Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

NPB

[1/25/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 3:00 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone bought a fifty-inch television for around 100,000 yen and gave it to his grandmother. He also paid for a subscription to Nittele G+ so that she can watch Giant games. He is planning to send his father a brand-name bag that costs about 150,000 yen. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • First round draft pick Yuya Yokoyama (left sternoclavicular joint) should be ready for opening day. Assuming no problems, he could pitch in his first game in mid- to late-February. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to send scouts to check on players with other teams at both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun spring camps locations. They will also be shuffling their scouts around to make sure they have a fresh set of eyes checking on talent. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is high on Shintaro Yokota and Naomasa Yokawa. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Keisuke Imai threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma purchased a vehicle that seats seven with his signing bonus and gave it to his family in Hyogo. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015 ... Noma ended his workouts at Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima on Sunday. He will report back to the team on the 31st in Miyazaki after he takes his college examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Hiroshima is planning to sign Danilo DeJesus (27) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Someone took about 100,000 yen worth of stuff out of Ryosuke Hirata's car. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015 ... Three Chan Luu bracelets and some loose change were among the items that were missing. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015
  • Senryokugai Kohei Oda (37) decided to retire because he received no offers. He is slated to hold a press conference in Nagoya on Monday. Source: Daily Sports 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki wants to use a portion of his first paycheck to buy a nice bicycle. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato threw about 500 pitches over eight bullpen sessions between January 12 and 22. He threw as many as eighty pitches and as few as fifty. He tossed three sessions on consecutive days twice. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015

[1/25/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 2:40 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , ,

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes held a meeting on Sunday to discuss spring camp assignments. Hiroyuki Nakajima, Eiichi Koyano, first round draft pick Sachiya Yamasaki, fourth round draft pick Ban Takagi, seventh round draft pick Masahiro Nishino, and eighth round draft pick Yuya Oda will be assigned to Ichi-gun camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani threw thirty-two pitches, including curves and sliders, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session in Okinawa. He also took forty-three swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • Yuki Saito could pitch in his first game of the year on February 8 (intra-squad game). Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka thew thirty-nine pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. He worked quickly with only brief pauses in between each pitch (as little as nine seconds). Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015 ... Tanaka threw about forty on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/25/2015

Seibu Lions

  • First round draft pick Kona Takahashi could make his debut during a practice game against Ni-gun Hanshin on February 18. Source: Sanspo 1/25/2015 ... Takahashi threw thirty-one pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2015, Sponichi 1/25/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • Yusuke Nishimiya threw fifty-three pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his third session in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2015
  • The 2014 draft class took a battery of physical fitness tests at Sendai University on Saturday. Source: Sponichi 1/25/2015

[1/24/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.25, 2015 @ 6:10 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano focused on running and long distance throwing during his workouts in Hawaii. He was able to max out his throws to between ninety and 100 meters. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Third round draft pick Taiga Egoshi rejoined workouts on Saturday. He had to leave the team for his college exams on the 18th. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-one pitches, all fastballs, to a half-squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. It was his fourth session at Naruohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • The Tigers may have assigned a couple extra left-handed pitchers to Ichi-gun spring camp so that they can work with Yutaka Enatsu. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015
  • February 15 could be a big day for players during spring camp. The Tigers are slated to play a practice game against Nippon Ham on February 11, a practice game against Samsung (KBO) on the 13th, and an intra-squad game on the 15th. The plan is to give almost every player a chance to play in at least one of the three games and then determine if assignments need to be changed at the end of the day on the 15th. Most of the focus will be on younger players. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015 ... Shintaro Fujinami could pitch in his first game on February 15. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama weighed ninety-four kilograms last season. He managed to shed six kilograms this off-season and currently weighs eighty-eight kilograms. He wanted to lose weight this winter because he hurt his left knee last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Seventh round draft pick Daisuke Tada will leave the team on the 25th for his high school examinations. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015
  • Danilo DeJesus arrived in Japan on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will go back to having one advance scout per Central League team this season for the first time in four years. They worked with three advance scouts last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki tossed another bullpen session on Saturday. It was his ninth since the start of training camp for the 2014 draft class. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita threw thirty-five pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Yoshihisa Naruse threw thirty-four pitches off the mound at Jingu Stadium on Friday. It was the first time he threw off an incline this year. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015
  • Yoshinori Sato worked out in Okinawa with Ryohei Kiya and Takeaki Tokuyama for ten days. During those ten days, Yoshinori tossed eight bullpen sessions and threw about 500 pitches. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015
  • The players had a chance to test the new turf at Jingu Stadium on the 23rd. They will be given more time on the 28th and 29th. Source: Sanspo 1/24/2015

