourth. He went 0-for-3. [05/18] Eldred played in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 17 against Hanshin and got the start in left and batted fourth. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a solo home run off Hiroaki Saiuchi in the 7th inning. [05/21] Eldred joined Ichi-gun practices on May 21. He could make the active roster in time for the Yakult series that begins on May 22. [05/22] Eldred took forty-six swings during batting practice and hit four over the fence.
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Araki, Fumiya HAN 02/25 03/01 Complained of pain in his right lower back after taking batting practice on the 25th and ended workouts early. The injury does not appear to be serious. [02/27] Tigers announced on the 27th that Araki was diagnosed with a strain in his right abdominal oblique. He will join the rehab group working out at Naruohama on the 28th. [03/01] Began rehab at Naruohama on February 28. Works were light.
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Rosario, Rainel HIR 02/25 02/25 Left Nichinan camp after he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis on the 8th. Was getting treatment without surgery while continuing workouts. Had surgery to treat the condition at a hospital in Hiroshima on the 25th. Is slated to begin rehab after a week of rest.
Daily Sports 2/25/2015,
Miki, Ryo LOT 02/25 03/02 Hurt his left hand while playing short in the 3rd inning. Was taken to the hospital and required three stiches to close a cut on his middle finger. The stitches will be removed after about a week. He is considered day-to-day. [03/02] Resumed live batting practice on March 2. Was previously limited to soft-toss and light hitting exercises.
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Okada, Masatoshi SEI 02/25 02/25 Took an HBP near the back of his head during a practice game against Lotte on the 25th. The incident took place in the 2nd inning with Shohei Yoshihara on the mound for the Marines. Okada was taken to a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a bruise. Seibu will keep an eye on him to make sure there are no lingering effects.
Sponichi 2/25/2015,
Ota, Taishi YOM 02/25 02/25 Missed practice game against LG (KBO) on the 25th because of tightness in his leg. He was able to participate in practices. He told reporters he was fine. He will take things slow on the 26th.
Sponichi 2/25/2015,
Goto, Taketoshi YOK 02/23 02/23 Twisted his right ankle while playing defense at first on the 22nd. Will require about ten days for a full recovery. Returned to Tokyo on the 24th.
Sponichi 2/24/2015,
Imanari, Ryota HAN 02/24 05/30 Ended workouts early on the 24th with tightness in his right side. The Tigers are playing it safe because Imanari suffered a strain in the same area last year. [03/02] Worked out at the Naruohama facilities on March 1. Right side appears to be okay. [03/11] Resumed batting practice against pitching machines on March 10. He could play in a Ni-gun game on March 17 against Softbank. [03/12] Took outdoor batting practice for the first time since February 24. Took about sixty swings against a pitching machine and a batting practice pitcher. [03/26] Was able to play in an Ikusei rehab game on March 25 against Nippon Shinyaku (Industrial League). Got the start at third and batted third. Went 0-for-2. Took an HBP off the head during his third at bat. Was taken to the hospital for tests as a precaution. Appeared to be fine when he returned to the Naruohama facilities. [04/02] Joined the Ichi-gun team on April 2. [05/29] Imanari was added to the active roster on May 29. [05/30] Imanari was added to the active roster earlier than originally planned because of injuries to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Ryota Arai.
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Egawa, Tomoaki SOF 02/24 02/24 Took things slow on the 24th because of a herniated disc.
Sanspo 2/24/2015,
Kitanosono, Ryusei YOM 02/24 02/24 Started feeling discomfort in his lower back during practices on the 22nd. Took things slow during workouts on the 24th.
Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015,
Kurihara, Ryoya SOF ?? 02/24 Was taking things slow because of pain in his right knee. Rejoined group B (Ni-gun) general workouts on the 24th. Told reporters on the 23rd that his knee was at about ninety percent.
Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015,
Nakajima, Hiroyuki ORI 02/23 02/23 Fouled a ball off the top of his left foot while taking indoor batting practice against a pitching machine on the 22nd. He received treatment from a team trainer. The injury does not appear to be serious, just a bruise.
Nikkan Sports 2/23/2015,
VandenHurk, Rick SOF 02/17 03/31 Hurt his left adductor during an intra-squad game on the 17th. Uncertain if he will be able to pitch in a practice game against Doosan on the 25th. Told reporters he felt discomfort, but no pain. [02/24] Will not pitch in the game on the 25th. Uncertain when he will pitch again. [03/03] Withdrew from Global Baseball Match's All Euro team. [03/15] Pitched three shutout innings in a Kyoiku League game against Hiroshima on March 14. [03/31] Started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on March 31. Tossed seven shutout innings, struck out thirteen, and toped out at 151km/h.
