Eiichi Koyano (HAM) had his right elbow evaluated at a hospital in Sapporo today and was diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome and elbow osteoarthritis. He will go under the knife for both conditions and will require about eight weeks for a full recovery.
The Fighters announced that Makoto Kaneko had his left knee evaluated at a hospital in Sapporo today and was diagnosed with a cartilage injury in his femur. He is scheduled for a bone drilling on the 12th and is expected to require three months for a full recovery.
Eiichi Koyano and Makoto Kaneko left the game early after suffering injuries.
Koyano took a thrown ball of his helmet while running the bases in the bottom of the 1st inning. He was replaced by Kenshi Sugiya at third before the start of the second inning. Koyano was conscious and suffered a laceration on the right side of his head. He was taken to the hospital for an examination as a precaution.
Kaneko felt discomfort in his left knee while playing defense in the 1st inning and was replaced by Yuji Iiyama at short before the start of the 3rd inning.
UPDATE @ 10:30pm - Test results came back negative for Koyano. He did require nine stitches to close the laceration on the right side of his head. There are currently no plans to take Koyano off the active roster. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2012
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Since the end of the season last year, Nakata has gained about 8kg and currently weighs 100kg. And even though the team requested that he arrive at spring camp closer to 90kg, he feels he will be able to drop his weight before the start of the season.
Masao Kida (43) made an appearance at party held at Meguro Gajoen today and told fans that he was most likely going to be used in short relief this season. He also said that he would like to try and hit 150km/h this year -- he last hit 150km/h in August 2008, one month before turning 40, and topped out at 146km/h last year.
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With a runner on second and 2 out in the 7th, Kaneko hit a run-scoring double to left off Masahide Kobayashi. Play stopped after Kaneko got to second and after being presented with flowers, he was replaced by a pinch-runner.
Kaneko is the 107th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. His very first hit came on 10/3/1995 (vs Seibu).
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Atsunori Inabatook about 80 grounders at first during fielding practice today and later told reporters that it made sense for players to learn multiple positions. When asked how his left shoulder was doing, Inaba said that it still wasn't 100%, but was feeling better.
Yu Darvishthrew 26 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today (squatting catcher). Darvish was also informed today that he'll be the opening day starter for the 5th year in a row.
Makoto Kanekocontinues to usejika-tabi during fielding practice. And it seems he's suggesting other players give it a try as well.
Darvish told reporters today that he'll continue to showSho Nakata tough love in order to help him get him into shape.
A little more on Nakta's BP session yesterday: he swung the bat 45 times and actually hit 11 over the fence (including 5 that went out of the stadium. Nakata also hit 13 over the fense on the first day of spring camp.
Said Nakata, "The fact that I'm focusing on my lower body hasn't changed. That's why I said it's important to continue strengthening my lower body."
Masataka Nashida on Nakata's hitting so far this spring: "I think he's improved the most. From the minute he steps into the cage, he doesn't waste one pitch. That's a good thing."
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