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[5/20/2014] Injury Report: Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yakult), Brian Wolfe (Nippon Ham)

by on May.21, 2014 @ 1:20 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ryuichi Kajimae hurt his right ankle during pre-game practices on the 18th.  He was later diagnosed with an injury to his right anterior talofibular ligament. Source: Sanspo 5/20/2014
  • Leslie Anderson (right thigh) practiced outdoors on Tuesday for the first time since his injury.  He did some walking in the outfield and played some catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) is set to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on Wednesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are still not sure when Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) will be able to return to the active roster.  He was able to play catch on Sunday, but has not yet tossed a bullpen session.  Hanshin will wait to make a decision on Fukuhara until they have had a chance to see him throw off a mound. Source: Sanspo 5/20/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco (left biceps femoris) returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday.  Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters the slugger was at about seventy percent. Source: Sponichi 5/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday and given the green light to resume playing catch.  There is a chance he could return to the active roster some time before the end of June.  Ogawa's workouts up to now have centered around running and weights. Source: Sanspo 5/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2014 ... Ogawa started throwing into a net on Tuesday (nine throws). Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2014Sanspo 5/20/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Manabu Mima could start an Ichi-gun Inter-league game on the 24th against Chunichi at kobo Stadium.  Mima was taken off the active roster after he took a batted ball off his lower abdomen and suffered a bruise during his last Ichi-gun start on April 29.  He told reporters on Tuesday the bruise was no longer a problem. Source: Sponichi 5/20/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Brian Wolfe was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Monday and diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow.  He was taken off the active roster on Tuesday and will be shut down for about a week. Source: Sports Hochi 5/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2014
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[5/14/2014] Injury Report: Leslie Anderson (Yomiuri), Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi)

by on May.15, 2014 @ 1:07 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Leslie Anderson was taken off the active roster on Wednesday after he was diagnosed with an injury to the biceps femoris in his right leg. Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2014
  • Itaru Hashimoto (left thing) resumed running on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto played some catch, fielded some grounders, and took some soft-toss batting practice at Naruohama on Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a fracture in his right thumb during a game against the Yakult Swallows on the 3rd. Source: Sanspo 5/14/2014 ... Uemoto resumed outdoor batting practice on Wednesday.  He took 110 swings and hit two over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka asked the Tigers for a month.  He spent that time working out at facilities near his house and at Koshien.  He purposely kept his rehab quiet because he felt his teammates had nothing positive to gain by watching him. Source: Daily Sports 5/14/2014 ... Nishioka has reportedly told people he was trying to shoot for a return in mid-June.  June 27 against Chunichi at Koshien could be a possibility. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2014
  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) started his rehab at Naruohama.  Workouts included riding an exercise bike and upper body/trunk strengthening exercises. Source: Sponichi 5/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Katsuhiro Nagakawa took a ball hit by Yamato off his left calf in the 9th inning of Wednesday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  He was replaced after facing the next batter.  He later told reporters he still felt pain and was not sure about his status moving forward. Source: Sports Hochi 5/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi's comeback hit a bump in the road when he started experiencing lower back pains on the 7th.  The Dragons are still not sure when he will be ready to resume throwing off a mound -- he can play some catch, but only at a distance of about twenty meters.  His return to the active roster might get pushed back to some time in late-June, at the earliest. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Manabu Mima started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Tuesday.  He gave up three runs on six hits over six innings of work.  Twelve of the eighteen outs he recorded came on the ground.  He threw eighty pitches, faced twenty-four hitters, hit two, and struck out four.  His next start will likely come on the 20th against Ni-gun Lotte.  This was his first Ni-gun rehab game since he took a batted ball off the right side of the lower abdomen during a Lotte game on April 29.  Source: Sports Hochi 5/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Naomichi Umeda was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with pain in his right side. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/14/2014
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[4/30/2014] Injury Report: Akihito Fujii (HAN), Kila Ka’aihue (HIR), Manabu Mima (RAK)

