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[9/27/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Kam Mickolio (Hiroshima)

by on Sep.28, 2014 @ 5:47 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino was taken off the active roster on Saturday with discomfort in his right elbow. He was examined at a hospital and will be given additional tests within the next few days. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka (right calf and right shoulder) and Ryosuke Yagi (left thigh) will most likely have opportunities to make starts before the end of the regular season -- Muranaka on September 30 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium and Yagi on October 2 against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato is expected to pitch in the Phoenix League that begins on October 6. He last pitched in a game on August 6, but was shut down with tightness in his right shoulder. He resumed throwing earlier this month. Source: Sanspo 9/27/2014
  • Orlando Roman (right shoulder) is also scheduled to participate in the Phoenix League. Source: Sanspo 9/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura was removed from Saturday's game after he started feeling discomfort in his right thigh while running out a grounder to third in the 8th inning. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tadahito Iguchi will have surgery on his right middle finger during the off-season. Tests revealed that an enlarged bone was placing pressure on nerves in the finger. Non-invasive options were considered, but surgery offered better results. He will continue to workout with the Ichi-gun team until the end of the regular season. The procedure will most likely shut him down for about a month. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014
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[8/20/2014] Injury Report: Akihiro Yanase (Softbank), Yoshihiro Ito (Lotte)

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 1:57 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He played catch outdoors at a distance of about fifty meters.  He also hit off a tee indoors -- thirty swings from each side. Source: Sanspo 8/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Wednesday.  He was given the green light to resume throwing, but there is no timetable on when he might start playing catch because he still needs time to regain muscle strength. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a bruise on right calf.  Muranaka suffered the injury during a start against Yomiuri on Tuesday.  He will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Yoshihiro Ito started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder on Tuesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akihiro Yanase was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Wednesday and diagnosed with inflammation in the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.  He was taken off the active roster on the same day.  The Hawks will re-assess after a week of no throwing. Source: Sports Hochi 8/20/2014
  • Nobuhiro Matsuda (right index finger) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted second.  He went 1-for-2 with a walk. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014
  • Tadashi Settsu (right thumb) could make his next start on the 26th against Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014
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[8/19/2014] Injury Report: Kyohei Muranaka (Yakult), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 3:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) could return to the active roster in time to get a start during a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on the 29th at Yokohama. Source: Sanspo 8/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada (right wrist) is scheduled to get his third follow-up examination on the 22nd. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase (left elbow) started throwing off the mound on Monday.  He threw thirty pitches (including breaking pitches) at almost full strength.  He could be ready to play before the end of August. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • There was talk about the possibility of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (concussion) returning to the active roster on the 24th, but he is still not feeling well and has not been able to resume hitting or fielding practice.  He has been doing other things to stay in shape. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) could return on the 26th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka left Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants after six full.  Under normal circumstances, he may have pitched longer, but he tweaked his right shoulder during his at bat in the 3rd and took a batted ball off his right calf in the 6th. Source: Sponichi 8/19/2014
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[6/30/2014] Injury Report: Atsushi Nomi (Hanshin), Yuichi Hisamoto (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.30, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Atsushi Nomi was taken off the active roster on Monday after he felt something in his left side during his start against Chunichi on Sunday. Source: Daily Sports 6/30/2014 ... Nomi was examined at the hospital on Monday.  The injury does not seem to be serious. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yuichi Hisamoto was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Monday and diagnosed with an injury to his left flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.  He will most likely have to wear a cast for three weeks.  It is uncertain how much time he will need for a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 6/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka's (lower back) is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at July 1.  If he is okay, he could start an Ichi-gun game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on July 6. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Koji Yamasaki complained of pain in his left hand after playing in a game on the 18th against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.  He was taken off the active roster on the 20th and had surgery to treat the injury on Monday. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura (right elbow) could return to the starting line-up on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 6/30/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenji Otonari pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Sunday.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks over 7.2 innings of work.  He faced thirty-one hitters and struck out six. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/30/2014
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[4/6/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Shohei Tateyama (Yakult)