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Koyano, Eiichi ORI 02/21 02/21 Was not scheduled to play in an exhibition game against Softbank on the 21st because of tightness in his lower back. Made it into the game on defense in the 4th and was removed before his first at bat.
Sponichi 2/22/2015,
Tomonaga, Shota CHU 02/22 02/26 Hurt his left ankle when he chased down a ball and crashed into a fence in foul territory in the 3rd of an exhibition game against Hanshin on the 22nd. He was removed from the game and had the ankle taped. The injury does not appear to be serious. [02/24] Kept workouts light. Resumed batting practice on the 24th. Told reporters he still felt some pain, but was otherwise okay. [02/25] Was examined at a hospital. [02/26] Returned to general practices on the 26th.
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Endo, Issei CHU 02/22 02/22 Hurt his left wrist while attempting to tag a runner trying to steal a base in the 5th inning of an exhibition game against Hanshin on the 22nd. The injury does not appear to be serious. [02/24] Played in a practice game against LG (KBO) on the 24th. Recorded a double.
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Kajitani, Takayuki YOK 02/22 02/24 Fouled a ball off his right foot in the 1st inning of a practice game against Samsung on the 22nd. Remained in the game but was removed partway through. Was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Tests came back negative for any damage to the bones. [02/24] Played in a practice game against Hanshin on the 24th and hit a double in his third trip to the plate. We replaced by a pinch-runner.
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Goto, Mitsutaka RAK 02/21 02/21 Did not play in an exhibition game against Nippon Ham on the 21st because of tightness in his lower back. First started feeling tightness on the 20th.
Sanspo 2/21/2015,
Okajima, Hideki YOK 02/20 02/26 Started taking things slow after he hurt his left knee during practices on the 20th. Will most likely be scratched from an outing during a practice game against Hanshin on the 24th. [02/21] Began rehab on the 21st. Will not pitch on the 24th. [02/26] Tossed a bullpen session on the 26th. First session in six days.
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Kidokoro, Ryuma SOF 02/21 02/24 Left exhibition game against Orix after he was hit by a pitch on the left arm during his at bat in the 8th. Was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a fracture in his left ulna diaphysis. He will require surgery. There is no timetable on his return. [02/24] The Hawks announced Kidokoro had surgery in a hospital in Miyazaki.. He will be discharged on the 26th. He will mostl ikely require three months for a full recovery. [06/17] Kidokoro played in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on June 16. He was used as a pinch-runner and remained in the game as the center fielder. He went 2-for-2 with a stolen base.
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Nakata, Sho HAM 02/21 02/24 Felt tightness in his right calf while running out a grounder to short in the 1st inning of Saturday's exhibition game against Rakuten. Removed on defense in the 2nd. Did some stretches and got the area iced. Was able to walk back to the team hotel after the game. [02/22] Told reporters it was a slight cramp. On Sunday, he said he felt fine and was able to perform regular workouts. [02/24] Was the starting designated hitter in an intra-squad game on the 24th. Went 2-for-2, including a home run off Shohei Otani.
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Fukuhara, Shinobu HAN 02/21 03/22 The Tigers announced that Fukuhara complain of tightness in his right leg after practices on the 19th. He was examined at a hospital in Okinawa and diagnosed with an injury to his right adductor muscle. He left for Osaka on the 20th and will get rest at his own home until the 26th. He will begin rehab at the Naruohama facilities on the 27th. [02/22] Pitched a shutout inning in an intra-squad game on the 15th, then scratched from bullen sessions on the 17th and 18th. Missed about two weeks last year in May with an injury in a similar location. [02/28] Began rehab at Naruohama on the 28th. Played catch for the first time since the injury. He played catch at a distance of about thirty meters for roughly thirty minutes. He did spend some time throwing into a net since he left Okinawa on the 20th. [03/03] Played catch at a distance of about fifty meters. Threw last seven with catch partner squatting. Will continue to focus on playing catch until he reaches sixty to seventy meters. [03/05] Tossed thirty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on March 5 to test the right leg when throwing off an incline. [03/07] Tossed another session on March 6 -- twenty-three pitches, all fastballs, squating catcher. [03/16] Pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on March 16. Faced ten hitters, threw thirty-three pitches, allowed three hits, and walked one. Did not experience any problems. Could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on March 20 against Chunichi. [03/18] Is not expected to be ready for opening day. [03/20] Pitched one inning in a Ni-gun rehab game on March 20. Retired three hitters on eight pitches. [03/22] Felt fine the day after his outing.
