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[7/29/2014] Injury Report: Ryutaro Umeno (Hanshin), Ryosuke Yagi (Yakult)

by on Jul.30, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with discomfort in his right elbow.  The Tigers are not sure how long he will be out. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014, Sponichi 7/29/2014
  • Ryutaro Umeno missed the last two games with an injury to his left thumb.  Yutaka Wada told reporters Umeno suffered the injury when he took a foul-tip off the thumb during a game against Hiroshima on the 26th.  Tests did not reveal any broken bones, but there was still some swelling. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna (right elbow) resumed batting practice on Tuesday and could make it back to the active roster sooner than expected.  He told reporters he wanted to get back to Ichi-gun before August 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014
  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  He might be okay to return to the active roster for the Yakult series that begins on August 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel (left side) might be able to return to the active roster on August 12.  Gourriel has already resumed batting practice and could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 8. Source: Sports Hochi 7/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Yagi left Tuesday's game against Hanshin in the 9th with a runner and first and no out because he developed a cramp in his left middle finger.  He was planning to return to the mound after some treatment, but Tony Barnette's name was already called. Source: Sanspo 7/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko (fatigue) could return to the active roster in early August. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014 ... August 2 is a possibility. Source: Sponichi 7/29/2014 ... Kaneko tossed fifteen pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Monday.  It was his first session since the start of the season -- he generally does not do a lot of throwing in the bullpen during the season. Source: Daily Sports 7/29/2014

[7/29/2014] Orix agrees to send Mitsumata to Chunichi for Iwasaki

by on Jul.29, 2014 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes and Chunichi Dragons have reportedly agreed on a trade that will send Taiki Mitsumata (22) to Chunichi for Kyohei Iwasaki (28).  Both sides are expected to make official announcements later today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2014

[UPDATE @ 3:49pm]

The Dragons have posted an announcement of the trade.

[UPDATE @ 5:02pm]

The Buffaloes have also posted an announcement of the trade.


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[7/26/2014] Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.27, 2014 @ 1:56 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Hichori Morimoto's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl weighing 3,276 grams, at 9:34am on the 26th. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tsutomu Ito was tossed from Saturday's game against Seibu for using abusive language while arguing a call in the 6th -- he thought Shogo Akiyama struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt but the home plate umpire thought it was fouled off. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014 ... Ito on what happened: "I asked him to check with a base umpire.  I did not use abusive language.  I'm not sure why I was ejected." Source: Sponichi 7/26/2014 ... Ito also said that some of the sand he kicked might have hit the umpire.  He may have gotten tossed for saying, "I think something's wrong with you today."  Catcher Ryohei Kawamoto was warned after asking the umpire why the manager was ejected. Source: Sanspo 7/26/2014
  • The coaches gave Alfredo Despaigne a couple of options on how he wanted to proceed.  He decided to remain with the Ichi-gun team while he prepares for a possible debut on the 29th.  He will most likely not see any playing time at Ni-gun. Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuki Nishi's personal eight-game winning streak against the Softbank Hawks ended on Friday.  It was his first loss to the Hawks since August 4, 2011. Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2014
  • Friday's game was the organization's 3,500th since they were transferred to Orix from Hankyu after the 1988 season. Source: Daily Sports 7/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata recorded the first grand slam of his career on Friday.  He became the franchise's eighty-first player to hit one of 160 grand slams.  Isao Harimoto leads all players in franchise history with seven career grand slams. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2014

[7/25/2014] Rakuten Eagles, Chiba Lotte Marines, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes, Nippon Ham Fighters

by on Jul.26, 2014 @ 3:11 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • About 100 employees (team staff, cheerleading team, other personnel) greeted Senichi Hoshino when he arrived at kobo Stadium on Friday. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014
  • Outfield/base-running coach Koichi Isobe will remain at Ichi-gun for the time being. Source: Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Alfredo Despaigne took batting practice at Seibu Dome on Friday.  He swung the bat twenty-two times and hit seven over the fence.  He is hoping to make his Ichi-gun debut on the 29th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne swung the bat at seventy-five percent.  He used a Hitoto Komazaki model bat. Sanspo 7/25/2014 ... Despaigne currently weighs 104 kilograms -- his ideal weight is between 100 and 104 kilograms.  His chest measure 113 centimeters, his arms 42 centimeters, and his thigh 68 centimeters.  His fat content is eighteen percent.  He told reporters he has no problems with flying and likes seafood.  He went out to dinner with Yomiuri's Frederich Cepeda and Yokohama's Yulieski Gourriel on Thursday.  He believes he can hit the Mizuho Bank billboard out in left. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014, Daily Sports 7/25/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Newly added Keizo Kawashima and Ryo Hidaka played in Friday's a Ni-gun game against Orix at YafuOku Dome.  Kawashima got the start at third and batted second against Orix.  He went 3-for-4: RBI triple in the 3rd; single to right in the 4th; two-run single to right in the 7th.  Hidaka entered the game in the 7th and tossed two shutout innings and allowed two hits. Source: Sponichi 7/25/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Brandon Dickson will take Chihiro Kaneko's next start on the 27th against Softbank.  He will be making the start on five days of rest. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani is 9-1 in fifteen starts over 97.0 innings of work.  He can become the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to win ten or more games and pitch in 100 or more innings in his second year since Yu Darvish in 2006.  A win on Saturday would make him the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak since Darvish in 2011.  He would also become the first Nippon Ham pitcher to go on an eight-game winning streak in his second year since Darvish in 2006. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2014

[7/24/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Hideki Okajima (Softbank)

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) took batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday.  He faced three different pitchers and recorded four could-be hits. He could play in his first rehab game some time before the end of the month. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi was taken off the active roster on Thursday with some inflammation in his right elbow.  Yoshimi started feeling tightness in the elbow during his last start on the 23rd.  He was examined at a hospital on Thursday and diagnosed with inflammation.  There were no other abnormalities.  For now, the Dragons plan to skip him once in the starting rotation. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien missed Tuesday's game with pain in his left wrist.  He was examined at a hospital on Wednesday morning.  No abnormalities were found.  He still had some pain in the wrist, but was able to play on Wednesday and hit his first home run since May 31. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions took Yusei Kikuchi off the active roster on Thursday after he developed a blister on his left middle finger during a start on the 22nd. Source: Sanspo 7/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hideki Okajima complained of discomfort in his calf after pre-game practices on Wednesday.  He was taken off the active roster on Thursday as a precaution. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014 ... Okajima will be examined at a hospital on Friday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko may have been taken off the active roster on Wednesday with tightness in his neck. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014