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[4/4/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Atsushi Kita (Nippon Ham)

by on Apr.05, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi tossed batting practice on Thursday for the first time since his surgery in June 2013.  It was the first time he faced hitters since May 7, 2013.  He threw fifty-five pitches.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima was left out of the starting line-up on Friday because the Eagles wanted to give him the night off after he took a foul-tip off his right foot on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 4/4/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Naoya Masuda (right elbow) could make it back to the active roster in time for the Nippon Ham series over the weekend or for the Orix series that begins on the 8th.  Source: Sponichi 4/4/204

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsushi Kita hurt his right shoulder while diving after a ball in foul territory in the 7th inning of Thursday's game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Friday and diagnosed with shoulder inflammation.  He was taken off the active roster on the same day and will begin his rehab at Kamagaya on Sunday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2014

[10/12/2013] Tokyo Sports: Eagles worried about Shima; Lee could be asking for 800 million yen

by on Oct.12, 2013 @ 11:47 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option next season.  According to Tokyo Sports, the Eagles are concerned the Chunichi Dragons may already be setting their sights on Shima as the catcher to replace Motonobu Tanishige.

Shima is from Gifu and attended Chukyo Daigaku Fuzoku Chukyo High School in Aichi.  He grew up as a Dragons' fans.

While Shima has developed fairly strong ties to the Tohoku region, there is a chance he will exercise his option to see what the market can bear.  If that happens, the Dragons are expected to pursue the catcher.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/12/2013

Orix Buffaloes

According to Tokyo Sports, Dae-Ho Lee may have set a lower limit of 800 million yen over two years.

Lee's camp arrived at 800 million yen by adding 100 million yen to their current two-year contract, which is estimated to be about 700 million yen (200 million yen signing bonus and 250 million yen per year).

The Buffaloes were thinking 700 million yen by adding 200 million to the current two-year contract, minus the signing bonus.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/12/2013

[8/18/2013] Injury Updates: Araki (CHU), Balentien, Milledge (YAK), Nakamura (SEI), Shima (RAK), Brazell (LOT)

by on Aug.18, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left quadriceps muscle.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien hurt his left leg and was replaced by a pinch-runner after hitting a single to left in the 6th.  There are no plans for him to go to the hospital at this point in time.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

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The Swallows announced that Lastings Milledge will return to the US on Monday to get his left ankle examined.  There is no time table for his return.

Source: Sanspo 8/18/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-1 with two walks.  Nakamura complained of left shoulder discomfort while swinging the bat.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a play at home plate with Esteban German charging down the line in the 9th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell left tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took an HBP off his right elbow during his at bat in the 6th.  He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with a bruise (no damage to the bone).  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013, Daily Sports 8/18/2013

Motohiro Shima officially named new JPBPA chairman

by on Dec.06, 2012 @ 9:16 pm, under NPB
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Motohiro Shima (Rakuten) was officially named the new chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) during a organizational meeting at a hotel in Osaka earlier today.  He took over for former chairman Takahiro Arai (Hanshin).  As chairman, Shima is: the 8th in JPBPA history; the first player from the Pacific League; and, at twenty-seven years of age, the youngest (first player in his twenties to be named JPBPA chairman).  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2012, Sanspo 12/6/2012

Arai made a parting speech today and mentioned that he was disappointed he could not do more to help make it easier for former players to find jobs as coaches at the high school level.  Shima will now resume where Arai left off.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2012

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Snaspo has posted portions of Shima's press conference.

What did you think when you were selected?

I was a bit worried.  I am still in my sixth year as a professional [player].  At first, I wondered if I could really handle this position.

Why did you accept?

I decided after Arai approached me and asked that I take over because I was the only one he felt could handle it.

What are some of the things you learned from watching former chairman Arai?

The biggest thing is saying what is on your mind, saying what you feel.  When Arai speaks, he mixes in emotion.  I would like to be like that.

What kinds of things will you do to help Tohoku Earthquake victims?

We have been sending baseballs and equipment.  Continuing to do things like that over the next few decades will be important.

What are you plans for the JPBPA?

I think it will be important to remember how this association grew and developed as we step forward and carve out a new history.  I do not want to forget our past as we take on new challenges.

Source: Sanspo 12/6/2012

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Past JPBPA Chairmen

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata (Yomiuri Giants) - November 5, 1985
  • Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri Giants) - July 25, 1989
  • Akinobu Okada (Hanshin Tigers, Orix BlueWave) - July 26, 1992 
  • Kozo Shoda (Hiroshima Carp) - December 5, 1995
  • Atsuya Furuta (Yakult Swallows) - December 4, 1998
  • Shinya Miyamoto (Yakult Swallows) - December 1, 2005
  • Takahiro Arai (Hanshin Tigers) - December 4, 2008

Takahiro Arai to step down as JPBPA chairman after current term ends

by on Nov.18, 2012 @ 10:15 pm, under NPB
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Takahiro Arai (Hanshin) is planning to step down as the chairman of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) once he finishes his current term in December.  Motorhiro Shima (Rakuten), vice chairman, could step in as his replacement.  The matter will be discussed during the next meeting on December 6.