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Takahashi, Yoshinobu YOM 02/20 02/21 Fouled a ball off the tip of his right foot. No plans to go to the hospital. Will probably be okay. [02/21] Felt good enough to make an appearance in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on the 21st as a pinch-hitter.
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Murata, Shuichi YOM 02/19 02/20 Fouled a ball of his left shin during a practice game on the 19th. Still had some swelling on the 20th and took things slow.
Sanspo 2/20/2015,
Eldred, Brad HIR 02/20 02/20 Ended practices early on the 20th because of some tightness in his left hamstring. He started feeling the tightness during morning warm-ups. He was okay to continue, but the trainer felt it best to play it safe.
Sanspo 2/20/2015, Daily Sports 2/20/2015,
Ishikawa, Shun CHU 02/19 02/20 Was hit by a pitch in the head during a practice game against Yomiuri on the 19th. Took things slow on the 20th.
Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015,
Tamura, Hitoshi YOK 02/-- 02/18 Was already taking things slow when he started feeling discomfort in right elbow in early February. Was slated to join Ichi-gun camp some time during the fourth block (February 19-22), but the schedule was delayed because he still needs more time.
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Shimizu, Yushi HAM 02/19 02/19 Took a one-hopper off the right side of his jaw while catching Hisashi Takeda in the bullpen on the 19th. Had to take a break, but was able to return to the bullpen after about fifteen minutes and catch Yuki Saito.
Sports Hochi 2/19/2015,
Matsuzaka, Daisuke SOF 02/19 02/27 Did not toss a bullpen session on the 19th because of blisters on his right thumb and ring finger. [02/24] Canceled another session on the 24th because he was still worried about blisters on his right thumb and ring finger. [02/27] Tossed 120 pitches in a bullpen session on the 27th. It was his first session in seven days.
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Fukudome, Kosuke HAN 02/19 03/06 Did not participate in general warm-ups on the 19th. Did not take outdoor batting practice. Took things slow because of some tightness in his legs. Does not appear to be serious. [02/21] Scratched from an exhibition game against Yokohama on the 21st because of tightness in his left leg. Will also probably sit out a game on the 22nd. [02/23] Considered day-to-day. [02/24] May not play in another game until after March 3. [03/06] Took some fielding practice in right on March 5. Was able to play in an exhibition game against Seibu on March 6 -- got the start in right and batted sixth.
Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015, Sanspo 2/23/2015, Sanspo 2/24/2015, Daily Sports 3/6/2015,
Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 02/18 03/14 Took things slow on the 18th because of tightness in his right calf. He is being particularly careful because he once strained his right calf in 2011. [02/19] Continued to keep his workouts light on the 19th. [02/20] Not planning to play in any exhibition games during Okinawa camp out of concern for the calf. [02/24] Resumed batting practice against pitching machines on the 24th. Also took some grounders and played some catch. [02/27] Abe will not be traveling with the team to Sapporo for games on March 3 and 4. He will stay back and continue his rehab. He might not play in an exhibition game until March 6 (against Orix at Kyocera Dome) at the earliest. [03/01] Joined general practices on February 28. Did some running and fielded some grounders. Took about thirty swings during batting practice. Making good progress, but still at seventy to eighty percent. [03/03] Wore cleats for the first time during fielding and batting practice at Giants Stadium on March 2. [03/04] Could play in a Ni-gun game against the Baseball Challenge Match's All Euro team on March 8. Took outdoor batting practice on March 3. Is participating in fielding practice without any difficulty. [03/06] Got the start at first in a Kyoiku League game against Yokohama on March 6. Went 0-for-1 and left on defense in the 5th. [03/07] Played at about ninety percent on March 6. Will play in at least two more rehab games at Ni-gun: practice game against All Euro team on March 8 and Kyoiku League game against Nippon Ham on March 11. Could rejoin Ichi-gun team in time for exhibition game against Seibu on March 14. [03/11] Abe might be ready to play in an exhibition game on March 14 against Seibu at Seibu Prince Dome. He played in a Kyoiku League game on March 11: he got the start at first, batted third, and went 1-for-2 (E5, 1B7, BB). [03/14] Abe rejoined the Ichi-gun team on March 14 and played in an exhibition game against Seibu. He got the start at first, batted sixth, and went 1-for-4.
