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[6/8/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Kenta Imamiya (Softbank)

by on Jun.08, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took eighty-two swings during outdoor batting practice at Koshien on Saturday and hit three over the fence. Source: Sanspo 6/8/2014 ... Nishioka told reporters he wants to be at 100 percent when he returns to the active roster, but is okay to play Ni-gun games at seventy to eighty percent.  He could be fairly close to playing in his first Ni-gun rehab game. Source: Sponichi 6/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette (left knee) could join the Ichi-gun roster in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 14th. Source: Sanspo 6/8/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya banged his face against the ground as he made an impressive catch in the 7th inning.  He leapt and managed to glove a drive off Hiroki Uemoto's bat.  The ball bounced out of the glove, but he managed to re-catch it while falling forward, headfirst.  He was taken off the field for treatment, but was able to return. Source: Sanspo 6/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani sprained his left ankle during a game against Hiroshima on the 4th. He is still scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday (June 11) against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome. Since pitching is his top priority this season, Hideki Kuriyama may sit him as a position player to keep him off the ankle until his next start. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2014, Sponichi 6/8/2014

Softbank Hawks: March 15, 2012

by on Mar.15, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Today's practice game against Rakuten at Kurashiki: Tadashi Settsu started the game and allowed a run on five hits over five innings of work. [Sports Hochi] ... Nobuhiko Matsunaka hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in right. [Sports Hochi]


Hiroki Kokubo returned to Fukuoka on Wednesday so that he can focus on getting treatment for the tightness in his left calf.  He is expected to rejoin the team on March 18 and should be able against the Chiba Lotte Marines on March 20.


Brad Penny was scratched from his Kyoiku League start on Wednesday because of lower back pain.  If Penny can not throw a certain amount of innings/pitches during his next outing (likely five innings and around eighty pitches on March 21 vs Nippon Ham), he could be swapped out of the starting rotation with someone that is more prepared.


Koji Akiyama called over to Kenta Imamiya during workouts and asked him to try pushing him with his bat.


Someone registered a fake Brian Falkenborg Twitter account.  It seems the account has since been removed.

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Softbank Hawks: February 17, 2012

by on Feb.17, 2012 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB
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The Hawks had the day off today.


Renyel Pinto worked out on his day off today.  Workouts included: playing catch and running.


Kenta Imamiya spent time taking soft-toss batting practice on his day off today.  He has been told that he is using too much upper body when hitting the ball and is trying to make better use of his lower body.


5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama threw both his change (that moves like a knuckle curve, according to pitching coach Ikuo Takayama) and curve during his intra-squad outing on Thursday.

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Softbank Hawks: February 16, 2012

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


  • Tadashi Settsu faced Seiichi Uchikawa and Nobuhiko Matsunaka during batting practice and allowed fourteen hits on sixty-one pitches. (Daily Sports)
  • Kazuyuki Hoashi faced Wily Mo Pena and Alex Cabrera during batting practice and allowed four could-be hits on forty-six pitches. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Rehab coach Kazumi Saito threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen.  He also had the catcher stand on one knee. (Nikkan Sports)



Today was the last day of the fourth block of spring camp.  The team has the day off tomorrow.


Brad Penny wanted to pitch on four days of rest instead of six days of rest.


Koji Akiyama spent over an hour giving Kenta Imamiya hitting advice on Wednesday -- forty minutes on how to use his lower body while hitting off a tee and about another thirty minutes after full squad bunt practices.


Takehito Kanazawa canceled his bullpen session on Wednesday because he was feeling tightness in his lower back.  He also did not participate in fielding practice and instead focused on stretches and getting massages.  He is basically day-to-day.


Toru Hosokawa caught Hiroyuki Kawahara's bullpen session on Wednesday and later advised the 20-year-old to make adjustments to how he throws the curve because he might be tipping the pitch to batters.

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Softbank Hawks: February 15, 2012

by on Feb.15, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Today's intra-squad game was canceled due to rain.  One of today's scheduled starters, Hiroyuki Kawahara, will make a relief appearance in Thursday's intra-squad game.


The Hawks received 300 rice balls and 240 bottles of mineral water for Lawson today.


Ikusei 3rd round draft pick Shota Miura and Ikusei 4th round draft pick Takashi Shimizu had a chance to workout with the A group in Miyazaki today.


Brad Penny will make his "debut" during an exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp on February 26.

Penny's agent, Don Nomura, visited Miyazaki camp on Tuesday.


The Hawks are going to give Kenta Imamiya a shot at winning the starting shortstop job.


Shoe-maker Hitoshi Mimura (adidas) visited Miyazaki camp on Tuesday in order to get measurements for Seiichi Uchikawa's new cleats.


Masahiko Morifuku received about 200 Valentine's presents on Tuesday.

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Softbank Hawks: Seating at Yahoo Dome increased to 38,561

by on Jan.12, 2012 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Today was the last day of the first block of training camp for the 2011 draft class.  A portion of the workouts took place at a nearby shrine and included running hills and climbing stairs.


Koji Akiyama took off for Guam out of Fukuoka Airport today.  Akiyama returned from a family trip to the US on 1/6, attended a team meeting on Wednesday, and is now off to Guam for his last break before the season.


Hiroyuki Kawahara tossed 51 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.

Kawahara picked up a cutter and two-seamer after Ivan Rodriguez suggested he add something more to his arsenal while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico.  He is also working on a change-up.


Kenta Imamiya's goal for 2012 is to win the starting job at short and bat second in the line-up.


