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[3/9/2015] Hisashi Takeda (HAM), Brad Eldred (HIR) to miss time with knee injuries

by on Mar.10, 2015 @ 2:09 am, under NPB
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on March 9 that Hisashi Takeda had surgery on his left knee and will require about two months for a full recovery. Takeda was diagnosed with an injury to his left medial meniscus after pitching in a practice game against SK (KBO) on February 27.

Source: Sponichi 3/9/2015

The Hiroshima Carp announced on March 9 that Brad Eldred will be returning to the United States for additional tests on his right knee. Eldred originally hurt the knee during a practice game against KIA (KBO) on February 26.

Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2015

Be sure to check the injury round-up page for additional information on Takeda, Eldred, and other players.

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[9/6/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Hisashi Takeda earns international FA option

by on Sep.06, 2013 @ 7:45 pm, under NPB
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Hisashi Takeda earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.  He is currently in the first year of a two-year deal.

"I am happy [about the option] because it is something I earned over time," said Takeda.

He added, "I have a family and I have no desire to live overseas.  Playing overseas is not an option for me."

Source: Sports Hochi 9/6/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013 (quote updated on 9/7)

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[6/2/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jun.02, 2013 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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The Fighters became the fourth team in NPB history to record 4,500 losses today.  The other three teams: Yokohama, Hanshin, and Orix.

Source: Sponichi 6/2/2013

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Tonight's game against Yokohama was the first night game played outdoors in Hokkaido, made possible by the new light fixtures at Asahikawa Starffin Stadium.  Construction for the light banks began in September last year and reportedly cost about one billion yen.

Source: Sponichi 6/2/2013

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Hisashi Takeda was be taken off the active roster with tightness in his right elbow.  The injury is not considered serious and team officials believe he will be able to return in the minimum ten days.  Dustin Molleken was called up to take Takeda's spot on the roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/2/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is the seventh rookie pitcher drafted out of high school in franchise history, since the start of the draft, to record a victory in his first year.  He also became just the second rookie player drafted out of high school in NPB history to log time as both a pitcher and position player and record a victory, all in his first year.  The other was Kikuo Tokunaga in 1951.  Of the two, Otani is the only one that started games as both a position player and a pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 6/2/2013

Hideki Kuriyama thought about taking Otani out in the 4th inning on Saturday, but the coaches convinced him to leave him in the game.

Source: Sanspo 6/2/2013

Kuriyama is still trying to determine if Otani might be better served pitching on more days of rest or playing in fewer games as a position player.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2013

Otani has reached the requirements to make the All-Star ballot as a position player (at least ten games or at least twenty plate appearances) and a pitcher (at least five games or at least ten innings).  As of Saturday: position player - 18 G, 48 PA; pitcher - 2 G, 10 IP.

Source: Sponichi 6/2/2013

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[4/9/2013] Injury Report: Hisashi Takeda (Nippon Ham), Junki Ito (Chunichi), Vicente Padilla (Softbank)

by on Apr.09, 2013 @ 5:49 pm, under NPB
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Hisashi Takeda (Nippon Ham) was examined at a hospital on Monday and diagnosed with inflammation in his rectus abdominis muscle.  He will likely require a week to ten days for a full recovery.  Takeda was taken off the active roster today.

Takeda started feeling discomfort in the region after a game against Lotte on the 4th.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2013, Daily Sports 4/9/2013

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The Dragons announced today that Junki Ito (Chunichi) had his right elbow examined at a hospital in Nagoya on Monday.  Tests, including an MRI, revealed an injury to the radial collateral ligament.  He will not be able to pitch for three to four weeks.

Ito started feeling discomfort in his right elbow during a Ni-gun game on the 3rd.

Source: Sponichi 4/9/2013

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Vicente Padilla (Softbank) was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his right forearm.  Padilla was scheduled to start a game against Orix at Kitakyushu on the 10th.  That start could now go to Kazuyuki Hoashi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2013, Sponichi 4/9/2013

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Hisashi Takeda to sign a two-year deal

by on Nov.05, 2012 @ 4:12 pm, under NPB
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According to a number of reports, Hisashi Takeda has decided not to exercises his FA option and will instead sign a two-year deal with the Nippon Ham Fighters that includes a slight raise over the estimated 230M yen he made this past season.

Source: Jiji Press 11/5/2012Sanspo 11/5/2012, Nihon Keizai 11/5/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2012

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UPDATE @ 7:21pm - An announcement about Takeda's decision has been posted at the official team site.

