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[12/18/2015] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Hector Luna

by on Dec.18, 2015 @ 4:01 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with former Chunichi Dragon Hector Luna. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract that will be worth an estimated one million US dollars plus incentives. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number.

Source: official annoucement, Sports Hochi 12/18/2015, Jiji Press 12/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2015, Daily Sports 12/18/2015

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 6:03pm]

Hiroshima was concerned about Luna's health, but they were satisfied with the results of his physical examination. They were, in fact, a little surprised at how healthy he was.

Source: Sponichi 12/19/2015

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[8/4/2014] Injury Report: Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri), Hector Luna (Chunichi)

by on Aug.05, 2014 @ 12:14 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano was taken off the active roster on Monday after he was diagnosed with inflammation in a tendon in his right middle finger.  He first started feeling discomfort in the finger during a game against Yakult on July 16. Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2014, Sponichi 8/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch in another Ni-gun rehab game on the 6th against Softbank. Source: Sponichi 8/4/2014
  • Yamato (left side) resumed hitting workouts on Sunday.  After playing some catch, he moved indoors and practiced his swing and worked on his bunts. Source: Sanspo 8/4/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) joined Ichi-gun workouts on Monday for the first time in about three weeks.  Luna is expected to return to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuichi Honda (left ring finger) will begin his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2014
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[7/30/2014] Injury Report: Yoshinori Sato (Yakult), Kei Hosoya (Lotte)

by on Jul.31, 2014 @ 12:22 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  It was his first game in about a month.  He got the start in right and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014
  • Hector Luna played in a batting practice scrimmage at the Nagoya Stadium indoor facilities on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday against Rakuten.  He pitched four innings and gave up a run on four hits.  He threw fifty-eight pitches, walked two, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h.  It was his fifth rehab game. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kei Hosoya was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a sprained right ankle.  He suffered the injury while running the bases on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano (left calf) joined Ni-gun work outs on Wednesday.  He was able to take batting practice and do some light base-running exercises.  He is hoping to add fielding practice on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014
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[7/29/2014] Injury Report: Ryutaro Umeno (Hanshin), Ryosuke Yagi (Yakult)

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with discomfort in his right elbow.  The Tigers are not sure how long he will be out. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Ryutaro Umeno missed the last two games with an injury to his left thumb.  Yutaka Wada told reporters Umeno suffered the injury when he took a foul-tip off the thumb during a game against Hiroshima on the 26th.  Tests did not reveal any broken bones, but there was still some swelling. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) resumed batting practice on Tuesday and could make it back to the active roster sooner than expected.  He told reporters he wanted to get back to Ichi-gun before August 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014
  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  He might be okay to return to the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on August 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) might be able to return to the active roster on August 12.  Gourriel has already resumed batting practice and could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 8. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Yagi left Tuesday's game against Hanshin in the 9th with a runner and first and no out because he developed a cramp in his left middle finger.  He was planning to return to the mound after some treatment, but Tony Barnette's name was already called. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (fatigue) could return to the active roster in early August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014 ... August 2 is a possibility. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014 ... Kaneko tossed fifteen pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday.  It was his first session since the start of the season -- he generally does not do a lot of throwing in the bullpen during the season. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014
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[7/25/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank)

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 2 against Hiroshima.  Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) is slated to play in his first rehab game on the 29th against Softbank. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (left hamstring) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday.  He got the start at first and batted clean-up against Yokohama.  He went 1-for-3.  He will play in two more Ni-gun rehab games over the weekend.  If there are no problems, he could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for the start of the Hanshin series that begins on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Sponichi 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima was diagnosed with a strain in his left calf on Friday.  He will most likely require two to three weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) recovery is taking longer than expected.  He might be about two weeks behind schedule.  He might not be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team until late-August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014
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[7/16/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Chris Narveson (Yakult)

