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[6/25/2014] Injury Report: Takashi Toritani (Hanshin), Ryuji Ichioka (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.26, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi (left shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage on Tuesday.  He threw sixty-two pitches, faced fifteen hitters, gave up four could-be hits, walked one, and struck out two.  He could pitch during the Ni-gun Yakult series that begins on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 6/25/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) could return to the active roster in time for a Chunichi series that begins on July 4 at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani returned to workouts on Wednesday.  He missed practices on Tuesday because he was getting his right knee examined.  He told reporters on Wednesday everything was fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2014, Sponichi 6/25/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Junpei Shinoda started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Tuesday.  He left partway through the 3rd inning because of tightness in his left adductor.  His final line was one run on two hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen over 2.1 innings of work.  The leg first started getting tight after a shutout he tossed on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2014
  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday.  It was his first session since he hurt his shoulder.  He threw twenty-two pitches to a standing catcher and twenty-five to a squatting catcher.  He told reporters he felt no pain when throwing at full strength.  Assuming no problems, he will toss another session on Thursday and will also do some long-distance throwing.  From there, he could throw some batting practice over the weekend.  There is still no timetable on when he might be able to pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game. Source: Daily Sports 6/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that Doala will not be turning back-flips until his right ankle is healed (he was diagnosed with a ligament injury).  He is hoping to resume back-flips for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 25.  Doala suffered the injury while attempting a back-flip during a game against Lotte on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2014, Sports Hochi 6/25/2014 ... Doala will have to keep the ankle immobile for about three weeks.  He will continue to make appearances during games. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2014
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[6/24/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.25, 2014 @ 3:43 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Giants Stadium on Tuesday.  He gave up a run on three hits over 3.2 innings of work.  His start was cut short because the game was called due to rain.  He threw fifty-one pitches and topped out at 151km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi (left shoulder) is currently slated to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 29th against Yakult.  If things go smoothly, he could return to the active roster during a six-game stretch that begins on July 1. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi (right ring finger) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  With the score tied at one with none on and two out in the 5th inning, he hit a 2-0 pitch over the left-center field wall. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014 ... Dobayashi got the start at third and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-3, including an infield hit in his first at bat, a walk in his second, and a solo home run in this third. Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • According to Tokyo Sports, Masahiro Araki (right index finger) started playing catch on Monday even though doctors never gave him the green light.  He was being careful though: he threw the ball with a plastic splint on his index finger and tried to use more of his middle finger.  "... The swelling is going away and there's no pain.  I can actually throw the ball like this, and wanting to make it back as soon as possible is the way professionals think.  I'm not the type to wait until I'm completely healed, I like to do things as I heal," said Araki. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/24/2014 ... Araki is currently scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 1 against Hanshin. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are expecting to get a number of players back over the next few weeks: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Sho Aranami, and Takayuki Kajitani. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien told reporters on Tuesday that there was still pain in his left Achilles tendon.  He is still getting treatment for it. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014
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[6/23/2014] Injury Report: Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima), Atsunori Inaba (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.24, 2014 @ 4:30 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) will start a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi (right ring finger) is slated to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th against Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki (right index finger) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 1 against Hanshin. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, right thigh) is currently scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (left knee, lower back) is expected to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th against Yokohama. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2014
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[6/17/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama), Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yakult)

by on Jun.18, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) will most likely join the Ichi-gun team after Inter-league play ends. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014 ... Sawamura started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Tuesday.  He gave up three runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.  He threw ninety-one pitches and topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
  • Itaru Hashimoto (left thigh) might be ready to return to the active roster, but Tatsunori Hara does not want to take any chances and plans to keep him at Ni-gun until he is fully recovered.  That could mean a return some time after Inter-league play. Source: Sanspo 6/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He recorded a hit from the right side and stole a base. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2014 ... Nishioka went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday because of pain in the back of his left knee.  He suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014 ... Kajitani made it into Tuesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th.  He hit a double and was replaced by a pinch-runner.
