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[2/5/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 12:53 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Masahiro Yamamoto Bullpen 2/5 40 Five to a squatting catcher partway through; first session during camp.  Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014

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General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai stopped to give Masahiro Araki some advice during soft-toss batting practice on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Hector Luna took some fielding practice at third and first on Wednesday.  Michihiro Ogasawara also spent some time at first as well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Masahiro Yamamoto told reporters on Tuesday that he wanted to face live batters before the end of camp, perhaps some time after the 20th.  He also said that he wanted to prepare by throwing about 1,200 pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Kenshin Kawakami complained of minor tightness in his back and was given the day off on Wednesday as a precaution.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Ni-gun manager Takahiro Saeki ended workouts after the morning session on Tuesday to give players a bit of a break.  Ni-gun camp is in the middle of a nine-day workweek.  Workouts have been starting at 8:30am and ending at 8:30pm (includes early and late sessions).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Samurai Japan Hiroki Kokubo visited Chatan camp on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

[2/1/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:52 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Yudai Ono - 170 pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Ni-gun players arrived at Ichi-gun's Chatan Stadium at 9:00am for group photos and opening ceremonies.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Hector Luna celebrated his thirty-four birthday on Saturday.  The media presented him with a cake.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Hiromitsu Ochiai was at the first day of spring camp on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Leandro Mella's nickname is camello, or camel in Spanish.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Masahiro Yamamoto is planning to toss more breaking pitches this year.  He usually does not begin tossing breaking pitches during bullpen sessions until he has thrown about 800 fastballs.  His reason: he is no longer confident about stamina and believes breaking pitches will allow him to conserve some energy.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Kyushu Regional Scout Takafumi Watanabe died on Saturday, in a hospital in Kurume, Fukuoka, of acute leukemia.  He was fifty-seven.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

[1/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 1:43 am, under NPB
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About forty players, including the 2013 draft class, participated in workouts at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday.  Workouts at Nagoya Stadium will run through to the 25th.  Many players will then head to Okinawa on the 26th for final preparations before the start of spring camp on February 1.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2014

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Yohei Oshima's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 2,676 grams, at a hospital in Nagoya on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/204

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Masahiro Yamamoto worked out at World Wing in Tottori on Tuesday.  His wife joined him.  The two wore matching pink t-shirts.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2014

Yamamoto is working on a new breaking pitch that does not have a lot of movement.

Source: ZakZak 1/15/2014

Yamamoto's wife is something of an athlete herself.  When she was a student, she liked to surf and belonged to her school's track and field team.  She also participated in the last two Nagoya Women's Marathons and finished with her best time of four hours, eight minutes, and fifty-three seconds last year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2014

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Takuya Asao has had right shoulder problems the last couple of seasons.  There are some that are worried he does not know when to slow things down and fear he might seriously injury himself.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/15/2014

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According to Tokyo Sports, some people in the organization were disappointed that not one member of the 2013 draft class used the Nagoya Stadium facilities on their day off on Tuesday.  Some also thought it was okay not to push the players too hard out of concern for injury while others felt that working out in public was not the only way for players to keep themselves in shape and that some might be doing exercises in the privacy of their own rooms.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/15/2014

[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

Chunichi Dragons: Masahiro Yamamoto taken off active roster with hamstring tightness

by on Apr.15, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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Masahiro Yamamoto was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his left hamstring.  Yamamoto started feeling discomfort in his hamstring while running dashes during pre-game workouts on Sunday.  It does not appear to be serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

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In other team news:

Hirokazu Ibata took an HBP near his left ankle in the 1st inning of Sunday's game against Hiroshima.  He remained in the game, came around to score on Kazuhiro Wada's double to left, received some treatment in between innings, and later hit a two-run double to right in the 4th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

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Morimichi Takagi did not hold a post-game press conference on Sunday for the first time this year.

Source: Sponichi 4/15/2013

The fans were starting to get to Takagi on Sunday -- staff had to keep him in check when a fan heckled him after the game.  He also was not very responsive during his LIVE post-game TV interview.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2013Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: March 21, 2013

by on Mar.22, 2013 @ 1:12 am, under NPB
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Masahiro Yamamoto could make his first regular season start during the second series of the year (vs Chuichi at Kyocera Dome, April 2-4).