by on May.01, 2014 @ 4:00 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants announced Ikusei player Makoto Aoyama had reparative surgery for a muscle tear in his right quadriceps.  Aoyama suffered the injury when he crashed into a fence while chasing after a baseball during a Ni-gun exhibition game on the 10th. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii hurt his right foot while running the bases during a game against Yokohama on the 25th.  He was taken off the active roster on the 26th and examined at a hospital on the 28th.  He was diagnosed with a bruise on his right plantar muscle. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2014 ... Fujii will most likely require more than ten days for a full recovery.  He will also probably play in a few Ni-gun rehab games before returning to the active roster. Source: Sports Hochi 4/30/2014
  • The Tigers announced on Wednesday that Tsuyoshi Nishioka began rehabbing at the team facilities.  His day included walking in a pool and getting various kinds of treatment. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kila Ka'aihue (spinal cord concussion) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin at Naruohama on Wednesday.  He got the start at first and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Source: Sponichi 4/30/2014 ... Ka'aihue could return to the active roster as early as May 3. Source: Sponichi 4/30/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He will go one inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Manabu Mima took a batted ball off his lower abdomen during a game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Wednesday because of swelling. Source: Sponichi 4/30/2014
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[4/29/2014] Injury Report: Takehiro Ishikawa (Yokohama), Manabu Mima (Rakuten)

by on Apr.29, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takehiro Ishikawa jammed his right index finger while running the bases in the 7th inning of Tuesday's game against Chunichi.  He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 4/29/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Manabu Mima's start against the Chiba Lotte Marines was cut short on Tuesday after he took a ball hit by Luis Cruz off his stomach in the 1st inning.  Mima fell to the ground but still managed to grab the ball and make the throw to first for the final out of the inning.  He was helped off the field and was replaced by 7th round draft pick Kazutomo Aihara in the 2nd. Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2014, Sponichi 4/29/2014 ... Mima was diagnosed with a bruise on the right portion of his lower abdomen.  What happens next will depend on how he is feeling on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 4/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka took an HBP off his right knee during a game against Seibu at YofuOku Dome on the 25th.  He has since made some changes to his swing -- he feels pain when he plants his right foot after a big leg kick and has decided to use a slide step instead. Source: Sponichi 4/29/2014
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[1/12/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Jan.12, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Saturday that Manabu Mima (27) was going to file marriage papers with twenty-six-year-old talent Anna Santos today.  The two met in 2011 through a common acquaintance and starting dating in August of the same year.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

The Eagles made an announcement about the marriage today.

Source: official announcement

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The 2013 draft class appeared on a sports TV program in Sendai on 11th.  They were each given buttons to push as indications of a positive response and were then asked a number of questions.  One of the questions was whether they had dreams of going to the Majors.  Three indicated they were interested -- the buttons are not supposed to be linked to names to keep responses "anonymous."  1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui did not reveal what his answer was, but did say that he wanted to push himself by competing at high levels.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014Sanspo 1/12/2014Sponichi 1/12/2014

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Shuttle runs were a part of today's training camp exercises for the 2013 draft class.  8th round draft pick Susumu Aizawa led the 2013 draft class with 129.  1st round draft pick Matsui came in second with 122.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2014

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Andruw Jones could end up becoming doubling as a part-time coach this season, according to Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/12/2014

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The Eagles received 132 applications for their 2014 cheerleading team.  Forty-six made it to the final stage.  Twenty-four were selected and six were designated as members in training.

Source: official announcementSports Hochi 1/12/2014

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A Mercedes-Benz suddenly went up in flames a short distance away from Kobo Stadium at around 2:00pm today.  It took firefighters about twenty minutes to put out the flames.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

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[11/4/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Tanaka, Norimoto, Mima not expected to make Asia Series roster

by on Nov.04, 2013 @ 5:51 pm, under NPB
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The Eagles are not planning to include Masahiro Tanaka, Takahiro Norimoto, and Manabu Mima on the roster competing at the Asia Series.  Other players that will likely be left off the roster: Kazuo Matsui and the foreign players, including Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee.  The Eagles are expected to compete with a roster made up mostly of younger players.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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[10/5/2013] Injury Updates: Miyaguni (YOM), Ibata (CHU), Nomi, Yamato (HAN), Falkenborg (SOF), Mima (RAK)

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Ryosuke Miyaguni developed a pain near his right knee and is currently working out separately from the rest of the Ni-gun players.  There is no timetable for when he might be able to return to regular workouts.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2013

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced today that Hirokazu Ibata had surgery on his right ankle on Friday.  There were no complications during the procedure.  He will be discharged from the hospital on the 7th and will need about two months before he can start jogging.

