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[1/15/2014] Nyjer Morgan, Norichika Aoki, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Jan.15, 2014 @ 5:48 pm, under MLB
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Former Yokohama Bay Star Nyjer Morgan signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians that includes a non-roster invite to spring training.  From MLB.com's Jason Beck:

Morgan seconded a report from ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that he has reached a Minor League contract to go to camp as a non-roster invite with the Indians, returning to the United States after a season in Japan. The team had not confirmed the signing as of Tuesday evening.

Source: MLB.com 1/14/2014

And from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:

... Morgan confirmed the signing in an email to ESPN.com on Tuesday. A source said that if Morgan makes the Indians' big league roster and reaches specified incentives, the total value of his contract would exceed $1 million.

Source: ESPN 1/14/2014


Norichika Aoki worked out in Urasoe, Okinawa on Tuesday.  He is currently working on toning his body and one of his goals is to drop his body fat down to eight percent and keep it there (he was over ten when he was with Milwaukee).

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/14/2014


[Updates/additions were made at 11:30pm]

Masahiro Tanaka did not meet with the Angels, according to a report by the LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna.  From the article:

The Angels did not meet with Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka in Los Angeles last week, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed, an indication that the team might not be a serious bidder for the 25-year-old right-hander.

... "We did not meet with Tanaka," said Dipoto, who was at a function in Iowa during the time Tanaka was in Los Angeles. "We were not scheduled to meet with him."

Asked what, if anything, could be inferred from this, Dipoto said, "Nothing more than that. I'm not going to walk through any details. I'm not going to say we're in or out. I'm not going to comment one way or another."

Source: LA Times 1/13/2014

He also did not meet with the Red Sox.  From the Boson Globe's Nick Cafardo:

Masahiro Tanaka did not visit with any Red Sox officials during his visit to Los Angeles last week, but the team has had conversations with the agent for the prized Japanese pitcher, Casey Close, according to a team source.

Late last week, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino issued a “no comment” on whether the Red Sox had met with the 25-year-old righthander, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles this past season in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.

Source: Boston Globe 1/13/2014

The NPB received a follow-up from the MLB today regarding Rakuten's reply to queries about comments they released about Tanaka's potential plans to donate money back to the organization.  As of now, the MLB is satisfied that the organization has not broken any rules but will continue to monitor the situation.  If Tanaka wants to make a donation of some sort at some point in the future, that matter will be discussed and decided at that time.

Source: Sponichi 1/14/2014, Sports Hochi 1/14/2014

The New York Post has posted an introductory article on Tanaka's wife, Mai Satoda.

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[1/6/2014] Shunsuke Watanabe, Ichiro Suzuki, Nyjer Morgan, Hideki Matsui

by on Jan.06, 2014 @ 3:22 pm, under MLB
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Shunsuke Watanabe worked out in Yokohama on Sunday.  He played catch using an MLB baseball and checked on his breaking pitches.  He told reporters that he is making changing to the spikes on his cleats (shorter and made of softer materials) to accommodate for the harder mounds in the Majors.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2014


The latest on Ichiro Suzuki, from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

Don't be surprised if the Diamondbacks trade right-hander J.J. Putz following their addition of former White Sox closer Addison Reed. Putz is signed for $7 million in 2014, and the D-backs most likely would be required to accept a comparable salary in return.

Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, earning $6.5 million, could be one possibility, though it is not known whether Yankees ownership would part with Suzuki or how he would adjust to a backup role.

Source: Fox Sports 1/5/2014 via Sponichi 1/6/2014


Former Yokohama Bay Star Nyjer Morgan is attracting some interest from MLB teams.  From ESPN's Jerry Crasnick:

... Jonathan Maurer, one of Morgan's new agents, said he's had a dialogue with 6-8 clubs that have expressed interest in signing the outfielder.

"Japan was a great experience for Nyjer and he would still enjoy playing there, but he's had a great deal of success in the States and would love to come back here as well,'' Maurer said. "We've had interest from teams who see him as a guy who could come in and spell a starter or possibly earn more playing time.''

Source: ESPN 1/4/2014 via Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014, Sponichi 1/6/2014


Hideki Matsui replaces Alex Rodriguez in "Henry & Me" (animated film).  From the New York Daily News:

... Former Yankee and 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui spent the week of New Year’s pinch-hitting on the silver screen for his ex-teammate, Alex Rodriguez, after A-Rod got left on the cutting room floor. We can only imagine Raul Ibanez had a prior committment [sic].

