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[4/14/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda started having problems with his right elbow during spring camp.  The Tigers shut him down and he has yet to start playing catch.  There is currently no timetable on him.  There is a good chance he will miss the first-half of the season.  Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is scheduled to play some catch on the 16th.  The Carp will wait to make a decision on him until they have had a chance to see how he is feeling on the 16th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014 ... If Maeda is okay to pitch, he could get a start during a Yokohama series that begins on the 18th.  The 20th, on seven days of rest, is a possibility.  Looking to next week, Kenjiro Nomura is hoping Maeda will be okay for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 25th.  If Maeda needs rest, the Carp could take him off the active roster as late as the 17th without losing him as an option to start the last game of the Yomiuri series on the 27th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco missed the games over the weekend because of tightness in his left calf.  He is still considered day-to-day.  His status on Tuesday will depend on how he feels during pre-game practices.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba had surgery to clean out his left knee at a hospital in Sapporo on Monday.  He will stay in the hospital for a couple of days before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Chiba.  He will require five to six weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[4/5/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Atsunori Inaba (Nippon Ham)

by on Apr.05, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe was taken out of Saturday's game against Chunichi after he took an HBP off his left calf in the 10th inning.  He had to be helped off the field.  Source: Sponichi 4/5/2014 ... Abe spoke to reporters after the game and said he might not be able to play in Sunday's game.  Source: Sanspo 4/5/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) played catch at a distance of about twenty meters on Friday.  If things go smoothly, he could begin bullpen sessions in May. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) could pitch in a rehab Ni-gun game against Softbank on the 27th.  Assuming no problems, he could pitch in his first Ichi-gun game on May 29 against Orix at Nagoya Dome.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/5/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shinya Kayama was removed from Friday's game against Rakuten after he hurt his right leg in the 8th inning -- Kazuya Fujita hit a grounder to first and stepped on both the bag and Kayama's leg at the same time.  The injury was not serious.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba was taken off the active roster on Saturday with pain in his left knee.  He will remain with the Ichi-gun team as he gets treatment and rehabs the knee.  Source: Sponichi 4/5/2014, Daily Sports 4/5/2014

[1/30/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Luis Mendoza arrived in Japan from Mexico (with a stopover in Dallas) on Thursday.  According to Sponichi, Mendoza cut his hair before coming to Japan and may not be thinking about getting another trim while he is here.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Shohei Otani threw sixty pitches to a squatting catcher on Thursday.  He also took some fielding practice in right.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Sho Nakata returned from his workouts in Hawaii on Thursday night.  He went on a high-protein diet during the training session overseas and dropped six kilograms.  He currently weighs 100 kilograms.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2014

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Atsunori Inaba took sixty swings during batting practice on Wednesday and hit eleven over the fence.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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4th round draft pick Hirotoshi Takanashi tossed fifty pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Wednesday.  He had problems with his control and was a bit nervous because Yu Darvish and Yuki Saito were using the mounds on either side of him.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

8th round draft pick Ryo Ishikawa caught Takanashi's session and told reporters he forgot to wear a cup and was more concerned about protecting himself than Darvish or Saito.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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Saito threw sixty pitches during his session on Wednesday.  He also paused a number of times to watch Darvish pitch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

[10/11/2013] Samurai Japan News and Notes

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 12:55 am, under Samurai Japan
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Atsunori Inaba could become an OF/base-running coach or batting coach for Samurai Japan.  Kazuyoshi Tatsunami is also a batting coach candidate.  The two could end up being joint batting coaches.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013

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Hiroki Kokubo's upcoming schedule:

  • watch the first game of First Stage of the Climax Series at Seibu Dome
  • watch all three games of the Final Stage of the Climax Series at Kleenex Stadium
  • various TV and radio guest appearances

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2013

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For the roster that will be playing three international games against Taiwan in November, the NPB selected about ten candidates from each of the twelve NPB teams.  Player eligibility (health, conditioning) was confirm by contacting teams.  Kokubo is now in the process of narrowing down available candidates for the final roster.

