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[9/29/2013] Injury Updates: Nakane (YAK), Nakata (HAM), Kuriyama, German (SEI), Brazell (LOT), Itoi (ORI)

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 1:55 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Doala (left middle finger fracture) rode a tricycle around the Nagoya Dome field on Sunday with signs that indicated he was getting better and planned to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Saturday that twenty-four-year-old pitcher Yuji Nakane had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on the 25th.  He will require about a year for a full recovery.  The Swallows are expected to sign Nakane to an Ikusei contract after the season.

Source: Sanspo 9/29/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) took indoor batting practice today for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Seibu Lions

Takumi Kuriyama took an HBP off his head in the 6th inning of Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  Kuriyama left the field for treatment and was able to return to play out the rest of the game.

Lotte's Wil Ledezma was tossed for throwing the dangerous pitch.  He is the eleventh pitcher to get tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch this season (eighth in the PL).

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013


Esteban German was pulled from Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on defense in the 4th inning because of discomfort in his neck.

A team spokesperson told the media German was pulled as a precaution because he felt discomfort in his neck while swinging the bat.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell tweaked his left ankle during his at bat in the 3rd inning of Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions.  He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 6th because the ankle was feeling worse.  Brazell told reporters that he should be ok to play on Monday.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning of Saturday's game against Nippon Ham because he was not feeling well -- his eyes were giving him problems and he had a headache.  The problems went away with some rest and oxygen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

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[9/21/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), K. Maeda (HIR), Fujii, Yamato, Hifumi (HAN), Nakata (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.22, 2013 @ 2:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe was scratched from the starting line-up before Saturday's game because he felt discomfort in his back.  He was examined at a hospital and was diagnosed with shingles running from his right side to his back.  He is considered day-to-day.

"There was nothing this morning, but I started feeling pain all of a sudden right before the game.  This was a first for me and it hurt," Abe said to reporters after he returned to the stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013, Sponichi 9/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Doala (left middle finger fracture) is hoping to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season on October 5 (vs Yokohama) -- his finger is healing well and the pin will likely be removed next week.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda went to the hospital after leaving the Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants because he was not feeling well.  He was diagnosed with tonsillitis.  Kenjiro Nomura told reporters Maeda was feeling under the weather before the game and may have had a fever.  Nomura kept Maeda in the game until the 6th because he had a no-hitter through five.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013, Daily Sports 9/21/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii (right calf bruise) resumed outdoor batting practice on Friday.  He took forty-eight swings and collected fourteen could-be hits.  He also chased some baseballs in the outfield.  He is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 22nd against Orix.  He could return to the active roster as early as the 24th (vs Yokohama at Koshien).

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013


Yamato (right pinky fracture) could play in his first rehab game later this month.  There are four Ni-gun games remaining at Naruohama: practice game against Orix on the 26th, games against Softank on the 28th and 29th, and a practice game against Panasonic (Industrial League) on October 2.  He could also play in a few Phoenix League games (begins October 7).  His goal right now is to make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series.

He is already playing catch, taking fielding practice, running the bases, and taking batting practice against a machine that throw curves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013


Shinta Hifumi wants to participate in the Phoenix League that begins on October 7.

Hifumi suffered an avulsion fracture in his left third cuneiform bone when he crashed into a fence while going after a foul ball during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 14.  His cast has since been removed and he is playing catch outdoors.  He has also started to do some jogging.  On Friday, he resumed live indoor batting practice and is close to swinging the bat at full strength.  Assuming no setbacks, he might be ready to play during the second-half of the Pheonix League.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata joined the Ichi-gun team on Saturday.  He was examined on Friday but did not get the green light to resume batting practice because the fracture in his left pinky has not yet fully healed.  The team should have a better idea of when he will be able to return after his next examination on the 25th.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Saturday.  He tossed two innings in relief and gave up a run on two hits.  He also walked one, hit one, and struck out two.

The Lions are not planning to call Kikuchi up right away.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013, Sponichi 9/21/2013

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[8/19/2013] Injury Updates: Yamauchi, Doala (CHU), Enokida (HAN), Nakamura (YOK), Pena (SOF)

by on Aug.19, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The media learned that Soma Yamauchi will have surgery to remove loose cartilage from his right elbow.  His season is likely over.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/19/2013


Doala suffered a fracture in his left middle finger while working out on the 16th.  He underwent surgery earlier today.  He will not be able to do any back-flips for about five weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2013, Daily Sports 8/19/2013, Sponichi 8/19/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida tossed situational batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday.  He faced six batters, threw twenty-four pitches, recorded three strikeouts, and gave up two could-be hits.  He is slated to throw about four innings in a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on the 21st.  Assuming no problems, he could return to the active roster on the 28th.

Source: Sanspo 8/19/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Norihiro Nakamura missed Sunday's game because he tweaked his back during pre-game batting practice.  He should be ok to play on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 8/19/2013

Softbank Hawks

Wily Mo Pena (right knee) is scheduled to return to Japan on the 20th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2013

Doala to hold an emergency mini-camp

by on Oct.26, 2010 @ 4:20 am, under NPB
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Dragons' mascot Doala will apparently be holding an emergency mini camp for himself as he failed to pull off back-flips in three out of the four Climax Series games (this despite the fact that his success rate was at about 60% during the regular season).

Seems he also doesn't want to be outdone by Chiba Lotte Marines' mascot Cool.

"I intend to make every back-flip and have our team win," said Doala.  "[The Marines] have a mascot that's good at doing back-flips and I don't want to lose to him.  I'll do my training and make sure I'm ready for the Nippon Series."

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