Ibata will also have surgery on his right elbow later this month on 12th.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2013

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Doala (left middle finger) successfully turned a backflip (with a twist) after the seventh inning of tonight's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Before the game: "The finger is not completely healed, but I got the green light from the doctor because this is the last game of the season.  I am not at my best, but I will do what I can."

After turning the backflip: "I am so happy!  I am glad I was able to nail it for [Takeshi] Yamasaki.  I am glad I was able to add in a twist."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi resumed playing catch on Friday.  The cut he suffered on his finger during his last start on October 1 appeared to be fine.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2013

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Yamato (right pinky) played in a practice game against Orix at Naruohama on Friday.  He started in center and batted second.  He went 2-for-5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster on Friday with tightness in his neck and back.

"He cannot throw the ball because of pain in his neck and back, so we sent him back to Fukuoka," pitching coach Ikuo Takayama said.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Manabu Mima was examined at the hospital on Friday after he complained of discomfort in his right elbow.  He was diagnosed with inflammation in the elbow and taken off the active roster today.  He will be allowed to play catch once the swelling goes down.  The Eagles are uncertain if he will be ready for the start of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2013

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[10/4/2013] Injury Updates: Ota, Lopez (YOM), Eldred (HIR), Mima (RAK), Naruse (LOT)

by on Oct.04, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Taishi Ota suffered scrapes on his elbows and knees when he fell off his bicycle while riding to practices today.

Source: Sanspo 10/4/2013

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Jose Lopez was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th of Thursday's game against Yakult because of discomfort in his left side.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013

Lopez worked out at Giants Stadium today.  There was some concern about his left side because he missed some time in June with a similar injury, but it appears his condition is not serious.  He is not expected to miss the Climax Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Brad Eldred (acute gastroenteritis) attended practices at Mazda Stadium today.  He told reporters he was feeling better, but not yet quite at one hundred percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Manabu Mima was pulled partway through tonight's game against the Seibu Lions with discomfort in his right elbow -- he left after throwing two pitches to Takumi Kuriyama, with runners on first and third and one out in the 3rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

Senichi Hoshino was disappointed at the news because he found out the elbow was giving Mima problems even before the coaches noticed something wrong with him from the dugout.

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse (left shoulder) joined Ichi-gun workouts at QVC Marine today.  He could pitch in the last game of the regular season on the 8th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/4/2013

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[8/21/2013] Injury Updates: Yamato, Enokida (HAN), Nakata (HAM), Mima, Hijirisawa (RAK)

by on Aug.21, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yamato was taken off the active roster with a fracture in the fifth metacarpal of his right hand.  He will begin his rehab at Naruohama on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 8/21/2013

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Daiki Enokida (left elbow) started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He tossed four shutout innings while giving up three hits.  Assuming no problems, there is a good chance he will get a start against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 8/21/2013, Daily Sports 8/21/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata took an HBP off the back of his left hand during his at bat in the first inning of tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles.  He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 2nd inning.  He was taken to a hospital for an examination and was diagnosed with a fissure fracture in the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.  The hand/finger will have to be immobilized for three weeks.  He will be taken off the active roster on Thursday and will be re-evaluated in Sapporo.

Source: NIkkan Sports 8/21/2013Sports Hochi 8/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Manabu Mima took a batted ball off the left side of his neck in the 4th inning of tonight's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Sendai for an evaluation.  He was diagnosed with a bruise (no damage to the bones) -- there is swelling and he is not able to turn his neck to the side.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2013

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Ryo Hijirisawa felt pain his left heel while running the bases during Tuesday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  There is swelling in the heel from fluid build-up.  Hijirisawa is unable to walk on it.  He was taken off the active roster today because it was not something that was going to get better within the next four to five days.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2013

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[7/21/2013] Injury Updates: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Manabu Mima (Rakuten)

by on Jul.21, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

The media learned today that Takeya Nakamura (left knee) will play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 23rd (vs Nippon Ham at Seibu Dome).  He is scheduled to get one trip to the plate.

Nakamura went 2-for-2 with two RBI during situational batting practice today.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles played an intra-squad game at Kleenex Stadium today.  Manabu Mima started the game for the Whites and tossed two shutout innings while allowing two hits.  Mima has been at Ni-gun working through right elbow pains.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013

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