Among the names on the NPB's lists: Seiichi Uchikawa, Yuya Hasegawa, Sho Nakata, Shohei Otani.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: April 17, 2013

by on Apr.17, 2013 @ 5:11 pm, under NPB
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Through Tuesday, only two starters have managed to pitch more than six innings this season: Hiroshi Kisanuki went seven innings against Lotte on April 4 and Mitsuo Yoshikawa went seven innings against Rakuten on April 10.

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1st round draft Shohei Otani (right ankle inversion sprain) felt good while walking around on Tuesday morning and started playing catch later that day -- he threw the ball about eighty times at a distance of about thirty meters.  He made sure not to put too much energy into his throws (about twenty percent).

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2013Nikkan Sports 4/17/2013

He threw some curves and sliders during his game of catch on Tuesday.  He threw the last ten balls at about 120km/h.

Source: Sanspo 4/17/2013

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Masaru Takeda threw forty-nine pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Tuesday.  He is scheduled to pitch about five innings in relief in a Ni-gun game against the Futures on the 20th.  Bobby Keppel will make his first rehab start in the same game and pitch one inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2013

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Yuki Saito threw the ball off the bullpen mound about fifty times at around sixty percent on Tuesday -- Ni-gun pitching coach Takeharu Kato stood on home plate to catch the balls.  Saito first started throwing off a mound to a standing catcher on the 9th.  He is also playing catch at distances of about sixty meters.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2013Nikkan Sports 4/17/2013

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Atsunori Inaba will continue to donate money to Hokkaido emergency children's services based on the number of hits he accumulates over the course of the season.  The money he raises this year will go towards equipping the 400 or so Hokkaido ambulances with non-contact thermometers.

Inaba has been donating money to Hokkaido emergency children's services since 2009.  He finished providing emergency response units at seventy locations in Hokkaido with medical equipment designed for children last year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2013Sponichi 4/16/2013

Inaba hit a home run on Tuesday night and has now recorded at least one home run in each season of his nineteen-year career.

Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: March 25, 2013

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Ten players, including Sho Nakata and Atsunori Inaba, will make special appearances on five different Hokkaido news programs on Tuesday, between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

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Keisuke Tanimoto could make his first regular season start on the 31st against Seibu at Seibu Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani has a shot at becoming the first player out of high school in franchise history to make the opening day line-up in his first year since Isao Harimoto in 1959.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2013

Daily Sports figures Otani will start the year at Ni-gun.  While the team does have an opening in right, there is a good chance Hideki Kuriyama will have the rookie take things slow.

"In considering the future of players, we need to use them carefully.  We will not use players that do not have to be rushed," said Kuriyama.

Source: Daily Sports 3/25/2013

Sports Hochi claims that Otani will be in the opening day starting line-up in left batting seventh.  He could then go on to make his debut as a pitcher on April 29 vs Orix at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2013

If Otani makes the Ichi-gun roster, there will probably days he pitches in Ni-gun games during the day before playing in Ichi-gun games as a position player in the evening.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2013

Otani went 12-for-45 in various pre-season games (from spring camp in February through to Sunday).  He went 4-for-22 in the exhibition games he played.

Source: Sponichi 3/25/2013

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3rd round draft Yohei Kagiya got a new prescription for his contact lenses after he had trouble seeing signs from the catcher during a game against Orix on the 10th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 13, 2013

by on Feb.13, 2013 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Takumi Oshima: forty-two swings, five over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013

Tuesday

  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa: bullpen, 114 pitches, at about fifty percent, second 100+ pitch session since the start of spring camp
  • Hiroshi Kisanuki: batting practice, faced Yuya Taniguchi and Haruki Nishikawa, forty-one pitches, four could-be hits

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

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Ichi-gun players had the day off.

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Atsunori Inaba gave Sho Nakata tips on how to pull pitches up and in during soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday.

Inaba thinks Nakata needs to lose some weight.

