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NPB: Roster Changes for 8/20/2014

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:22 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Chunichi Dragons

- Ito, Junki P

Removed from the Active Roster

Chunichi Dragons

- Asakura, Kenta P

Yakult Swallows

- Muranaka, Kyohei P

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Yoshihara, Shohei P

Softbank Hawks

- Niho, Akira P

Removed from the Active Roster

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Ito, Yoshihiro P

Softbank Hawks

- Yanase, Akihiro P

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on August 30.

[8/19/2014] Injury Report: Kyohei Muranaka (Yakult), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) could return to the active roster in time to get a start during a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on the 29th at Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) is scheduled to get his third follow-up examination on the 22nd. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase (left elbow) started throwing off the mound on Monday.  He threw thirty pitches (including breaking pitches) at almost full strength.  He could be ready to play before the end of August. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • There was talk about the possibility of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (concussion) returning to the active roster on the 24th, but he is still not feeling well and has not been able to resume hitting or fielding practice.  He has been doing other things to stay in shape. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) could return on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka left Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants after six full.  Under normal circumstances, he may have pitched longer, but he tweaked his right shoulder during his at bat in the 3rd and took a batted ball off his right calf in the 6th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

[8/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers

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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura joined the Ichi-gun pitchers for workouts at Giants Stadium on Monday.  He could make his next Ichi-gun start on the 21st against Yakult at Jingu.  If he does not pitch well, he will most likely be shuttled back to Ni-gun for more work. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014, Daily Sports 8/19/2014 ... If it comes down to Sawamura and Yuki Egarashi, pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi plans to go with the latter. Sponichi 8/20/2014
  • Hector Mendoza pitched in a practice game against Chuo University on Tuesday.  He started the game and tossed a shutout inning.  He topped out at 146km/h and struck out two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani recorded the 110th modasho of his career on Tuesday.  He is one modasho away from tying Makoto Imaoka for fifth on the franchise all-time list. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • Randy Messenger joined Gene Bacque as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to record fifty or more victories. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014 ... Messenger has so far recorded seven RBI this year.  Bacque set the franchise record for foreign pitchers with eleven in 1965.  The last Hanshin pitcher to record ten or more RBIs in a season (foreign or Japanese) was Matt Keough with ten in 1989. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers are carrying two full-time catchers: Kazunari Tsuruoka and Ryutaro Umeno.  Ryota Imanari is listed as a catcher, but the Tigers have been using him primarily as a third baseman this year.  However, they also see him as a back-up catcher, should something happen to the other two. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next two starts could come on the 22nd against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium and on the 28th against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014, Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • A young pitcher working out at Ni-gun is expected to get the start on the 21st against Chunichi.  Akira Iwamoto and Kazuhito Futagami are candidates. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • The Tigers could be interested in Daisuke Yamai and Yoshihisa Hirano.  Both players have already earned their domestic FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2014

[8/19/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

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Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi extended his hitting streak to twenty games on Tuesday and became just the third player in NPB history since the two-league format to record two separate hitting streaks that lasted at least twenty games in one season.  The other two: Saburo Hirai in 1950 (one twenty game hitting streak and one twenty-one game hitting streak) and Ichiro Suzuki in 1994 (two twenty-three game hitting streaks) and Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • The offense recorded eleven hits on Tuesday against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  It was their seventh straight game with at least ten hits.  The franchise record of eight was set in 1972 and tied in 2004. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda's next start will most likely come on the 22nd against Hanshin.  The Carp could give Maeda and Bryan Bullington starts on five days of rest, beginning next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014
  • The Ni-gun Carp won the 53rd Hiroshima Industrial League Tournament on Monday.  It was their third straight tournament victory and eighth overall. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura will most likely be taken off the active roster due to performance issues.  He gave up five runs (all earned) on seven hits and two walks over two innings of work against Hanshin on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2014
  • Masahiro Yamamoto started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday.  He gave up four runs on six hits over five innings of work.  He threw eighty-four pitches.  It was his first start since he turned forty-nine. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014
  • Possible starters for the Hanshin series that begins on the 19th: Asakura, Tatsuro Hamada, and Daniel Cabrera. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette and Wladimir Balentien were seen arguing in the dugout after Balentien appeared to take his time on a hit to left with a runner on first and two out in the 9th. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa is making adjustments to his mechanics involving his leg kick.  He told reporters he was being too careful with his kick because he was concerned about his balance.  He is working on going back to the way he was throwing the ball last year.  His next start will most likely come on the 24th against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Possible starters for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 19th: Kyohei Muranaka, Chris Narveson, and Masanori Ishikawa. Source: Daily Sports 8/19/2014