The Hawks announced today that seating at Yahoo Dome will increase from 37,025 to 38,561.  The new seats, located behind home plate and along the first and third base sides, will be available beginning on 3/3 (exhibition game against Lotte).

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Softbank Hawks Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 4:20 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/6 @ 11:50pm

Sugiuchi and Wada tossed bullpen sessions at the same time today.  The last time the two threw at the same time was back on the 2nd.


About 1900 fans showed up to watch the Hawks today.  The Hawks also held a baseball clinic for local little league teams (about 100 people).

The Hawks drew about 1,600 fans yesterday.

===== 2/6 @ 4:20pm

The Hawks received three 10kg tuna and 10kg of shrimp from the Miyazaki Fish Federation today.


This year's opening day start will either go to Toshiya Sugiuchi and Tsuyoshi Wada.  In order to decide, the Hawks could end up having both pitchers make appearances in the same intra-squad game and Nikkan Sports points to the intra-squad game scheduled on the 21st as a possibility.


Sadaharu Oh and Koji Akiyama's comments on Jose Ortiz's BP outing (58 swings, 7 over the fence) yesterday:

Oh - "I was surprised.  He's coming off an injury.  I didn't think he'd do this well [so soon].  There's still about a month and a half until the start of the regular season.  I think he'll be ready."

Akiyama - "He's been taking BP indoors while keeping an on his condition.  He probably felt that today was the day to give it a try.  He can prepare himself pretty quickly.  He was pretty fast last year.  All that's really left now is running.  It just means he cleared the hitting hurdle first."


Kenta Imamiya took early morning BP for the second straight day today.  He arrived at the facilities about 1.5 hours before the start of general practice to work on his swing.  On Saturday, Imamiya showed up for early morning practice and also ended up staying back after general practice for extra work on his hitting.


Toru Hosokawa also showed up for early morning BP for the second straight day today.  He showed up at the facilities around 8am and spent about an hour working with batting coach Yoshiie Tachibana.

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: December 27, 2010

by on Dec.28, 2010 @ 1:57 am, under NPB
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Seiichi Uchikawa will be working out in Oita in January.  Uchikawa was originally planning on training in Izu, Shizuoka, but later opted to work out in Oita.  According to someone close to the situation, Uchikawa has already booked the training facilities and lodgings and will begin practicing on 1/6.

Uchikawa is currently on his honeymoon to Southeast Asia.


Kenta Imamiya is willing to play anywhere, so long as it leads to a starting job somewhere in the line-up.

Said Imamiya, "My goal next season is to play in as many games as possible.  It doesn't matter how I get into games.  Taking advantage of opportunities when a player gets hurt is just one of a number of different ways to draw attention.  I ultimately want to play short, but more than that, I just want to play. ... I want to be a player that can do whatever it takes to help the team when it needs it.  I'll even play first.  But [I'm] a small target so I'm guessing people won't feel all to comfortable throwing the ball over to me."

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: November 16, 2010

by on Nov.16, 2010 @ 3:42 pm, under NPB
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Nagisa Arakaki tossed about 100 pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Seems Arakaki's right shoulder is doing better now.  He's also apparently working on a two-seamer (to go with his slider, curve, and fork).

Seems Kenji Otonari is also working on a two-seamer and the two are getting help on how to throw the pitch from temporary pitching coach Kazuhiro Takeda.  The reason for picking up the new pitch: the Hawks want the two to learn a pitch they can turn use to induce grounders.


Nobuhiro Matsuda took an extra hour's worth of fielding practice at third on Monday.


Kenta Imamiya is planning on strengthening his legs this off-season by climbing Mt. Ohira (aka Mt. Ogi) in Oita.

Said Imamiya, "Mt. Ogi is close to my old high school Meiho and takes about 40 minutes to climb.  I want to run everyday and strengthen my lower body."


Koji Akiyama, batting coach Yasuo Fujii, and Ni-gun batting coach Hiroshi Fujimoto spent about 45 minutes working with Koji Toyofuku on his hitting on Monday.

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: November 14, 2010

by on Nov.14, 2010 @ 1:41 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks played a practice game against the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday and lost, 4-2.

Nagisa Arakaki started the game and pitched 2 innings -- he faced 6 batters and struck out 4.  Arakaki told reporters that his outing went better than expected and that he was able to throw his slider for strikes.  Arakaki also topped out at 147km/h and was apparently pitching from the three-quarter arm slot.

Hideaki Takahashi faced three batters in the 5th and retired the side in order.  Takahashi pitched out of the set position.

Yasushi Kamiuchi retired the final three batters of the game in a row -- strike out and two ground outs.

With the Hawks trailing 4-1, Kenta Imamiya led off the top of the 8th with a solo homer off Takahiko Nomaguchi.  Imamiya started the game at short and batted lead-off.

Tomoaki Egawa picked up a hit in the 5th off Levi Romero and proceeded to steal second.  He also collected another hit in the 7th.

Yusuke Kosai batted 5th and also collected two hits -- one off Hideki Sunaga in the 7th and another off Namaguchi in the 9th.


Munenori Kawasaki started running on Saturday.  Kawasaki had stitches removed from his right elbow on Friday and said that he felt no pain while running.  If Kawasaki doesn't hit any setbacks in his recovery, he could begin playing catch before the end of the month.


As mentioned yesterday, Hitoshi Tamura will likely exercise his international FA option.  An unnamed source close to the situation apparently told the press on Saturday that Tamura will file his papers on Monday.  Nikkan Sports notes that the Hawks likely offered Tamura a 1-year deal with a base salary of around 80M yen (and including a lot of award bonuses).

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