Sponichi 2/19/2015, Sanspo 2/19/2015, Sanspo 2/19/2015, Daily Sports 2/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Sponichi 2/27/2015, Sanspo 3/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2015, Sponichi 3/7/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2015, Daily Sports 3/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/11/2015, Sanspo 3/14/2015,
Tamura, Tatsuhiro LOT 02/14 02/18 Took a thrown ball off his right calf during an intra-squad game on the 14th and was taking things slow. Returned to full practices on the 18th. Still some swelling, but no longer a problem.
Sponichi 2/18/2015,
Iwase, Hitoki CHU 02/18 09/23 According to reports on the 18th, Iwase ended a bullpen session early on the 17th because of discomfort in his left elbow. [02/19] Returned to Nagoya for tests on his elbow. [02/20] Returned to Okinawa on the 20th. Unsure when he will be able to toss his next bullpen session. Was told the pain had something to do with the area where the muscles attach. [02/21] Injury does not appear to be very serious, but he does need to rest the elbow. He may not be ready for opening day -- there is no set timetable on his recovery. [02/27] Played catch at a distance of about twenty meters on the last day of Chatan camp on the 26th. [04/13] Resumed pitching off the bullpen mound on April 13. [04/14] Threw five pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on April 13. [06/05] Iwase is still having problems with his left elbow. He told reporters that he felt things were getting worse and that there was still pain. [08/11] Iwase threw forty-nine pitches in the bullpen on August 10. He threw the ball fairly hard to a squatting catcher. [09/08] Iwase spoke to reporters after practices at Nagoya Stadium on September 8 that there were no changes to the condition of his left elbow. [09/16] Iwase has resumed playing catch. He tossed a bullpen session to a standing catcher on September 14. His goal is to be ready to pitch by spring camp next year. [09/23] Iwase resumed throwing in the bullpen on September 22. He threw forty pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher. It was his first serious session.
Daily Sports 2/18/2015, Sanspo 2/19/2015, Sponichi 2/19/2015, Sponichi 2/20/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2015, Daily Sports 2/21/2015, Sports Hochi 2/21/2015, Sponichi 2/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2015, Sanspo 4/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/5/2015, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2015, Sanspo 9/8/2015, Daily Sports 9/16/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2015,
Ueda, Kai HAN 02/14 02/14 Sprained his right ankle uring pre-game fielding practice on the 14th. Sat out the game as a precaution.
Sanspo 2/15/2015,
Oda, Yuya ORI 02/15 02/15 Was hit by a pitch on his right knee during a practice game against KT (KBO) on Sunday. Tests conducted at a hospital did not reveal any major problems.
Nikkan Sports 2/15/2015,
Arai, Ryota HAN 02/13 02/13 Felt discomfort in his lower back during fielding practice on the 13th. He cut the rest of the workouts short as a precaution and got a massage to treat his back. He was able to play in the Ni-gun practice game against Hanwha on the 14th.
Daily Sports 2/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015,
Yoh, Dai-Kang HAM 02/14 02/14 Missed practice game on the 14th because of tightness in both calves.
Sports Hochi 2/14/2015,
Oshima, Takumi HAM 02/14 02/14 Hurt his left leg during base-running practices on the 13th. He was eaxamined at a hospital and diagnosed with a strain that will take about two weeks to heal.
Sports Hochi 2/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015,
Watanabe, Ryo HAM 02/12 02/13 Hurt left shoulder during fielding practice on Thursday. Visited hospital and was diagnosed with inflammation in his shoulder.
Nikkan Sports 2/13/2015,
Nagae, Kyohei SEI 02/13 02/13 Was hit in the right hand by a pitch during a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. Took things slow on Friday as a precaution.
Sanspo 2/13/2015,
Yokawa, Naomasa HAN 02/13 06/18 Hurt his left shoulder while playing defense at first in the 1st inning of a practice game against Samsung on Friday. He was immediately pulled from the game and taken to he hospital, where he was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. [02/14] Was sent down to Ni-gun camp on the 14th because it will most likely take some time for a full recovery. [02/17] Began rehab at Ni-gun on the 17th. [05/17] Yokawa resumed live batting practice at the Naruohama facitilies on May 17. [06/18] Yokawa played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on June 17. He got the start at third and batted seventh. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. This was his second rehab game at Ni-gun. Yokawa went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his first rehab game on June 16.