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo's right calf is not 100 percent. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014 ... Tsutsugo will be taken off the active roster on Wednesday with tightness in the back of his right thigh. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2014 ... This after Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he was thinking about giving Tsutsugo a look as a clean-up hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) threw about 100 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He is currently throwing at seventy to eighty percent.  He could toss batting practice on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
  • Junji Ogawa is hoping Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) will be good enough to return to the active roster some time when the regular season resumes on the 28th. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu (back) could return to Japan some time during the All-Star break. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo felt discomfort in the back of his left thigh while running the bases during a game against Yakult on the 15th.  He was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with a strain in the back of his left thigh. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2014
  • Eiichi Koyano (right knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 1-for-2: ground out to second, three-run home run to right-center.  This was his first game since May 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
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[6/10/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.11, 2014 @ 12:42 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Tuesday.  He gave up a run on four hits over seven innings of work.  He threw eighty-nine pitches and topped out at 150km/h.  He is scheduled to make another Ni-gun start on the 17th against Seibu. Source: Sanspo 6/10/2014 ... The one run he allowed was on a solo home run by Ryo Ishikawa in the 2nd inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto was left out of the starting line-up on Monday because he was having some problems with his right ankle.  He did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th because he can swing the bat, but has difficulty on defense.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii (right foot) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh was taken off the active roster on Tuesday because of a laceration he suffered during Monday's game against Chunichi.  Eleven stitches were required to close the cut.  He was reexamined at a hospital in Sapporo on Tuesday.  The stitches are set to come out in ten days.  He will resume workouts as soon as he is ready. Source: Sponichi 6/10/2014, Daily Sports 6/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani tossed a bullpen session on Monday for the first time after he sprained in left ankle.  He told reporters the ankle was fine.  He is still slated to start Wednesday's (6/11) game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sanspo 6/10/2014 ... Otani threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014
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[6/4/2014] Injury Report: Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.05, 2014 @ 1:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hayato Sakamoto was taken out of Wednesday's game against Softbank after he took a thrown ball off his face while playing defense in the 7th inning.  Sakamoto was covering second base on a stolen base attempt when the ball he tried to catch glanced off his glove and struck him in the face.  He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Fukuoka. Source: Sponichi 6/4/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) is scheduled to make another Ni-gun rehab start on the 10th against Nippon Ham at Giants Stadium. Source: ZakZak 6/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka participated in Ni-gun pre-game practices at Koshien on Tuesday.  He took grounders at second, third, and short.  He also chased down baseballs in the outfield during batting practice.  He told reporters he was at seventy to eighty percent. Source: Sponichi 6/4/2014
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[6/3/2014] Injury Report: Masahiko Morino (Chunichi), Tony Barnette (Yakult)

by on Jun.03, 2014 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He pitched five innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  He also struck out five and walked three.  He threw seventy-five pitches and topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014, Sponichi 6/3/2014, Sponichi 6/3/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took fielding practice at Koshien on Tuesday for the first time since he suffered multiple injuries when he collided with teammate Kosuke Fukudome on defense during a game against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on March 30.  He told reporters most of his major aches and pains were gone and that he was at about seventy to eighty percent. Source: Sponichi 6/3/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiko Morino was having problems with his neck on Monday -- he slept on it wrong.  He told reporters he was not sure about Tuesday's game against Lotte, but he was in the starting line-up at first. Source: Daily Sports 6/3/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien got treatment for his right Achilles' tendon on Monday. Source: Sanspo 6/3/2014
  • Tony Barnette (left knee) could rejoin the Ichi-gun team as early as the 11th. Source: Sanspo 6/3/2014
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[5/28/2014] Injury Report: Orlando Roman (Yakult), Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri)

by on May.29, 2014 @ 4:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Wednesday.  He entered the game in the 6th and tossed three shutout innings while giving up four hits.  It was his second Ni-gun outing of the season. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 6th and did not allow any runs.  He gave up a hit and struck out one. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014
