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[8/27/2014] Injury Report: Tatsuro Hamada (Chunichi), Zach Phillips (Hiroshima)

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp announced that Zach Phillips will return to the United States on Thursday for additional testing on his knee.  There is no timetable on his return to Japan. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hitoki Iwase was examined at a hospital on the 25th and diagnosed with some damaged muscle near his left elbow.  He was able to play some light catch on Wednesday.  No timetable has been set on his return. Source: Sanspo 8/27/2014
  • Tatsuro Hamada went to a hospital in Nagoya on Wednesday and was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament injury in his left elbow.  He could end up missing the rest of the season. Source: Daily Sports 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Luis Cruz felt some tightness in his right hamstring while running out a double in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a pre-caution. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014
  • Takuya Furuya will be taken off the active roster on Thursday with pain in his left shoulder. Source: Sponichi 8/27/2014 ... Furuya's condition does not appear to be serious, but Lotte does not want to risk making things worse since they were planning to use him in relief. Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2014
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[10/28/2013] Zach Phillips agrees to a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Carp

by on Oct.28, 2013 @ 11:01 am, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp have reportedly signed left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips (27) to a one-year contract worth an estimated forty million yen plus incentives.  The deal also includes a fifteen million yen signing bonus and a club option for 2015.

According to Sponichi, part of the reason why the Carp did not to select any Ichi-gun-ready left-handed arms during the draft was because they were close to finalizing their deal with Phillips.  The organization sees the lefty as a set-up man, or depending on situations, a closer.

Source: Sanspo 10/28/2013, Sponichi 10/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/28/2013, Chugoku Shimbun 10/28/2013


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Yabu, Miyade, Linden, Phillips won’t be returning to Eagles next year

by on Oct.27, 2010 @ 12:52 pm, under NPB
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In addition to Keiichi Yabu, the Rakuten Eagles also announced today that Ryuji Miyade was informed of his senryokugai status.

The club also announced that Todd Linden and Andy Phillips will not return to club next year.

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Rakuten Eagles: Phillips hits a home run against Swallows

by on Feb.24, 2010 @ 7:04 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp
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=== 11:06pm JST

...Additional notes from Wednesday's practice game against the Yakult Swallows:

Koji Aoyama started and gave up 2 runs over 3 innings of work.

Kohei Hasebe threw 2 innings in relief and gave up 2 runs.

Daisuke Kusano hit a 2-run single in the 9th inning.

The Eagles beat the Swallows, 8-6.

=== 2/24/2010 7:04pm JST

...A note from Wednesday's practice game against the Yakult Swallows:

Andy Phillips hit a home run off Tony Barnette and a double off Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi.

...Additional notes from Tuesday's practice game against the Chunichi Dragons:

Masahiro Tanaka topped out a 146km/h.  He faced 14 batters and threw 56 pitches (28 for strikes).

Wataru Nishimura ended up the game with 2 hits and an RBI.

Yosuke Takasu entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 4th.  He drove in 2 runs in the 6 with a bases loaded single, and drove in a third run in the 7th on a sac fly to left.

The Eagles' offense collected a total 14 hits.

...Tuesday's practice game was Takasu's first game of Spring camp.  He had been taking things slowly due to pain in his left ankle.

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Rakuten Eagles sign Andy Phillips to a 1-year deal

by on Jan.13, 2010 @ 6:42 pm, under NPB
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Seems like the Eagles are cornering the market for former New York Yankee players.  They announced today that they signed Andy Phillips to a 1-year deal worth 50M yen and assigned him the number 5.

As a Yankees' fan and an Eagles' fan, it really can't get any better than having three former Yankees playing for the Eagles (albeit Linden wasn't around with the Yanks for that long).

Phillips didn't have a very good season last year, but with a year under his belt, I'm hopeful he'll do better in 2010.

