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[5/31/2014] Injury Report: Tadashi Settsu (Softbank), Kei Igawa (Orix)

by on Jun.01, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu (right shoulder) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Saturday.  He is currently scheduled to start a game against Yomiuri at YafuOku Dome on June 4. Source: Sanspo 5/31/2014
  • Seiichi Uchikawa (right gluteus maximus) is hoping to return to the active roster before the end of Inter-league play.  Some time around June 16 is a possibility if there are no setbacks. Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2014 ... There is no timetable on when Uchikawa might be able to start running workouts.  Depending on how things go, he might not be able to return to the active roster until after the regular season resumes on June 27. Source: Sports Hochi 5/31/2014 ... There is a chance Uchikawa could return during Inter-league play, since the Hawks are currently scheduled to play their last four games on the road against Yakult (June 17, 19) and Yomiuri (June 21, 22).  Since the games are at Central League stadiums, the designated hitter rule will be in effect. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Kei Igawa started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Saturday.  He left the game part-way through the fourth inning because of tightness in his left forearm. Source: Sanspo 5/31/2014
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[10/10/2013] Rumors: Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.11, 2013 @ 2:20 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons are interested in improving their catching depth and will likely look into Ryoji Aikawa (Yakult) and Shinya Tsuruoka (Nippon Ham).  Both players could become free agents.

They may also be interested in Michihiro Ogasawara (Yomiuri).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2013

Yakut Swallows

The Swallows are looking for pitchers and a shortstop.  If Hiroyuki Nakajima decides to return to Japan, they could be interested.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/10/2013

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Ni-gun pitching coach Akimitsu Ito, Ni-gun OF/base-running coach Kazuki Fukuchi, Ni-gun battery coach Kosei Ono will likely be promoted to Ichi-gun.  Ichi-gun batting coach Takahiro Ikeyama is the top candidate to take over as Ni-gun manager.  Current Ni-gun manager Mitsuru Manaka and Ni-gun batting coach Shigeru Sugimura could also be reassigned to Ichi-gun coaching positions.

Katsunori Nomura is a leading candidate for the Ni-gun battery coach job.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers are prepared to give Randy Messenger a fairly hefty raise and a multi-year deal.  However, he is said to have an interest in the Majors and a number of teams, including the Blue Jays, Royals, Angels, Braves, Nationals, and Dodgers, have sent scouts to watch him pitch this year.

Hanshin would also like to bring Matt Murton back next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013, Sanspo 10/10/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are hoping to hire Tatsuya Shindo for a currently unnamed Ichi-gun coaching position.  Head coach is a possibility.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/10/2013

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There are plans to make current bullpen pitching coach Takeo Kawamura the new chief pitching coach and promote current Ni-gun batting coach Iwao Omura to Ichi-gun.

Source: Sponichi 10/10/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes are planning to offer Kei Igawa a contract for the 2014 season.

Source: Sanspo 10/10/2013

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[6/23/2013] Injury Update: Lopez (YOM), Blanco (YOK), Yoshikawa (HAM), Igawa (ORI)

by on Jun.23, 2013 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Jose Lopez was removed from the game on defense in the 7th with discomfort in his left side.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Tony Blanco took an HBP off his left elbow during his at bat in the 3rd inning of today's game against Hanshin.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution and taken to the hospital for an examination.  His results came back negative for any damage to the bone.  He was diagnosed with a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/23/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/23/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Mitsuo Yoshikawa was removed from Saturday's game partway through the 3rd inning because of cramps in both his calves and his left hamstring.  Yoshikawa experienced similar problems during a start against Chunichi on May 15.  The chief trainer told reporters he thought the cramps were caused by dehydration.

There is a good chance Yoshikawa will miss his next start on the 28th against Seibu at Sapporo Dome.

Source: Sponichi 6/23/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Kei Igawa left Saturday's game with a cracked left index fingernail.  He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Sanpso 6/23/2013, Sponichi 6/23/2013

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 10, 2013

by on Feb.10, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Yoshio Itoi: sixteen over the fence off pitching coach Takashi Nishimoto and eighteen over the fence off pitching coach Nobuyuki Hoshino, a total 132 swings

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2013, Sponichi 2/10/2013

Saturday

  • Kei Igawa: bullpen, thirty-five pitches, standing catcher, all fastballs, first session since the start of spring camp

Source: Sports Hochi 2/10/2013, Sponichi 2/10/2013

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Kei Igawa may not able to ready to return to the active roster until some time in April.  He is currently hoping to pitch in his first game of the year in mid-March.

Igawa could toss another bullpen on the 11th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/10/2013, Sponichi 2/10/2013

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6th round draft pick Ryo Toda is working out separately from the main Ni-gun team because of inflammation in his right elbow.

