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[5/30/2014] Injury Report: Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on May.31, 2014 @ 12:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi worked out at Koshien Stadium on Friday.  He took a batted ball off the area above his left knee during his last start on the 26th.  He told reporters he was fine.  Sugiuchi is scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kam Mickolio pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Friday.  He entered the game in the 6th and gave up a run on two hits over an inning of work (1B9-WP-R, 1B9 one RBI, K, K, G6).  He also struck out two and walked none. Source: Daily Sports 5/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige tweaked his left leg during Monday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He did not play on Wednesday and Thursday.  He worked out at Seibu Dome on Friday and told reporters he had not yet made a decision on his status. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014
  • Takuya Asao (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 9th and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work.  He threw thirteen pitches and topped out at 144km/h.  The Dragons have decided to wait on Asao a little longer since he is not an immediate need. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis might be able to resume practices in about two months.  Youkilis was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot while he was in Japan. Tests in the United States came back with the same diagnosis. Source: Sponichi 5/30/2014 ... Youkilis told reporters in Boston that his doctors told him it might take three to six months for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 5/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa began his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on Friday.  His day lasted about six hours and included some walking, stretching, upper body strengthening exercises, and treatment for his right gluteus maximus. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014, Sponichi 5/30/2014
  • Brian Wolfe left for the United States on Thursday.  He will be getting additional tests on his right elbow.  He would like to avoid surgery if possible.  He is planning to visit the hospital where he got Tommy John surgery in 2003. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/30/2014
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[5/29/2014] Injury Report: Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten), Daiki Tomei (Orix)

by on May.30, 2014 @ 3:29 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino will probably spend the next week to ten days preparing for his surgery.  He might be able to return to his duties about a month after the procedure.  The start of the second-half of the season (July 21) is a possibility.  His status for the All-Star game is up in the air.  Hoshino is no longer traveling with the team -- he moved to a separate location on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014, Sports Hochi 5/29/2014
  • Kevin Youkilis (left heel) attended an event for the Red Sox in Boston on the 28th.  A leg/foot specialist in California is currently providing Youkilis with treatment.  "The pain was so bad that I could not do anything for the team," said Youkilis.  "I'll be able to play once the pain goes away."  He also said he could not set a timetable at this point in time. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014 ... The Eagles received an update on Thursday that pointed to a possible return in about two months.  They also had a chance to speak to Youkilis and were able to confirm that he wanted to return to Japan. Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari (ossification of yellow ligament) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 9th and did not allow a run or a hit over 0.2 innings of work.  He did walk two. Source: Sports Hochi 5/29/2014
  • Tadashi Settsu (right shoulder) could return to the active roster in time for a start against the Yomiuri Giants on June 4 at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014, Sponichi 5/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • 2nd round draft pick Daiki Tomei left Thursday's game against Chunichi after he took a ball hit by Yohei Oshima in the 6th inning off his right hand/wrist.  He got treatment off the field and returned to the mound, but was replaced after throwing one practice pitch.  Source: Daily Sports 5/29/2014, Sponichi 5/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba resumed outdoor batting practice on Wednesday.  He swung the bat for about ten minutes. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2014

[5/6/2014] Injury Report: Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on May.07, 2014 @ 12:03 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) threw thirty-four pitches to a squatting catcher at Giants Stadium on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tomoyuki Kubota (right elbow) tossed fifty pitches, mostly fastballs, during batting practice at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He faced Hisashi Takayama and Haruki Kurose. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (adductor muscle in right leg) was again left out of the starting line-up again on Tuesday (second game in a row).  He was able to take pre-game batting practice and was available as a pinch-hitter if needed. Source: Sponichi 5/6/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis will be returning to the United States for a second opinion on his left heel.  When he returns to Japan will depend on the results of his tests. Source: Sports Hochi 5/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014

[4/29/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Kevin Youkilis diagnosed with plantar fasciitis

by on Apr.29, 2014 @ 2:17 pm, under NPB
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Kevin Youkilis was taken off the active roster on the 27th with an injury to his left heel.  He was examined at a hospital in Sendai on Monday and diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.  The condition does not appear to be severe.  He is expected to resume workouts at the Ni-gun facilities and will take things day-by-day.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2014

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[4/27/2014] Injury Report: Hisayoshi Chono (Yomiuri), Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten)

by on Apr.28, 2014 @ 2:52 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hisayoshi Chono was removed on defense in the 7th inning of Sunday's game against Hiroshima with tightness in his lower body.  He asked to be taken out of the game, although the tightness does not appear to be serious.  He told reporters he will be okay for the start of the Yakult series on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada (left shoulder) threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Naruohama on Saturday.  It was his first session in about two months. Source: Sanspo 4/27/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis was taken off the active roster on Sunday with an injury to his left heel.  He suffered the injury while playing in Saturday's game against Orix.  He could probably play through the injury, but the Eagles decided to play it safe and give him time to rest.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2014
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[4/22/2014] Injury Report: Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima), Chris Carpenter (Yakult)

by on Apr.23, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei played catch at Giants Stadium on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right index finger (fracture). Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue took an HBP off his back in the 1st inning of Tuesday's game against Yakult.  He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom of the inning and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for an MRI.  He was diagnosed with a spinal cord concussion.  The Carp will wait to see how their slugger is doing on Wednesday before deciding what to do next.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars were going to let Jorge Sosa travel with the team until he showed up at the airport on Monday with a slight limp (tightness in his left thigh/leg).  Sosa was taken off the active roster and sent down to Ni-gun.  Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he did not want the reliever back until he was fully healed and ready to pitch.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Carpenter took a batted ball hit by Ryosuke Kikuchi off the outer portion of his right knee in the 8th inning of Tuesday's game against Hiroshima.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital for an examination.  He was diagnosed with a bruise.  Whether he gets taken off the active roster on Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling.  Ryo Hidaka will be called up in case he is needed.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014, Sponichi 4/22/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis took an HBP off the area near his right wrist during his at bat in the 2nd inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed on defense in the 3rd.  Tests conducted at a hospital in Sendai revealed no problems with the bones.  The team will make a decision on Youkilis after they see how he is feeling on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 4/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2014
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[4/16/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten)