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are hoping to have Yohei Oshima (right side) back in time for the start of the second-half of the season.  Hector Luna (right elbow) could be ready to return on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Oshima appeared in Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and flied out to left.  He is hoping to return to the starting line-up when the second-half of the season resumes on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel left Wednesday's game against Hiroshima on defense in the 3rd because of discomfort in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... Gourriel started feeling some discomfort in his left side during his second at bat in the top of the 3rd.  He could visit a hospital for tests on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson was slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome, but was scratched at the last minute because of neck pain he started experiencing during practice on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... The injury does not appear to be serious.  The team trainer told reporters it was like he slept on his neck wrong. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014
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[7/15/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham)

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera took a batted ball off his left calf during the 4th inning of Monday's game against Yokohama.  He left the game after six full innings because the calf was beginning to tighten up. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014 ... Osera told reporters on Tuesday he felt better than he thought he would. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima (right side) returned to practices on Tuesday.  He did not play catch or take batting practice in the cages.  He did field some grounders, work on his bunts, and hit some soft-toss batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Hector Luna was supposed to get an MRI for his right elbow, but turned it down because the machine made him uncomfortable (it was too small, it hurt his shoulder).  Luna wants for focus on treatment for the pain and inflammation so he can return to the active roster in ten days.  Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters doctors could not find any inflammation in his x-rays.  They decided to take Luna off the active roster because they had no solid leads on how long it might take for him to recover. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa's start was cut short on Monday because of a cramp near the base of his right thumb.  He experienced a similar cramp last year during the Industrial League Championships. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Haruki Nishikawa hurt his right middle finger while returning to second base on a pick-off attempt in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 5th. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014 ... Nishikawa was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a sprain in the PIP joint of his right middle finger.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Sho Nakata was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday against Seibu because of left knee pain.  He was hit by a pitch on the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  He has had problems with the knee since and was told by doctors to rest it. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014 ... Nakata did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th on Tuesday and flied out to right. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
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[7/14/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Craig Brazell (Lotte)

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday with tightness in his right elbow.  Motonobu Tanshige told reporters the decision was made because they do not expect him to be ready to play right away. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Yohei Oshima did not play in Monday's game against Hanshin because of pain in his side.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien's left Achilles tendon is still only at about seventy-five percent. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Hideto Asamura (left knee) to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell took an HBP off the right side of his head during Monday's game against Softbank.  It took him a while, but he was ultimately able to walk off the field on his own power.  He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for an evaluation.  No abnormalities were found, other than a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Jason Standridge threw the pitch and was visibly concerned about his former teammate.
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa left Monday's game against Softbank after seven innings because he developed a cramp in his right thumb while throwing practice pitches before the start of the 8th inning (he had a hard time straightening the thumb out). Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Katsuya Kakunaka was taken off the active roster on Monday with lower back pain.  The Marines have not yet set a timetable for his return. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-runner in Sunday's game against Softbank because of concerns with his left knee.  Nakata has been used as a designated hitter ever since he took an HBP off the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  The knee had to be drained because the swelling was not going away.  He is a question mark for Tuesday's game against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

[7/13/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Juan Miranda (Nippon Ham)

by on Jul.13, 2014 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Juan Miranda tweaked his back while trying to catch a ball thrown to first in the top of the 4th inning of Sunday's game against Softbank.  The team trainer and Hideki Kuriyama rushed over to him to check on his condition and decided to take him out of the game.  He missed Saturday's game with lower back pain. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2014
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[2/1/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:52 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Yudai Ono - 170 pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Ni-gun players arrived at Ichi-gun's Chatan Stadium at 9:00am for group photos and opening ceremonies.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Hector Luna celebrated his thirty-four birthday on Saturday.  The media presented him with a cake.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Hiromitsu Ochiai was at the first day of spring camp on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Leandro Mella's nickname is camello, or camel in Spanish.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Masahiro Yamamoto is planning to toss more breaking pitches this year.  He usually does not begin tossing breaking pitches during bullpen sessions until he has thrown about 800 fastballs.  His reason: he is no longer confident about stamina and believes breaking pitches will allow him to conserve some energy.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Kyushu Regional Scout Takafumi Watanabe died on Saturday, in a hospital in Kurume, Fukuoka, of acute leukemia.  He was fifty-seven.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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