Source: Daily Sports 3/21/2013

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Morimichi Takagi is thinking about batting Hirokazu Ibata fifth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

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Takagi wants a little more power out of the clean-up spot and could bat Hector Luna three and Kazuhiro Wada four.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/21/2013

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Kazuki Yoshimi is scheduled to throw about 100 pitches in his last tune-up start before the regular season (Friday against Lotte at Nagoya Dome).

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

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Takehiro Donoue and Kohei Oda joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

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The Dragons and Nagoya will be working closer together this year.

  • The Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station will begin playing the Chunichi cheer song on days Ichi-gun home games are scheduled.  Nagoy, Sakae, and Kanayama Stations will make announcements on days there are games.
  • The team will visit more elementary schools this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 27, 2013

by on Feb.27, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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Morimichi Takagi was planning to give Hector Luna a look at third base during today's practice game against SK (KBO), but the game was rained out.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2013

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Masahiro Yamamoto faced six batters during situational batting practice on Tuesday.  He threw thirty-one pitches and allowed two could-be hits.  He broke Kazuhiro Wada's bat with a shuto.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

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Takuya Asao will have his right shoulder re-evaluated on March 4.  Until then, he will continue to play catch as the team keeps a close eye on his progress.  If the inflammation is gone, he will move on to the next step (long distance throwing).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

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Brad Bergesen had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance from the team hotel on Tuesday because he could not stand up on his own.  He was later diagnosed with gastroenteritis.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

Matt Clark and Ni-gun pitching coach Michitake Takahashi also came down with gastroenteritis and rested at the team hotel on Tuesday.

There have now been four cases of gastroenteritis during spring camp.  The team is worried and is planning to look into possible related causes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

Bergesen and Clark were back at practice today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013, Sanspo 2/27/2013

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The following twenty-four position players are still at Ichi-gun:

Catchers (4): Motonobu Tanishige, Akihiro Maeda, Masato Matsui, Daisuke Tanaka

Infielders (13): Hector Luna, Naomichi Donoue, Masahiro Araki, Hirokazu Ibata, Takeshi Yamasaki, Masahiko Morino, Shuhei Takahashi, Tetsuya Tani, Kyohei Iwasaki, Tatsuro Iwasaki, Ryoji Nakata, Nobumasa Fukuda, Matt Clark

Outfielders (7): Atsushi Fujii, Kazuhiro Wada, Yohei Oshima, Kei Nomoto, Ryosuke Hirata, Victor Diaz, Yusuke Matsui

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 21, 2013

by on Feb.21, 2013 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Kenichi Nakata: bullpen, sixty-two pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013

Wednesday

  • Daniel Cabrera: situational batting practice, faced nine batters, thirty-two pitches, one hit, three strikeouts, topped out at 148km/h

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013

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Kenichi Nakata joined Ichi-gun camp today.  He is scheduled to pitch in a practice game on Friday.

Nakata missed the Final Stage of the Climax Series last year because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013

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Masahiro Yamamoto returned to workouts today after going to the hospital on Wednesday with gastroenteritis.  His schedule included some catch and light running.  He plans to return to a regular schedule on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013

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Yusuke Matsui also returned to practices today -- he missed workouts on Wednesday because he was sent to the hospital after developing a rash on his neck.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013

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Takuya Asao will not rejoin the team in Okinawa for spring camp and will instead head to Nagoya to have his right shoulder examined at a hospital.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013

Daisuke Yamai and Yohei Oshima returned to Okinawa today.  They both got the day off today.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2013

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Nikkan Sports has posted the situational batting practice session from Wednesday (runner on second, one out, 1-1 count):

Kazuki Yoshimi (thirteen batters, thirty-two pitches, zero hits, three strikeouts, one HBP)

Masahiko Morino = F6.  Ryoji Nakata = F9.  Naomichi Donoue = Ks.  Kei Nomoto = G5.  3rd round draft pick Takeru Furumoto = G3. Tetsuya Tani = G5.  Ryosuke Hirata = F8.  Takeshi Yamasaki = Kl.  Victor Diaz = HBP.  Victor Diaz = E8.  Shuhei Takahashi = G3.  Motonobu Tanishige = G6.  Ryoji Nakata = Ks.