Sanspo 2/13/2015, Sponichi 2/13/2015, Sports Hochi 2/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2015, Sponichi 6/18/2015, Sponichi 6/18/2015,
Urano, Hiroshi HAM 02/13 02/24 Took things slow on Friday because of tightness in his right addcutor. [02/17] Taking things slow. Joined Ni-gun camp on the 17th. [02/21] Tossed a bullpen session on the 21st. [02/24] Rejoined the Ichi-gun team on the 24th.
Sports Hochi 2/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015, Sports Hochi 2/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015,
Seratelli, Anthony SEI 02/13 02/13 Took a batted ball off his left knee during a batting practice scrimmage on Thursday. Took things slow on Friday as a precaution.
Sports Hochi 2/13/2015,
Takeshita, Shingo YAK 02/13 02/13 Felt tightness in his left elbow, will remain at Ni-gun camp for the time being. Started feeling tightness after tossing batting practice on the 12th.
Daily Sports 2/13/2015, Sponichi 2/13/2015,
Morikoshi, Yuto HAN 02/12 05/23 Felt pain in the inner area of his right knee during morning fielding practices on the 12th. No plans to visit a hospital at this time. Will be examined by the team doctor during his next visit. [02/13] Originally suffered the injury on the 7th. [02/27] Had surgery at a hospital in Osaka to clean out the right knee on the 24th. Was discharged on the 26th and joined the rehab group on the 27th. [05/23] Morikoshi was added to the active roster on May 23.
Nikkan Sports 2/12/2015, Sanspo 2/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2015,
Karakawa, Yuki LOT 02/12 02/15 Training has been slowed down by tightness in right adductor. Does not appear to be serious. [02/13] Will not pitch in intra-squad games on the 14th and 15th. Threw sixty-five pitches off the bullpen mound on Friday. [02/15] Was able to toss a bullpen session on the 15th.
Nikkan Sports 2/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2015,
Yagi, Ryosuke YAK 02/11 02/11 Has some tightness in his right side. According to Sanspo, it's tightness in his left side.
Sponichi 2/12/2015, Sanspo 2/12/2015,
Ogawa, Yasuhiro YAK 02/11 02/16 Has some tightness in his right side. According to Sanspo, it's tightness in his left side. [02/16] Ogawa is taking things slow. He will most likely pitch in his first game some time after the team returns to Tokyo, either on February 28 or March 1 (exhibition games against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome). [02/18] Resumed throwing to a squatting catcher during bullpen session on the 18th.
Sponichi 2/12/2015, Sanspo 2/12/2015, Sanspo 2/16/2015, Sanspo 2/18/2015,
Ishiyama, Taichi YAK 02/11 03/05 Has some tightness in his right adductor muscle. [02/19] Tossed a bullpen session to a squatting catcher on the 19th. Threw at fifty to sixty percent. [02/25] Tossed batting practice on the 25th. [02/28] Told reporters on the 27th that his leg felt fine. Set to pitch in an exhibition gam against Orix on March 5. [03/05] Started an exhibition game against Orix. Gave up a run on four hits over three innings of work.
Sponichi 2/12/2015, Sports Hochi 2/19/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015, Sanspo 2/28/2015, Sports Hochi 3/5/2015,
Ibata, Hirokazu YOM 02/11 02/11 Taking things a little slow because of general tightness in his lower body.
Nikkan Sports 2/11/2015, Sanspo 2/11/2015,
Kawakami, Kenshin CHU 02/11 10/03 Has not done any pitching practices since the first day of camp because of right shoulder pain. There is no timetable on when he will be able to resume playing catch. There is a very good chance he will not be ready for opening day. [09/07] Kawakami told reporters he was not going to pitch this year. He has not tossed a bullpen session in about a month because of problems with his shoulder and knee. He has not made a decision on 2016. [10/03] The media learned Kawakami had surgery on his right shoulder in late-September and is still in the hospital. He will most likely require more than six months for a full recovery.
Sports Hochi 2/11/2015, Sanspo 9/7/2015, Sponichi 9/7/2015, Sports Hochi 10/3/2015,
Wada, Ren YOM 02/11 02/19 A ball took a bad hop during a fielding practice scrimmage on the 11th and hit Wada on his right middle finger. He was taken to the hospital for an examination and diagnosed with a fracture in the distal portion of the finger. [02/12] Took batting practice with just his left hand. He will most likely require about two weeks for a full recovery. [02/19] Resumed batting practice on the 19th. The fracture has not fully healed, but there is no longer any pain. The finger was taped. He is also slated to resumed fielding practice on the 20th.
