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[6/10/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), K. Maeda (HIR), A. Fujii (HAN), Yamaguchi (YOK)

by on Jun.11, 2013 @ 12:02 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe (back tightness from Sunday's game) is still a question mark.  The Giants are taking things day-to-day.  He is scheduled to particpate in practices on Tuesday.  Ken Kato will be ready in case Abe is not able to play.

Source: Sanspo 6/10/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  It was the first session he tossed since he felt pain in his right side.  He is hoping to return to the active roster in time for a Nippon Ham game on the 15th.  If he is feeling ok, he could re-join the Ichi-gun team on the 11th.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii (tweaked right leg during Sunday's game) will most likely be ok to play on the 12th.

Source: Sanspo 6/10/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shun Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on Monday with tightness in his back.  He first started feeling discomfort in his back during pre-game practice on the 9th.  Atori Ota will likely be called up.

Source: Sponichi 6/10/2013, Sanspo 6/10/2013

[6/9/2013] Injury Updates: Shinnosuke Abe (YOM), Akihito Fujii (HAN), Eiichi Koyano (HAM)

by on Jun.09, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri) was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning of today's game against the Rakuten Eagles because of discomfort in his back.  Abe reportedly started feeling something in his back while playing defense in the 8th.

The Giants' PR rep made the following comment: "[Abe] started feeling discomfort in his back while on defense in the 8th and was replaced as a precaution.  There are currently no plans for him to go to the hospital."

Source: Daily Sports 6/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/9/2013


Akihito Fujii (Hanshin) was replaced by Takeshi Hidaka on defense in the 5th inning of today's game against Lotte.  Yutaka Wada later spoke to reporters and said that Fujii tweaked his right leg.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2013


Eiichi Koyano (Nippon Ham) was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hit a double in the 6th inning of today's game against Yakult because of tightness in his left leg.  Hideki Kuriyama told reporters the move was made as a precaution.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers: June 21, 2012

by on Jun.21, 2012 @ 6:07 pm, under NPB
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Kyuji Fujikawa started playing catch today -- for about ten minutes, in the bullpen (because of the weather), on flat ground.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012


Akihito Fujii (right hamstring) threw out a runner trying to steal second in the 3rd inning of Wednesday's Ikusei game against Yamato Takada Club (Industrial League).  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012

Fujii joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts today at Koshien.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012


USA-based scout Andy Sheets told reporters today that he felt Matt Murton was beginning to come around with his hitting.

"Watching him today (June 20), he looked good out there.  I think things will get better for him again. ... It is about keeping things simple.  This is not really advice, but just something I mentioned to him when talking about baseball," said Sheets.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012 


Possible closer candidates: Shinobu FukuharaDaiki EnokidaKazuya Tsutsui, and Tomoyuki Kubota. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012

Daily Sports reports that Enokida was selected to take on the closer job.

Sanspo notes that it is Enokida's job for the time being.


Kenji Jojima worked out at the Naruohama training facilities today -- he walked outdoors for about thirty minutes and then did some trunk and gluteal training exercises indoors.  Jojima will train in the pool on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012


Yasutomo KuboKazuhito Futagami, and Takumi Akiyama will make starts during a three game series against Ni-gun Orix that begins on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012


Akiyama joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts today and threw fifty pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eyes of Yutaka Wada and pitching coaches Keiichi Yabu and Takashi Yamaguchi.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012


Ikusei pitcher Robert Zarate faced ten batters during situational batting practice on Wednesday and gave up five could hits.  Ni-gun pitchers Shingo Matsuzaki and Hirokazu Shiranita also made appearances during situational batting practice: each faced ten batters, Matsuzaki gave up two hits and struck out two while Shiranita allowed two hits and walked one.  Source: Sanspo 6/21/2012


Ryo Asai joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts on Wednesday and got two at bats during situational batting practice: fly out to left, ground out to short.  Source: Sanspo 6/21/2012


The Tigers plan to place more emphasis on hitting for average than hitting for power when scouting new talent overseas.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012


The Tigers are thinking about offering Olympic Gold Medalist (wrestling) Saori Yoshida a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch some time after the Olympics.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Akihito Fujii taken off active roster

by on Jun.06, 2012 @ 4:30 pm, under NPB
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Akihito Fujii was taken off the active roster today with a right hamstring injury.  Fujii suffered the injury while running out an infield single in the 9th inning of Tuesday night's game against Rakuten.

"Fujii felt some pain in his right hamstring after running to first yesterday," said chief trainer Tatsuzo Tsunekawa.  "He got an MRI this morning at a hospital in Sendai and was diagnosed with a strain.  Fujii will start rehab tomorrow.  He iced the area down last night.  We will not make an announcement on how severe the injury is.  That said, he was able to walk back to the team hotel."

Source: Daily Sports 6/6/2012

Hanshin Tigers: Akihito Fujii to be re-evaluated today

by on Apr.17, 2012 @ 6:22 am, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, Akihito Fujii (fracture in his left cheek) will be re-evaluated today.  Depending on the results, there is a chance the Tigers will move to acquire another catcher.

"I heard that Akihito Fujii will be re-examined on Tuesday.  We are hoping he can return in about a month, but if it takes longer than that, we may have to think about making a trade," said a team source.

Pulling off trade could be difficult though since a number of other teams (Yakult and Hiroshima) are also struggling with their catching situations.

