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[3/30/2015] Injury Updates: Morino (CHU), Ayatsugu (SOF), Inoue (LOT)

by on Mar.31, 2015 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Masahiko Morino was diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx of his right thumb. Morino suffered the injury when a thrown ball hit his right hand as he slid into second base during a game against Hanshin on March 29.

Source: Chunichi Sports 3/30/2015, Daily Sports 3/30/2015

Softbank's Ayatsugu Yamashita was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 30 and diagnosed with an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He will need about a week of rest and five to six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/30/2015

Seiya Inoue hurt his left index finger while trying to get back to second base during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on March 28. The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that he suffered a fracture in the finger. Surgery is a possibility. He might be out until May.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/30/2015

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[3/29/2015] Softbank Hawks: Ayatsugu Yamashita hurt knee during close play at plate

by on Mar.30, 2015 @ 5:58 am, under NPB
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Softbank's Ayatsugu Yamashita hurt his left knee during a close play in the 5th inning of Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination and diagnosed with an injury to the medial collateral ligament. He will be re-evaluated on March 30.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2015

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Softbank Hawks: February 22, 2012

by on Feb.22, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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The Hawks had the day off today.

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The Hawks announced today that they will open the roof at Yahoo Dome for their game against the Seibu Lions on April 26.  This will be a first since 9/10/2008.

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Kenji Akashi spent about two hours working on his swing during his day off today.

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Batting coaches Yoshiie Tachibana and and Yasuo Fujii worked with Ayatsugu Yamashita on his hitting today.

"1000 swings.  My batting gloves got ripped partway through so I was bare-handed by the end," said Yamashita.

Yamashita was sent down to Ni-gun training camp on Monday after he reported to practice late (could not wake up).

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1st round draft pick Shota Takeda and 2nd round draft pick Shoji Yoshimoto had a chance to observe Ichi-gun bullpen sessions on Tuesday.

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Softbank Hawks: February 21, 2012

by on Feb.21, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Today was the last day of fifth block of spring camp.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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Hiroki Kokubo closed out his workouts early on Monday because of tightness in his back.  He left practices early again today and was excused from the intra-squad game.  Kokubo told reporters he was feeling better today (he got a second round of acupuncture treatment on Monday).

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Kenji Akashi was called up to Ichi-gun camp today -- he was working out at Ni-gun camp because of right shoulder problems.

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Koji Akiyama advised Kenji Otonari to watch Kazuyuki Hoashi toss bullpen sessions to figure out things he needs to think about when he tosses his (like taking sessions more seriously instead of just tossing them for the sake of tossing them).

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Sadaharu Oh told Nobuhiko Matsunaka on Monday that he was taking his hands back too much before his swing, likely because he was thinking too much about hitting the ball hard.

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Ayatsugu Yamashita slept in and was late to practice on Monday.  His punishment: demotion to Ni-gun camp.

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Softbank Hawks: February 9, 2012

by on Feb.09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Thursday

  • Wily Mo Pena saw twenty-four pitches from Hiroki Yamada during BP and did not hit any over the fence. (Sanspo)

Thursday

  • 5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama threw sixty pitches.  Toru Hosokawa caught session. (Nikkan Sports)

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Ayatsugu Yamashita took about thirty minutes of morning batting practice today.

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The Hawks held a press conference for Brad Penny today.

Sadaharu Oh told reporters he would like to see Penny pull the pitching staff together this season.

FYI: Penny is friends with former MMA fighter Chuck Liddell.

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Softbank Hawks: January 24, 2012

by on Jan.24, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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The Hawks held a press conference for Keisuke Kaneko at Yahoo Dome today.  He was also assigned the number four.

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Nobuhiro Matsuda worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities today.  Matsuda is aiming for 30 homers and 30 stolen bases this year.

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Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama told reporters on Monday that there was a good chance that the opening day start would come down to either Tadashi Settsu or Kazuyuki Hoashi.

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Ayatsugu Yamashita worked out with Tsuyoshi Wada this winter and managed to raise his weight from 79kg to about 86kg.