Flash back to Aug. 5, when Rodriguez was slapped with a 211-game ban in connection with the Biogenesis doping scandal. Rodriguez had already contributed to the animated film, “Henry & Me,” providing the voice for the animated version of himself. But the film’s producers, worried about the negative publicity surrounding Rodriguez, soon began to develop a plan B — which is where Matsui comes in.

Source: New York Daily News 1/4/2014 via Nikkan Sports 1/6/2014

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[12/21/2013] Yokohama Bay Stars come to terms with Aarom Baldiris

by on Dec.21, 2013 @ 2:40 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars have reportedly agreed to terms with Aarom Baldiris (30).  The two sides reportedly agreed on a two-year deal worth an estimated total 150 million yen.

The Bay Stars also decided to part ways with Nyjer Morgan.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2013, Daily Sports 12/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2013, Sponichi 12/21/2013, official announcement (Baldiris), official announcement (Morgan)

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[11/30/2013] Aarom Baldiris, Nyjer Morgan, Yasutomo Kubo, Takayuki Kishi

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 4:14 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes have not given up on Aarom Baldiris (30) and plan to keep the lines of communication open.  The front office would also like a chance to talk to Baldiris directly, and not through his agent.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

Baldiris was not on the team's reserved list and will become a free agent in December.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2013

According to Tokyo Sports: the Buffaloes were feeling a little down on Baldiris' defense at third and were mulling over the idea of moving him to first; Baldiris might be using the Yokohama Bay Stars as a way to get more money out of Orix;  Hiroshi Moriwaki likes Esteban German; some in the organization might be thinking that German is above Baldiris.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/30/2013

Softbank Hawks

One of the reasons why Kenichi Nakata selected the Hawks over the other teams was because he was worried about his mother living in along in Kitakyushu (his father passed away in 2007).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions will most likely offer Takayuki Kishi (28) a three-year extension.  Kishi is set to earn his domestic FA option next season.

Between 1993 and 2012, eighty-nine players have moved to different teams through free agency (includes players that left the country).  Seibu lost eleven players to free agency, most among the NPB teams.  Orix has lost nine and Nippon Ham and Softbank have lost eight each.  Lotte has lost the fewest with five (Kintetsu and Rakuten have lost three each, but Kintetsu is no longer an active team and Rakuten has not been around that long).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars did not include Nyjer Morgan (33) on their list of reserved players since they have not yet been able to agree to terms with him.  He will become a free agent in December.  The Bay Stars will continue to keep the lines of communication open.

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2013

This could explain the rumors that Yokohama is interested in Aarom Baldiris.

Hanshin Tigers

GM Katsuhiro Nakamura could meet with Yasutomo Kubo (33) again early next week.  They have no intention of increasing their offer financially, but could make concessions in other areas.

Source: Daily Sports 11/30/2013

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[10/2/2013] Injury Updates: Dobayashi (HIR), R. Arai (HAN), Morgan (YOK), Nakata (HAM), Williams (SEI), T. Ogino (LOT)

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Shota Dobayashi (fracture in third metacarpal in left hand) played in a rehab practice game against Softbank on Tuesday.  It was his first game since he suffered his injury.  He went 0-for-3.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Ryota Arai took an HBP off the back of his left hand during his at bat in the 6th inning of Tuesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner and sent to the hospital for an examination.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan suffered a bruise on his right wrist after taking an HBP off of it during a game against Yakult on September 19.  He was taken off the active roster on September 21.

Morgan left Japan out of Narita Airport earlier today.  Before leaving, he told reporters he would like to return to Yokohama next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky fissure fracture) returned to the active roster today.

"He is at about seventy percent.  The bone has not fully healed.  There is a risk in him playing," the chief trainer said.

Nakata did not make the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Sponichi 10/2/2013

Seibu Lions

Randy Williams was taken off the active roster today, most likely due to pain in his left forearm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takashi Ogino was diagnosed with a strain in his right biceps femoris muscle during a hospital examination on Tuesday.  He will require about three weeks for a full recovery.  He was taken off the active roster on the same day.

Source: Sanspo 10/2/2013

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[9/22/2013] Injury Updates: K. Maeda (HIR), Morgan (YOK), Kikuchi (SEI), Falkenborg (SOF), Naruse (LOT)

by on Sep.23, 2013 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda was not at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.  He stayed back at the team hotel and rested.  He no longer has a fever.

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on Friday and diagnosed with a bruise on his right wrist.  He was taken off the active roster on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 9/22/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) topped out at 153km/h during his Ni-gun outing on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster on Sunday with back pain.  He first complained of back problems after his outing against Rakuten at Kleenex Stadium on the 19th.  He was taken off the active roster today because his condition was not improving.  He will be examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on the 24th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse (left shoulder) tossed three shutout innings against the Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday.  He could be called up after another Ni-gun game on five-days of rest (28th vs Yomiuri).