by on Apr.06, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe was left out of the starting line-up on Sunday because the Giants felt he was in no condition to play after taking an HBP off his left calf on Saturday.  Abe stayed back at the team hotel for treatment and rest.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Takahito Kudo was taken off the active roster on Sunday with pain in the back of his right hamstring.  He started feeling the pain while running the bases in the 8th inning of Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  It could take about four weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/6/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Sho Aranami (right ring finger) will most likely join the Ichi-gun team on Monday.  Source: Sponichi 4/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka's start on Sunday was cut short as a precaution because of tightness in his lower back.  He will be take off the active roster.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2014
  • Shohei Tateyama left Saturday's Ni-gun game after throwing just one pitch because of discomfort in his right elbow.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2014 ... Tateyama started feeling some discomfort while throwing practice pitches and took himself out of the game.  He had the elbow examined by the team's medical director.  Whether he gets a full check-up has not yet been decided.  Source: Sanspo 4/6/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Naoya Masuda (right elbow) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Sunday.  He tossed a bullpen session in front of the coaches and could make the active roster on the 8th.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/6/2014, Sponichi 4/6/2014
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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 9, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

Today

  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama: vs Kentaro Kyuko, eleven swings, five could be hits

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Ryosuke Morioka was diagnosed with influenza A today.  He will not return to Tokyo and will instead recover at the team hotel.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Kyohei Muranaka will be one of two starters for an intra-squad game on the 11th.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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There was an increase in PM2.5 air pollutants in the Okinawa region last month (January 23-25).  The team is concerned and is planning to prepare special surgical masks that can filter out the particles, which are smaller than pollen.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 1, 2013

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Taichi Ishiyama: bullpen, thirty pitches, squatting catcher

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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All nineteen pitchers at Ichi-gun camp tossed bullpen sessions today.  Masanori Ishikawa was the first in line.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Akinori Iwamura stayed back after general workouts for extra batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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Tsubakuro "cut his workouts short" after feeling pain in both of his hamstrings while running dashes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013, Sports Hochi 2/1/2013

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The Swallows held a two-hour meeting at the team hotel on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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The opening day start will likely come down to the following three candidates: Kyohei Muranaka, Ishikawa, and Shohei Tateyama.

Muranaka was named a pitcher captain during Thursday's team meeting.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013Sports Hochi 2/1/2013

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Yakult Swallows: March 23, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Since Masanori Ishikawa's start was rained out today, he will get to pitch in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham at Toda on Saturday.  Kyohei Muranaka will start Saturday's exhibition game against the Seibu Lions.

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Shohei Tateyama will likely get some work out of the bullpen on Saturday.

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Shingo Kawabata joined the Ichi-gun team today and is scheduled to play in Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions (Jingu).

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Junji Ogawa told reporters today that Chang-Yong Lim will be sent down to Ni-gun to continue his preparations for the season -- they do not want to rush him.  This also leaves open the possibility that Lim starts the season at Ni-gun, which could be good news for players like Wladimir Balentien and Orlando Roman, since the two were competing for the last remaining foreign player roster spot.

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The first three pitchers in the starting rotation will likely be: Ishikawa, Muranaka, and Katsuki Akagawa.

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The Swallows announced the start of the Shinya Miyamoto 2,000 Hit Support Project today.

And when Miyamoto records his 2,000th hit, the Swallows plan to celebrate by giving fans with the names "Miyamoto" or "Shinya" and fans in their forties or with the number six in their age a discount on tickets to the 2,000th Hit Commemorative Game -- 3,000 yen reserved seat A tickets on the first base side will be priced at 2,000 yen.

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Lastings Milledge and his girlfriend made the headlines today.

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Yakult Swallows: March 17, 2012

by on Mar.17, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Nine players, including Junji Ogawa, Shinya Miyamoto, Masanori Ishikawa, and Yoshinori Sato, worked out at the indoor training facilities at Jingu before meeting with 300 season ticket holders for about an hour (played catch, signed autographs).

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Kyohei Muranaka's start against the Hanshin Tigers was rained out today.

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Wladimir Balentien showed up with blond hair today.

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Kazuhiro Hatakeyama worked out for about three hours today.

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Masanori Ishikawa will likely be the opening day starter after tossing five solid innings in his start against the Orix Buffaloes on Friday.  Assuming he really gets the opening day start, it will be his fifth opening day start in a row and seventh overall.

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