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[7/23/2013] Injury Updates: Lopez (YOM), Kawakami (CHU), Yamato (HAN), Nakamura (SEI), Otonari, Uchikawa (SOF), Iguchi (LOT)

by on Jul.24, 2013 @ 1:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Jose Lopez (left side) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on Tuesday.  He was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3.  He will most likely play in three more Ni-gun games before rejoining the Ichi-gun team on the 30th (vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome).

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Kenshin Kawakami (right shoulder) pitched in an intra-squad game at Nagoya Stadium on Monday.  This was his first rehab game this season.  He gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work.  He is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on the 28th.

Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yamato (bruise on his right middle finger) played in an intra-squad game at Koshien on Monday and went 0-for-2.  This was his first game in six days.  He will most likely return to the starting line-up on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 7/23/2013


Ni-gun batting coach Kenichi Kawamura will be taking some time off from his duties for health reasons (he went to the hospital during the All-Star break for a check-up and was told by the doctor to get some rest).  There is no timetable on his return.

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura did not get his scheduled trip to the plate during Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham at Seibu Dome because there were concerns about his condition -- his left knee was ok but he was experiencing some general stiffness (as in, not in the knee) with the increase in his workout load.

Source: Sponichi 7/23/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2013


Takayuki Kishi may not start the second-half of the season right away since he was not able to spend enough time preparing for it during the All-Star break (he has not been feeling right).

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari played catch (roughly ten minutes at about twenty meters) at the Saitozaki training facilities on the 22nd.  His rehab menu will change once every six months.  His goal is to play in his first rehab game some time in the fall (Phoenix League).

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2013


Seiichi Uchikawa hurt himself when he banged into a wall while playing defense at QVC Marine during a game against Lotte on the 15th.  He was scheduled for an examination at a hospital in Fukuoka on Tuesday because he may have suffered an injury to his right costal cartilage.  He has no problems swinging the bat but does have some difficulty throwing the ball.  He was available as a DH and pinch-runner during the All-Star Series and may not be able to play in the field right away when the regular season resumes on Wednesday.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2013, Sponichi 7/23/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The right calf Tadahito Iguchi hurt during a game against Softbank on the 16th is still not fully healed.  He did not participate in practices on Tuesday.  Tsutomu Ito is hoping Iguchi will be ok for the start of the second-half.

Source: Sponichi 7/23/2013

Chunichi Dragons discuss retirement with Yamamoto, Kawakami, Yamasaki, Iwase

by on Nov.02, 2012 @ 4:32 pm, under NPB
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Masahiro Yamamoto (47), Takeshi Yamasaki (43), Hitoki Iwase (37), and Kenshin Kawakami (37) are all planning to continue their active careers next season.  The media learned on Monday that the Chunichi Dragons met all four and broached the topic of retirement.

Team president Katsuhiko Sakai, team rep Ryohei Sato, and chief of team developement Takashi Ide met each of the players at a hotel in Nagoya on October 31.  They pushed each to continue playing in 2013.  They also said they planned to approach each of them during the season next year to discuss their future plans.

Said Sato, "Retirement did come up.  We asked what they thought about it.  We want them to consider becoming coaches at some point."

Bottom line, it seems the Dragons do not want to dance around the issue and want to keep things open.

Yamamoto and Yamasaki were uncertain about their futures before they decided to commit to 2013.  The other two are still probably a couple years away from retirement: Iwase led the league in saves this year and Kawakami just finished year one of his NPB comeback.

Source: Sponichi 11/2/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/2/2012


UPDATE @ 10:15pm - Nikkan Sports has a quote from Sato that explains what the Dragons are trying to do.

"We cannot just think a player's career is over and assume they know what we are thinking.  It also is not good for the player to be in a situation where they might not know if it is ok for them to stick around or they are not sure about what to do.  I just said that beginning next year, we should speak openly about these things and not assume/suspect what the other is thinking."

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2012

Injury Updates: Kenshin Kawakami, Naoto Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Kamei, Kenji Jojima

by on Apr.08, 2012 @ 8:56 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons took Kenshin Kawakami off the active roster today with some pain in his left back.  Kawakami tweaked the back when he tried to field a grounder hit back to the mound during a game against the Yakult Swallows on Saturday.  Since the injury is not considered serious, Kawakami will remain with the Ichi-gun team as he recovers.


Naoto Watanabe (Yokohama) was taken off the active roster today with inflammation in his lower back.  The team is hopeful he will be able to return after ten days.


Yoshiyuki Kamei (Yomiuri) was hit by a pitch in the head in the 5th inning of today's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  Kamei was examined at the hospital and diagnosed with a broken nose.  He will be re-examined on Monday.

Tatsuya Kojima (Hanshin) was ejected from the game for throwing the pitch.


Kenji Jojima (Hanshin) was taken out of today's game against the Yomiuri Giants on defense in the 3rd inning after he took a batted ball off the area near his left shoulder in the 2nd inning.  He was later diagnosed with a contusion near his left collarbone.  He is considered day-to-day.

Chunichi Dragons: March 24, 2012

by on Mar.24, 2012 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB
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The Dragons announced today that Kazuki Yoshimi will donate 10,000 yen for every inning he pitches this season to a foundation that helps kids that lost parents during the Tohoku Earthquake.  He also plans to raise money by holding a charity auction, via his official blog.


