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[12/20/2013] Seibu Lions announce additions of Bowden, Reynolds, Ransom, and Lopez

by on Dec.20, 2013 @ 7:00 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they came to terms with four new foreign players: Michael Bowden (27), Greg Reynolds (28), Cody Ransom  (37), and Porfirio Lopez (23).

Bowden signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars and was assigned the number twenty-six.  He is a candidate to close.  Reynolds signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars and was assigned the number forty-two.  He is a candidate for the starting rotation.  Ransom signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars and was assigned the number six.  Lopez signed an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 60,000 US dollars and was assigned the number 122.

Randy Williams and Abner Abreu (Ikusei contract) will also be returning next season.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/20/2013

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 7:23pm]

Williams signed for an estimated eighty-three million yen and Abreu for an estimated 6.8 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2013


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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

[5/15/2013] Injury Update: Fukuhara, Fukudome (HAN); Williams (SEI)

by on May.15, 2013 @ 6:01 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Shinobu Fukuhara was taken off the active roster today because of tightness in his lower back.  The Tigers expect Fukuhara to return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2013


Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) may not be able to return to the active roster until, at the earliest, June.  His workouts on Tuesday included upper body and shoulder exercises and about twenty minutes of running in a therapy pool.  Fukudome will not be able to begin regular roadwork training until the pain in his left knee goes away.  Until then, he will have to continue pool therapy.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/15/2013, Daily Sports 5/15/2013

Seibu Lions

Randy Williams was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his left upper arm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013

Seibu Lions announce deals with Ryan Spilborghs and Dennis Sarfate

by on Dec.14, 2012 @ 2:16 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed Ryan Spilborghs and Dennis Sarfate to contracts.  They also announced that Randy Williams will be returning in 2013.  No other information is known at this time.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 12/14/2012


UPDATE @ 5:56pm - According to Sponichi, Spilborghs signed a one-year deal worth US$700,000.  Sarfate and Williams each signed deals worth US$800,000.  Source: Sponichi 12/14/2012

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Seibu Lions agree to terms with Spilborghs, Sarfate, awaiting physicals

Seibu Lions close to re-signing Ortiz, German, and Williams

by on Nov.22, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions' team director Haruhiko Suzuki spoke to reporters today and said the team was close to re-signing Jose Ortiz (35), Esteban German (34), and Randy Williams (37) to contracts for the 2013 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012

In other team news...

The Lions announced a list of uniform number changes: Ortiz from 14 to 8; Masamitsu Hirano from 19 to 23; Ryo Hayashizaki from 00 to 45; Fumikazu Kimura from 41 to 51; and Michael Nakamura from 69 to 121.  New Ikusei players Anyenil Mendoza and Abner Abreu were assigned the numbers 124 and 125, respectively.  Source: official announcement

Shotaro Tashiro lost ten kilograms over the course of the regular season and plans to regain it during the winter.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2012

Hisanobu Watanabe feels Tatsuya Oishi and Ryo Sakata could become key players next year -- Oishi out of the bullpen and Sakata in the outfield.  Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012

Hiroyuki Nakajima returned to Japan today and is scheduled to attend fan appreciation day on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012

Seibu Lions: March 26, 2012

by on Mar.27, 2012 @ 4:35 am, under NPB
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Kazuhisa Makita and Fumiya Nishiguchi worked out at Seibu 2 Stadium on Monday.  Both are scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's Ni-gun game against the Yomiuri Giants.


The Lions decided on Sunday to send 1st round draft pick Ken Togame and 2nd round draft pick Hirotaka Koishi to Ni-gun for more work.  Randy Williams will also begin the year at Ni-gun.


Takayuki Kishi's first regular season start could come on April 1 against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome.


The Lions will host a special day for Kimiyasu Kudo on April 7.

Seibu Lions: January 27, 2012

by on Jan.27, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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The Lions had their send-off celebration todayAbout 3,560 fans attended the event.

The players will head to Miyazaki on January 31.


The Lions held a press conference for Chris Carter, Esteban German, Randy Williams, and Micheal Nakamura today.

Williams is a candidate to close for the team.

Carter's educational background (like Nikkan Sports and Sanspo) is making some waves in the media: graduated from  Stanford University in three years; has a father, brother, and uncle that are all doctors and a second brother that is a pilot.


The Lions will begin accepting designs for a uniform they will wear during a number of home games in August on February 1.  Children up through Junior High are eligible.  The deadline for submissions is February 20.


Former Seibu Lions Kimiyasu Kudo (48) reportedly made his debut on TV Asahi's Hodo Station tonight with an interview with Masahiro Tanaka (RAK).