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

Isao Harimoto spent some time working with Nakata on Tuesday -- he explained how taking overly large strides results in less power.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2013

Inaba and Nakata worked out with Ni-gun players today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013

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Nakata suffered a bit of a scare on Tuesday when he had to go to the hospital because of some swelling on the left side of his face, just below the ear.  Fortunately, it was nothing major since his his condition improved after taking some antibiotics.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013

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The coaches are concerned about 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's workload and no longer have him scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 17th.  They do plan to have him pitch at least one batting practice before the last day of Ni-gun spring camp on the 22nd.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 6, 2013

by on Feb.06, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani: bullpen, fifty pitches, standing catcher, including curve, slider, and two cutters

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

Tuesday

  • Masaru Nakamura: batting practice, forty-nine pitches, four could-be hits
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa: bullpen, twenty-six pitches, squatting catcher, all fastballs, at about fifty percent, second session since the start of spring camp

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013, Sports Hochi 2/6/2013

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Bobby Keppel is coming off right shoulder surgery.  His bullpen session was canceled today because it was a little chilly (precaution).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

Keppel did apparently throw the ball five times before cutting the session short.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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Mitsuo Yoshikawa will likely start to toss bullpens every other day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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Yuki Saito threw into a new for about an hour on Tuesday and stopped every now and then to check on footage of his mechanics.  He has also been checking footage after returning to the player hotel.

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

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During workouts on Tuesday, Shinya Tsuruoka said he would quit if he allowed Takuya Nakashima to steal a base on his during base-running/catching exercises.  Nakashima ended up getting the stolen base and people started to jokingly chant, "Quit!"

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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Sho Nakata and Atsunori Inaba are expected to play a full game on 7th (intra-squad).  Inaba will likely shift to just a hitting role after the 5th inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

Nakata spent about an hour taking grounders at first base after general workouts today under the watchful eye of Samurai Japan OF/base-running coach Koichi Ogata.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013

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Masaru Nakamura is currently slated to start a practice game against Hanshin on the 10th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani took part in pick-off play and bunt defense practices on Tuesday.  He had some difficulties keeping up and made a number of mistakes.  Drills had to be stopped three times during the twenty minute or so session.  Makoto Kaneko did his best to help Otani out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

The Fighters have more than ten signals for plays involving bunts and pick-off throws.

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

Otani left Okinawa today for Iwate -- he has high school finals.  He will return on the 8th and rejoin workouts on the 9th.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2013, Daily Sports 2/6/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: February 1, 2013

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani: twenty-two swings against live arm, seven could-be hits; twenty-three swings against machine, nine could-be hits

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

Today

  • Hiroshi Kisanuki: bullpen, fifty pitches, all fastballs

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Atsunori Inaba stayed back after regular workouts today for extra fielding and batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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Mitsuo Yoshikawa did not toss a bullpen session today but did play catch.  There is still no timetable for when he will pitch in the bullpen.

"I it is still not quite there, but I am feeling less pain [every time I throw the ball]," said Yoshikawa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Yuki Saito played catch at a distance of about thirty meters.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama threw salt onto the fields on Thursday to ward off the evil spirits.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

Kuriyama started at Ichi-gun camp today, worked his way to Ni-gun camp after morning workouts to check on players coming back from injuries, like Makoto Kaneko and Eiichi Koyano, and then went back to Ichi-gun camp.

It takes about forty minutes to get from one camp to the other by car.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2013

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About 300 fans greeted the Nippon Ham Fighters at Naha Airport on Thursday.  Thirty TV cameras also crowded the airport.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013Sponichi 2/1/2013

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GAORA will try to provide as much coverage of 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani during spring camp.  They are already prepared to handle live feeds from the Ni-gun camp facilities (their main focus still remains Ichi-gun camp).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

Otani speaks to the media:

You are now in Okinawa.  Your impressions?

It is a warm place.  I had a good workout during rookie training camp.  I want to keep going tomorrow.

This will be your first spring camp.  Your thoughts?

I am not sure about the practice menus.  I do not know how things go over the course of the day.  I am a little worried, but I want to strap myself in and go.  I would like to get through this at my own pace.

Are you ready?

I want to do what I have to and absorb whatever information, like advice and tips from other players, I can.

Did Kuriyama say anything to you?

He told me not to feel rushed...  That it must be difficult being in the spotlight and that I should not worry about all the eyes looking at me.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013