Kenshin Kawakami will likely make his first regular season start on March 31 against the Hiroshima Carp (Nagoya Dome).


Sanspo wonders what kind of car Takeshi Yamasaki might buy during the next off-season.  They also list out his past off-season purchases:

2006 - Ferrari 512M (~23M yen)
2007 - Lamborghini Murcielago (~35M yen)
2011 - Lamborghini Aventador (30M~40M yen)

And Sponichi notes that if Yamasaki finishes exhibition play leading the league in homers, he will be the first forty or over player to do so since Katsuya Nomura led the league with with five in 1975 at the age of forty.


Daola successfully turned a back-flip, with a twist, after the 7th inning today.

Chunichi Dragons: March 18, 2012

by on Mar.18, 2012 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Kenshin Kawakami is scheduled to toss five innings against the Rakuten Eagles (at Nagoya Dome) on March 23.


Sponichi notes that the Dragons could go with Kazuki Yoshimi, Kawakami, and Masahiro Yamamoto for their first three games of the regular season.


The Dragons decided today to give 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi more playing time by temporarily dropping him to Ni-gun.  Takahashi looked over-matched his last two games: 0-for-9 with 5 strikeouts, two ground ball outs, two fly ball outs.

Chunichi Dragons: March 17, 2012

by on Mar.17, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Nikkan Sports notes that the Dragons have dropped hints to reporters that Kazuki Yoshimi may be their opening day starter.


Takeshi Yamasaki is looking forward to the chance of facing his former teammate Masahiro Tanaka when the Dragons play three exhibition games against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome between March 23 and 25 at Nagoya Dome.


Kenshin Kawakami and Kenichi Nakata will likely get starts during the second series of the season: vs Yokohama at Yokohama, April 3-5.

Chunichi Dragons: March 4, 2012

by on Mar.04, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Kenshin Kawakami threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen after his two inning outing against the Hiroshima Carp. (Sponichi)


While Kenichi Nakata topped out at 149km/h during his outing against the Hiroshima Carp on Sunday, his velocity dropped about 10km/h the moment runners got on base.

"I could not get my timing down from the set position.  And I was throwing from the side," said Nakata.

Nakata spent some time in the bullpen, after his outing, making adjustments to his mechanics.


1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi attended his high school graduation on Saturday.

Chunichi Dragons: February 25, 2012

by on Feb.26, 2012 @ 1:05 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Kazuki Yoshimi threw 201 pitches in the bullpen after pitching two innings against the LG Twins. (Sponichi)


Between pitching two innings against the LG Twins and tossing a bullpen session, Kazuki Yoshimi ended up throwing about 252 pitches on Friday.

Yoshimi's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a boy weighing 3,194 grams, earlier today.


Tony Blanco started taking soft-toss batting practice (about 30 minutes) on Friday after taking things easy the last few days due to lower bock stiffness.


Masahiro Yamamoto, Kenshin Kawakami, and Yoshimi are scheduled to start three exhibition games beginning on March 2.  Each will toss two to three innings.  It is likely that the same three will be the ones to kick things off during the opening series.


Through Friday, 1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi is 8-for-28 with one homer and five RBI over eight games.

Chunichi Dragons: February 24, 2012

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Takeshi Yamasaki took 112 swings during lunchtime batting practice and hit twelve over the fence. [Sports Hochi Osaka]


  • Masahiro Yamamoto and Kenshin Kawakami tossed situational batting practice today.  Yamamoto faced nine batters and allowed two hits while Kawakami faced eleven batters and allowed two hits.  Kawakami also topped out at 138km/h. (Nikkan Sports)


  • Hitoshi Iwase threw thirty pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)


Kei Nomoto took things a little slow during practice today due to fasciitis in his right calf.  There are no plans to send Nomoto to a hospital at this stage but he will spend time away from Ichi-gun.


Hitoki Iwase will likely get to start an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 2.


1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi spent some time signing autographs after practices on Thursday.


Through Thursday, 1st round draft pick Takahashi is 7-for-24 with five extra base hits and four RBI over seven games.

Chunichi Dragons: February 16, 2012

by on Feb.16, 2012 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice


  • Takeshi Yamasaki took eighty-nine swings during batting practice and hit thirteen over the fence. (Sponichi)
  • Jorge Sosa took fifty-two swings during batting practice and hit five over the fence. He also hit on an at least 140 meters. (Sponichi, Nikkan Sports)


Kenshin Kawakami continued to work out under a separate training schedule today because of inflammation in his right hamstring.  His condition has improved and he plans to toss a bullpen session on Friday.

Kawakami also spent time looking over footage of him playing catch today.


Two lucky fans got work the PA system and be a bat boy during the first and second inning of today's practice game against Samsung.


The Dragons announced that their cheer-leading squad will hold a dance lesson for the 450 or so students at Kuwae Junior High School on Friday.  Doala is also expected to attend.


While it is only ninety-eight meters out to left at Chatan Stadium, there is a fourteen meter high net near the left field foul pole.  Hitting one over the netting means the ball most likely traveled at least 140 meters.  Sosa hit one of his shots over this netting on Wednesday.  The only other player to do that was Joel Guzman last year.