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[2/5/2014] Hiroshima Carp News and Notes

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Kenta Kurihara 2/4 45 Five over the fence.  Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Bryan Bullington Bullpen 4/4 34 First session since the start of camp.  Daily Sports 2/5/2014

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1st round draft pick Daichi Osera, 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri, and 3rd round draft pick Kosuke Tanaka visited Kyoya Distillery on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Ryuji Ichioka could pitch in an intra-squad game on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2014

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Kenta Kurihara used an 880 gram bat least season.  He used a bat weighing between 910 and 920 grams on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Ryuhei Matsuyama (left hamstring) will join the rehab group on the 6th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2014

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The Ni-gun team arrived in Nichinan today.  Ni-gun Nichinan camp runs through to the 28th.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

[10/30/2013] Rumors: Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars, Rakuten Eagles

by on Oct.31, 2013 @ 3:10 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

The Carp would like Kenta Kurihara to return next season as insurance in case someone gets hurt.  Kurihara wants playing time, but may not get it with Hiroshima since they already have a first baseman (he could try another position, but he is not sure if that is what he wants to do).  However, hitting the free agent market and signing with another team would not guarantee him an everyday position since he has spent the last two seasons working through injuries.  His high salary this past season will also most likely make him a class-A free agent, which means any teams that signs him will owe the Carp compensation in the form of money or money and a player.

Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2013

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The Carp have decided to move pitching coach Kenji Furusawa to their baseball academy in the Dominican Republic next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars sat down with Futoshi Kobayashi on Tuesday and gave him two options: either take an extreme cut in pay (over twenty percent) or an outright release.  If he re-signs, the team is planning to trade him.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013

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Yokohama also sat down with Norihiro Nakamura and Kazunari Tsuruoka on Tuesday.  According to Sponichi, they offered Nakamura fifty million yen (twenty million yen raise) and Tsuruoka forty million yen (no change).  They also told the two veterans those were the team's final offers and that they wanted an answer by the end of the Nippon Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles senryokugai'ed Yosuke Takasu on Tuesday and offered him a job within the organization.  Takasu wants to continue playing and is thinking about attending the twelve-team tryouts next month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2013

Hiroshima Carp: Kenta Kurihara will likely miss the start of the regular season with right leg injury

by on Mar.18, 2013 @ 9:42 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that Kenta Kurihara was diagnosed with a injuries in his right rectus femoris and sartorius muscles.  There is a good chance he will miss the start of the regular season because he requires about a week of medical treatment.

The Carp also announced that:

  • Akihiro Higashide had surgery on his left knee (ACL reconstruction and meniscectomy).  He will remain in the hospital for about three weeks.
  • 4th round draft pick Ko Shimozuru will miss about six weeks with a right adductor longus muscle injury.

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2013

Hiroshima Carp: Kenta Kurihara has pain in right hip join, questionable for opening day

by on Mar.17, 2013 @ 6:00 pm, under NPB
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Kenta Kurihara did not play in today's exhibition game against Rakuten because of pain in his right hip joint.

Kurihara reportedly felt some discomfort in his right leg when he fouled ball off during his second at bat in the 4th inning of Saturday's exhibition game against Rakuten.  The hip did not feel any better today and he was given the day off today.  He is expected to get a full examination at some point within the next couple of days.

"[Kurihara] said he felt more pain today.  It does not look too good," said Kenjiro Nomura.

Source: Daily Sports 3/17/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/17/2013, Sports Hochi 3/17/2013

Hiroshima Carp: Kenta Kurihara fractures nose during fielding practice

by on Mar.09, 2013 @ 8:48 pm, under NPB
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Kenta Kurihara took a baseball off his face during fielding practice before today's exhibition game against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium.  He skipped the game and was examined at a Hiroshima hospital and diagnosed with a fractured nose.  He will require about two weeks for a full recovery.  While there is no set timetable for his return, he is expected to be ready for opening day.

Source: jiji 3/9/2013, Sponichi 3/9/2013

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 16, 2013

by on Feb.17, 2013 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Yusuke Nomura: situational batting practice: faced seven batters, one hit, topped out at 133km/h

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

Friday

  • Yusuke Nomura: bullpen, fifty-nine pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Kenta Kurihara will likely sit out Sunday's game because of his back.  He is scheduled to travel with the team on a road trip to Okinawa that begins on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/16/2013

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Fred Lewis is scheduled to play in Sunday's practice game against Samurai Japan.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/16/2013

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 14, 2013

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

Wednesday

  • Takeru Imamura: two bullpen sessions, first - thirty pitches, all fastballs; second - eighty pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Valentine's Day: Shota Dobayashi received about 100 chocolates.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Kenta Kurihara felt tightness in his lower back during warm-ups today and ended his day early.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Jun Hirose was re-assigned to San-gun camp because of tightness in his back.  Hirose first started feeling the soreness during practices on Wednesday and ended his day a little early.  He will return to Ichi-gun camp once he can participate in regular workouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013

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Takeru Imamura had a fever on Tuesday and still managed to throw two bullpen sessions on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Shota Dobayashi will begin using a longer and heavier bat after batting coach Hiromasa Arai suggested the change.  Current bat: 33.5 inches, 890 grams.  New bat: 34 inches, 910 grams.

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

Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 8, 2013

by on Feb.08, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Fred Lewis: batting practice, forty-eight swings, one over the fence

Source: Sports Hochi 2/8/2013

Thursday

  • Shota Dobayashi: situational batting practice, 1-for-3 (single to center off Masaya Kanemaru)
  • Fred Lewis: batting practice, forty-six swings, nine could-be hits

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013, Sports Hochi 2/8/2013

Today

  • Takeru Imamura: situational batting practice, faced eight hitters, allowed two hits and struck out two, topped out at 145km/h
  • Yuya Fukui: batting practice, faced Yoshikazu Kura and Jun Hirose, forty-four pitches, eighteen swings, four could-be hits

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013, Daily Sports 2/8/2013

Thursday

  • Takeru Imamura: bullpen, fifty-one pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/8/2013

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Takeru Imamura is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's intra-squad game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013

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Kenta Kurihara spent about two hours taking batting practice against pitching machines after general workouts today.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/8/2013

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Yuya Fukui turned twenty-five today.

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4th round draft pick Ko Shimozuru has apparently won the right to stick around at Ichi-gun camp for a bit longer.

Source: Sanspo 2/8/2013

Hiroshima Carp: Kurihara, Yokoyama, Higashide plan to remain with team

by on Nov.02, 2012 @ 9:49 pm, under NPB
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Kenta Kurihara informed the Hiroshima Carp that he will not exercise his international FA option and will remain with the team.

Ryuji Yokoyama and Akihiro Higashide, both coming off multi-year deals, have also reportedly informed the Carp of their intent to stay.

Source: Sanspo 11/2/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/2/2012, Sponichi 11/2/2012 (all of these are basically the same syndicated report)

Hiroshima Carp: Kenta Kurihara will not exercise FA option

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 12:00 pm, under NPB
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Kenta Kurihara visited Mazda Stadium on Tuesday and met team director Kiyoaki Suzuki for about thirty minutes.  He informed Suzuki that he does not plan on exercising his international FA option and will make up for his lost year by working hard next season.  After his meeting, he spoke to reporters and said, "Things are going well.  I will prepare my body so that I will be able to throw and hit by spring camp next year."   Source: Sanspo 10/31/2012

Kurihara is thinking about heading to the US for workouts in early January.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2012