UPDATE 11/6 @ 1:30pm - Takeda may have gotten a two-year deal with a 2013 salary worth an estimated 240M yen (up 10M yen from this past season).  He is slated to sign an official contract within the next few days.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2012

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Hanshin Tigers could be interested Hisashi Takeda; keeping eye on Fukudome, Igarashi

by on Sep.11, 2012 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers may be interested in Nippon Ham Fighter Hisashi Takeda (33) if he decides to exercise his domestic FA option.  They could be a good fit, since Kyuji Fujikawa will more than likely leave the team after the season.  But since Takeda will be a A class free agent, signing him could turn out to be quite an expensive move: they will either have to give up money or money plus a player as compensation.  It could also run counter to their plans to rebuild and shed high-priced, non-performing contracts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2012

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A number of high-profiled front office executives, including owner Shinya Sakai, president Nobuo Minami, and GM Katsuhiro Nakamura, met at Hanshin Denki Tetsudo headquarters on Monday to discuss if there is a need to signing big-name free agents during the off-season.

While the team plans to begin rebuilding efforts, they also want to try and cater to fan demands by winning as much as possible.  To that end, Kosuke Fukudome (35) and Ryota Igarashi (33) are two players the team will keep a close eye on.  And since the team need not worry about compensation for signing either player, they have less to lose than signing a domestic player.  Both players would also help fill holes in their roster.

Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Hisashi Takeda set to earn domestic FA option today

by on Sep.11, 2012 @ 3:55 pm, under NPB
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Hisashi Takeda is set to earn his domestic FA option today.  The Fighters will not attempt to hold him back if he decides to exercise the option after the season (which has more or less been their policy over the years).

If Takeda does decide to leave, the Fighters do have some options in pitchers like Hirotoshi Masui and Naoki Miyanishi.

Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012, Sports Hochi 9/11/2012

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UPDATE 9/12 @ 12:19am - Takeda earned his FA option on Tuesday and told reporters he needed time to think and would wait until the off-season to make a decision.  Source: Sanspo 9/11/2012

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Rasner (RAK), Takeda (HAM), Kanazawa (SOF), Yoshimi (CHU) taken off active roster

by on May.02, 2012 @ 7:29 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Darrell Rasner was taken off the active roster today with discomfort in hip hip region.  Rasner was examined at a hospital in Saitama today but the team has not released information about his injury or about how long they expect him to be out.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters took Hisashi Takeda off the active roster today because of pain in the inner portion of his right knee (inflammation).  He first started feeling pain during a game on April 19th and was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 23.  No ligament damage was found at the time.  The team is considering whether or not to have Takeda re-evaluated.  There is currently no timetable for his return.

Takeda injured his right knee before in 2003.  

Softbank Hawks

Takehito Kanazawa was taken off the active today because of tightness in his right shoulder-blade area.

Chunichi Dragons

As expected, Kazuki Yoshimi was taken off the active roster today with a bruise on his left biceps femoris muscle.

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Nippon Ham Fighters: Feburary 4, 2012

by on Feb.04, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Saturday

  • Yoshio Itoi swung the bat 112 times during extra BP and hit twenty-seven over the fence. (Sanspo)

Friday

  • Between regular BP and extra BP, Sho Nakata took a total 135 swings and hit eight over the fence. (Nikkan Sports)  During regular BP: forty-five swings and twenty-four could-be hits, including five over the fence. (Sponichi)
  • 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima took seventeen swings against Ken Miyamoto and did not collect any could-be hits. (Sponichi)

Saturday

  • Hisashi Takeda threw forty-nine pitches while having someone stand in the batter's box.  This was his second bullpen session since the start of spring camp. (Nikkan Sports)

Friday

  • Yuki Saito threw six sliders.  He also threw ten pitches from the set position. (Sanspo)

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The Fighters announced today that Atsushi Ugumori was diagnosed with influenza B today.

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The Fighters held a fan gathering in Nago, Okinawa after practices today (7pm).  All Ichi-gun players were present.  1,000 fans attended the event.

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There is still a chance Hirotoshi Masui becomes a starter this year, but for the time being he will likely be used out of the bullpen.

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Kenshi Sugiya turned twenty-one today.

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Yuki Saito played catch with pitching coach Masato Ishii in the bullpen.  Ishii stood out in front of home plate and Saito threw the ball twenty-four times.  Saito is scheduled to toss a bullpen session tomorrow.

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Eiichi Koyano started working out indoors today after being sidelined with the flu.  His workouts included running and soft-toss BP.  Koyano is expected to rejoin the rest of the players for practices on Sunday.

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Sho Nakata shaved his hair down using his own clippers on Thursday night.

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