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[2/2/2014] Yakult Swallows News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 1:22 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • Wladimir Balentien - thirty-six swings, five over the fence

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Masanori Ishikawa - fifty-one pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • Shohei Tateyama - fifty pitches, thirty pitches with a break in between

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Shingo Kawabata ran eight twenty-meter dashes while wearing a parachute on his back during workouts on Sunday.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2014

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The Swallows held an evening workout session on Sunday.  Eleven position players in their twenties practiced swinging their bats near the hotel pool.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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Masanori Ishikawa's bullpen session on Sunday was his second in as many days.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Shohei Tateyama is planning to toss batting practice during the third block of sring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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1st round draft pick Toshihiro Sugiura is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 16th.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Yasuhiro Ogawa tossed one splitter during his bullpen session on Saturday.  He got tips on how to throw the pitch when he worked out with Koji Uehara in January.  He also threw the cutter he learned from Yu Darvish. ... Ogawa was interested in supplements and started taking four to five, beginning on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014, Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama is approaching first base under the assumption that Wladimir Balentien will not be there this season.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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According to Sponichi, there may be three candidates for the opening day start: Ogawa, Ishikawa, and Tateyama.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

[9/5/2013] Injury Updates: Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (YAK), Toshiaki Imae (LOT)

by on Sep.06, 2013 @ 12:01 am, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his abdominal oblique muscle.  He will need two to three weeks before he can return to practices.

Source: Daily Sports 9/5/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae suffered what might be a mild right ankle sprain while playing defense in the 4th inning of Thursday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  He was replaced on defense in the 5th as a precaution.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2013

[9/5/2013] Injury Updates: Hatakeyama (YAK), Boyer, Fukudome (HAN)

by on Sep.05, 2013 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Wednesday that Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hurt his left side and will be evaluated at a hospital in Tokyo today.  There is a possibility he has a strain in his left abdominal internal oblique muscle.  At worst, he could miss the rest of the season.

Hatakeyama suffered the injury while taking fielding practice at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi wanted to use Blaine Boyer for two innings against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday but decided to pull him after one inning because the reliever complained of tightness in his right shoulder.  He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome (left calf) resumed taking indoor batting practice on Wednesday -- soft-toss batting practice for about fifteen minutes; regular batting practice for about ten minutes.  He also did about fifteen minutes of light running and participated in some Ni-gun training exercises.  At the end of workouts, he ran up some stairs.

Source: Daily Sports 9/5/2013

Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 14, 2013

by on Feb.14, 2013 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama: batting practice, fifty-eight swings, eight over the left-field fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Taichi Ishiyama: batting practice, faced Shinichi Takeuchi and Tsuyoshi Ueda, fifty pitches, topped out at 140km/h, threw at about sixty to seventy percent, first batting practice outing

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama has been working on shifting the strike zone in his head a little further out because he realized it had moved inward.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

Katsuya Nomura visited Ichi-gun camp today and was pleased to see Hatakayama with a clean-shaven face.

Nomura spoke in front of the team again in the evening.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013, Sanspo 2/14/2013, Sanspo 2/14/2013

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Akinori Iwamura is scheduled to play in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2013

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Samurai Japan candidate Ryoji Aikawa cut his practices short today and headed to Miyazaki for the start of WBC mini-camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013

Yakult Swallows: Hatakeyama, Ueda taken off the active roster today

by on Aug.31, 2012 @ 3:35 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows took both Tsuyoshi Ueda and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama off the active roster today.

Ueda - a strain in the muscles at the front of his right thigh (quadriceps?).  Source: Sports Hochi Tweet 8/31/2012

Hatakeyama - a strain in the right flank (oblique) that will require two to three weeks for the pain to subside.  Source: Sports Hochi Tweet 8/31/2012

Mazda All-Star Game 2012: Hatakeyama (Yakult) could make the CL roster

by on Jul.01, 2012 @ 2:13 am, under NPB
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Morimichi Takagi told reporters that he is planning to select Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (Yakult) for the All-Star roster because of his ties to the Tohoku region (he is from Iwate).  He also mentioned other names like Shuichi Murata (Yomiuri), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), and Daisuke Miura (Yokohama).