Arai has served four straight terms as chairman of the JPBPA.  There have been seven chairmen in the association's history.  Four terms is second only to Atsuya Furuta's seven terms.  If Shima is selected as the next chairman, he will be the first out of the Pacific League in the JPBPA's twenty-seven year history (Akinobu Okada was a member of the Orix BlueWave when he stepped down, but he was a member of the Hanshin Tigers when he first took office).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/18/2012, Sponichi 11/18/2012

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JPBPA Chairmen

Kiyoshi Nakahata (Yomiuri Giants) - November 5, 1985

Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri Giants) - July 25, 1989

Akinobu Okada (Hanshin Tigers, Orix BlueWave) - July 26, 1992 

Kozo Shoda (Hiroshima Carp) - December 5, 1995

Atsuya Furuta (Yakult Swallows) - December 4, 1998

Shinya Miyamoto (Yakult Swallows) - December 1, 2005

Takahiro Arai (Hanshin Tigers) - December 4, 2008

Rakuten Eagles: Shima out with fractured right thumb; Tanaka update

by on May.24, 2012 @ 6:12 pm, under NPB
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Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun players for workouts on Friday.  That could mean he gets an Ichi-gun start on May 30 against the Yomiuri Giants (at Tokyo Dome).

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Motohiro Shima was taken off the active roster today after he was diagnosed with a fracture in his right thumb (metacarpal).  He will likely require about a month for a full recovery (he will have pins inserted within the next day or so).

Shima suffered the injury when he took a foul tip off his thumb during a game against the Orix Buffaloes on May 13.

2012 Stats

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
37 131 110 15 34 2 1 1 41 4 1 1 4 0 14 3 23 1 .309 .402 .373 .774

Rakuten Eagles: February 16, 2012

by on Feb.16, 2012 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

Friday

  • Motohiro Shima hit seven over the fence during morning batting practice. (Sanspo)

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The Eagles took part in a welcoming ceremony at Kin Stadium today.  The facilities at the stadium are still incomplete (no indoor training area or secondary field) and will likely require another two to three years before completion.

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Batting coach Hiromoto Okubo told reporters that they are planning to put together their best possible line-ups using the players they currently have on hand, for their upcoming practice games.

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Kazuo Matsui did not play in any of the team's three intra-squad games.  He will, however, most likely be in the starting line-up (at short, batting third) when the team plays the Yokohama Bay Stars on February 18.

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Katsuya Nomura visited Okinawa camp today.  He told reporters he was a little worried about the team with Hisashi Iwakuma gone.

Kazuyoshi Tatsunami also visited Okinawa camp today.

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Motohiro Shima stayed back after general workouts for extra batting practice in the cages (against a pitching machine) today.

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Upcoming starting pitchers:

  • February 18 vs Yokohama - Ryohei Isaka
  • February 21 vs Yomiuri - Kohei Hasebe
  • February 22 vs Hanshin - Keiji Uezono
  • February 24 vs Samsung (KBO) - 1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto
  • February 25 vs Nippon Ham - Takahiro Shiomi
  • February 26 vs Yakult - Masahiro Tanaka (4+ innings)

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If it is raining in Okinawa and there is no where else to practice (since Kin Stadium has no indoor facilities), batting coach Hiromoto Okubo will check to see if the banquet hall at the player hotel are available.  While they will not be allowed to use baseballs, players will still be able to work on their swings.  And it seems the team has prepared about 1,000 sponge balls.

Rakuten Eagles: Kenji Tomura, Takashi Kawai workout at Kleenex Stadium

by on Jan.10, 2012 @ 10:11 pm, under NPB
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Kenji Tomura worked out for about two hours at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday.  Tomura later spoke to reporters and said that his goal was to stay healthy, maintain a spot in the starting rotation, and record double-digit victories.  He also said that he was working on a new pitch that has some break, like a forkball, cutter, or two-seamer.

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Takashi Kawai also worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Tuesday (played catch, threw into a net).

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Shinichiro Koyama, Motohiro Shima, Tomohiro Tsuchiya, and Kazuya Takahori left for Okinawa on Tuesday.  Before leaving, Koyama dropped by Kleenex Stadium in the morning and told reporters that he planned to lose some weight during his workouts in Okinawa.

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Takahiro Shiomi told reporters on Monday that while bunting was a top priority, he also wanted to work on collecting hits (his ultimate goal is to hit a homer).

Shiomi once hit four homers in three games during his third year at Teikyo Dai Go High School.

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1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto weighed around 69-70kg last year; he has thus far managed to push that up to around 75kg by increasing the amount he eats.

2nd round draft pick Yoshinao Kamata started his training on 1/3 and has focused primarily on working his lower body (30-40 minutes of running every day plus ten 300-meter dashes a day).  He also has not down any throwing for about three months.

5th round draft pick Rintaro Kitagawa is having problems with acne and is hoping his skin clears up before the start of the season -- he moved in with a tube of Bifnight (acne medication).