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[10/8/2015] Hiroshima Carp: Akihiro Higashide to retire

by on Oct.08, 2015 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that they accepted player/Ni-gun hitting coach Akihiro Higashide's decision to retire. A press conference will be held in Hiroshima in the near future.

The thirty-five-year-old infielder suffered a serious injury to his left knee while sliding into home plate during an spring camp intra-squad game in 2013 and never managed to make it back to Ichi-gun. He added Ni-gun hitting coach to his title when he accepted the position last October.

Source: Chunichi Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015, Daily Sports 10/8/2015

[UPDATE 10/10 @ 10:44pm]

Higashide held a press conference at the team offices in Minami-ku, Hiroshima earlier today.

Notes taken from various sources:

  • He felt he did okay over the first fourteen years of his career. The last three, not so much.
  • He made it into baseball because of his speed. He had decided to quit once his legs stopped working for him.
  • He considered retiring after his leg injury during spring camp in 2013.
  • He does not feel sad about the decision.
  • Most of his memories are not positive: he remembers feeling like he would never make it professionally, not having the confidence to play in Ichi-gun games, and the taunts he heard after making mistakes. He does remember feeling happy when he could tell his skills were improving.
  • He is proud of how he was able to actively approach older players around him for advice.
  • He wishes (half-jokingly) he had a chance to pitch.
  • Working as a coach this year, his main message to younger players was to enjoy and value the process, and to work through issues as they came up.
  • He could remain in the organization as a coach.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/10/2015, Daily Sports 10/10/2015

[UPDATE 10/11 @ 9:15pm]

The Carp are planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Higashide during fan appreciation day in November.

Source: Daily Sports 10/11/2015

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[3/14/2014] Injury Updates: Kan Otake (YOM), Mauro Gomez (HAN), Jun Hirose (HIR)

by on Mar.14, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (lower-half tightness) could pitch in an exhibition game against Seibu on the 18th.  He has not pitched since March 1 and has been taking things slow.  Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2014
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) rejoined the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  He is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) will not be called up to play in Friday's exhibition game against Yokohama at Yokohama.  He will instead play in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on the same day.  Source: Sanspo 3/14/2014 ... Gomez played in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Friday.  He had eight at bats against Tatsuya Kojima and recorded two hits, including a home run.  He will be a designated hitter in Saturday's Kyoiku League game against Chunichi and will be at first base in Sunday's Kyoiku League game against Chunichi.  If everything is okay, he could join the Ichi-gun team in time for a practice game against Yakult at Jingu on the 18th.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Akihiro Higashide played in a Kyoiku League game on Friday.  He made the starting line-up as the designated hitter and batted second.  It was his first game since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during an intra-squad game in February 2013.  He went 0-for-2: F8, Fo7.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014
  • Jun Hirose was assigned to San-gun due to tightness in the back of his right thigh.  He suffered the injury while running the bases in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien.  While the injury is not considered severe, the Carp do not expect him to be ready for opening day.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura (right elbow) has been working out at Ni-gun.  He joined Ichi-gun workouts on Friday.  He could play in Saturday's game against Rakuten.  Soure: Sanspo 3/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi pitched with some general tightness in his body on Thursday.  He still managed to toss five shutout innings against Nippon Ham.  Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

Softbank Hawks

  • 2nd round draft pick Yuito Mori will spend some time away from the Ichi-gun team because of pain in his left leg.  Source: Sponichi 3/14/2014
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Hiroshima Carp: Kenta Kurihara will likely miss the start of the regular season with right leg injury

by on Mar.18, 2013 @ 9:42 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that Kenta Kurihara was diagnosed with a injuries in his right rectus femoris and sartorius muscles.  There is a good chance he will miss the start of the regular season because he requires about a week of medical treatment.

The Carp also announced that:

  • Akihiro Higashide had surgery on his left knee (ACL reconstruction and meniscectomy).  He will remain in the hospital for about three weeks.
  • 4th round draft pick Ko Shimozuru will miss about six weeks with a right adductor longus muscle injury.

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2013

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Hiroshima Carp: Higashide diagnosed with a torn ACL; Imai has inflammation in left knee

by on Feb.27, 2013 @ 9:49 pm, under NPB
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Akihiro Higashide was examined at a Hiroshima hospital and diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  He will check into a hospital on March 14 and undergo surgery on March 18.  He will most likely require eight to nine months for a full recovery.

Higashide suffered the injury while running the bases during an intra-squad game on the 24th.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2013

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Keisuke Imai was diagnosed with inflammation in his left patellar ligament.  He will require about a week for a full recovery.  Imai started feeling pain in the knee during practices on the 25th.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2013

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Hiroshima Carp: Kurihara, Yokoyama, Higashide plan to remain with team

by on Nov.02, 2012 @ 9:49 pm, under NPB
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Kenta Kurihara informed the Hiroshima Carp that he will not exercise his international FA option and will remain with the team.

