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[10/1/2015] Hanshin Tigers: Ryo Watanabe to retire at the end of the season

by on Oct.02, 2015 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Ryo Watanabe held a press conference at the team offices in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on October 1 to announce his retirement.

A few notes from various sources:

  • He hurt his shoulder during spring camp in 2013 and had a difficult time throwing the ball. There was not much improvement this year and that is when he started thinking that it might be time to retire.
  • He feels he has done everything he wanted and is satisfied with how much he was able to accomplish, despite having a small frame. He has not regrets.
  • He enjoyed pitching in relief and never really considered being a starter.
  • Memorable moment: recording his first win on August 3, 2007.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/1/2015, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2015, Daily Sports 10/1/2015

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 10:40pm]

Watanabe will be an amateur scout for Hanshin next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/27/2015

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[8/29/2014] Injury Report: Brad Eldred (Hiroshima), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on Aug.30, 2014 @ 12:09 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) is currently slated to pitch three innings in his first Ni-gun rehab game on September 4 against Lotte. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014 ... Sugano tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Friday.  He threw forty-one pitches. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai was taken off the active roster on Friday with pain in his lower back. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Brad Eldred tweaked his right knee while chasing a foul ball during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on Friday.  The incident took place in the bottom of the 9th with runners on first and second and two out.  Eldred was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien tweaked his left Achilles tendon while running the bases in the 1st inning of Friday's game against the Hanshin Tigers.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 3rd as a precaution.  He is a question mark for Saturday's game. Source: Sanspo 8/29/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa banged his face into the turf and tweaked his neck as he made a diving catch in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He played through to the 4th inning and was pulled on defense in the 5th.  He was questionable for Friday, but ended up making the starting line-up as a designated hitter. Source: Sponichi 8/29/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Ryo Watanabe took a batted ball off his face during practices on the 24th and suffered a nasal bone fracture.  The Fighters announced on Thursday that he was going to have surgery on September 4 to treat the fracture.  He will be able to resume workouts as soon as the swelling goes down.  Watanabe was able to play in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on the 26th (designated hitter, batted lead-off, went 0-for-4), but opted for surgery because he was having problems with his day-to-day life. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014
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[5/1/2014] Injury Report: Takayuki Terauchi (Yomiuri), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

by on May.02, 2014 @ 5:11 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe was pulled on defense in the 7th of Thursday's game against Yakult because he tweaked his neck while trying to catch a fastball thrown by Kentaro Nishimura. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014
  • Leslie Anderson felt tightness in both his legs and was replaced on defense in the 4th inning of Thursday's game against Yakult as a precaution.  He noticed the tightness before pre-game practices. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014
  • Takayuki Terauchi felt tightness in his left calf while running at Giants Stadium on April 29 (he had been assigned to Ni-gun because of discomfort in his right shoulder).  He was examined at a hospital on the 30th and diagnosed with a strain in the head of his left gastrocnemius muscle. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Thursday.  He entered the game in the 9th and tossed a perfect inning (Ks, G6, G1).  He topped out at 144km/h.  He felt no discomfort in his elbow. Source: Sports Hochi 5/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo felt some pain in his left hip after he hit a double to left in the 9th inning of Thursday's game against Chunichi.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner.  He will be examined on Friday morning. Source: Daily Sports 5/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe hurt his right foot while stealing second base in the 1st inning of a Ni-gun game against Yomiuiri at Kamagaya on the 27th.  He was replaced on defense in the 2nd.  He was later diagnosed with a rupture in the calcaneofibular ligament.  The will have to wear a cast for about two weeks.  It could take about a month and a half for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/1/2014
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[2/1/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 1

  • Sho Nakata - thirty-six swings, none over the fence

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Shohei Otani - fifty-nine pitches to a squatting catcher; including slider and curve

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Players were scheduled to meet on the field at 9:00am this morning for group photos.  Yohei Kagiya had to scramble because he forgot his glove at the hotel.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Yuki Saito is planning to toss a bullpen session on Sunday.  His workouts on Saturday included playing catch and weight training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Sho Nakata did not hit any over the fence during batting practice on Saturday, but he stayed back after general workouts and hit more than thirty over the fence during soft-toss batting practice.  He also took some fielding practice at third.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

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Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about giving Shohei Otani regular starts on Sundays this season.  Since games are usually scheduled during the weekends during spring camp and in March, it would allow Otani to get into a nice rhythm before the start of the regular season.  Once the season begins, he would get the added benefit of the Monday off-days immediately after his starts, which should fit better with his position player schedule.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe moved into the team dormitory at seventy-nine kilograms.  He told reporters the other day he recently reweighed himself and was at 77.5 kilograms.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: April 10, 2013

by on Apr.10, 2013 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB
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Ryota Arai started outdoor workouts (running, playing catch) at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He also took indoor batting practice in the cages against a pitching machine.

