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NPB: Roster Changes for 7/26/2014

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 5:10 pm, under NPB, Roster Updates

Central League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Yomiuri Giants

- Utsumi, Tetsuya P

Chunichi Dragons

- Yamai, Daisuke P

Hanshin Tigers

- Iwazaki, Suguru P
- Tagami, Kenichi OF

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Moscoso, Guillermo P
- Takajo, Shuto C

Yakult Swallows

- Ishikawa, Masanori P
- Matsumoto, Yuichi OF

Removed from the Active Roster

Hanshin Tigers

- Araki, Fumiya INF
- Maeda, Yamato OF

Yokohama Bay Stars

- Minei, Hiroki C
- Tsuruoka, Kenjiro C

Yakult Swallows

- Araki, Takahiro INF

Pacific League Updates

Added to the Active Roster

Softbank Hawks

- Nakata, Kenichi P

Orix Buffaloes

- Tomei, Daiki P

Seibu Lions

- Reynolds, Greg P

Chiba Lotte Marines

- Wakui, Hideaki P

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Takeda, Masaru P
- Abreu, Michel INF

Removed from the Active Roster

Seibu Lions

- Yamakawa, Hotaka INF

Nippon Ham Fighters

- Urano, Hiroshi P
- Miranda, Juan INF

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* Players removed from the active roster today will be eligible to return on August 5.

[7/25/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank)

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 2 against Hiroshima.  Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) is slated to play in his first rehab game on the 29th against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (left hamstring) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday.  He got the start at first and batted clean-up against Yokohama.  He went 1-for-3.  He will play in two more Ni-gun rehab games over the weekend.  If there are no problems, he could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for the start of the Hanshin series that begins on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Sponichi 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima was diagnosed with a strain in his left calf on Friday.  He will most likely require two to three weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) recovery is taking longer than expected.  He might be about two weeks behind schedule.  He might not be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team until late-August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

[7/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:15 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe became the fifty-second player in NPB history to reach the 3,000 total bases milestone when he collected an infield single during his first at bat on Friday against Chunichi's Yudai Ono.  He also joined Sadaharu Oh (5,862), Shigeo Nagashima (4,369), Tetsuharu Kawakami (3,500), Tatsunori Hara (3,144), and Isao Shibata (3,029) as the only players in franchise history to reach the milestone. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano will most likely make the Samurai Japan roster. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger's next few starts: July 27 against Hiroshima at Mazda; August 2 against Yokohama at Koshien; August 8 against Hiroshima at Kyocera Dome; August 14 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome; August 22 against Hiroshima at Mazda; August 28 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.  He could also get starts on September 9 (vs Yomiuri at Koshien) and September 14 (vs Hiroshima at Koshien). Lifetime, Messenger is 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA in starts with four or fewer days of rest (eleven games with four days of rest and one game with two days of rest). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014
  • Minoru Iwata's next start is slated for the 29th against Yakult at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014
  • Kazuhito Futagami will most likely get the start on the 30th against Yakult. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014
  • Mauro Gomez is planning to shave his beard as soon as he hits home run number twenty.  A number of other players have also started growing facial hair. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014
  • Fifteen Hanshin Electric Railway station attendants at Umeda Station and Koshien Station will be wearing Ultra Tora-no Natsu 2014 uniforms between July 29 and August 3. Source: official announcement (pdf)
  • Masayuki Kakefu appeared at a press conference for Mitsuwa Tiger's new Revol Tiger bat line. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • With the addition of Deunte Heath, the Carp could fill their four foreign player slots with one position player and three pitchers. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2014
  • Plane troubles pushed Heath's arrival in Japan back a day to the 26th.  The Carp are planning to hold a press conference for him on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 7/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino won his tenth game of the season on Friday against the Yakult Swallows and became the first pitcher in franchise history to reach double-digits in wins in one season since Naoyuki Shimizu in 2010. ... Ino became the first pitcher in the Central League to win ten games this season and also became the first pitcher to win ten or more games since DeNA took over the Bay Stars. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Kiyoshi Nakahata on Norihiro Nakamura: "I've been watching him to see if we can use him.  But he's only hitting breaking/offspeed pitches.  He's late on the fastballs." Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

[7/25/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • About 100 employees (team staff, cheerleading team, other personnel) greeted Senichi Hoshino when he arrived at kobo Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Outfield/base-running coach Koichi Isobe will remain at Ichi-gun for the time being. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne took batting practice at Seibu Dome on Friday.  He swung the bat twenty-two times and hit seven over the fence.  He is hoping to make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne swung the bat at seventy-five percent.  He used a Hitoto Komazaki model bat. Sanspo 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne currently weighs 104 kilograms -- his ideal weight is between 100 and 104 kilograms.  His chest measure 113 centimeters, his arms 42 centimeters, and his thigh 68 centimeters.  His fat content is eighteen percent.  He told reporters he has no problems with flying and likes seafood.  He went out to dinner with Yomiuri's Frederich Cepeda and Yokohama's Yulieski Gourriel on Thursday.  He believes he can hit the Mizuho Bank billboard out in left. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Newly added Keizo Kawashima and Ryo Hidaka played in Friday's a Ni-gun game against Orix at YafuOku Dome.  Kawashima got the start at third and batted second against Orix.  He went 3-for-4: RBI triple in the 3rd; single to right in the 4th; two-run single to right in the 7th.  Hidaka entered the game in the 7th and tossed two shutout innings and allowed two hits. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson will take Chihiro Kaneko's next start on the 27th against Softbank.  He will be making the start on five days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is 9-1 in fifteen starts over 97.0 innings of work.  He can become the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to win ten or more games and pitch in 100 or more innings in his second year since Yu Darvish in 2006.  A win on Saturday would make him the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak since Darvish in 2011.  He would also become the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak in his second year since Darvish in 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014