2009 Season

2009 Carp 74 301 264 35 70 15 1 15 132 50 0 0 0 5 27 5 48 7 .265 .500 .339 .845

NPB: Carp hold a press conference to introduce Andy Phillips

by on Jun.28, 2009 @ 12:21 pm, under NPB


...Shinano Grandserows' (out of the Baseball Challenge Independent League) pitcher Masumi Hoshino is getting some attention from Marines' scouts.

"I've had my eye on him since his industrial league days," said Marines scout Masafumi Yamamori. "He had a tendency to leave his pitches up before, but I heard his control improved and that he learned how to throw a cutter."

On Saturday, Hoshino tossed a complete game for his 6th victory of the season.


...The Carp held a press conference on Sunday to officially announce their signing for Andy Phillips. Here are a couple of comments he made:

  • I'm really excited. I spray the ball to all fields and I consider myself a doubles-type hitter.
  • Hideki Matsui told me that he had a lot of fun playing baseball in Japan.
  • In large ballparks you don't have to hit the ball out [every time you're up to bat]. You can also drive in runs by hitting the balls into the gaps.
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NPB: Andy Phillips gets 1-year deal from Carp and the number 22

by on Jun.26, 2009 @ 4:15 am, under NPB


...Akihiro Yano started in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Friday and was in the game until the 5th. Yano went 1-for-2 and even managed to throw out a runner trying to steal second.


...The Carp have signed Andy Phillips to a 1-year deal worth 40M yen and gets the number 22.


...Jet balloons will be returning to Yahoo Dome on 6/30, in time for a three game series against the Orix Buffaloes.

The video message asking fans to wash/disinfect their hands and to gargle will continue to be played throughout games.


...There are talks about a possible Japan / Korea Championship Game that will pit the champions from the NPB and WBO. The current proposal would have the game take place some time in November.

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NPB: Carp pursuing Andy Phillips? Dohmann to be released.

by on Jun.23, 2009 @ 8:08 am, under NPB


...The Carp are showing interest in Andy Phillips and think he can help solve some of their problems on offense. Phillips was playing for the Chicago White Sox AAA farm team earlier during the season but is currently a free agent.

...The Carp will release Scott Dohmann, largely due to his ineffectiveness on the mound. In 9 games with the parent club, Dohmann gave up 16 runs (all earned) on 14 hits, 1 homer, 7 walks and 3 HBPs over 8.1 innings of work for an ERA of 17.28. He also threw 3 wild pitches and had a balk.


...The 91st Annual High School Baseball Tournament doesn't gets underway until August, but the regional tournaments are in full swing. Earlier today, in the second round of the South Hokkaido, Sapporo Regionals, Sapporo Hokuryo HS beat Sapporo Hakuryo HS by the score of 37-0. This would actually be the second time this tournament that a team has beaten their opponent by a margin of 30+ runs: on June 20th, in the first round of the South Hokkaido, Hakodate Regionals, Esashi HS beat Setana Shogyo HS 34-0.

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[2/3/2016] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.04, 2016 @ 5:22 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Marcos Mateo is set to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 14. Source: Sanspo 2/3/2016

Hiroshima Carp

  • Curse of the ehomaki (lucky direction rice wrap). According to Tokyo Sports, foreign Carp players are cursed if they eat an ehomaki during Setsubun (end of the winter). Over the last three years: Mike Zagurski hurt his right ankle the day after Setsubun (2015), Zach Phillips hurt his left knee (2014), and Miguel Socolovich developed tightness in his right calf (2013). The Carp, while not completely convinced of the curse, did not allow their foreign players to eat ehomaki on Setsubun, just in case. Source: Tokyo Sports 2/3/2016

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kazuki Mishima and Yoshiki Sunada could gets starts during an intra-squad game on February 7. Source: Sponichi 2/3/2016
  • Naoki Shirane will be called up to Ichi-gun camp because Toshiro Miyazaki hurt his right ankle during practices on February 3. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016
  • Alex Ramirez spent about twenty minutes signing autographs after general practices on February 3. Roughly 200 fans waited in line. Nearly half missed the chance to get an signature because of scheduling issues. Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2016
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