Ryuji Yokoyama and Akihiro Higashide, both coming off multi-year deals, have also reportedly informed the Carp of their intent to stay.

Source: Sanspo 11/2/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/2/2012, Sponichi 11/2/2012 (all of these are basically the same syndicated report)

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Hiroshima Carp to lose Higashide, Stavinoha for extended period of time

by on Jun.12, 2012 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
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The Carp announced today that Akihiro Higashide was diagnosed with a fracture in his right middle finger (distal phalanx) while Nick Stavinoha suffered both an ACL and a medial meniscus injury.  Higashide will likely require about two months before he can start workouts again; there is no set timetable for Stavinoha.

Hiroshima plans to begin their search for a player that can help fill in for the loss of both players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2012

Hiroshima Carp: Akihiro Higashide fractures right middle finger

by on Jun.10, 2012 @ 11:03 pm, under NPB
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Akihiro Higashide left today's game against the Orix Buffaloes when he suffered an injury to his right hand while fielding a grounder Bobby Scales hit in the top of the 1st inning.  He was later taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his right middle finger.

Higashide will be taken off the active roster on Monday and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2012

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Hiroshima Carp: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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Takuro Ishii donated 1,082,212 yen to relief efforts in northern Japan (specifically, to help schools and children) via Hearts of Gold, date January 30.

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Akihiro Higashide spent about an hour and thirty minutes giving Yuta Shirahama advice on his swing after general practices on Monday.  The two were also seen taking swings in the cages this morning.

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1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura arrived in Okinawa today -- he was in Tokyo taking final exams at his university.  Nomura bumped in Yuki Saito (HAM) before boarding his flight at Haneda Airport.

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4th round draft pick Shohei Habu had five teeth capped with gold -- he was initially planning to get his cavities fixed using silver crowns but was told gold was the better option for athletes.

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Kenta Kurihara spent about 30 minutes giving Shota Dobayashi advice on his swing on Monday.

"I wanted to go home early today, but Dobayashi was just swinging the bat really badly.  And I could not allow him to head into camp in such bad shape," said Kurihara.

He added, "There are things you can also learn by teaching."

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The Carp coaches will have a much easier time keeping track of player workouts this year.  With the help of NTT Docomo, live feeds of the bullpen and indoor practice area in Okinawa (Ichi-gun) and the bullpen in Nichinan (Ni-gun) will be sent to five smartphones.

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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 17, 2011

by on Feb.17, 2011 @ 2:57 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Hayato Shoji started at second and batted second (in place of Akihiro Higashide) for the reds.  He went 2-for-3 with an RBI: HBP, fly out to left (with the bases loaded and 2 out), RBI single to left, single.

Takahiro Iwamoto batted third for the reds.  He collected 3 hits and 2 RBIs.

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Kenta Maeda faced four batters during BP today (including Tomonori Maeda and Yoshiyuki Ishihara) and threw 50 pitches (resulting in 40 swings) while allowing 9 could-be hits.  Maeda only threw his fastball and curve and topped out at 139km/h.

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The Shobara City Carp Supporters Corp visited the Carp spring camp training grounds in Nichinan today and gave players and staff a chance to sample their Shobara Yaki dish (fried rice).  The group will try to sell the dish during Shobara Day at Mazda Stadium this year.

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Akihiro Higashide was supposed to play in yesterday's intra-squad game but was held out of the line-up due to stiffness in his right shoulder.  It appears it was nothing more than sleeping on the shoulder wrong, but the club will keep an eye on Higashide to make sure it doesn't get any worse.

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Special temporary pitching coach Hideo Nomo apparently approached Yuya Fukui (1st round) yesterday and told the rookie that if he wanted to pitch more, he should speak up.  Fukui reportedly replied by saying that he wanted to gradually increase the number of pitches he threw in the bullpen as he got chances to pitch in games.

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Hiroshima Carp: Kan Otake and Akihiro Higashide updates

by on Oct.27, 2010 @ 2:49 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp will be taking Kan Otake along to fall camp this year.

The Carp usually don't bring along players that are still recovering from injuries to fall camp but are making an exception with Otake.  The club feels that it'll do Otake some good to train with the regulars and that it'll help get him back into a positive state of mind.

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Akihiro Higashide is currently rehabbing his right elbow and may be able to start taking BP again some time in mid-November.  Higashide injured his elbow during pre-game batting practice on 8/21 and went under the knife on 8/26 to clean out the elbow.

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