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[4/10/2014] Injury Report: Kengo Tagawa (Yakult), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 2:08 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome may have suffered a fracture in his right collarbone and a left rib when he crashed into Tsuyoshi Nishioka on March 30.  However, he did play in two games (Ni-gun and Ichi-gun) on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 4/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kengo Tagawa had surgery to remove a herniated lumbar disc.  He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Onizaki fouled a ball off his right shin on Wednesday.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with a bruise.  He was using crutches to get around, but was not taken off the active roster because he can get by without them.  He did not play in Thursday's game.  The Lions will wait to see how Onizaki is feeling on Friday before making a decision on what to do next.  Source: Sanspo 4/10/2014, Sponichi 4/10/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu was examined at a hospital in the United States and diagnosed with a minor herniated disc.  He will remain in the US for about a month of rehab.  There is no timetable on his return.  Source: Sponichi 4/10/2014

[3/30/2014] Hanshin Tigers: Nishioka taken off field in stretcher after crashing into Fukudome

by on Mar.30, 2014 @ 4:05 pm, under NPB
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Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Kosuke Fukudome were involved in a collision play during today's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The two players were chasing after a fly ball hit by Kan Otake in the 2nd inning and ran full-speed into each other.  Nishioka landed on the back of his head and had to be taken off the field -- he was placed on a stretcher and raised his left arm as he was loaded into an ambulance on the field.  Fukudome remained in the game until he was removed on defense in the bottom of the 4th.

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Source: Nikkan Sports 3/30/2014, Daily Sports 3/30/2014

[UPDATE @ 11:35pm]

Nishioka was diagnosed broken nose, bruised chest, and a minor left shoulder dislocation.  He will remain in the hospital overnight.

Fukudome was taken to the hospital after he was taken out of the game.  He was diagnosed with a bruised chest.

Source: Sanspo 3/30/2014

[UPDATE 3/31 @ 9:45pm]

Nishioka was re-examined today.  Tests to his brain did not reveal any problems.  No additional injuries were found.  He will remain in the hospital for rest.

Source: Daily Sports 3/31/2014

[UPDATE 4/1 @ 3:51pm]

Nishioka was once again examined at a hospital in Tokyo today.  Additional tests did not reveal any problems to his brain.  However, another injury was discovered: fractures in both his first ribs.  Nishioka moved to a hospital in Osaka after his tests.

Source: Daily Sports 4/1/2014

[UPDATE 4/1 @ 6:48pm]

Nishioka could end up missing a month or two.

Source: ZakZak 4/1/2014

[2/6/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.07, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Kosuke Fukudome 2/5 288 Lunch-time batting practice; fifty-one over the fence; three BP pitchers, 119 swings/21 over the fence against RHP, 92 swings/18 over the fence against LHP, 77 swings/12 over the fence against RHP.  Sanspo 2/6/2014, Daily Sports 2/6/2014
Kosuke Fukudome 2/5 52 Regular batting practice; nine over the fence. Sponichi 2/6/2014
Shinta Hifumi 2/5 63 Seven over the fence.  Daily Sports 2/6/2014
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/5 115 Fifteen over the fence; includes lunch-time BP and regular BP.  Daily Sports 2/6/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuta Iwasada Bullpen 2/5 100 Squatting catcher.  Sanspo 2/6/2014
Kazuhito Futagami Bullpen 2/5 62 Fifth session in as many days.  Sanspo 2/6/2014
Hiroaki Saiuchi BP 2/5 47 Faced Ryota Imanari and Hayata Ito; allowed three could-be hits.  Sanspo 2/6/2014
Akira Iwamoto BP 2/5 60 Faced Ryosuke Ogata and Kohei Shibata; allowed six could-be hits.  Sanspo 2/6/2014
Kazuyuki Kaneda BP 2/5 42 Faced Naoto Nishida and Masahiro Nakatani; allowed four could-be hits.  Sanspo 2/6/2014

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Quick Notes

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada is scheduled to toss batting practice scrimmage on the 10th.  Source: Sanspo 2/6/2014
  • Kazuhito Futagami is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 7th.  Source: Sanspo 2/6/2014
  • The Tigers expect Takashi Toritani and Akihito Fujii to miss three to four days with the flu.  Source: Sanspo 2/6/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada, 2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota, 3rd round draft pick Naomasa Yokawa, and 6th round Suguru Iwazaki visited Aki Suisan's Aki Shirasu Shokudo on their day off on Thursday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2014
  • 4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno and 5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto visited Murasaki Mura in Okinawa on their day off on Thursday and took a course in Okinawan Karate.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2014
  • Takahiro Arai fielded 133 baseballs at third and forty-five baseballs at first during extra fielding practice after general workouts on Wednesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome, Kohei Shibata, Masahiro Nakatani, and Hiroki Uemoto stayed back after general practices on Wednesday for extra batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2014

Fukudome reportedly swung the bat over 2,000 times over the first five days of spring camp -- over 500 swings on the first day, over 400 swings on the second, third, and fourth days, and 405 swings on the fifty day.