"I was able to hit as usual.  I have no problem with hitting.  I [got hurt] while running, so once I can do that, I will be fine," said Arai.

He will begin taking outdoor batting practice on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2013

Arai could play in Ikusei games at Naruohama on the 13th and 14th.  Depending on his progress, he could return to the active roster as early as the 16th (vs Yomiuri).

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013

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Ryo Watanabe (right shoulder tightness) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Tuesday.  He entered the game in the 8th and retired the side in order.  He topped out at 135km/h.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome took 112 swings during pre-game batting practice on Tuesday and hit two over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013

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Matt Murton said he loved Atsushi Nomi during his hero interview on Tuesday night.  Last season, he sarcastically told the media he allowed runners to advance because he did not like Nomi.  Unfortunately for Murton, the sarcasm was lost in translation.  There was an attempt to clarify the quote, but the damage was done.  He is hoping the issue is now settled.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2013Sponichi 4/10/2013

Murton celebrated his daughter's third birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe on the 5th before heading out to Hiroshima for the start of a road series.

Source: Sanspo 4/10/2013

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Sun TV will celebrate their 3,000th Hanshin game broadcast with a special LIVE program on April 29 the begins at 13:00.  They will also broadcast the Hiroshima game that begins an hour later at 14:00.

The first Sun TV game broadcast took place on May 6, 1969 (vs Hiroshima at Koshien).  Assuming no rain outs, the broadcast on the 25th (vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome) should be the TV station's 3,000th.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2013

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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 22, 2013

by on Feb.22, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami: bullpen, personal camp high sixty-six pitches, Yutaka Wada stood in the batter's box partway through the session

Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2013

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The Tigers closed out Ginoza spring camp today.

For the second year in a row, Ryota Arai was named spring camp MVP by Yutaka Wada.

The team drew 67,400 fans during spring camp (an increase of 9,100 over last year).

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013, Sponichi 2/22/2013, Sponichi 2/22/2013

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Naoto Tsuru could be used as both a starter and reliever this season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2013

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Ryo Watanabe canceled his bullpen session on Thursday because of tightness in his right shoulder.  He will be shut down for a couple days.

Source: Sanspo 2/22/2013

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Former Hanshin manager Akinobu Mayumi visited Ni-gun camp on Thursday and spent some time working with Takahiro Arai on his hitting.

Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami was told about Thursday's practice game against the Chiba Lotte Marines and wanted to watch, but did not because he was in the middle of weight training -- he apparently does not like cutting his workouts short.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2013, Daily Sports 2/22/2013

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Hanshin Tigers: April 3, 2012

by on Apr.03, 2012 @ 11:40 pm, under NPB
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Takahiro Arai took about forty minutes of extra fielding practice on Monday.

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Hiroki Uemoto (left elbow) had his cast removed a few days ago.

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Ryo Watanabe started working out again on Saturday after missing time because he was not feeling well.  He tossed a bullpen session on Monday and told reporters he was feeling fine.  Watanabe should now be available to pitch out of the bullpen.

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According to Nikkan SportsTomoaki Kanemoto is 8-for-26 with three homers and ten RBI on his birthday (April 3).

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Hanshin Tigers: March 9, 2012

by on Mar.09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers announced today that Ryo Watanabe's wife gave birth to twins on Wednesday.

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Minoru Iwata is slated to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  Iwata has not pitched in a game since February 23 (intra-squad game, two inning outing).

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Atsushi Nomi's start got rained out today.  How it changes his schedule moving forward is not yet know, but as of Thursday, Sanspo notes that he may be slated to start exhibition games on March 16 (vs Lotte at QVC) and March 23 (vs Orix at Kyocera Dome).

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Takahiro Arai plans to play in Saturday's charity game and could take an early morning Shinkansen back to Kansai on Sunday in order to make the 1pm exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien.

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The Tigers will be giving 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito a "tryout" in center during an exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Koshien on Saturday.  Depending on the results of that game, he could end up being dropped to Ni-gun to get more seasoning.

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It appears other players, like Tomoaki Kanemoto (LF), Craig Brazell (LF) and Kenji Jojima (1B) will also be tested at Koshien to see how well they can play the field.

"We have five games at Koshien so we need to make the best of them.  We also have some players that are learning new positions.  We need them to learn more about how Koshien plays.  They might have an idea of how things are, but that feel might be different when they actually take the field.  I want to check on those things and prepare for opening day" said Yutaka Wada.

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The Tigers do not plan on putting Shinjiro Hiyama on the active roster on opening day unless he has had a chance to play in a number of games.  They want to make sure he is 100% when they activate him.

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Akihito Fujii took batting practice at Naruohama today (team staff threw easy pitches).

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Batting stats, through Thursday (includes practice and intra-squad):

  • Brazell is 4-for-14 with one homer and four RBI over six games.
  • Jojima is 5-for-17 with two homers and five RBI over seven games.
  • 1st round draft pick Ito is 6-for-28 with two RBI.
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