Daily Sports 2/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2015,
Kawabata, Shingo YAK 02/11 02/21 A portion of Kawabata's workouts was adjusted on the 11th because he felt tightness in his left side. He has been feeling discomfort in his left side since the first block of camp and was hoping it would get better over time, but there was no improvement. It does not appear to be serious and could go away with three or four days of rest. [02/17] Set to return to general practices on the 17th. [02/21] Good enough to play in a practice game against LG on the 21st.
Daily Sports 2/11/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/11/2015, Sponichi 2/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2015,
Otani, Tomohisa LOT 02/10 02/12 Has been taking things slow due to tightness in his left knee. He is slated to return to regular workouts on the 11th. [02/12] Worked out in the bullpen on Wednesday and Thursday.
Nikkan Sports 2/10/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2015,
Nakata, Ren HIR 02/09 03/12 Felt some discomfort in right shoulder and consulted with pitching coach Tatsumi Une after batting practice on the 8th. He will begin rehab with the San-gun players on the 10th. [02/10] First started feeling discomfort during the first block of camp. [02/12] Scheduled to resume playing catch on the 13th. [03/12] Dropped by Mazda Stadium on March 12. Has already managed to toss bullpen sessions on consecutive days. Has also already tossed batting practice. He could play in a rehab game next week.
Nikkan Sports 2/9/2015, Sanspo 2/9/2015, Sports Hochi 2/10/2015, Daily Sports 2/13/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/12/2015,
Ishii, Yuya HAM 02/09 02/09 Hurt his right leg while running on Saturday. He was examined at a hospital on Monday and diagnosed with a strain in his soleus muscle. He will most likely require about a month for a full recovery.
Sponichi 2/9/2015, Sports Hochi 2/9/2015,
Ishikawa, Masanori YAK 02/09 03/01 Suffered an left ankle sprain while running on Sunday. They will be taking a wait and see approach. He did some throwing off his knees and into a net on Monday. [02/17] Continued his rehab work on the team's day off on Tuesday. Played some catch and did somel ight dashes. Told reporters throwing the ball was no longer a problem. [02/18] Tossed a bullpen session on the 18th. [02/25] Tossed batting practice on the 25th. Threw forty-one pitches to two hitters. [03/01] Started an exhibition game against Yomiuri on the 1st. Pitched with his left ankle taped.
Daily Sports 2/9/2015, Sponichi 2/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2015, Sponichi 2/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2015, Sponichi 3/1/2015,
Ando, Yuya HAN 02/09 02/10 Ando took a thrown ball off the back of his head during batting practice. Ryota Arai fielded a grounder at third and was looking to throw the ball to first when it clipped Ando in the back of the head. He appears to be okay. [02/10] The thrown ball hit Ando in the back of the neck. He got the area iced and continued with his workouts after batting practice.
Daily Sports 2/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/10/2015,
Iwazaki, Suguru HAN 02/08 03/06 Iwazaki has been taking things slow because of discomfort in his left shoulder. [02/20] Set to toss batting practice on the 23rd. [03/06] Started a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5. Threw sixty-four pitches over four shutout innings.
Daily Sports 2/9/2015, Sanspo 2/20/2015, Daily Sports 3/6/2015,
Igarashi, Ryota SOF 02/08 04/17 Did not participate in warm-ups and took things slow on Sunday because of tightness in his right calf. They are taking a wait and see approach. His status for the third block of camp is unknown. [02/24] Tossed batting practice for the first time during spring camp on the 24th. Faced two hitters and threw fifty-one pitches. Still being cautious about the right calf. [03/06] Might not be ready for opening day. [03/17] Pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on March 17. He entered the game in the 7th and gave up a run on two hits, including a home run, over an inning of work. He walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 146km/h. [03/27] Pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on March 26. It was the first time he pitched on consecutive days. [04/17] Igarashi was added to the active roster on April 17.
Sports Hochi 2/8/2015, Sponichi 2/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/17/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2015,
Hernandez, Anderson CHU 02/07 02/07 Complained of lower back pain during practices on Saturday. Sent down to Ni-gun on Sunday.
Sports Hochi 2/8/2015,
Yamato HAN 02/07 02/07 Skip extra workouts on Saturday because of tightness between his left buttock and hamstring.