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2014

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Shinta Hifumi has made some adjustments to his swing, based on advice from the coaches.  He used to move his hands down and up and down to swing, but it causing a delay so he moved to a up and down to swing.  He apparently studied Matt Murton's swing for ideas on what to do.

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh will likely toss one bullpen session every other day during the second block of spring camp.  He could then ramp things up and tossing sessions on consecutive days during the third block of camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2014

Oh is slated to toss his first bullpen session on Friday.  He is planning to throw all his pitches to a squatting catcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2014Sponichi 2/6/2014

[2/2/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 6:12 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • Kosuke Fukudome - forty-four swings, six over the fence
  • Takashi Toritani - sixty-four swings, fifteen over the fence
  • Matt Murton - fifty-seven swings, nine over the fence

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • Kosuke Fukudome - lunch-time batting practice: sixty-one swings, sixteen over the fence; regular batting practice: seventy-six swings, ten over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Minoru Iwata - 151 pitches
  • Daiki Enokida - 136 pitches
  • Randy Messenger - forty-eight pitches; including breaking balls
  • Kazuhito Futagami - 113 pitches
  • Kazuyuki Kaneda - 106 pitches
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - 32 pitches to squatting catcher

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Daily Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • 1st round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto - over fifty pitches; Pitching Coach Takashi Yamaguchi had to stop the session
  • Minoru Iwata - seventy pitches to squatting catcher
  • Atsushi Nomi - seventy pitches; all fastballs; he had someone stand in the right-handed batter's box partway through the session
  • Kazuhito Futagami - 111 pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014, Sanspo 2/2/2014, Daily Sports 2/2/2014Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome swung the bat about 500 times on Saturday.  In addition to lunch-time and regular batting practice, he stayed back after general workouts for forty-five minutes of soft-toss batting practice and fifteen minutes in the batting cages (machine that tosses curves).

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

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The Yomiuri Giants, Chunichi Dragons, and Hiroshima Carp watched Shintaro Fujinami's bullpen session on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Yutaka Wada swung the bat 193 times while hitting grounders during fielding practice on Saturday.  If players failed to field the ball properly, he followed up with three to five more in a row.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu tossed batting practice to Daichi Okazaki on Sunday (forty-seven pitches).

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

Kakefu also hit 108 baseballs to Fumiya Hojo, Tetsuya Sakaguchi, and Shinta Hifumi on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014

[2/1/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 1

  • Matt Murton - sixty-nine swings, none over the fence
  • Kosuke Fukudome - sixty-one swings, sixteen over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Shintaro Fujinami - forty-nine pitches to squatting catcher; all pitches including slider, cutter, fork, change-up, two-seamer.
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - ? to standing catcher, fourteen to squatting catcher; including cuve and slider; Takeshi Hidaka caught the session
  • 6th round draft pick Suguru Iwazaki - fifty-five to a squatting catcher; including breaking pitches like sinker; Shinya Azuhata caught the session

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Kochi camp began at 6:25am on Saturday morning.  Thirteen players, including Fumiya Hojo and Shinta Hifumi, attended the early morning session.

Players swung a special red bat back and forth for about fifteen minutes before swinging a regular bat for roughly twenty-five minutes.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh took some batting practice on Saturday for the first time since he was in high school.  Oh could toss his first bullpen session on the 7th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Kosuke Fukudome swung the bat over 500 times on the first day of spring camp on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Takashi Toritani and Naoto Nishida took fielding practice at short on Saturday.  Nishida stayed back after general workouts for extra fielding practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota missed the first day of Aki camp on Saturday with a fever.  He rested at the team hotel.  The Tigers do not think it is the flu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami added two kilograms to his frame this off-season and pushed his weight to ninety kilograms.  He will continue to increase his weight little by little over the next five years. ... Pitching Coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is not planning to place any pitch count limits on Fujinami during spring camp, but will likely place limits on the number of bullpen sessions he throws during each block of spring camp. ... Fujinami's workouts on Saturday included fielding practice, running, base-running.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014, Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata's spring camp slogan is "Go get it!"  He wants players to be aggressive and take the bull by the horns.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu did not pack any regular street clothes for spring camp.  All he has is training wear.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

