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[1/16/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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The Giants announced today that Hideki Matsui will be a special instructor during spring camp, between February 1 and 13.

Source: official announcement

Matsui said he might be willing to take some swings at the plate if Tatsunori Hara was willing to join him in a home run derby.  Hara told reporters today he would have to think about it.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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The Giants held a staff meeting in Tokyo today to discuss plans for spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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Hirokazu Sawamura has moved away from heavy lifting because he feels it has not helped him on the field as a pitcher the last three years.  He knows the weights helped him build a solid foundation, but past that, he is no longer certain if it is something he needs to continue doing to find success.  He also realizes this is an important year and wants to mix things up and try something new.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

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There is a good chance that Daisuke Nakai will get looks in the outfield with the addition of Hirokazu Ibata and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  Nakai will most likely be assigned to Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014Sanspo 1/16/2014

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1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi could make his "debut" in an intra-squad game on February 11.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

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The Giants will likely try various combinations of Ibata, Kataoka, and Hayato Sakamoto up the middle during spring camp.  Takayuki Terauchi could also be thrown into the mix to expand options.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2014

Up to seven players could end up competing for the two middle infield positions: Ibata, Kataoka, Sakamoto, Terauchi, Nakai, Daisuke Fujimura, and Soichiro Tateoka.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

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The Giants are planning to add former Hiroshima Carp infielder Tsubasa Nakatani to their staff as a bullpen catcher.  Nakatani was primarily a second baseman when he actively played and has no experience catching.  He is currently learning the ropes.  He was selected for his personality.

Source: Sanspo 1/16/2014

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The media learned that Shigeo Nagashima resigned from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Special Selection Committee because he wanted to give younger people a chance at the position.

Source: ZakZak 1/16/2014

Nagashima is scheduled to drop by Ichi-gun spring camp on the 11th and 12th.

Source: Sponichi 1/16/2014

[8/29/2013] Injury Updates: Nakai, Tateoka (Yomiuri), Yamauchi (Chunichi), Suzuki (Rakuten)

by on Aug.30, 2013 @ 1:48 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai (left knee) and Soichiro Tateoka (right ankle) joined the Ni-gun team for workouts on Thursday.  They might be ready to play in rehab games some time next week.

Source: Sanspo 8/29/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced on Thursday that Soma Yamauchi had surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.  He will be discharged from the hospital on the 31st and will not be able to play any catch for two to three months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Third base coach Yasutomo Suzuki took a batted ball off the back of his head in the 9th inning of Wednesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  He remained in the game until the end before heading to the hospital for an examination.  His tests came back negative for any problems.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2013

[8/24/2013] Injury Updates: Nakai (YOM), Imanari, Ito, Enokida (HAN), Fujii (YOK), Sakata (SEI), Rasner (RAK)

by on Aug.24, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai took outdoor batting practice on Friday for the first time since he hurt his left knee.  Depending on how things go, he could play a rehab game in early September.

Source: Sanspo 8/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Ryota Imanari and Hayata Ito are a little banged up after today's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  Imanari hurt his left leg while trying to score from first on a double to center by Matt Murton in the top of the 9th.  He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.  Ito was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off the area near his right knee in the 7th.

"They both suffered bruises.  Nothing serious," said Yutaka Wada to reporters after the game.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2013

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Daiki Enokida pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 20th and reportedly left the game a little early because of discomfort in his left elbow.  He joined the Ichi-gun team on Friday and told reporters he was fine.  He is currently scheduled to start a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shugo Fujii left tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants after throwing just seventeen pitches because of discomfort in his left elbow.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Sakata is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 27th against Nippon Ham.  It will be his first game in about three months.  Sakata was taken off the active roster on May 20 with a forward dislocation in his left shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Darrell Rasner's night was cut short with pain in his right elbow -- he entered the game in the top of the 9th against Lotte and left after throwing just six pitches.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

[8/8/2013] Injury Updates: Tateoka, Nakai (YOM), Milledge (YAK), Wolfe (HAM), Nishiguchi (SEI)

by on Aug.08, 2013 @ 9:15 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Soichiro Tateoka was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with a ligament injury in his right ankle.  He is scheduled to begin his rehab at Giants Stadium on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

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Daisuke Nakai played catch and took some soft-toss batting practice today for the first time since he injured his left knee.

Source: Sanspo 8/8/2013

Yakult Swallows

Lastings Milledge crashed into the wall in left while chasing down a hit by Kazuhiro Wada in the 2nd inning of today's game against Chunichi and hurt his left ankle.  He got some treatment and returned to the game but ended up leaving one batter later.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Brian Wolfe left today's game after he developed a cramp in his right side while throwing warm-up pitches before the 7th inning of tonight's game against Seibu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

Seibu Lions

Fumiya Nishiguchi was pulled from the game after he started feeling discomfort in his right calf after throwing one pitch to Shota Ono with a runner on first and two out in the 6th inning of today's game against Nippon Ham.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2013

[8/4/2013] Injury Updates: Nakai (YOM), Tanishige (CHU), Milledge, Roman (YAK), Fujii (HAN), Nakamura (YOK), Hayasaka (LOT)

by on Aug.04, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai attempted to make a diving catch on a pop fly hit by Takahiro Arai in the 1st inning.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 2nd inning because of pain in his left knee.  He was taken to the hospital during the game and diagnosed with a ligament injury.  He will be taken off the active roster on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2013, Sponichi 8/4/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Motonobu Tanishige was able to play in today's game against Yokohama despite a bruise he suffered on his right hand on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Yakult Swallows

Lastings Milledge fouled a ball of his left leg during his at bat in 4th inning of tonight's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  He was later removed from the game on defense in the 5th.

Orlando Roman was pulled from tonight's game against Hiroshima after he hurt his left calf while running to cover first base in the 5th inning.  He will most likely be taken off the active roster on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii was left out of the starting line-up today against the Yomiuri Giants.    Fujii was taken out of a game against Yokohama on July 28 after he started feeling discomfort in his left hamstring. 

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura was replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 5th after he took an HBP off his right hand.  He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Keisuke Hayasaka was replaced by a pinch-runner after he felt discomfort in his right hamstring while running out a grounder to second (force) in the 4th inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2013

Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 14, 2013

by on Feb.14, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Kyosuke Takagi: bullpen, 132 pitches, at about eighty percent, this was the third 100+ pitch session since the start of camp
  • Toru Anan: bullpen, seventy-two pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Eddie Jones, head coach of the Japan national rugby union team, visited spring camp in Okinawa today.  He also spoke to players for about twenty minutes after their intra-squad game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013, Sponichi 2/14/2013

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NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato visited Giants' camp today.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013

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Kyosuke Takagi is scheduled to pitch three innings in relief during an intra-squad game on the 16th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Tatsunori Hara hit forty-six grounders to Daisuke Nakai over about a twenty minute period during workouts on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013

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There are currently twenty position players attending Ichi-gun camp.  That will drop to about eighteen after an intra-squad game on the 16th.  If Michihiro Ogasawara and Yoshitomo Tani are ready, they will join Ichi-gun camp on the 23rd, when the Giants play an exhibition game against Hiroshima.  That will likely lead to two more demotions.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Keun-Woo Jeong (SK Wyverns) appeared on JTBC TV (Korea) and said he was interested in playing for the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013

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Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Goto is reportedly working as a special spring training instructor for the New York Yankees.  After that, he will report to Single-A Staten Island.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013