Source: Sanpso 9/22/2013

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[9/19/2013] Injury Updates: Morgan (YOK), Asamura, Carter (SEI), Rasner (RAK)

by on Sep.20, 2013 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off the back of his right hand during his at bat in the 5th inning of Thursday night's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He did not go to the hospital and was treated with ice.

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013

Seibu Lions

Hideto Asamura and Chris Carter left Thursday night's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters early with injuries.

Asamura hurt his right heel when his foot landed awkwardly on the first base bag while running out a grounder to short in the 6th inning.  He has a minor bruise and is not expected to miss Saturday's game.

Carter hurt his right wrist when swinging the bat as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning.  No damage was found to the bones.  He will have the wrist re-examined at a later date.

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced Darrell Rasner had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in the US on the 14th and will require ten to twelve months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2013

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[9/13/2013] Injury Updates: Nomaguchi (YOM), Morgan, Blanco (YOK), Nakata (HAM), Shimauchi (RAK)

by on Sep.13, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced today that Takahiko Nomaguchi will require reconstructive surgery on his right elbow (medial collateral ligament).  Pain as sidelined Nomaguchi since a Ni-gun game against Seibu on May 29.  Surgery was his best option because his condition was not improving.

Nomaguchi will undergo the procedure on the 21st.  He will remain in the hospital for about a week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan (fouled a ball off his right knee) and Tony Blanco (hurt right hamstring while running to first) are considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 9/13/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky fracture) returned to Kamagaya from Sapporo today.  He will resume workouts at the Ni-gun facilities on Saturday.  He could begin taking batting practice in four to five days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiroaki Shimauchi hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a catch a ball hit by Orix Buffalo Aarom Baldiris in the 9th inning.  The Eagles will wait to see how he is feeling over the next couple of days before deciding what steps to take next.  He is currently not scheduled to go to the hospital.

Source: Sponichi 9/13/2013

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[9/12/2013] Injury Updates: Blanco (YOK), Hosokawa (SOF)

by on Sep.12, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

Tony Blanco was removed from tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants after he hurt his leg while running to first.  With a runner on second and two out in the 3rd inning, Blanco hit a grounder to right.  He started slow out of the box and when he approached the bag, he rushed to reach it because the throw was coming to first.

Nyjer Morgan was also taken out of the game after an at bat in the 3rd (just before Blanco grounded out to right) in which he fouled a ball off his right knee.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/12/2013, Sponichi 9/12/2013

Softbank Hawks

Toru Hosokawa made the starting line-up in tonight's game against Seibu despite taking an HBP to the head on Wednesday.  He was later removed on defense in the 5th because he was feeling nauseous.  He later told reporters he might have suffered a minor concussion.  The Hawks are not planning to take him off the active roster at this time and will continue to monitor him as he gets some rests.

Source: Sponichi 9/12/2013

UPDATE 9/13 @ 1:55am -

Nikkan Sports notes that Hosokawa may have suffered a minor concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask while playing defense in the 4th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/12/2013

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[9/9/2013] Injury Updates: Ishikawa (YAK), Standridge, Yamato (HAN), Morgan (YOK), Akada, Nakata (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.09, 2013 @ 10:54 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa (right hamstring) worked out at Jingu Gaien today.  He told reporters he felt fine and was ready to go.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Jason Standridge (lower back tightness) resumed bullpen work on Sunday.  He will toss another session on the 10th and if things go well, he could return to the active roster for a start shortly after that, perhaps as early as the 12th (vs Chunichi at Koshien).

Source: Sanspo 9/9/2013


Yamato played catch on Sunday for the first time since he suffered a fracture in his right pinky.  He threw the ball lightly at a distance of about twenty meters.  He is trying not to push himself too hard because he still feels some pain.

Source: Sanspo 9/9/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan was diagnosed with gastroenteritis on Sunday.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 9/9/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shogo Akada did not play on Sunday because he had a fever.

Source: Sanspo 9/9/2013


Sho Nakata did some running and light exercises at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya on Sunday.  He is scheduled to get his left pinky re-examined at a hospital in Sapporo on the 11th.  If the fracture has started to heal, he could slowly begin to ramp up his workouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) tossed fifty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  If he continues to make good progress and is able to stretch himself out to about 100 pitches, he could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 14th against Nippon Ham.

Source: Sponichi 9/9/2013

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