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Koji Akiyama could have 1st round draft pick Shota Takeda start things off at Ichi-gun spring camp.  Takeda has yet to toss a bullpen session and told reporters that he needed a little more time to stretch his body out before he does.

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Softbank Hawks: Ayatsugu Yamashita takes a thrown ball off his face

by on Aug.25, 2011 @ 1:40 pm, under NPB
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Ayatsugu Yamashita took a thrown ball of his face (near his right eye) during fielding practice before today's Ni-gun game against the Hiroshima Carp (Gannosu).  Yamashita was taken off the field on a stretcher but was able to get into a taxi, headed for a hospital, on his own.

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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 9, 2011

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 1:08 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Hawks have the day off today.

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Ayatsugu Yamashita (1st round) worked on his hitting during his day off today.

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Hiroki Yamada showed off the two-seamer he picked-up while playing in the Australian Winter League during BP yesterday and broke Nobuhiro Matsuda's bat with it.

Said Yamada, "It was a two-seamer I threw that broke the bat.  It's like a reverse cutter.  I first tried it using it in Australian and thought it was a viable pitch.  And so I tried it against batters for the first time today. ... The ball I used in Australia moved a lot more, but I think I might be able to use it here.  I'll continue working with it and try to get it ready for use in games. ... If I can use it to get batters to hit the ball on the ground, or maybe to induce double plays.  It'll also expand my repertoire."

Yamada is hoping to secure a spot in the starting rotation this year.

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Tsuyoshi Wada threw 63 pitches in the bullpen yesterday under the watchful eye of Nikkan Sports baseball analyst Satoru Komiyama.

Said Wada, "Fatigue is starting to build up and there wasn't much life to my fastball.  I wanted to show Komiyama a better session.  But, I did have good control over my off-speed pitches.  I want to continue polishing my curve so that I can throw it even when I'm behind in the count."

And Komiyama's thoughts on Wada's session: "Wada can use his curve to help get ahead in the count.  It'll be interesting to see how much he can throw it during intra-squad and exhibition games.  I'd like to see him get a better feel for it by throwing it in those games.  Make it one of his out pitches.  He might not be much to look at in the bullpen, but he's the type of pitcher that will try anything to get a batter out.  I'm pretty sure he'll have a good year.  He should keep aiming higher and it's always good to have a wide variety of pitches."

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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 6:25 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Hiroyuki Kawahara was hit in the right side of his head by a thrown ball during practice today and rushed to the hospital.  CT scans did not reveal and damage.  Kawahara was hit in the head when the catcher tried to make a throw to second during BP (that was a part of the exercise).

Satoru Morimoto was also examined today (hurt his right knee during practice on the 7th) and was diagnosed with internal inflammation.  He is essentially listed as day-to-day.

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Tadashi Settsu threw 94 pitches to a squatting catcher today.  Settsu later told reporters he was thinking of stopping after 50 pitches but decided to keep going because he was on a good groove and wanted to make sure it stuck to him.  He also mixed in a lot of curves and sliders because sinking pitches alone won't be enough if he's used as a starter.

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The Hawks are thinking about taking their time with Ayatsugu Yamashita (1st round), much like they did with Kenji Jojima (they kept Jojima at Ni-gun for two years).

Said Sadaharu Oh, "I don't like [telling players] what to do right from the very start.  I think it's best not to try and put them into a box.  It may not be the best phrasing, but I think it should be two years of grazing. ... With Jojima, we just wanted him to play in as many games as possible so we just kept trotting him out there in Ni-gun games.  This is about creating a body that's capable of performing at the professional level."

During BP yesterday, Yamashita took 29 swings and hit 9 over the fence.

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There was a meeting yesterday at Ikime-no Mori Athletic Park to explain the new NPB rules.  During the meeting, Koji Akiyama suggested that some stadiums needed to extend their foul poles.

Said Akiyama, "There are a couple of stadiums where the poles are low and I told them that I thought those should be extended.  We do have video replays now, but it can still be difficult to judge.  We had this same problem last year.  I think this is something that would be good for the umpires."

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