[1/24/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.25, 2015 @ 6:07 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , ,

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuki Yanagita was the recipient of the 2014 Yanase Softbank Hawks MVP award. The award came with a Mercedes Benz E250. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Alessandro Maestri arrived at Kansai Airport on Saturday. He will continue his off-season training in Kobe. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took sixty-six swings during outdoor batting practice on Saturday and hit twelve over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Naoki Miyanishi tossed a bullpen session on Saturday to a standing catcher at about seventy percent. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Kenshi Sugiya was told to be ready to play second base this year, but packed six different kinds of gloves (infield and outfield) just in case. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015
  • First round draft pick Kohei Arihara (right elbow) was playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters on the 10th. He managed to stretch out to between sixty and seventy meters on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Nago Stadium is using dirt from Turface Athletics. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Dae-Eun Rhee arrived at Haneda Airport on Saturday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Second round draft pick Eisuke Tanaka threw thirty-nine pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his third session of the year and second in as many days. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015 ... Trainers gave Tanaka an A rating in cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, agility, speed, and power; and a B rating in muscle endurance. Source: Sponichi 1/24/2015
  • Third round draft pick Daiki Iwashita threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his second session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015
  • Training camp for the 2014 draft class ended on Saturday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi was able to increase his full squats by thirty to 200 kilograms and his deadlifts by 100 to 300 kilograms. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015 ... Kikuchi weighed seventy-eight kilograms when he first joined the Lions. He reached 100 kilograms this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • According to Nikkan Sports, first round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku was slated to throw upwards of thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday, but stopped after twenty because he was having a bad session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2015 ... The bullpen session was Anraku's first since January 5. All twenty pitches were fastballs. Anraku had a good feel for only two or three. Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2015

Other

  • Former Kintetsu Buffalo Takashi Imoto died of pancreatic cancer at a hospital in Matsudo, Chiba at 11:18pm on the 21st. He was sixty-four. Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2015

[1/23/2015] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because there are concerns about his lower back. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday. He was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp because he is behind schedule with his workouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Yuta Iwasada threw forty-two pitches, all fastballs, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015
  • Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is planning to use Daiki Enokida and Kazuya Tsutsui as relievers this season. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • The Tigers' new uniforms will be unveiled later this month. The design will be based off the uniforms used in 1985. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka ended his workouts in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima on the 21st. He also tossed his first bullpen session of the year on the 21st (twenty pitches). Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Shota Nakazaki dropped his fat percentage from twenty-six down to twenty-one or twenty-two percent. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • First round draft pick Ryosuke Nomura threw twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Tomoya Yagi threw fifty pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Ryosuke Hirata currently weighs ninety-eight kilograms and is about six kilograms over his ideal weight. The extra weight and the left ankle problems he had last fall could be why he was assigned to Ni-gun spring camp. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015, Sponichi 1/23/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Ninth round draft pick Takeshi Kaneko will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp. He could be called up to Ichi-gun spring camp some time around the second block, after he finishes taking his college examinations. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yokohama Stadium is planning to make the switch from metal halide lamps to LED lights. Source: official announcement

Yakult Swallows

[1/23/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.24, 2015 @ 3:48 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks held a staff meeting at YafuOku Dome on Friday. Kimiyasu Kudo wants to help improve the team's overall level of play by giving young players a chance. Kudo is also planning ask players to exercise moderation with hair styles and facial hair and to refrain from spitting during games and using discouraging words/phrases. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • Mu-Young Kim threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Akira Niho threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on Friday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015
  • Kentaro Inomoto will be registered as an infielder instead of catcher. Masayoshi Tsukada, Seiji Uebayashi, and Hayao Miyazaki will be registered as outfielders instead of infielders. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015
  • Maximum capacity at YafuOku Dome will drop by sixty-one to 38,500 this season due to some changes in the seating sections. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Second round draft pick Yuma Mune will head to spring camp with the same kind of bat Ichiro Suzuki uses. Mune is a big Ichiro fan. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • The Buffaloes signed Yusuke Kawasaki and Masaki Ihara to assistant staff contracts. They will be working as batting practice pitchers/scouts. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi threw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2015 ... Kikuchi managed to pushed his weight to 100 kilograms. Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015
  • When Takayuki Kishi was asked if he was interested in playing in the Majors in the future during a press conference on Thursday, he replied, "Not at this moment." Source: Sponichi 1/23/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Takahiro Irino threw seventy-five pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. He is planning to throw to a squatting catcher on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2015

[1/23/2015] Atsuya Furuta, Kazuo Hayashi, Ryohei Murayama newest members of the HoF (Includes vote totals)

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 6:10 pm, under NPB
Tags:

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo announced the addition of three new members earlier today.

