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[5/16/2013] Injury Updates: Yamamoto (CHU), Tanaka (YAK), Sekimoto (HAN), Duckworth (RAK)

by on May.16, 2013 @ 10:42 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Yamamoto was taken off the active roster today with a bruise on his left shin -- he took a batted ball off his left leg during his start against Nippon Ham on Wednesday.  The injury is not considered serious.  There were already plans to give him an extended rest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2013, Sports Hochi 5/16/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masahiko Tanaka has decided not to go under the knife after suffering a fracture in his left collarbone during a game against Hanshin on the 12th.  He will likely require two to three months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/16/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kentaro Sekimoto was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left calf.  He reportedly suffered the injury during a game on the 12th.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Brandon Duckworth hurt his left hamstring during his start against Yokohama on Wednesday and was taken off the active roster today.  The injury does not appear to be severe.

Source: Sponichi 5/16/2013

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Yakult Swallows: Masahiko Tanaka fractures left collarbone in collision play at home plate

by on May.12, 2013 @ 11:19 pm, under NPB
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Masahiko Tanaka (Yakult) was involved in a collision play at home plate while playing defense in the 4th inning (Matt Murton tried to tag up from third on a fly ball to center) against the Hanshin Tigers.  He remained in the game for his at bat in the bottom of the inning, but was removed on defense in the top of the 5th.  He was later diagnosed with a fracture in his left collarbone.

Junji Ogawa was not happy about the play and the Swallows will reportedly bring it up during a CL meeting on Monday.

Murton spoke to reporters and said, "I was not trying to hurt someone with that play.  I did what I could to score a run and tried that for the first time.  I can only hope that he is ok."

It should be noted that Swallows' pitcher Ryosuke Yagi threw at Murton during his next at bat in the 6th inning (the pitch went behind him, down at about hip level).

(The video below will not be viewable by people outside of Japan)

Source: Sports Hochi 5/12/2013, Nikkkan Sports 5/15/2013, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013

Swallows to send Kawamoto to Marines for Masahiko Tanaka

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 2:07 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows and the Chiba Lotte Marines have agreed to a one-to-one trade that will send Ryohei Kawamoto (30) to Lotte for Masahiko Tanaka (31).  Both players are back-up catchers.  The two teams are hoping a change of environment will be good for the players.

Source: official announcement (Yakult), official announcement (Lotte), Sanspo 3/25/2013

UPDATE 3/26/2013 @ 6:01pm -

The Swallows held a press conference for Tanaka today.  He was assigned the number twenty-eight.

Source: official announcement

The Marines held a press conference for Kawamoto today.  He was assigned the number thirty-nine.

Source: official announcement

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