Yutaka Wada is moving away from giving Okinawa and Kochi camps Ichi-gun and Ni-gun labels.  Kakefu feels the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun labels might actually help younger players by providing them with a more concrete goal.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2014

Kakefu tossed batting practice to Hojo (sixty-four pitches) on Saturday.  He received a nice round of applause from the fans when he took the mound.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2014

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The Tigers have given players about 100 to 500 baseball cards to hand out to fans when they do not have enough time to stop and sign autographs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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The Tigers are planning to conduct random physical fitness tests during spring camp.  They will also be using a Keiser Functional Trainer (about 1.5 million yen).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014Sanspo 2/1/2014

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The cheerleading team began their "training camp" on Saturday in Osaka.  Workouts lasted about four hours.  They are scheduled to make their debut during a game against Chunichi at Kyocera Dome on April 1.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

[1/17/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.17, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Sanspo visited Randy Messenger in Kentucky and conducted an interview with him.  Some key points: he is fine to pitch on four or five days of rest; the Tigers allow him to set his own schedule during spring camp; he is planning to toss two or three full bullpen sessions before spring camp; he has plans to practice with the University of the Cumberlands; he made his own bullpen in his garage (he made it in about ten days, pretty much by himself); he had a chance to redefine himself as a pitcher when he was demoted to Ni-gun; he struggled a little in the early goings last season because he felt he had to do well if he was going to go back to the Majors, he managed to recover after he started thinking more about the team and less about himself; he was not entirely happy about his season last year, but felt he did his job; he did receive offers from MLB teams, but he was not sure how serious they were; he loves ramen, he pitched well after eating some one day and has since decided to eat some the day before his starts, he even knows good places to eat on the road; he likes to listen to music, mostly rap from artists like E-40 and Mistah F.A.B., before his starts.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada was out with a fever on Thursday.  If he is out an extended amount of time, or falls behind in his workouts, he could begin the year at Ni-gun spring camp.  The 2013 draft class had the day off today.  How Iwasada is feeling on Saturday could determine which spring camp he gets assigned to.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014, Sponichi 1/17/2014

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Shunsuke used a 33.5 inch bat that weighed 920 grams last season.  He is planning to move to a thirty-four inch bat this season.  He is currently working out with former Tampa Bay Devil Rays interpreter/athletic trainer Yoshikatsu Ushijima.

Source: Sponichi 1/17/2014

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Yutaka Wada would like to assign Kosuke Fukudome to Ichi-gun spring camp if he is healthy and ready to go.

Source: Sanspo 1/17/2014

A team official told reporters on Thursday that Fukudome will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp so that he can prepare at his own pace -- they already know what he is capable of so there is no need to rush him.

Spring camp assignments will be made on the 23rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

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A heated Toto washlet was installed at the indoor training facilities next to Naruohama today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/17/2014

[9/22/2013] Injury Updates: Fukudome (HAN), Nakata (HAM), Hosokawa (SOF), Ray, Rasner (RAK), Ito (LOT)

by on Sep.11, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left calf) worked out with the Ichi-gun team at Koshien on Tuesday.  He took batting and fielding practice.  He also wore cleats during running exercises (running the bases and dashes) for the first time since he got hurt.  He was added to the active roster today.  He was intentionally walked during a pinch-hit at bat in the 7th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2013, Daily Sports 9/11/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) was examined at a Sapporo hospital today.  The team trainer told reporters his bone was healing properly.  He could begin swinging the bat with both hands soon.

After his hospital visit, he visited Sapporo Dome and did some exercises during pre-game workouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2013

Softbank Hawks

Toru Hosokawa took an HBP off the left side of his head in the 2nd inning of today's game against the Seibu Lions.  He was taken off the field in a stretcher, but was able to speak and walk when he got on the ambulance.  A CT scan did not reveal any apparent damage to the brain.  He was diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Ken Ray was examined at a hospital in Chiba today and was informed he did not need surgery after he took a batted ball off his face during Wednesday's game against Lotte and suffered a fracture in his right cheekbone.  Ray will now return to Sendai for tests on his eyes/vision.  The team will continue to monitor him over the next few days before deciding on his status.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/11/2013

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Darrell Rasner will undergo Tommy John surgery later this week and will most likely require about a year for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 9/11/2013

Senichi Hoshino on Rasner leaving for the US and perhaps never returning to the Eagles: "I almost teared up.  He is a nice guy.  He apologized for having to leave in the middle of such an exciting season."

Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihiro Ito had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Funabashi, Chiba on Tuesday.  There were no complications during the procedure.  Ito began his rehab today and will likely require three months before he can throw again.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/11/2013

[9/6/2013] Injury Updates: Nishioka, Shibata, Fukudome, Standridge (HAN), Nakamura (SEI)

by on Sep.06, 2013 @ 4:17 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (cut on left hand) could return to the starting line-up tonight.  He sat out the first two games of the Yokohama series and was prepared to make an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's game, but the opportunity never presented itself.

Source: Sanspo 9/6/2013

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Kohei Shibata (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Thursday.  He started in center and batted lead-off.  He went 1-for-3 with two walks, a strikeout, and one RBI.  He also stole a base in the 4th and 8th innings.  This was his first full rehab game.

Source: Daily Sports 9/6/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome (left calf) resumed outdoor practices on Thursday.  Workouts included light running, batting practice, and fielding practice in left.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2013

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Jason Standridge (lower back tightness) started playing catch on Thursday.  After some running, he played catch at a distance of about thirty meters.  There were no problems during or after the session of catch.

Source: Sponichi 9/6/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura (left knee, left shoulder) was added to the active roster today.  The coaches discussed the move on Thursday and decided to call him up today, provided he was on board with the decision.

Nakamura played in three Ni-gun rehab games and went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three walks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2013, Sponichi 9/6/2013

[9/5/2013] Injury Updates: Hatakeyama (YAK), Boyer, Fukudome (HAN)

by on Sep.05, 2013 @ 6:18 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Wednesday that Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hurt his left side and will be evaluated at a hospital in Tokyo today.  There is a possibility he has a strain in his left abdominal internal oblique muscle.  At worst, he could miss the rest of the season.

Hatakeyama suffered the injury while taking fielding practice at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi wanted to use Blaine Boyer for two innings against the Yokohama Bay Stars on Wednesday but decided to pull him after one inning because the reliever complained of tightness in his right shoulder.  He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 9/5/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome (left calf) resumed taking indoor batting practice on Wednesday -- soft-toss batting practice for about fifteen minutes; regular batting practice for about ten minutes.  He also did about fifteen minutes of light running and participated in some Ni-gun training exercises.  At the end of workouts, he ran up some stairs.

Source: Daily Sports 9/5/2013

[9/1/2013] Injury Updates: Fujii (CHU), Hiyane, Leroux (YAK), Fukudome (HAN), Nakata (SEI), Kimura, Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.01, 2013 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Atsushi Fujii hurt his left hamstring while sliding into second on a stolen base attempt in the top of 7th inning.  He had to be helped off the field and was taken out of the game on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.  He will most likely be taken off the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 9/1/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wataru Hiyane hurt his left arm when he ran into Tetsuto Yamada while playing defense in the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  He was pulled from the game on defense in the 3rd and taken to a local hospital for x-rays.  He was diagnosed with a bruise on his upper left arm.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2013

Hiyane made it into today's game against Yokohama as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 9th.

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Chris Leroux left for the US on Saturday to get a second opinion on his right shoulder.  Chances are good the Swallows will not exercise his option for the 2014 season.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his left calf.

"Running was a problem.  Hitting was not, just when he gets on base and has to run.  We thought about what had to be done to get him back into the starting line-up as soon as possible," said Yutaka Wada about the decision to take Fukudome off the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2013, Daily Sports 9/1/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) used a six-five centimeter Mizuno bat during one-handed batting practice on Saturday (about two-hundred swings with his right hand).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2013

Seibu Lions

Fumikazu Kimura was taken off the active roster today with lower back pain.  Kimura attempted to play through the pain by taking pain-killers before pre-game workouts today, but could not make it through soft-toss batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2013

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Yusei Kikuchi tossed a bullpen session on Saturday for the first time since he hurt his left shoulder.  He threw twenty-one pitches to a standing catcher at seventy to eighty percent strength.  He told reporters the session went well and that he felt no pain.

Source: Sanspo 8/31/2013

Kikuchi tossed another bullpen session today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2013