Hitoki Iwase (thirteen batters,  twenty-eight pitches, four hits, three strikeouts, zero walks)

Daisuke Tanaka = G5.  Kazuhiro Wada = L6.  3rd round draft pick Takeru Furumoto = 2B to left.  Hector Luna = G5.  Victor Diaz = Ks.  Matt Clark = Ks.  Takeshi Yamasaki = G6.  Nobumasa Fukuda = G6.  Matt Clark = 1B to right.  Kyohei Iwasaki = infield 1B.  Hector Luna = 1B to right.  Atsushi Fujii = Kl.  Kazuhiro Wada = G5.

Brad Bergesen (fourteen batters, forty-two pitches, zero hits, one strikeout, three walks)

Akihiro Maeda = Ks.  Nobumasa Fukuda = BB.  Masahiko Morino = BB.  Naomichi Donoue = G4.  Ryosuke Hirata = G4.  Kyohei Iwasaki = G5.  Shuhei Takahashi = G4.  Ryoji Nakata = G6.  Atsushi Fujii = F8.  Masato Matsui = F8.  Naomichi Donoue = G4.  Motonobu Tanishige = G4.  Masato Matsui = BB.  Kei Nomoto = G1.

Daniel Cabrera (nine batters, thirty-two pitches, one hit, three strikeouts, zero walks)

Kei NOmoto = G3.  3rd round draft pick Takeru Furumoto = G5.  Tetsuya Tani = E3.  Motonobu Tanishige = F4.  Takeshi Yamasaki = G4.  Kazuhiro Wada = Kl.  Masahiko Morino = Ks.  Nobumasa Fukuda = K2.  Ryosuke Hirata = 2B to left.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/21/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 20, 2013

by on Feb.20, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • 3rd round draft pick Takeru Furumoto: sixty-one swings, thirty-eight could-be hits

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013

Today

  • Kazuki Yoshimi: situational batting practice, faced thirteen batters, no hits, three strikeouts

Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2013

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Hitoki Iwase threw the knuckleball five to six times during situational batting practice today.  He told reporters he was curious to see how batters would react.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/20/2013

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Three players were sent to the hospital today: Masahiro Yamamoto for gastroenteritis, Masahiro Araki for the flu, and Yusuke Matsui for a rash he developed on his neck.

Yamamoto and Matsui might be able to return to practices on Thursday.  Araki will rest and rejoin the team as soon as he is feeling better.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013, Sanspo 2/20/2013

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Motonobu Tanishige worked with the Akihiro Maeda, Daisuke Tanaka, and Masato Matsui for about an hour on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013

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3rd round draft pick Takeru Furumoto was called up to Ichi-gun camp for workouts on Tuesday.  He was not able to do much in front of the coaches because of the weather and will likely get at least one more day.  And while Morimichi Takagi has not discussed it with other members of the staff, it seems he is open to keeping the rookie around, so long as he does well.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013

Furumoto is about ten kilograms overweight, mostly because he was out with an eye injury in August last year and could not do much training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2013

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Daisuke Yamai threw about forty pitches to a squatting catcher on flat ground on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2013

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The Dragons announced that their farm team will play games against four amateur teams (Industrial League) next month.  All four games will be free.

Schedule

Date Time Teams Venue
3/4 (Mon) 12:30 Chunichi vs Eiwa Shoji Wing Baseball Team Nagoya Stadium
3/6 (Wed) 12:30 Chunichi vs jProject Nagoya Stadium
3/19 (Tue) 12:30 Chunichi vs Tokai Rika Nagoya Stadium
3/20 (Wed) 12:30 Chunichi vs Oji Nagoya Stadium

Source: official announcement

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 19, 2013

by on Feb.19, 2013 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Masahiro Yamamoto: bullpen, fifty pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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The Dragons made changes to their practice schedule today because of the rain.

Workouts started indoors with warm-ups.  After the rain stopped, pitchers played catch on the secondary field and outfielders took fielding practice on the main field.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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Masahiro YamamotoKazuki Yoshimi, and Hitoki Iwase are scheduled to pitch situational batting practice on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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3rd round draft pick Takeru Furumoto worked out at Ichi-gun camp today.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013

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OF/base-running coach Yoshinori Ueda had a difficult time hitting fly balls to Ryosuke Hirata, Atsushi Fujii, and Furumoto during fielding practice today -- he kept hitting grounders or weak fly balls.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2013

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Masahiko Morino may have to move to right if both Hector Luna and Matt Clark win everyday jobs -- Luna at third and Clark at first.

Morino has played 165 games in left, 80 in center, and 20 in right.  He last played right on July 25, 2008.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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Luna and Clark are scheduled to play in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 22nd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013