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[4/14/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda started having problems with his right elbow during spring camp.  The Tigers shut him down and he has yet to start playing catch.  There is currently no timetable on him.  There is a good chance he will miss the first-half of the season.  Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is scheduled to play some catch on the 16th.  The Carp will wait to make a decision on him until they have had a chance to see how he is feeling on the 16th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014 ... If Maeda is okay to pitch, he could get a start during a Yokohama series that begins on the 18th.  The 20th, on seven days of rest, is a possibility.  Looking to next week, Kenjiro Nomura is hoping Maeda will be okay for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 25th.  If Maeda needs rest, the Carp could take him off the active roster as late as the 17th without losing him as an option to start the last game of the Yomiuri series on the 27th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco missed the games over the weekend because of tightness in his left calf.  He is still considered day-to-day.  His status on Tuesday will depend on how he feels during pre-game practices.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba had surgery to clean out his left knee at a hospital in Sapporo on Monday.  He will stay in the hospital for a couple of days before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Chiba.  He will require five to six weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

[4/14/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Eiichi Koyano earns international FA option

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 6:06 pm, under NPB
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Eiichi Koyano earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.  He spoke to reporters and said, "I wanted to wear this uniform and they are allowing me to play.  I am not thinking about [exercising the option] at this time.  I take pride in earning it."

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[4/13/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Updates for the Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito is slated to start a Ni-gun game on the 18th against Rakuten.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/12/2014 ... There was the option of keeping Saito at Ichi-gun and using him out of the bullpen, but coaches felt it would be better in the long run if he was allowed to continue making adjustments as a starter at Ni-gun.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
  • Masaru Nakamura will most likely be called up to take Saito's spot in the rotation.  Nakamura could start an Ichi-gun game on the 17th against Orix at Hotto Motto.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2014
  • Shohei Otani extended his winning streak to four on Saturday and joined Tsuneo Horiuchi, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Miura, Hideaki Aikawa, and Shota Takeda as the only pitchers drafted out of high school to start their careers, beginning in their first year, with winning streaks of four or more.  Horiuchi recorded a thirteen-game winning streak, the others four-game winning streaks.  Otani also became the third player in franchise history to strikeout ten or more hitters before turning twenty, first since Yu Darvish struck out twelve on June 6, 2006.  Source: Sanspo 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014
  • Sho Nakata and Otani will appear on Ribbon Citron and Ribbon Napolin drinks in the Hokkaido region.  Source: official announcement

Saitama Seibu Lions 3 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4 (April 13, 2014)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 13:00
Starters: Reynolds, Greg (SEI) 0-2, 2.08 - Urano, Hiroshi (HAM) 0-0, 3.00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
Nippon Ham 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1X 4 10 0

Attendance: 22669 | Time: 3h8m | Nippon Ham leads series, 2-1-0

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[4/11/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 12:14 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • According to Tokyo Sports, Senichi Hoshino is not worried about Andruw Jones' performance at the plate so far this year because he feels the veteran will step up when it really counts.  Hoshino also thinks it better if not everyone is playing well all at the same time since it would only make him worry about the possibility of everyone slumping at the same time.  Source: Tokyo Sports 4/11/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Onizaki was taken off the active roster on Friday.  Onizaki fouled a ball off his right shin on Wednesday and was diagnosed with a bruise on Thursday.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/11/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Takashi Ogino was sent down to Ni-gun on Friday for more work because of his struggles at the plate (0-for-20 in six games).  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuniesky Betancourt was struggling with the bat and taken off the active roster on Friday.  He had just five hits in forty-nine trips to the plate.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Yuki Saito was taken off the active roster on Friday to get more time to make adjustments at Ni-gun.  Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2014
  • Shohei Otani threw thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He is slated to start Saturday's game against Seibu on eight days of rest.  Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2014

Saitama Seibu Lions 5 – Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2 (April 11, 2014)

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 4:03 am, under Game Summaries, NPB
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Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Sapporo Dome - 18:00
Starters: Kishi, Takayuki (SEI) 0-2, 3.21 - Yoshikawa, Mitsuo (HAM) 0-1, 5.56

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 8 0
Nippon Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 3 2

Attendance: 13278 | Time: 2h32m | Seibu leads series, 1-0-0

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[4/10/2014] Injury Report: Kengo Tagawa (Yakult), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Apr.11, 2014 @ 2:08 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome may have suffered a fracture in his right collarbone and a left rib when he crashed into Tsuyoshi Nishioka on March 30.  However, he did play in two games (Ni-gun and Ichi-gun) on Thursday.  Source: Sanspo 4/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kengo Tagawa had surgery to remove a herniated lumbar disc.  He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/10/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yuji Onizaki fouled a ball off his right shin on Wednesday.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with a bruise.  He was using crutches to get around, but was not taken off the active roster because he can get by without them.  He did not play in Thursday's game.  The Lions will wait to see how Onizaki is feeling on Friday before making a decision on what to do next.  Source: Sanspo 4/10/2014, Sponichi 4/10/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu was examined at a hospital in the United States and diagnosed with a minor herniated disc.  He will remain in the US for about a month of rehab.  There is no timetable on his return.  Source: Sponichi 4/10/2014