This coming just a couple days after Takagi said he was thinking about players like Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hanshin), Masahiro Yamamoto (Chunichi), Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima), and Sho Aranami (Yokohama).  His change in thinking may be a result of wanting to select players with closer connections to the Tohoku region.

FWIW: Dobayashi received 248,231 fan votes, which was eighth most in the CL.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2012, Sponichi 6/30/2012

Yakult Swallows: Kazuhiro Hatakeyama diagnosed with eye socket fracture

by on Apr.03, 2012 @ 7:48 pm, under NPB
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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was hit by a batted ball near his left eye during fielding practice at Jingu Stadium today.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with an eye socket fracture.  The injury did not cause any problems with his vision and Hatakeyama told reporters that he planned to play.

UPDATE 4/4 @ 7:52pm - It will likely take a month for a full recovery.  Hatakeyama was in the starting line-up today at first batted fourth.

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Shinya Miyamoto still feels some pain in his left leg and told reporters today that while he can hit without any problems, he is holding back on running.  He also jokingly said that he did not want to go to the hospital because he would rather not know if there was really something wrong with his leg (like a fracture).

Junji Ogawa was planning to give Miyamoto the night off today but will most likely pencil him into the starting line-up on Wednesday.

Yakult Swallows: March 28, 2012

by on Mar.29, 2012 @ 6:24 am, under NPB
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Wednesday's Ni-gun game against Lotte at Toda: Shohei Tateyama started the game and gave up two runs on three hits over four innings of work.  He also topped out at 146km/h. [Sanspo]

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama will most likely start at first and bat fourth on opening day.  If he does make the starting line-up, it will be his first opening day start in his twelfth season with the team.

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Yoshinori Sato was left off the 2012 Opening Day Roster.  He was also scratched from his Ni-gun start against Lotte on Thursday.  His next outing could come on March 31 (Ni-gun game vs Rakuten).

If Yoshinori needs more time to iron out his mechanics, the Swallows could turn to Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi.  Otherwise he could make his first Ichi-gun regular season start during a three-game series against Chunichi that begins on April 6.

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Of the new players the Yomiuri Giants added during the winter, Junji Ogawa told reporters on Tuesday that Dennis Houlton and John Bowker were the two players he had his eye on.

"Murata is not a batter we know nothing about.  We have also faced Sugiuchi a number of times. ... Bowker is a good hitter.  He showed his abilities during exhibition play.  We have not really played against Houlton.  He throws the ball at an angle and has good control," said Ogawa.

Yakult Swallows: March 19, 2012

by on Mar.19, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows announced today that Shohei Tateyama was hospitalized because the inflammation in his left leg worsened after getting a shot for the inflammation on Friday.  Tateyama reportedly had a bad reaction to the injection but is getting better and is expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.

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General coach Takao Ise worked with Kazuhiro Hatakeyama again today and said to reporters, "Another 240 baseballs today."

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Tsuyoshi Ueda may be the front-runner for the starting job in center: 9-for-34 (.265/.359/.500), three doubles, a triple, one homer, six RBI, four walks, and five stolen bases in six attempts.

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Yakult Swallows began their move to their new offices in Kita Aoyama in Minato-ku today.  The offices will re-open on March 21.

Yakult Swallows: March 18, 2012

by on Mar.18, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Tateyama had his left ankle examined at a hospital and was diagnosed with some arthritis.  The condition does not appear to be serious and will likely mean making a few minor adjustments to his workout schedule over the next two to three days.  His next start might also be pushed back a couple of days.

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama has not been hitting very well (6-for-33) and is planning to take extra batting practice over the next few days (through to March 20).  He worked with general coach Takao Ise on Saturday.

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According to Nikkan Sports (and Sponichi), Wladimir Balentien's new blond hair color was not a hit with the players and coaches.  Sports Hochi notes the striking resemblance to female wrestler Aja Kong.