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda worked out at Mazda Stadium on Wednesday.  He resumed playing catch and slowly stretched out his arm until he was throwing at a maximum distance of about sixty meters.  Maeda told reporters he threw the ball light and easy and felt no pain.  He is planning to throw harder on Thursday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014 ... The Carp will wait to make a decision on Maeda until Thursday.  If he is okay, he will most likely start a game on the 20th against Yokohama.  If not, he could be taken off the active roster.  It was the first time he played catch in four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday.  He faced eight hitters, gave up two hits, and struck out three.  He could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 1 against Orix at Nagoya Stadium.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco felt pain in the back of his left thigh after sliding into second in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against Chunichi.  He was taken out of the game on defense in the 5th.  Blanco has been playing through discomfort in the same area.  The Bay Stars are concerned about his condition.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis hurt his left thumb while running the bases during a game against Lotte on the 11th.  He missed Tuesday's game against Softbank and was examined at a hospital in Sendai on Wednesday.  He was diagnosed with a jammed thumb.  The Eagles are hoping he will be okay for the Nippon Ham series at kobo Stadium that begins on the 18th.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae missed Wednesday's game against Seibu because of lower back pain.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014
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[4/15/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten)

by on Apr.15, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei worked out at Giants Stadium on Tuesday.  A cast he wore for his right index finger fracture came off on the 12th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis did not play in Tuesday's game against Softbank.  Youkilis hurt his left thumb during a game on the 11th.  Source: Sanspo 4/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (tightness in the left portion of his back) is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game later this week.  If he can play in a few games without any problems, he could make the active roster before the end of the month, perhaps as early as the 22nd.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/15/2014
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[2/26/2014] Rakuten Eagles: Sanspo and Sponichi interview Kevin Youkilis

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Sanspo and Sponichi have posted interviews with Kevin Youkilis.

First, Sanspo:

You played in your first game on the 23rd against Yomiuri.

I'm getting used to the team.  I want to prepare myself for opening day by getting myself ready and using games as an additional boost.  Adjusting to the things in front of me is more important than opening day at this point.

What is your motto?

Play as hard as you can because you don't know when it will be your last game.

You have been involved in suicide prevention efforts in the United States.

A good friend of mine committed suicide on Thanksgiving Day.  My wife also lost a friend to suicide.  Everyone at some point in their lives wishes they can get away from things.  I got involved because I wanted to help people see just how wonderful life can be.

What would you like to do in Japan, other than baseball?

I want to spend a lot of time with my family.  And I want to make sure my family has a great time living in Japan.  I was actually trying to sign with a team close to my home in San Jose.  I have a two-year-old daughter.  The last few years have been difficult because I wasn't able to see my family a lot.  My wife wanted to see what it was like living abroad, so I decided on Rakuten for my family.

Did you know about Rakuten?

Honestly, no.  I checked the internet.  I found out that AJ and McGehee were on the team.  I also learned that the team was from the Tohoku area that suffered damage from the March 11 earthquake.  It's very sad to lose someone you love.  I want to learn more about what happened.

What surprised you after you came to Japan?

The players practice a lot.  They work out a full day and then come back the next day and do the same thing.  This is not the United States.  I am getting used to things little by little.  I'll be fine if I follow AJ.

Have you picked up any Japanese?

I know basic greetings, like ohayogozaimasu.  I think it's funny that Don't touch my mustache apparently sounds like doitashimashite.

That is a nice beard.

I have no head on top, so I grow this out.  But I might shave it if I can't get any hits.  I think my wife will be surprised if I shave it.  It would be best if that didn't happen.

Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

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[2/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.12, 2014 @ 4:05 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
  2/11 39 One over the fence; outdoors.  Sponichi 2/11/2014
Kevin Youkilis 2/10 46 About twenty could-be hits; indoors.  Sanspo 2/11/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Takahiro Norimoto Bullpen 2/11 133 Including curves.  Sponichi 2/11/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/10 69 Fastballs and sliders; third session in as many days.  Daily Sports 2/11/2014
Koji Aoyama Bullpen 2/10 100 Including ten forkballs.  Sports Hochi 2/11/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Kevin Youkilis might get an at bat during Wednesday's intra-squad game.  Source: Sponichi 2/11/2014
  • Takahiro Norimoto might pitch in a game some time on or after the 15th.  Source: Sponichi 2/11/2014
  • Norihito Kaneto has thrown nearly 700 pitches during camp, through to the 10th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui might end up staying behind in Kumejima to continue his workouts at Ni-gun camp when the team leaves for Okinawa.  The move would not be considered a "demotion" because the plan was always for him to start things out at Ni-gun.  However, if he makes progress with his balance issues and shows more consistency, he could be called up in March during the exhibition game season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/11/2014

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