The Tigers have eight listed catchers on the seventy-man roster.  However, Kenji Jojima (left knee) and Fumihito Haraguchi (tightness in lower back) are not 100%.  With the team is trying to convert Masahiro Nakatani to an outfielder, that gives the team four catcher serviceable catchers: Shinji Komiyama, Taichi Okazaki, Takashi Shimizu, and Ryohei Hashimoto.  There are also at least two other players that are capable of catching: Ryo Asai (outfielder, but has experience at catcher) and Keisuke Kano (currently listed as an outfielder, also coming off herniated disk surgery).  The Tigers have one Ikusei catcher in Seiya Hirokami.

Hanshin Tigers: Akihito Fujii gets hit by a pitch in the face

by on Apr.11, 2012 @ 12:04 am, under NPB
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Tuesday night's game between the Hanshin Tigers and Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium.

Top of the 2nd inning, runner on second, no out.  Tigers are up 2-0.

Akihito Fujii in the batter's box for Hanshin.  Kan Otake on the mound for Hiroshima.

Otake was tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch.

Fujii was carried off the field on a stretcher and was taken to the hospital where he was informed that a full check-up was necessary.  The team plans to send Fujii back to Osaka on Wednesday for testing.

Aside from Kenji Jojima and Fujii, the Tigers currently have just one other serviceable catcher on the active roster: Shinji Komiyama.

Hanshin Tigers: March 20, 2012

by on Mar.20, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Today's Ni-gun game against the Chunichi Dragons, at Nagoya Stadium: Hirokazu Shiranita started the game and tossed six shutout innings while allowing three hits.  He also did not walk anyone and topped out at 144km/h. [Daily Sports] ... Shinjiro Hiyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning and hit an infield single.  He was immediately replaced by a pinch-runner. [Daily Sports]


The Tigers announced today that both Yasutomo Kubo and Kazuya Tsutsui contracted the flu.

On Monday, the players, coaches, and staff wore surgical masks as they traveled to Takamatsu.


Sanspo reports that Tomoaki Kanemoto will make the opening day line-up in left, batting sixth.


1st round draft pick Hayata Ito will most likely be with the Ichi-gun team for the remaining exhibition games.


Akihito Fujii is hoping to play in as many remaining pre-season games as possible in order to shake off the rust.


Sanspo Tigers Promise: Daiki Enokida is aiming to drop his road ERA to 2.20 or better this season (down from 4.40 last year). If Enokida can not make good on his promise, he will play catch with with a Sanspo reader.

Hanshin Tigers: March 19, 2012

by on Mar.19, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Shinjiro Hiyama is scheduled to travel with the Ni-gun team on their three-game road trip against Chunichi that begins on Tuesday.


Minoru Iwata will likely pitch in one more game before the start of the regular season: against the Seattle Mariners on March 25.


The Tigers decided to send Takashi Shimizu to Ni-gun on Sunday to make room for Akihito Fujii.

Fujii worked out at Naruohama before heading to Marugame, Kagawa today.  He is slated to play in tomorrow's exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp.


Tomoaki Kanemoto temporarily returned to Osaka on Saturday and worked out at Koshien on Sunday.  He will rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Wednesday. 

Hanshin Tigers: March 18, 2012

by on Mar.18, 2012 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Today's Kyoiku League game against Softbank, at Naruohama: 2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi entered the game in the 6th and allowed a run (on a solo homer) one hit over an inning of work.  5th round draft pick Ryoma Matsuda tossed a shutout inning in relief and struck out two in a row. [Nikkan Sports]


Randy Messenger's next start will likely be against the Hiroshima Carp (at Rexxam Stadium) on March 20.


Tomoaki Kanemoto is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Hiroshima (at Kyocera Dome) in left. He did not play in today's game against Seibu and will not play in tomorrow's game against Hiroshima.


Akihito Fujii and Shinjiro Hiyama played in a Kyoiku League game against Softbank today.  Fujii was the starting catcher and played through to the 5th inning and did not have a hit in two trips to the plate.  Hiyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the the 5th inning with runners on first and second and flied out to center.  He remained in the game as a DH and struck out swinging in his second at bat in the 8th.

Fujii could rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday and play in a game as early as Wednesday.


Hiroki Uemoto started working out at Naruohama on Saturday.  Uemoto currently has his left elbow in a brace  (will need it for about three weeks) and will do exercises that focus on other parts of his body.  His workouts over the next two weeks or so will likely be limited to indoor exercises.


Kyuji Fujikawa took a ball off his left leg during fielding practice on Saturday.  He was ok, but jokingly dragged his foot and told reporters that he was going to pitch even if his leg was broken.


Matt Murton apparently tweaked his left hamstring during Friday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  While the injury does not seem to be serious (Yutaka Wada told reporters he would be playing if this were the regular season), it is what it is and the team is playing it safe.  There is no set timetable for his return, but he could be back with the Ichi-gun sometime on or after March 21.

NOTE: Craig Brazell told reporters that while he had no interest in playing right because he was a first baseman, he would prepare accordingly since things can change during the season.


Shunsuke returned to Osaka on Saturday because of fever (not the flu).


Minoru Iwata worked out at the indoor training facilities at Koshien on Saturday and told reporters he really wanted more time to pitch before the start of the regular season (too much practice, not enough games).


Takahiro Arai usually takes about eight minutes of batting practice, but on Saturday, he pushed that to about twenty minutes.

====== UPDATE @ 11:52pm JST

It seems there is a little more to the Fujikawa story...  According to Sponichi, Fujikawa was assisting with fielding practice drills by catching baseballs thrown in from fielders when Kazuya Tsutsui made an errant throw that bounced off the area above his left knee.  Fujikawa dropped to the ground and was later seen dragging his left foot around.  As he climbed into the bus he jokingly said, "I was taken out by Tsutsui.  Whatever.  I am actually ok."

Fujikawa must have really been ok since he tossed one shutout inning in relief against the Seibu Lions today.