Atsuya Furuta was one of twenty-three eligible candidates to be voted into the Hall of Fame in the Players Division. There were nineteen eligible candidates in the Expert Division, but none recorded enough votes. The Special Selection committee selected Kazuo Hayashi and Ryohei Murayama.

Direct Links to Official HoF Profiles

Source: official announcement

===

Players Division

Selection Committee

Total Members 348
Total Votes Cast 334
Total Good Votes 332
Necessary Votes 249

Ballot

  Name JPN Name ENG Votes Percent
  古田 敦也 Furuta, Atsuya 255 76.8%
  斎藤 雅樹 Saito, Masaki 246 74.1%
  原 辰徳 Hara, Tatsunori 243 73.2%
* 立浪 和義 Tatsunami, Kazuyoshi 117 35.2%
  岡田 彰布 Okada, Akinobu 107 32.2%
  伊東 勤 Ito, Tsutomu 96 28.9%
* T.ローズ Rhodes, Tuffy 85 25.6%
  佐藤 義則 Sato, Yoshinori 73 22.0%
  清原 和博 Kiyohara, Kazuhiro 65 19.6%
  川相 昌弘 Kawai, Masahiro 60 18.1%
  石毛 宏典 Ishige, Hiromichi 51 15.4%
  郭 源治 Kaku, Genji 48 14.5%
  桑田 真澄 Kuwata, Masumi 48 14.5%
  野村 謙二郎 Nomura, Kenjiro 37 11.1%
  松永 浩美 Matsunaga, Hiromi 23 6.9%
  佐々岡 真司 Sasaoka, Shinji 15 4.5%
* 赤星 憲広 Akahoshi, Norihiro 14 4.2%
* 緒方 孝市 Ogata, Koichi 6 1.8%
* 江藤 智 Eto, Akira 5 1.5%
* 仁志 敏久 Nishi, Toshihisa 5 1.5%
* 小宮山 悟 Komiyama, Satoru 3 0.9%
* 礒部 公一 Isobe, Koichi 1 0.3%
* 清水 崇行 Shimizu, Takayuki 1 0.3%

Expert Division

Selection Committee

Total Members 119
Total Votes Cast 109
Total Good Votes 108
Necessary Votes 81

Ballot

  Name JPN Name ENG Votes
  榎本 喜八 Enomoto, Kihachi 66
  平松 政次 Hiramatsu, Masaji 63
  権藤 博 Gondo, Hiroshi 57
* 星野 仙一 Hoshino, Senichi 53
  大沢 啓二 Osawa, Keiji 45
  バース Bass, Randy 43
  加藤 英司 Kato, Hideji 30
  田淵 幸一 Tabuchi, Koichi 22
  土橋 正幸 Dobashi, Masayuki 19
  長池 徳士 Nagaike, Atsushi 18
  足立 光宏 Adachi, Mitsuhiro 16
  藤田 平 Fujita, Taira 12
  荒川 博 Arakawa, Hiroshi 8
  ブーマー Wells, Greg "Boomer" 7
* 水谷 実雄 Mizutani, Jitsuo 7
* 大島 康徳 Oshima, Yasunori 4
  村上 雅則 Murakami, Masanori 4
* 篠塚 和典 Shinozuka, Kazunori 2
* 伊原 春樹 Ihara, Haruki 0

 

* New candidates

Special Selection Committee

Total Members 14
Total Votes Cast 13
Total Good Votes 13
Necessary Votes 10

Ballot

Name JPN Name ENG Votes
林 和男 Hayashi, Kazuo 13
村山 龍平 Murayama, Ryohei 12
脇村 春夫 Wakimura, Haruo 4
瀧 正男 Taki, Masao 3
山中 正竹 Yamanaka, Masatake 3
松本 滝蔵 Matsumoto, Takizo 2
岡田 功 Okada, Isao 1
太田 誠 Ota, Makoto 0
杉浦 清 Sugiura, Kiyoshi 0
谷村 友一 Tanimura, Tomoichi 0

Source: official announcement

===

See also:

[1/23/2015] Complete 2015 Central League Schedules Released

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 2:06 pm, under NPB
Tags:

The Central League posted their final schedule for the 2015 season today.

