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[10/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara visited Yomiuri headquarters in Tokyo on Monday. He gave top advisor Tsuneo Watanabe and team owner Kojiro Shiraishi his report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Hara went through 113 different batting orders during the regular season. One of his goals during the off-season is to make sure he does not go through as many different orders next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano is not planning to slow his rehab program down just because the Giants failed to make the Nippon Series. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) took outdoor batting practice at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He swung the bat forty times and hit two over the fence. It was his first outdoor session since he hurt his finger in September. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Leslie Anderson is planning to get his left elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Fall practices under new manager Koichi Ogata began at Mazda Stadium on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... Ogata would like Rainel Rosario to attend fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Ichi-gun infield/base coach Shinji Ko was named Ni-gun interim manager. His first day on the job will be Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Ko is planning to give Seiya Suzuki opportunities to play short. Since joining the group in Miyazaki after the Climax Series on the 15th, Suzuki has played the outfield and third. Ogata told reporters he wanted to give Suzuki looks at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are thinking about offering Meiji University coach Kosuke Matsuoka a coaching job next year. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa tossed forty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the end of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato will be attending fall camp for the first time in four years. He has already tossed two bullpen sessions during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Yoshinori threw seventy-six pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) appeared at a talk event in Tokyo on Sunday and told fans that he could be okay to begin pitching in exhibition games some time in late-March next year. He resumed playing catch on Saturday. He is slated to play catch outdoors on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow back in April. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014

[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/19/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 5:32 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kazuhisa Kawaguchi will be stepping down as general pitching coach. He will be joining the front office on a part-time basis. The Giants decided to accept hitting coach Hideki Hashigami's resignation. Source: official announcement
  • The Giants have approached Yoshinobu Takahashi about being a player/hitting coach next year. The veteran has shown an interest in taking on the added responsibilities. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014, Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono will get his right elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery and should be fine for spring camp next year. He might also need right knee surgery. Kenji Yano will also be getting his right elbow cleaned out. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) started using both hands while taking soft-toss batting practice on Sunday. He also resumed playing catch. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • Shota Suzuki threw thirty pitches in the bullpen after his Phoenix League start on Saturday. Motonobu Tanishige caught the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014
  • A number of players spent time signing autographs for fans that came to watch fall practices over the weekend. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2014

[10/18/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Kila Ka'aihue will not be returning to Hiroshima next year. There is a good chance Zach Phillips will be offered a contract. Bryan Bullington was offered a contract, but Kam Mickolio is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai is expected to inform the Dragons of his decision when the two sides get together for their second meeting. He does not appear interested in testing the free agent market. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Yamai has not made a decision yet and could still exercise his FA option. He hopes to finalize his plans during his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... According to a Sanspo report, Yamai may have been offered a multi-year deal worth over 100 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have given Yoshihisa Naruse permission to skip fall practices and spend time away from the team to think about what he wants to do with his FA option. He could meet with team officials again early next week. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena left Japan out of Osaka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he was disappointed the Buffaloes finished in second and wanted to do more to help the team next year, if given the chance. He also said he was not looking for anything specific in his contract and would rather return to Orix next year if possible. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena told reporters he still felt pain in his right pectoralis major and planned to have it examined on the Monday after he returned to the United States. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena is seeking a mult-year deal. Orix is thinking more along the lines of a one-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2014
  • The Buffaloes are interested in the KBO's Won-Kun Chang. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/18/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe went 2-for-16 during the Final Stage. He batted clean-up in all four games. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) worked out at Giants Stadium on Saturday. He did some long distance throwing and maxed out at about seventy meters. It was the longest distance he threw since he resumed throwing after his injury. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Sugano could throw pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen as early as the 21st. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was a guest commentator on the broadcast for the Hanshin-Yomiuri Final Stage Climax Series game on Saturday. When asked about posting, he replied, "I'm not really sure, I need to talk things over with the team first. This is not something I alone can decide." Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi had to field 200 grounders after a game of rock, scissor, paper with Motonobu Tanshige on the 17th. Tanishige spent about an hitting balls to Takahashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices under new manager Mitsuru Manaka started at Jingun Gaien on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) participated in fall practices. After playing some catch, he threw fifty pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014
  • There is a chance Wladimir Balentien will miss spring camp next year. Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles tendon earlier this month on the 1st and could require about six months for a full recovery. The Swallows will request his presence at spring camp if he is healthy enough, but will not force him to attend if he still needs time. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

[10/17/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte), Chichiro Kaneko (Orix), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:39 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers may have shifted their attention to Chihiro Kaneko and Naoki Miyanishi, now that there is a chance Daisuke Yamai might not become available. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai might end up remaining with the Dragons. He feels strongly about staying and was offered a contract that was close to what he was hoping for. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihisa Naruse met with management for about an hour on the 15th. It was their first meeting. He may have been offered a one-year deal with a drop in salary. Said Naruse, "Honestly, there was a bit of a gap in between our interests. It seems they didn't really take my eleven years with the team into serious consideration... I was surprised and it made me sad." The two side are scheduled to meet again sometime on or after the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/2014, Sports Hochi 10/17/2014, Sponichi 10/17/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are planning to begin contract negotiations for potential free agents Chihiro Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi within the next few days. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

