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[3/6/2014] Injury Updates: Takuya Asao (CHU), Yoshinao Kamata (RAK)

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Mauro Gomez ran for about ten minutes at Koshien on Thursday.  He told reporters he had no difficulty running and that he felt good.  Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley threw Gomez some pitches during indoor batting practice.  Source: Daily Sports 3/6/2014


Takahiro Arai jammed his right middle finger during pre-game practices on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 3/6/2014

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced on Thursday that Takuya Asao was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament injury in his right elbow.  He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya on Wednesday.  He visited a different hospital on Thursday for a re-examination.  There is no timetable on his recovery.  He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014Daily Sports 3/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

Akinori Iwamura took a batted ball off his left calf during fielding practice on the 3rd.  He had a hard time walking after the incident, but got treatment and was able to play in Wednesday's game against Orix, where he hit a two-run home run.  Source: Sponichi 3/6/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Yoshinao Kamata had reconstructive surgery on the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma.  He will be discharged on the 10th, and will require about a year for a full recovery.  Kamata started complaining of pain in his elbow during spring camp in late-February.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/6/2014

Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 14, 2013

by on Feb.14, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama: batting practice, fifty-eight swings, eight over the left-field fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013


  • 1st round draft pick Taichi Ishiyama: batting practice, faced Shinichi Takeuchi and Tsuyoshi Ueda, fifty pitches, topped out at 140km/h, threw at about sixty to seventy percent, first batting practice outing

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013


Kazuhiro Hatakeyama has been working on shifting the strike zone in his head a little further out because he realized it had moved inward.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

Katsuya Nomura visited Ichi-gun camp today and was pleased to see Hatakayama with a clean-shaven face.

Nomura spoke in front of the team again in the evening.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013, Sanspo 2/14/2013, Sanspo 2/14/2013


Akinori Iwamura is scheduled to play in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013


Samurai Japan candidate Ryoji Aikawa cut his practices short today and headed to Miyazaki for the start of WBC mini-camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013

Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 13, 2013

by on Feb.13, 2013 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Kenichi Matsuoka: bullpen, about thirty pitches, squatting catcher

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013


Wladimir Balentien felt discomfort in his right shoulder today and played it safe by making adjustments to his workout schedule.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013


Akinori Iwamura took about fifty minutes of extra fielding practice at third base after general workouts today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013, Sports Hochi 2/13/2013


Ryosuke Morioka returned to workouts today after recovering from the flu.  He worked out separately from the main group since it was his first day back.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013


Kenichi Matsuoka could get a look as a starter.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013


Kentaro Kyuko spent about an hour and a half throwing a baseball into net during his day-off on Tuesday.

Kyuko was supposed to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 11th, but could not because the game was called early.  He is now scheduled to pitch in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013


1st round draft pick Taichi Ishiyama will likely make his "debut" during a practice game against Yomiuri on the 21st.  He is also slated to toss batting practice on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013

Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 1, 2013

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 1st round draft pick Taichi Ishiyama: bullpen, thirty pitches, squatting catcher

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013


All nineteen pitchers at Ichi-gun camp tossed bullpen sessions today.  Masanori Ishikawa was the first in line.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013


Akinori Iwamura stayed back after general workouts for extra batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013


Tsubakuro "cut his workouts short" after feeling pain in both of his hamstrings while running dashes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013, Sports Hochi 2/1/2013


The Swallows held a two-hour meeting at the team hotel on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013


The opening day start will likely come down to the following three candidates: Kyohei Muranaka, Ishikawa, and Shohei Tateyama.

Muranaka was named a pitcher captain during Thursday's team meeting.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013Sports Hochi 2/1/2013

Yakult Swallows hold press conference to officially announce addition of Akinori Iwamura

by on Dec.11, 2012 @ 3:09 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows held a press conference for Akinori Iwamura (33) at their teams offices in Tokyo today.  Iwamura will be returning to the Swallows for the first time since 2006.  He has been assigned the number forty-eight.

Iwamura reportedly signed a deal that will pay him 15 million yen plus incentives in 2013.  Junji Ogawa has already spoken to the veteran and told him to be ready to play some first base.

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012, Sanspo 12/11/2012

Sanspo: Akinori Iwamura could sign with the Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.01, 2012 @ 10:23 am, under NPB
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Akinori Iwamura was cut by the Rakuten Eagles and now the Yakult Swallows appear to be the only team interested in the thirty-three-year-old veteran.

Iwamura is currently working out in Sendai.  According to an unnamed source close to him, he is willing to play any position if it means he can continue his career.  He also does not appear to be too concerned about how much he signs for -- he made 150M yen this past season and may end up signing a deal with incentives and a base worth of around 20M yen.

The Swallows are looking to improve their hitting from the left-side and Iwamura could help fill that need.  However, he may end up being a back-up player/bat off the bench depending on how the left-side of the infield shapes up next season.

Source: Sanspo 11/1/2012

Yakult Swallows will most likely offer Akinori Iwamura a contract

by on Oct.16, 2012 @ 9:53 am, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, there is a good chance the Yakult Swallows will offer Akinori Iwamura (33) a contract after the twelve-team tryouts.

Yakult is also planning to bring Wladimir BalentienLastings MilledgeTony Barnette, and Orlando Roman back next season.  Things do not look quite as good for Chang-Yong Lim (coming back from right elbow surgery in July).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2012

Yakult Swallows looking into Akinori Iwamura

by on Oct.08, 2012 @ 12:00 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Sunday that the Yakult Swallows are looking into Akinori Iwamura (33).

Said Swallows' official Junsei Atarashi, "We need to look into [Iwamura].  We will listen to what the people on the field have to say before making a decision.  After all, he did once play for our team."

I should note that depending on the source, Atarashi's quote changes slightly.  For example, the above is from Daily Sports and they make it sound like they "need" to look into Iwamura while many of the other articles make it sound like they "probably will" look into the veteran.

** I forgot to add that it was reportedly Junji Ogawa that asked the front office to look into Iwamura.

Source: Sanspo 10/8/2012, Daily Sports 10/8/2012, Sports Hochi 10/8/2012, Sponichi 10/8/2012, Nikkan Sports 10/8/2012