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[3/3/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 12:33 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Takuya Asao ended his outing as batting practice pitcher on Sunday after throwing twelve pitches because he felt some tightness in his shoulder.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014  Nikkan Sports says it was tightness in his right elbow.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • Michihiro Ogasawara's locker is next to Kazuhiro Wada's.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Akinori Iwamura joined Ichi-gun workouts at Jingu on Monday.  He will most likely play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Orix at either first or designated hitter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014
  • The Swallows announced that Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa and singer/songwriter Masashi Sada will be guests on opening day.  Ichikawa will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Sada will sing the national anthem.  Source: Sponichi 3/3/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien returned the first baseman's mitt he was borrowing from Junji Ogawa on Sunday.  Source: Sanspo 3/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

[3/2/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Name Type Date NP Notes
Takuya Asao BP 3/2 12 Faced Shuhei Takahashi and Yuto Morikoshi; including breaking pitches; allowed two could-be hits.  Sanspo 3/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 5th round draft pick Taiki Sekine will be sent down to Ni-gun after going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's exhibition game against Chunichi.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/2/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was originally slated to start Sunday's exhibition game at first, but was instead the designated hitter.  The experiment to move him to first likely ended with him returning to the outfield.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/2014

[3/1/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • 2nd round draft pick Katsuki Matayoshi is scheduled to pitch in Sunday's game against Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Shota Suzuki attended his high school graduation on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Masaya Emura and Katsuki Akagawa were sent down to Ni-gun for more work.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014
  • The new indoor training facility at Ni-gun Toda cost about 500 million yen.  The size of the space increased from 589 square meters to 1,160 square meters.  Source: Sponichi 3/1/2014

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Wladimir Balentien will not be traveling with the team for road exhibition games against Orix (March 5-6 at Kyocera Dome) and Hiroshima (March 8-9 in Fukuyama and Mazda Stadium).  He will remain in Tokyo and continue his workouts.

There is a good chance Balentien will end up returning to the outfield after another rough day at first on Saturday.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2014, Sports Hochi 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014

[2/28/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 6:21 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Toshiya Okada threw about 2,000 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp; Yudai Ono 1,800 pitches.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Name Type Date NP Notes
Yasutomo Kubo Bullpen 2/28 111 Sanspo 2/28/2014
Yuta Kakita Bullpen 2/28 30 Sanspo 2/28/2014

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  • The Bay Stars closed out Ginowan camp on Friday.
  • Daisuke Miura threw 2,627 pitches in the bullpen during spring camp this year, the most by any pitcher on the team.  Kazuki Mishima came in second with 1,883 and Yasushi Kamiuchi in third with 1,762.  Yasutomo Kubo threw 1,430 pitches and Hisanori Takahashi 1,178.  Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

[2/27/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 4:59 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tatsuro Hamada Bullpen 2/27 38 Sponichi 2/27/2014

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Quick Notes

  • The Dragons closed out Chatan camp on Thursday.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2014
  • Tatsuro Hamada threw 2,167 pitches during spring camp this year.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Yokohama on March 1.  Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014
  • Alexis Gomez resumed practices on the 27th after missing workouts on the 26th with tightness in his back.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • The Dragons announced that they will play a practice game against Hiroshima on March 10 at Mazda Stadium.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
  • Tetsuya Tani's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy weighing 3,126 grams, at a hospital in Tokushima on the 24th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

[2/26/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 4:20 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Shuhei Takahashi 2/25   Batting practice scrimmage; faced Daniel Cabrera and Daisuke Yamai; went 0-for-4; broke two bats.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Kenshin Kawakami Bullpen 2/26 88 Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Katsuki Matayoshi Bullpen 2/26 67 Sanspo 2/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

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Alexis Gomez started feeling tightness in his back during practices on the 25th.  He did not attend workouts on the 26th and was examined at a hospital.  Tests did not reveal anything anything serious.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014, Sponichi 2/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

[2/25/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daniel Cabrera BPs 2/25 31 Faced 8 hitters; Motonobu Tanishige catching: Ks, 1B8, F6, L1; Masato Matsui catching: BB, F8, Ks, Kl; topped out at 146km/h.  Sponichi 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Daisuke Yamai BPs 2/25 24 Faced 9 hitters; Motonobu Tanishige catching -- 1B8, Kl, 1B9, DP(4); Daisuke Tanaka catching: Kl, F9, 1B9, G4, F9.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Takuya Asao Bullpen 2/25 36 9 to a standing catcher, 27 to a squatting catcher; all fastballs, first session in five days.  Sports Hochi 2/25/2014, Sanspo 2/25/2014
Kazuki Yoshimi Bullpen 2/25 41 Threw to a squatting catcher for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Takuma Achira Bullpen 2/25 261 Tossed session after giving up six runs on two hits and four walks in one inning of work against SK (KBO) earlier in the day; including pitches from game: 341.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Masahiro Yamamoto BPs 2/23   Faced 12 hitters; allowed 2 hits and walked 1.  Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

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[2/24/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toru Anan and Yuki Koyama are slated to pitch in Tuesday's practice game against Samsung (KBO).  Source: Sponichi 2/24/2014
  • Taishi Ota will join Ichi-gun camp for workouts on Tuesday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

[2/23/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 1:11 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Kenshin Kawakami Bullpen 2/23 220 Or 202 depending on the reports; most he has thrown in a session during camp this year.  Sports Hochi 2/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014
Takuma Achira Bullpen 2/23 74 Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014
Shota Suzuki Bullpen 2/23 61 Mostly fastballs.  Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014Sports Hochi 2/23/2014
Yudai Ono Bullpen 2/22 221 After his exhibition game start.  Sports Hochi 2/23/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps have the day off on Monday.
  • 1st round draft pick Shota Suzuki and 4th round draft pick Takuma Achira got a chance to work out at Ichi-gun camp on Sunday (one-day invite).  Source: Sponichi 2/23/2014
  • Michihiro Ogasawara was pulled from Sunday's exhibition game against Hanshin after he took a ground ball hit by Issei Morita off his left ankle in the 4th inning.  He managed to finish out the inning, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2014

[2/22/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.23, 2014 @ 2:57 am, under NPB
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Quick Notes

  • Daniel Cabrera (had some back tightness) rejoined Chatan camp on Saturday.  He participated in general workouts and told reporters he felt great.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
  • Motonobu Tanishige will most likely make it into games as a player some time on or after March 1.  Until then, he will continue to sit in the dugout as a manager.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

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Takuya Asao felt some tightness in his right elbow after tossing a bullpen session on the 20th.  He was evaluated at a hospital and did not play catch on the 21st.  He resumed playing catch on Saturday -- he threw the ball a distance of about twenty-seven meters -- but was scratched from his batting practice scrimmage on the 25th as a precaution.  He was not planning on throwing the ball on Saturday, but did because he felt good.

Asao told reporters he was not hurt and that he only went to the hospital because he wanted to make sure.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014, Sponichi 2/22/214