  • Tomoyuki Kubota (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 8th and got three hitters out on nine pitches.  He topped out at 145km/h.  It was his first game of the season. Source: Sponichi 5/28/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He took thirty-six swings from the left side.  He also took grounders outdoors at second for about fifteen minutes.  It was the first time Nishioka took batting and fielding practice outdoors at Naruohama since he suffered multiple injuries on a collision play while playing defense in a game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 30. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kam Mickolio (left adductor) joined Ichi-gun workouts on Wednesday.  The Carp will decide when to call him up after they see him pitch at Ni-gun on May 30 and June 1. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014, Daily Sports 5/28/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige tweaked his left thigh while running the bases during Monday's game against Softbank.  He was at Nagoya Stadium on Tuesday checking on player workouts.  He had a slight limp.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Daily Sports 5/28/2014
  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) is scheduled to pitch in another Ni-gun rehab game on the 29th against Hiroshima. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014
  • Kenshin Kawakami (back) is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on the 30th.  He is expected to go three innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuhei Nakamura was hit by a pitch in the 8th inning of Wednesday's game against Nipppon Ham and replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 9th.  He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a bruise on his right wrist.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 5/28/2014
  • Orlando Roman was examined at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma on Wednesday and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his right elbow (変形性肘関節症).  This was a preexisting condition that got worse.  The Swallows do not know how long Roman will be out.  They will see how he responds after getting shots to deal with the inflammation. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014, Daily Sports 5/28/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa resumed playing catch on Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a fracture in his right hand on April 18.  He played catch at a distance of about thirty meters for roughly twenty minutes.  He hopes to play in a rehab game some time in July. Source: Sanspo 5/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/28/2014
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[5/23/2014] Injury Report: Esteban German (Orix), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on May.24, 2014 @ 12:10 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Daisuke Nakai is no longer having problems with his right elbow and was added to the active roster on Friday.  He started playing rehab games as a designated hitter in late-March and took to playing left earlier this month.  In thirty-four Ni-gun games, he went 33-for-105 with seven home runs and twenty RBI (.314/.365/.581). Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura's (right shoulder) next Ni-gun rehab game will likely come on the 27th against Yakult.  He is scheduled to go three innings.  He could return to the active roster some time in June. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Saturday.  Fukuhara could be close to a return to the active roster.  Depending on how he is feeling on Sunday, he could make it back to the active roster as early as the 25th against Lotte.  If he wants a little more time, he could also pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on the 27th. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Fumiya Nishiguchi was taken off the active roster on Friday with discomfort in his left side. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa was replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 6th on Friday against Hanshin because he felt "a jolt" of pain near his right buttock.  It is the same area that has been giving him problems since late-April.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • With a runner on first and no out in the 8th on Friday's game against Hiroshima, Eishin Soyogi hit a pop-up in the infield.  Third baseman Esteban German and catcher Hikaru Ito collided in an attempt to catch the ball.  German had a hard time getting up and was taken out of the game.  According to the Buffaloes, he had a cut on his chin that required five stitches.  He is a question mark for Saturday's game. Source: Sponichi 5/23/2014
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[5/22/2014] Injury Report: Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri), Orlando Roman (Yakult)

by on May.22, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 6th and retired the side in order (Fo7, Ks, F7).  He threw ten pitches and topped out at 151km/h.  It was his first game since November 3, 2013. Source: Sponichi 5/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2014
  • Leslie Anderson (right thigh) did some light running, played catch at a distance of about fifty meters, and took some batting practice during workouts at Giants Stadium on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoyuki Kubota (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun intra-squad game on Thursday.  He tossed two shutout innings (an inning more than scheduled).  He did not allow any hits, struck out two, topped out at 145km/h, and threw thirty-four pitches.  It was his first game of the year. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Orlando Roman was not been able to pitch in the team's last two games because of tightness in his right elbow.  He participated in practice at Jingu on Thursday.  Roman told reporters he was in good condition and felt no tightness. He was not taken off the active roster because he should be okay to pitch on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Saburo did not play in Wednesday's game against the Yakult Swallows because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Whether he plays on Friday will depend on how he is feeling before the game. Source: Sanspo 5/22/2014
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