Source: Sponichi 2/10/2013

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Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

  • 1st round draft pick Takahiro Matsuba: bullpen, fifty-five pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013

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Yoshio Itoi started feeling tightness in his left hamstring during fielding practice today and later cut his workouts short.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2013, Daily Sports 2/5/2013

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Hiroshi Moriwaki worked directly with Keiichi Hirano around second base for about an hour and a half today.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013

Moriwaki has not been happy with Ryoichi Adachi's performance so far during spring camp and could swap him out with Mitsutaka Goto (once he is ready).

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013

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Kei Igawa has been riding a bike to the stadium during spring camp (roughly ten kilometers at about thirty minutes one way).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Igawa rented a standard bike from the team hotel on the 2nd.  He started borrowing a road bike from a local fan on the 3rd.

Igawa is planning to toss his first bullpen session (standing catcher) on the 7th.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013Daily Sports 2/5/2013

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Orix Buffaloes: Kei Igawa gets left elbow cleaned out

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 9:26 pm, under NPB
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The media learned today that Kei Igawa had left elbow cleaned out at a hospital in Osaka on Tuesday.  According to the team trainer, Igawa will require about three months until he is ready to pitch again and should be fine for spring camp next year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2012

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UPDATE 11/1 @ 9:55am - Igawa was released from the hospital on Wednesday and will begin his rehab when his stitches are removed in about a week.  Source: Sponichi 11/1/2012

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Orix Buffaloes: Kei Igawa works out for about three hours

by on May.10, 2012 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB
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Kei Igawa spent about three hours working on his upper body today.  When he spoke to reporters, he hinted that the tightness that developed in his right hamstring during his start on Wednesday may have been because he forgot to bring a sports drink with him.

"I messed up yesterday.  I usually carry water and a sports drink with me, but I forgot the sports drink. ... When I make my next appearance, I want to do better than I did yesterday.  I do not feel any pain now.  It feels more like discomfort," said Igawa.

Pitching coach Motoyuki Akahori added, "I do not think [the injury] is serious.  We will monitor how he does over the next two to three days and go from there."

Via Daily Sports

UPDATE @ 8:24pm - A slightly different Igawa quote from Nikkan Sports: "I still feel a little discomfort, but there is no pain.  Now that I think of it, I usually have a sports drink and water, but yesterday, I just had water.  Maybe that was the problem."

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Orix Buffaloes: Kei Igawa leaves game early with right hamstring discomfort

by on May.09, 2012 @ 9:12 pm, under NPB
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Kei Igawa started tonight's game against the Softbank Hawks, his first in Japan since October 16, 2006, and left early after feeling pain/discomfort in his right hamstring.

Igawa gave up a run in the 3rd inning after retiring the first six batters he faced in a row.  He retired the first two batters he faced in the 4th inning before grabbing his right hamstring.  Igawa was removed from the game at that point and treated in the clubhouse.

UPDATE @ 11:19pm - Igawa will likely be sent down to Ni-gun to get in a little more work.  He told reporters he may have rushed things a bit.  At this point, it seems Igawa just developed some tightness, but the team will not know for sure until they re-evaluate him again on Thursday or Friday.

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Orix Buffaloes: Kei Igawa could make first start against Softbank Hawks

by on May.02, 2012 @ 2:53 pm, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports reports that Kei Igawa could make his first Ichi-gun start of the year during the upcoming Softbank Hawks series (May 8-10).

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Minor League Starts

Date Res ERA IP BF NP H HR SO BB HBP R ER Max FB
5/1 W 3.21 6 22 93 4 0 5 0 0 1 1 139km/h
4/24 L 4.50 5 25 96 7 0 2 2 0 5 4 136km/h
4/18 ND 0.00 3 10 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 139km/h
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Orix Buffaloes: Akinobu Okada okay with opening day game, despite loss

by on Mar.31, 2012 @ 6:44 am, under NPB
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Akinobu Okada told reporters after Friday's season opener that he was okay with Alfredo Figaro's performance (loss, three runs over five innings) and that it would have been far worse if the team lost with Chihiro Kaneko on the mound.

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Dae-Ho Lee flied out to third in foul territory in his first official NPB at bat.  He recorded a walk in his second at bat and picked up his first career NPB hit and RBI with an RBI single to center in the 6th inning.  Lee struck out swinging in his final at bat in the 9th.

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Kei Igawa will join and workout with a portion of the Ni-gun team on March 31 and join the main Ni-gun squad on April 3.  Okada told reporters that Igawa will likely have to pitch in at least one Ni-gun game before getting a call-up to the active roster.

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