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[12/18/2013] Hiroshima Carp: Bryan Bullington, Kila Ka’aihue signed to contracts for 2014 season

by on Dec.18, 2013 @ 1:39 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Bryan Bullington (33) and Kila Ka'aihue (29) to contracts for the 2014 season.  Bullington will enter the second year of a two-year deal next season.  His salary will be an estimated 1.35 million US dollars plus incentives.  Ka'aihue will be returning next season for an estimated one million US dollars plus incentives.

Source: official announcement (Bullington), official announcement (Ka'aihue), Sports Hochi 12/18/2013

[8/31/2013] Injury Updates: Ishikawa (YAK), Bullington, Socolovich (HIR), Fukudome (HAN), Nakata (HAM)

by on Aug.31, 2013 @ 8:39 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa was taken off the active roster on Friday with tightness in his right hamstring.  Ishikawa first felt discomfort in his leg during Thursday's game against Chunichi.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/30/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Bryan Bullington took a batted ball off the area near his left knee in the 2nd inning of today's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  He received treatment but was unable to return to the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2013

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Miguel Socolovich felt pain in his right shoulder during pre-game workouts and was taken off the active roster today.

"It is close to the same place he hurt before and it seems to be bothering him more.  [We took him off the active roster because] it will take more than just a day or two for it to get better," said Kenjiro Nomura.

Socolovich was taken off the active roster in May with right shoulder pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left calf) is still not ready to play a full game and will be used accordingly.

Source: Sanspo 8/31/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata's (left pinky finger) workouts on Friday including soft-toss batting practice with just his right hand.

Source: Sponichi 8/31/2013

Nakata has placed a personal ban on all alcohol until his fracture has completely healed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2013

[6/12/2013] Injury Update: Y. Takahashi (YOM), K. Maeda/Bullington (HIR), Fukudome (HAN), Satozaki (LOT)

by on Jun.12, 2013 @ 5:36 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Yoshinobu Takahashi (left calf strain) was slated to be a DH in a Ni-gun against Nippon Ham today, but the game was rained out.  Whether this changes his schedule is unknown.  As of yesterday, he was set to re-join Ichi-gun workouts on the 18th.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013, Daily Sports 6/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda (right side) is currently slated to return to the active roster in time for a start against Nippon Ham on the 15th.  Bryan Bullington (right lower back) should be ok to start the Nippon Ham game on the following day (16th).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (coming off left knee surgery) worked out at Naruohama on Tuesday.  For now, it seems he will require about three months for a full recovery.  He also stopped using crutches on the Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tomoya Satozaki (right shoulder, right calf) could return to the active roster when regular season play resumes on the 21st.

Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2013

[6/11/2013] Injury Update: Abe (YOM), Miyamoto (YAK), K. Maeda and Bullington (HIR), H. Takeda (HAM)

by on Jun.11, 2013 @ 11:37 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe participated in full-squad workouts at Giants Stadium today.  He told reporters that his back was no longer a problem.  He hit four over the fence during batting practice.  He is slated to play on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 6/11/2013

Yakult Swallows

Shinya Miyamoto participated in full-squad practices at YafuOku Dome today.  He was also able to take batting practice.

Miyamoto did not play in the Nippon Ham series over the weekend because of a fluid build-up in his right elbow.  He spoke to reporters after workouts today and said he should be ok to play.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda (right side) was cleared to return to the active roster today in time for a start against Nippon Ham on the 15th.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2013

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Bryan Bullington (taken off the active roster with pain in the right side of his lower back) has his sights on returning to the active roster before the end of Inter-league play.  That could mean some time during the Nippon Ham series at Sapporo Dome (June 15-16) or the make-up game against Nippon Ham at Mazda Stadium (June 18).

Bullington was at Mazda Stadium on Monday getting treatment for his back.  He no longer feels pain during forward movement, but does still feel some pain when moving from side-to-side.

Source: Daily Sports 6/11/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Hisashi Takeda (right elbow) worked out with the Ichi-gun team at Sapporo Dome today.

Takeda was taken off the active roster on the 1st with tightness in his right elbow.  He told reporters today that he no longer felt pain and that his shoulder and elbow were feeling good after the rest.  He is expected to return to the active roster on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2013

Hiroshima signs Bullington to two-year deal, Lewis to one-year deal

by on Dec.11, 2012 @ 10:34 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced they re-signed Bryan Bullington (32) to a two-year deal.  They also officially announced they signed newcomer Fred Lewis (32) to a one-year deal.

Bullington: two years at 125 million yen plus incentives per year, includes 53 million yen signing bonus.

Lewis: one year at 40 million yen plus incentives, includes a 15 million yen signing bonus and a club option for a second year.  He was also assigned the number forty-one.

Source: official announcement (Bullington), official announcement (Lewis), Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Hiroshima not planning to offer Sarfate a contract for 2013, Yokohama interested

by on Nov.08, 2012 @ 11:53 am, under NPB
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Dennis Sarfate finished out the second year of a two-year deal today.  The media learned on Wednesday that Hiroshima is not planning to offer the thirty-one-year an extension for the 2013 season.

Sarfate struggled a little this season, perhaps due to an inguinal hernia surgery he had last winter, and may have also been worried about his wife's health (he returned to the US in June to be with her).  In either case, it seems Hiroshima felt he lost a little something on his fastball and may have felt he would be a risk for the 2013 season.

Kam MickolioNick Stavinoha, and Brad Eldred will likely return next year.  The Carp are talking things over with Bryan Bullington (he finished out a two-year deal).  They are also talking to Fred Lewis.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/8/2012, Chugoku Shimbun 11/8/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2012

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According to Sanspo, the Yokohama Bay Stars have added Sarfate to their list of players to look into.  Signing him would allow the team to move Shun Yamaguchi to the starting rotation.  Source: Sanspo 11/8/2012

Hiroshima Carp looking to keep Bryan Bullington, Kam Mickolio, and Brad Eldred

by on Sep.25, 2012 @ 6:13 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp are looking to bring back Bryan BullingtonKam Mickolio, and Brad Eldred next season.  Bullington has expressed an interest to return.  Mickolio and Eldred signed two-years deals where the second year is a club option.

The Carp are still undecided on Dennis Sarfate.  The club may be leaning towards cutting ties with Nick Stavinoha and Brian Barden.

The Carp reportedly have a list of thirty foreign player candidates for the 2013 season and would ultimately like to carry a total of six foreign players next season (three pitchers, three position players).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 9/25/2012

Hiroshima Carp: Bryan Bullington would like to return next season

by on Sep.24, 2012 @ 4:45 pm, under NPB
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Bryan Bullington's contract includes an opt-out clause that allows him the Hiroshima Carp to leave after the season, provided he does not sign with another NPB team.  But Bullington told reporters on Sunday that he would like to return if given the opportunity.

An unnamed team source said, "[Bullington] pitches a good game and we also like his attitude toward baseball."

At this point, it seems there is a good chance that Bullington will to Hiroshima next season.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 9/24/2012