Some notes on the schedule:

  • Opening day will be on March 27. All three games (Yokohama vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome, Chunichi vs Hanshin at Kyocera Dome, Yakult vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium) will start at 6:00pm
  • The start time for the Yomiuri-Yakult game on August 4 was changed from 6:00pm to 6:20pm
  • The First Stage of the Climax Series will begin on October 10 (Sat). The Final Stage will begin on October 14 (Wed).
  • Games that have yet to be scheduled (one game, to be decided in August)
    • Yakult vs Chunichi
  • See Table 1 for number of home day games, as of January 23
  • Notes from the preliminary release can be found here.

===

(continue reading...)

[1/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 2:09 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone threw twenty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2015
  • Kentaro Nishimura threw about forty pitches to a standing catcher at Giants Stadium on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Yuya Kubo, Yuki Koyama, Shoki Kasahara, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Nobutaka Imamura returned from mini training camp in Guam on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yamaguchi (left elbowed) managed to toss a bullpen session on the 21st. He threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazuo Ito threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2015
  • Ryota Arai has been going to Sensyudou (acupuncture and chiropractic clinic) to treat his lower back problems since September last year. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015
  • Kenichi Tagami has recorded a hit in each of his first plate appearances of the year since 2011. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Nakazaki threw thirty-three pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. It was his first session of the year. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015
  • Hirotaka Egusa threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Eishin Soyogi started the 2013 and 2014 seasons off at Ni-gun spring camp out of concern for his right knee. He has a lot more to prove this year and asked to be assigned to Ichi-gun spring camp this year. He trained in Guam for the second year in a row and spent twelve days, beginning on January 8, working out from 9:00am until 7:00pm. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • The Carp have sold out of season tickets for the 2015 season (seven types priced between 98,700 and 367,500 yen). The team's performance last year, coupled with priority sales to All-Star tickets this year, helped push about 7,700 tickets through December. The news of Hiroki Kuroda helped sell the remaining 600 or so since then. Hiroshima sold around 6,300 season tickets for the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Sports Hochi 1/22/2015, Sponichi 1/22/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Third round draft pick Shota Tomonaga took some live batting practice on Wednesday. He swung the bat thirty-eight times and recorded over twenty could-be hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa threw thirty-one pitches in the bullpen on the 19th. Source: Sanspo 1/22/2015

[1/22/2015] Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles

by on Jan.23, 2015 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , ,

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata threw thirty-two pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yuya Hasegawa had surgery on his right ankle in December last year. He worked out at the Saitozaki facilities on Thursday. He is back to the point where he can field grounders and take batting practice against a pitching machine. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Yuki Yanagita weighed ninety-one kilograms at the end of the 2014 season. He currently weighs 97.5 kilograms. Source: Sports Hochi 1/22/2015

Orix Buffaloes

  • Second round draft pick Yuma Mune, seventh round draft pick Masahiro Nishino, and eighth round draft pick Yuya Oda had a chance to take batting practice in front of Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday. Ichiro let them use his bat and batting gloves. Oda was also able to play catch with the veteran. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Sponichi 1/22/2015

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani and Naoyuki Uwasawa left Kamagaya for Okinawa on Thursday morning. They left a day earlier than previously reported. Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Fifth round draft pick Hayao Segawa could get a look as a starting pitcher because they could use a left-handed starter. Hideki Kuriyama confirmed the possibility when he said to reporters, "He was a starter. It's easier to go from rotation to bullpen than the other way around." Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Sixth round draft pick Atsushi Miyazaki threw forty-two pitches to a half-squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday. This was his fourth session of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015
  • Tadahito Iguchi is slated to attend SoxFest as a member of the 2005 World Series Championship White Sox team. Source: official announcement, Sanspo 1/22/2015
  • Former Marine Shunsuke Watanabe (38) re-signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Source: official announcement

Seibu Lions

  • Ryoma Nogami has had problems with his left knee and turned to Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy this off-season. Source: Sponichi 1/22/2015
  • Takayuki Kishi signed a management agreement with Yoshimoto Creative Agency. Source: official announcement

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles are not planning to draw any distinct lines between Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players during the first thirteen days of spring camp. Groups will be set based on need: players that need work (like more running, more throwing, more swinging) will be sent to Nakazato camp and players that show improvement will be sent to Kumejima camp. The lines will become distinct when camp moves to Kin. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2015