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[8/13/2013] Hiroshima Carp place Nick Stavinoha on waivers

by on Aug.13, 2013 @ 8:52 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they placed Nick Stavinoha on waivers.

"We had no plans to promote him to Ichi-gun [this season] and we had no plans to sign him to an extension.  [Stavinoha] seems to have an interest in playing in Japan, but the Carp will not sign him," said team official Kiyoaki Suzuki.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 8/13/2013

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Hiroshima Carp News and Notes: February 9, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Fred Lewis: thirty-seven swings, five over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

Today

  • Kan Otake: bullpen, seventy pitches, including curve, stopped early because he was not having a good session, still at about thirty percent

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Nick Stavinoha (coming back from left knee surgery) is still not able to run at full speed.  It is not yet known if he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2013

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Kenta Maeda is scheduled to pitch two innings during an intra-squad game on the 10th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Takeru Imamura's fastball topped out at 145km/h during situational batting practice on Friday.  His fork was around 133 to 135km/h.  He is still having trouble controlling his slider.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2013

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Yuta Shirahama wore a Jun Hirose uniform during workouts on Friday because his was accidentally taken to the cleaners.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Hiroshima Carp officially announce Miguel Socolovich signing

by on Dec.18, 2012 @ 8:10 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp officially announced today that they agreed to terms with Miguel Socolovich (26).  His salary for 2013 will be thirty million yen, in addition to a ten million yen signing bonus.  He was assigned the number fifty-eight.

The Carp also announced they re-signed Nick Stavinoha (30) to a deal worth twenty million yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement (Socolovich), official announcement (Stavinoha), Nikkan Sports 12/18/2012

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UPDATE @ 9:56pm - A couple of updates: Socolovich signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2014; Stavinoha's deal is a one-year deal that includes an 11.5 million yen signing bonus.  Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2012

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Hiroshima Carp close to finalizing deal with Miguel Socolovich

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Hiroshima not planning to offer Sarfate a contract for 2013, Yokohama interested

by on Nov.08, 2012 @ 11:53 am, under NPB
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Dennis Sarfate finished out the second year of a two-year deal today.  The media learned on Wednesday that Hiroshima is not planning to offer the thirty-one-year an extension for the 2013 season.

Sarfate struggled a little this season, perhaps due to an inguinal hernia surgery he had last winter, and may have also been worried about his wife's health (he returned to the US in June to be with her).  In either case, it seems Hiroshima felt he lost a little something on his fastball and may have felt he would be a risk for the 2013 season.

Kam MickolioNick Stavinoha, and Brad Eldred will likely return next year.  The Carp are talking things over with Bryan Bullington (he finished out a two-year deal).  They are also talking to Fred Lewis.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/8/2012, Chugoku Shimbun 11/8/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2012

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According to Sanspo, the Yokohama Bay Stars have added Sarfate to their list of players to look into.  Signing him would allow the team to move Shun Yamaguchi to the starting rotation.  Source: Sanspo 11/8/2012

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Hiroshima Carp looking to keep Bryan Bullington, Kam Mickolio, and Brad Eldred

by on Sep.25, 2012 @ 6:13 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp are looking to bring back Bryan BullingtonKam Mickolio, and Brad Eldred next season.  Bullington has expressed an interest to return.  Mickolio and Eldred signed two-years deals where the second year is a club option.

The Carp are still undecided on Dennis Sarfate.  The club may be leaning towards cutting ties with Nick Stavinoha and Brian Barden.

The Carp reportedly have a list of thirty foreign player candidates for the 2013 season and would ultimately like to carry a total of six foreign players next season (three pitchers, three position players).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 9/25/2012

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Hiroshima Carp to lose Higashide, Stavinoha for extended period of time

by on Jun.12, 2012 @ 11:15 pm, under NPB
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The Carp announced today that Akihiro Higashide was diagnosed with a fracture in his right middle finger (distal phalanx) while Nick Stavinoha suffered both an ACL and a medial meniscus injury.  Higashide will likely require about two months before he can start workouts again; there is no set timetable for Stavinoha.

Hiroshima plans to begin their search for a player that can help fill in for the loss of both players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2012

Hiroshima Carp: March 17, 2012

by on Mar.17, 2012 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Hirotaka Egusa threw fifty pitches in the bullpen. (Daily Sports)

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Kenta Kurihara did not play in today's exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons because of a neck ache.  He did, however, take part in pre-game practices.

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Nick Stavinoha started in left today for the first time since he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia.  He also knocked out a solo homer into the second floor balcony out in left in the 4th inning off Kenshin Kawakami.

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Kenta Maeda told reporters on Friday that if it were up to him, he would not start another exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons.

"I would rather not pitch if I did not have to, but preparing is also important," said Maeda.  "But I can always purposely shake off signs and throw pitches I have trouble with or purposely throw pitches I know they can hit."

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Hirotaka Egusa is scheduled to make his Hirohima debut during a Kyoiku League game against Orix on Sunday.  If he pitches well, his next outing could be with the Ichi-gun team on either March 20 or 21 against Hanshin.

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Hiroshima Carp: Nick Stavinoha slams second homer in as many games

by on Mar.10, 2012 @ 7:03 pm, under NPB
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Nick Stavinoha is swinging the bat well and has homered in his last two games.  But there is concern about his defense and his health (inguinal hernia) that may keep him from getting too many looks before the start of the regular season (fear of aggravating the hernia).

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Katsuhiro NagakawaTomohiro Umetsu, and 4th round draft pick Shohei Habu have been demoted to Ni-gun.

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Hiroshima Carp: March 9, 2012

by on Mar.09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Nick Stavinoha took forty-eight swings during batting practice and hit seven over the fence. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

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Today's practice game against All-Hiroshima (Industrial League) at Mazda Stadium: Nick Stavinoha was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 2-for-4 with a homer. [Daily Sports]

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Hiroshima Carp: March 6, 2012

by on Mar.06, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

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Yuya Fukui will likely start and throw fifty to sixty pitches during Wednesday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.

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Nick Stavinoha, who had been taken things slow due to an inguinal hernia, returned to working out with the rest of the team today.

"I am making good progress.  I still do not know when I will be able to play in games though." said Stavinoha.

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Kenta Maeda complained of some tightness in his left buttock after losing his footing on the mound during his outing against the Chunichi Dragons on Sunday.  It apparently was not serious as he told reporters on Monday that he was feeling fine.

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