Sanspo 2/8/2015,
Shirasaki, Hiroyuki YOK 02/07 02/12 Hurt his left calf during practices on Saturday. Was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a muscle strain. [02/13] Will most likely about two months for a full recovery.
Nikkan Sports 2/7/2015, Sports Hochi 2/13/2015,
Suzuki, Shota CHU 02/07 02/07 Took a batted ball off his right shoulder while tossing batting practice on Saturday.
Sponichi 2/7/2015,
Nakayama, Shinya ORI 02/06 02/06 Took a batted ball off his abdomen while tossing batting practice on Friday -- the ball deflected off his glove and hit him.
Sponichi 2/7/2015,
Marumo, Kenichi ORI 02/06 02/18 Took a batted ball off his head during practices on the 6th and required surgery to treat an acute epidural hematoma on the left side of his head. He will be returning to Kobe to continue his rehab under the team doctor's supervision. [02/18] Was discharged from the hospital on the 18th and returned to Osaka. Will get regular examinations at a hospital in Kobe.
Sponichi 2/14/2015, Daily Sports 2/18/2015,
Huffman, Chad LOT 02/04 02/04 Cut practices short on Wednesday with tightness in his right hamstring.
Nikkan Sports 2/4/2015,
Zagurski, Mike HIR 02/04 03/18 Twisted his right ankle during fielding practice on Wednesday. He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with an injury to his right anterior talofibular ligament. He could be out about three weeks. What happens next will depend on how he is feeling on Thursday. [02/05] He rested at the team hotel on Thursday. The team has the day off on Friday. He could be sent down to Ni-gun on Saturday to begin a rehab program, depending on his condition. [02/06] Will be sent down to Ni-gun for rehab. [03/07] Resumed throwing program on March 3. [03/14] Pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 14. Entered the game in the 7th and tossed a shutout inning. He threw ten pitches, struck out two, and topped out at 145km/h. [03/15] Slated to pitch in another Ni-gun game on March 17 (vs Orix). If everything goes well, he could join the Ichi-gun team in time for a game against Softbank on March 20. [03/17] Pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on March 17. Tossed shutout 9th. Faced three, struck out two. [03/18] Slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on March 20.
Sports Hochi 2/4/2015, Sports Hochi 2/4/2015, Sponichi 2/4/2015, Daily Sports 2/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2015, Daily Sports 2/5/2015, Daily Sports 2/6/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2015, Daily Sports 3/14/2015, Sponichi 3/14/2015, Daily Sports 3/15/2015, Daily Sports 3/17/2015, Daily Sports 3/18/2015,
Nishida, Tetsuro RAK 02/04 04/17 Took a batted ball off the top of his left foot during batting practice on the 3rd. Was taken to a hospital in Kumejima and diagnosed with a fracture in the base area of his third metatarsal. He will most likely require six to eight weeks for a full recovery. [02/10] Returned to practices on the 10th. Recovery could take less time at four to six weeks. [04/17] Nishida was added to the active roster on April 17. He told reporters he was still not quite 100 percent, but was ready to help the team.
Sports Hochi 2/4/2015, Chunichi Sports 2/4/2015, Daily Sports 2/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/10/2015, Sports Hochi 4/17/2015,
Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 02/03 02/04 Cut batting practice short on Tuesday after he popped a blister. Otherwise, no problems.
Sponichi 2/4/2015,
Tashiro, Shotaro SEI 02/03 02/04 Complained of pain in his left hamstring on Tuesday. Most likely hurt it during base-running exercises. Will be sent down to Ni-gun camp on Wednesday. [02/04] Suffered a hamstring strain.
Sports Hochi 2/3/2015, Daily Sports 2/4/2015,
Hernandez, Anderson CHU 02/02 02/03 Lower back pain. Does not appear to be serious. Took things slow on Tuesday.
Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015,
Onizaki, Yuji SEI 02/02 02/02 Felt tightness in his left hamstring on Monday. Problems started during base-running exercises. Taking a wait and see approach.
