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[10/26/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 2:54 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake (right shoulder) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on Sunday. He faced Fuminori Yokogawa and Chikara Yoshikawa eighteen times and allowed six could-be hits. He threw fifty-three pitches and topped out at 140km/h. This was his first appearance against live hitters since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014 ... Or faced Yokogawa and Yoshikawa nineteen times and allowed seven could-be hits. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen on Sunday. It was his first session with a squatting catcher. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Four Chunichi players, including Takuya Asao and Kazuki Yoshimi, signed autographs and took photos with about 600 fans after fall practices on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Junji Ogawa is hoping to gain some insight on how to improve his pitching mechanics and control from his Samurai Japan teammates, like Chihiro Kaneko and Shohei Otani. Source: Sanspo 10/26/2014

[10/25/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:25 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Frederich Cepeda left for Cuba on Saturday. Before leaving, he said to reporters, "Nothing has been decided, but I would like to come back [to the Giants]." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) tossed a bullpen session on Thursday. He threw forty-two pitches at fifty to sixty percent. He is scheduled to join Ichi-gun fall practices on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 10/24/2014 ... The session on Thursday was Sugano's first since his right elbow injury. He threw to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama is planning to lose some weight this winter. He wants to push his weight down to under ninety kilograms for the first time since 2010. He currently weighs ninety-three kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014
  • The Carp offered Shinji Sasaoka a job as Ni-gun pitching coach. An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014, Sponichi 10/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige spent over an hour mixing with fans during fall practices at Nagoya Stadium on Saturday. He stood for photos with about 500 fans. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer Tomochika Tsuboi a job as Ichi-gun hitting coach. They are also planning to offer Katsuya Udo (Tokushima Indigo Socks manager) and Naoya Shimada (batting practice pitcher) jobs as Ni-gun pitching coach. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/25/2014] Rumors: Yoshihisa Naruse, Ginjiro Sumitani

by on Oct.26, 2014 @ 3:05 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are interested in Ginjiro Sumitani (27) as a potential replacement for Motonobu Tanishige. Source: Sports Hochi 10/25/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • The Eagles have an interest in Yokohama senryokugai Hitoshi Fujie. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Seibu Lions

  • There is a good chance Ginjiro Sumitani will exercise his FA option, even though he has mentioned his feelings about wanting to stay. Source: Sponichi 10/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are looking into Yoshihisa Naruse in case they need to find a replacement for Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2014

[10/25/2014] Chunichi Dragons: Fall camp schedule

by on Oct.25, 2014 @ 6:42 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced that fall camp will take place between October 29 and November 20. There will be two groups, one working out at Nagoya Stadium and another at Agui Baseball Stadium.

Date  Nagoya Agui
10/29 Wed Start of fall camp
10/30 Thu Practice Practice
10/31 Fri Practice Practice
11/01 Sat Practice Day Off
11/02 Sun Day Off Practice at Nagoya Stadium
11/03 Mon Practice at Nagoya Stadium
11/04 Tue Practice Practice
11/05 Wed Practice Practice
11/06 Thu Practice Practice
11/07 Fri Practice Practice
11/08 Sat Practice Day Off
11/09 Sun Day Off Practice at Nagoya Stadium
11/10 Mon Practice Practice
11/11 Tue Practice Practice
11/12 Wed Practice Practice
11/13 Thu Practice Practice
11/14 Fri Practice Practice
11/15 Sat Practice Day Off
11/16 Sun Day Off Practice at Nagoya Stadium
11/17 Mon Practice Practice
11/18 Tue Practice Practice
11/19 Wed Practice Practice
11/20 Thu End of fall camp

Agui Group

  • Tajima, Shinji
  • Suzuki, Shota
  • Okada, Toshiya
  • Ono, Yudai
  • Fukutani, Koji
  • Nishikawa, Kentaro
  • Sobue, Daisuke
  • Wakamatsu, Shunta
  • Ito, Junki
  • Kishimoto, Junki

All other players, excluding some veterans, will be in the Nagoya Group.

Source: official announcement

[10/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano will hold workouts in Arizona in December before the team's first place celebration trip to Hawaii. He will return to Arizona after his return to Hawaii. He also plans to head overseas in January and stay overseas until spring camp because he found it difficult to prepare in the cold weather in Japan last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2014, Sponichi 10/23/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono is planning to have right knee surgery. Damage was found in the meniscus during a hospital examination. It could take three to four months for a full recovery. There is a chance he might not be ready for spring camp next year. He is also scheduled to have surgery to clean out his right elbow. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Leslie Anderson returned to Florida out of Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima will be working on his base-running skills during fall camp. He has already started making adjustments to his lead during fall practices. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada will be signing an advisory contract with Magniflex. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

[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