[10/17/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • New manager Koichi Ogata expressed interest in checking on available talent at the twelve team tryouts on November 9 and 20. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014
  • Ogata is planning to give Seiya Suzuki looks at short and third, beginning at fall camp. Ogata feels the outfield is a wasted position for Suzuki. He likes his arm strength and believes he has the ability to make accurate throws on deep plays at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto's right eye retinal detachment was not serious. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Nagoya. He will be released within the next few days and will require rest through to the end of the month to avoid recurrence. The detachment was discovered during an eye exam. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to decrease the number of foreign players under contract from six to five next season (four at Ichi-gun and one at Ni-gun). Wladimir Balentien and Lastings Milledge are in the middle of multi-year deals and will return next year. There is a good chance Orlando Roman will also be back in 2015. Tony Barnette, Chris Narveson, and Chris Carpenter are question marks. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Scout Takayuki Saito will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. The Swallows are expected to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as Ni-gun pitching coach and Shintaro Muzitani a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Ichi-gun battery coach Kosei Ono will most likely join the front office. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

[10/16/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte)

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The media learned that Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai at the Nagoya Stadium facilities on the first day of fall practices on the 9th. He was reportedly offered a multi-year deal with a large bump in salary. Yamai asked for some time to consider the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima apparently has a clause in his contract that gives him the right to exercise his FA option if he plays in a certain number of games. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani could get involved in talks with Senichi Hoshino. The Eagles would like to offer their former manager some sort of position in the front office, but Hoshino is balking because of how long it took management to hire his replacement. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was fitted for his 2015 uniform on Thursday. He is still waiting to talk to the front office about next season. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Team official Nobuhira Hayashi told reporters on Thursday that the organization met with Yoshihisa Naruse to discuss his future. Nothing was decided during the meeting. The two sides will meet again in about ten days. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hiroki Kokubo signed a contract to be Samurai Japan manager through to 2017. However, he can break out of it to accept a managerial position in the NPB. Source: ZakZak 10/16/2014 ... Sadaharu Oh would like to see a former player step in as the next manager. Kimiyasu Kudo could be his top choice. Source: Daily Sports 10/16/2014, Sports Hochi 10/16/2014 ... Oh told reporters on Thursday he met Kudo in Tokyo on Wednesday for an unrelated matter. Source: Sanspo 10/16/2014 ... Sponichi believes that Oh may have offered the managerial position to Kudo on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. "I have not heard anything about it from him and my assistant Shosaku Yokota has said nothing about it either. I know it's something he wants to do. I hear he is also studying English. But it is not something we expected and he is an important part of our team. He's only been here two years. We haven't even won anything. It's still too early," said team president Ryuzo Setoyama. Source: Tokyo Sports 10/16/2014
  • Orix is interested in Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel. Source: Sports Hochi 10/16/2014

[10/16/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:38 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto started a Phoenix League game against Nippon Ham on Thursday. He gave up three runs on four hits over five innings of work. He had a shutout going until he served up a three-run homer to Tatsuya Morimoto with two out in the 4th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014
  • Takuya Asao worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday. He wore black-rimmed glasses because his contacts were causing irritation. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right hand) should be able to resume playing catch this month. He has started a physical training program to regain lost muscle in his right arm. He plans to work through to the end of the year. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • The Dragons announced that Masahiro Yamamoto had surgery to treat a retinal detachment in his right eye on October 2. His recovery is going well. He should be able to start practices in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Shintaro Muzitani could be offered a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Scout Takayuki Saito could be re-assigned to Ni-gun hitting caoch. Ni-gun manager Akimitsu Ito, Ni-gun hitting coach Takao Ise, and Ni-gun outfield/base coach Katsuyuki Dobashi will likely remain at their current position. Ni-gun hitting coach Takahiro Ikeyama could become Ni-gun general coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

[10/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:26 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Leandro Mella will return to the United States on the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase is not ready to call it quits, but is prepared to approach next season as if it might be his last -- if he cannot be a closer, he will either be fired or will quit. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi, Daisuke Yamai, and Iwase began their workouts at World Wing training facilities on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Fall practices began at Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • General manager Shigeru Takada met coaches at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka on Tuesday. A number of changes were decided. Hitting/strategy coach Tatsuya Shindo will become head coach; Ni-gun manager Iwao Omura will be re-assigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach; and assistant general manager Daisuke Yamashita will take over as Ni-gun manager. Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) will not get to pitch during the Phoenix League. He is scheduled to participate in fall practices that begins at Jingu on the 18th. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014 ... Yoshinori could attend fall camp depending on his condition during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014