Sanspo 2/2/2015,
Higa, Motoki ORI 02/02 06/17 Higa took things slowly during practices on Monday. Was not specific in response to questions about his status. [02/03] Discomfort in right shoulder. No plans for the hospital, getting treatment from trainer. [02/24] Still has not tossed a bullpen session, no timetable in place yet. Will probably refrain from tossing session during Miyazaki camp. Has played some light catch. Still hoping to be ready for opening day. [03/16] The media learned on March 16 that Higa will not be ready by opening day. [06/16] Higa is set to join the Ichi-gun team for practices on June 17. The Ichi-gun coaches want a chance to review his progress. [06/17] Higa threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen during Ichi-gun workouts at Hotto Motto Kobe on June 17. The Buffaloes are expected to add him to the active roster on June 19.
Sanspo 2/2/2015, Sanspo 2/3/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2015, Nikkan Sports 3/16/2015, Daily Sports 6/16/2015, Sponichi 6/16/2015, Daily Sports 6/17/2015,
Hosoya, Kei LOT 02/02 02/02 Hurt right shoulder on Sunday. Sent down to Ni-gun camp.
Sports Hochi 2/2/2015,
Murton, Matt HAN 02/02 02/28 Ended practices early. Left stadium with trainer; returned to hotel. Condition uncertain, could be something with his legs. [02/03] Murton was diagnosed with a minor strain in his right hamstring. [02/12] Resumed indoor batting practice on Wednesday. He swung the bat forty-five times. Assistant hitting coach Thomas O'Malley was the batting practice pitcher (shortened distance). [02/13] Began running the bases with cleats on the 13th. Could rejoin general workouts on the 17th. [02/14] Swung at over 300 baseballs during batting practice on the 14th. [02/25] Right hamstring is close to being fully healed. [02/28] Played in a batting practice scrimmage on the 28th and went 4-for-7.
Daily Sports 2/2/2015, Sponichi 2/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015, Sports Hochi 2/3/2015, Daily Sports 2/3/2015, Daily Sports 2/3/2015, Sanspo 2/12/2015, Daily Sports 2/14/2015, Sponichi 2/14/2015, Sanspo 2/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015
Tsuruoka, Kazunari HAN 02/02 02/28 Ended practices early. hurt leg while running the bases. Left stadium with trainer; returned to hotel. Had ice on right calf. [02/03] Tsuruoka was diagnosed with a minor strain in his right calf. [02/09] Did some jogging and played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on the 8th. [02/28] Was able to play in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the 28th. Still not fully recovered.
Daily Sports 2/2/2015, Sponichi 2/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2015, Daily Sports 2/3/2015, Daily Sports 2/3/2015, Sanspo 2/9/2015, Sanspo 2/28/2015,
Okada, Takahiro ORI 02/01 02/07 Did not take batting practice or play catch on Sunday because of some discomfort in his left shoulder. First started feeling discomfort about a week go. Taking a wait and see approach. Participated in fielding practice on Monday at first base, but no throwing. Did not take batting practice on Monday. [02/06] Okada started taking indoor batting practice on Friday He swung at about seventy percent. He also took about an hour of fielding practice. [02/07] Okada resumed throwing during fielding practice on Saturday. He was limited to tossing the ball up until Saturday. Hitting coach Hirofumi Ogawa tossed forty-three baseballs to Okada on Friday.
Daily Sports 2/2/2015, Sports Hochi 2/2/2015, Sports Hochi 2/2/2015, Sanspo 2/6/2015, Daily Sports 2/7/2015, Sanspo 2/7/2015
Kishi, Takayuki SEI 02/01 02/17 Tweaked back during stretches. Told reporters it hurt when he talked. [02/02] Left the stadium at around 11:00am on Sunday. Was planning to toss a bullpen session on the first day. Taking a wait and see approach. [02/06] Still no timeframe on when he will resume playing catch. Still feels pain every now and then. [02/08] Resumed playing catch on Sunday. He threw the ball for about ten minutes at a distance of around thirty meters. He told reporters he felt no discomfort while throwing the ball. [02/11] Joined general Ichi-gun workouts on the 11th for the first time during camp. [02/12] Was able to play catch with some intensity at a distance of about forty meters on Wednesday. Tossed forty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. [02/17] Tossed full bullpen session. Back appears to be okay.
Sports Hochi 2/1/2015, Sanspo 2/1/2015, Daily Sports 2/2/2015, Sanspo 2/6/2015, Sports Hochi 2/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2015, Sports Hochi 2/11/2015, Sponichi 2/12/2015, Sanspo 2/12/2015, Daily Sports 2/13/2015, Sports Hochi 2/17/2015,
Kurose, Haruki HAN 02/01 02/01 Right calf. First started feeling discomfort in his calf while training during the off-season.
Nikkan Sports 2/1/2015,