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[4/14/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda started having problems with his right elbow during spring camp.  The Tigers shut him down and he has yet to start playing catch.  There is currently no timetable on him.  There is a good chance he will miss the first-half of the season.  Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is scheduled to play some catch on the 16th.  The Carp will wait to make a decision on him until they have had a chance to see how he is feeling on the 16th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014 ... If Maeda is okay to pitch, he could get a start during a Yokohama series that begins on the 18th.  The 20th, on seven days of rest, is a possibility.  Looking to next week, Kenjiro Nomura is hoping Maeda will be okay for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 25th.  If Maeda needs rest, the Carp could take him off the active roster as late as the 17th without losing him as an option to start the last game of the Yomiuri series on the 27th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco missed the games over the weekend because of tightness in his left calf.  He is still considered day-to-day.  His status on Tuesday will depend on how he feels during pre-game practices.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba had surgery to clean out his left knee at a hospital in Sapporo on Monday.  He will stay in the hospital for a couple of days before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Chiba.  He will require five to six weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

[4/14/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Chris Seddon worked out for about two hours at Giants Stadium.  He threw twenty pitches in the bullpen.  He will start Tuesday's game against Yakult at Shizuoka.  Source: Sanspo 4/14/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano could make his next start on the 16th against Yakult at Jingu.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto moved in to sole possession of second place on the franchise's all-time list for consecutive games played with 649.  The Giants' top three: Hideki Matsui (1,250), Sakamoto (649), and Shigeo Nagashima (648).  Source: Sanspo 4/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kentaro Sekimoto recorded the sixth walk-off hit of his career on Sunday.  Koichi Tabuchi and Akihiro Yano hold the franchise record with ten.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014
  • TV ratings in the Kansai region for Sunday's game was 13.8%.  The ratings peaked at 20.7% when the Tigers won the game on Sekimoto's walk-off (5:01pm).  Ratings for the opening series (vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome) - Game 1, first hour: 13.1%; remaining: 10.5%.  Game 2: 9.5%.  Game 3: 12.0%.  Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera is scheduled to start a game on the 16th against Hanshin at Mazda Stadium.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
  • 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri's next start could come on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

[4/13/2014] Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 12:02 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Randy Messenger became the third foreign pitcher in franchise history to reach the forty win milestone on Friday.  Source: Daily Sorts 4/12/2014
  • Minoru Iwata joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami turned twenty on Saturday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
  • Takashi Toritani recorded his eleventh four-hit game on Saturday, second against the Yomiuri Giants game.

Hiroshima Carp

  • Tomonori Maeda got a plaque at Mazda Stadium commemorating the twenty-four years he spent in the organization as a player (1990-2013).  Source: official announcement
  • Bryan Bullington's wife and three children arrived in Japan on the 7th.  Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa joined Hiromu Matsuoka as the only starters in franchise history to get opening day starts and win three or more games in a row.  Matsuoka was the opening day starter in 1971 and won four in a row as the starting pitcher.  Ogawa was the opening day starter this year and has so far won three games in a row as the starting pitcher.  Source: Sponichi 4/12/2014

[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[4/11/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 12:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yuki Koyama is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on the 15th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano became the ninth pitcher in franchise history to start and win three or more games in a row, beginning with the opening day start, and first since Tetsuya Utsumi in 2010 (four starts, four wins).  There have been seven right-handed Yomiuri pitchers that accomplished the feat before Sugano.  Masumi Kuwata was the last with five starts and five wins in 1989.  Sugano also won his first three starts last season and joined Tsuneo Horiuchi (thirteen wins to start the 1966 season and eight wins to start the 1967 season), Kunikazu Ogawa (three wins to start the 1973 season and seven wins to start the 1974 season), and Hisanori Takahashi (three wins to start the 2000 and 2001 seasons) as the only pitchers in franchise history to begin their first two seasons with three-game winning streaks.  Source: Sanspo 4/11/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi recorded a modasho and threw out two base-runners on Thursday.  He is the first rookie in franchise history to achieve the feat.  Shinnosuke Abe had three modashos and threw out multiple base-runners four times during his rookie season in 2001, but never accomplished both in the same game.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers added Kazuo Ito to the seventy-man roster on Friday.  His uniform number changed from 117 to 92.  Source: official announcement
  • Daiki Enokida faced three hitters, recorded one out, and threw seventeen pitches during Thursday's game against Yokohama.  He is still scheduled to start a game on the 13th against Yomiuri at Koshien.  Source: Sanpso 4/11/2014
  • Minoru Iwata could get a start during an upcoming Yakult series (April 18-20, at Koshien).  Source: Sanspo 4/11/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuya Fukui started a Ni-gun game against Orix on Friday.  He pitched seven innings and gave up two runs.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
  • Chudenko presented the Carp with a solar-powered radio-wave clock as part of its seventieth anniversary celebration.  The clock was installed outside Mazda Stadium.  An unveiling ceremony took place on Friday morning.  Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons increased the number of relievers from six to seven by adding Kenta Asakura to the active roster on Friday.  Shunta Wakamatsu was sent down to Ni-gun to make room for Asakura.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014
  • Ryosuke Hirata is apparently taking things a little more seriously this year, according to Tokyo Sports.  Hirata has cut back on drinking and playing video games this season.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Lastings Milledge has been struggling at the plate (nine hits in forty-seven plate appearances) and the Swallows need arms.  They will take Milledge off the active roster to make room for Orlando Roman.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

[4/10/2014] Injury Report: Kengo Tagawa (Yakult), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 2:08 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome may have suffered a fracture in his right collarbone and a left rib when he crashed into Tsuyoshi Nishioka on March 30.  However, he did play in two games (Ni-gun and Ichi-gun) on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 4/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kengo Tagawa had surgery to remove a herniated lumbar disc.  He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Onizaki fouled a ball off his right shin on Wednesday.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with a bruise.  He was using crutches to get around, but was not taken off the active roster because he can get by without them.  He did not play in Thursday's game.  The Lions will wait to see how Onizaki is feeling on Friday before making a decision on what to do next.  Source: Sanspo 4/10/2014, Sponichi 4/10/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu was examined at a hospital in the United States and diagnosed with a minor herniated disc.  He will remain in the US for about a month of rehab.  There is no timetable on his return.  Source: Sponichi 4/10/2014