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[9/29/2014] Injury Report: Yoshiyuki Ishihara (Hiroshima), Naoki Miyanishi (Nippon Ham)

by on Sep.30, 2014 @ 2:25 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai (lower back) is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun intra-squad rehab game on October 3. It will be he first game in about a month. Source: Sponichi 9/29/2014 ... Arai took fifty-three swings against a pitching machine on Sunday and hit one over the fence. He also chased baseballs in left during batting practices. He told reporters he felt fine swinging the bat but still had concerns with the glove. Source: Sanspo 9/29/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi left Monday's game against Seibu with pain in his left shin. The Fighters are expected to take him off the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 9/29/2014
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[9/23/2014] Injury Report: Tony Barnette (Yakult), Ginji (Rakuten)

by on Sep.24, 2014 @ 4:19 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai took outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Monday for the first time since his lower back started giving him problems. He began with some soft-toss and then took sixty-nine swings against a live arm. If his rehab goes smoothly, he could make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kosuke Tanaka was taken off the active roster after he took a batted ball off the front portion of his head during fielding practice on the 19th. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in the minimum ten days. The fourteen stitches he got to close a cut are slated to come out on the 26th. "I can take baths and can wash my hair normally. There are no changes in my condition. It was the worst injury of my baseball career, but I'm fine now. I plan to get back in ten days," said Tanaka. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with tightness in his left side. He will be examined some time on or after the 24th. His season is more than likely over. Source: Sponichi 9/23/2014
  • The Swallows announced that Wladimir Balentien returned to the United States on Tuesday for additional testing and possible surgery on his left Achilles. He will be examined on the 30th and could go under the knife on October 1. Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 9/23/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji missed Tuesday's game because of pain in his right knee. He hurt the knee while running the bases during a game against Nippon Ham on the 21st. He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 9/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2014
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[9/8/2014] Injury Report: Yoshio Itoi (Orix), Kan Otake (Yomiuri)

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 1:59 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Kan Otake was taken off the active roster on Sunday with discomfort in his right shoulder. He could miss up to twenty days. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kosuke Fukudome missed another game on Sunday. He may have tweaked a hamstring. He did participate in pre-game practices, so the injury may not be serious. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014
  • Ryota Arai (lower back) continued his rehab at the Naruohama facilities on Sunday. He played catch at a distance of about fifteen meters. Source: Sanspo 9/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi did not play in Monday's game against the Rakuten Eagles because of a bruise on the top of his left foot. It was the first game he missed this season. Source: Sponichi 9/8/2014
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[9/3/2014] Injury Report: Yuya Hasegawa (Softbank), Naoki Miyanishi (Nippon Ham)

by on Sep.04, 2014 @ 12:59 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai showed up at Naruohama on Tuesday for the first time since he was taken off the active roster. He got treatment for his lower back and discussed his rehab schedule with a trainer. Source: Sanspo 9/3/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on Wednesday. He got the start in left and batted third in a practice game against Rakuten. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
  • Sho Aranami (right calf) and Tsutsugo could return to the active roster in time for the Hiroshima series that begins on the 5th at Yokohama. Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Yuya Hasegawa left Wednesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes after hurting his right leg while trying to score during a close play at home plate in the 4th inning. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with a sprained right ankle. He will be examined again on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Naoki Miyanishi was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with inflammation in his left elbow. Source: Sponichi 9/3/2014
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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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[8/29/2014] Injury Report: Ryota Arai (Hanshin), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank)

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) began his rehab at Giants Stadium on Wednesday.  He focused most of his exercises on the lower-half of his body since his right hand is in a brace. Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right middle finger) played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Wednesday.  He could toss a bullpen session some time this week. Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai will be taken off the active roster with lower back pain. Source: Sanspo 8/28/2014 ... Arai started complaining of the pain during pre-game practices on Thursday -- he skipped batting and fielding practice.  He was taken to the hospital for tests. Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (back) practiced at Naruohama on Wednesday.  His workouts included infield drills, fielding practice at second, and batting practice (thirty-one swings from the right side and twenty-eight from the left.  He should be okay to play in his first rehab game soon. Source: Sponichi 8/28/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Tatsuro Hamada was seen with a cast on his left arm after his hospital visit on Wednesday.  The Dragons are not planning to rush the youngster back. Source: Daily Sports 8/28/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa was a little banged up after making a diving catch in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He remained in the game, but was replaced on defense in the 5th. Source: Sanspo 8/28/2014
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[1/28/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 12:12 am, under NPB
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Ryota Arai took forty-three during swings batting practice on Tuesday and hit three over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Daiki Enokida threw seventy-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

Umeno took forty-seven swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-four could-be hits, including one that went over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami's workouts in Okinawa on Monday lasted about five and a half hours (from 10:00am until after 3:30pm) and included playing catch, running, batting practice, and weight training.  He did not toss a bullpen session.

Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2014

Fujinami threw thirty-four pitches, including breaking balls, on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher on Tuesday.  It was his first bullpen session at the Naruohama training facilities this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

According to Sports Hochi, the catcher was squatting.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2014

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4th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Shinji Komiyama caught the session.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Hayata Ito took fifty-one swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-five could be hits, including two that went over the fence and six up against the outfield wall.  Ito's workouts on Monday started at 10:00am and ended at about 3:30pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Ryosuke Ogata took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-six could be hits.

Source: Sanpso 1/28/2014

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Takashi Toritani visited children's ward at  Osaka City University Hospital on Monday.  When asked about this year's standings, he predicted Giants, Tigers, Carp, Dragons, Swallows, and Bay Stars.

Needless to say, the prediction was not very popular.  He later explained that he tried to look at things as objectively as possible.  He added that he and the Tigers would do their best to win first place and that in return, he expected the kids to do their best to get better.  He also promised to invite the kids to Koshien as soon as they were healthy enough.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/28/2014Sports Hochi 1/28/2014, Sanspo 1/28/2014, Sponichi 1/28/2014

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Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is planning to tossing batting practice during spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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The Hanshin Department Store will begin selling Hanshin Tigers Chocolates for Valentine's Day beginning on the 29th.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 1/28/2014

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[5/17/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on May.17, 2013 @ 4:29 pm, under NPB
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Yutaka Wada watched the Ni-gun game against Orix at Naruohama on Thursday and likes Ryota Imanari as a possible left-handed DH candidate.  He is still not sure what to do about the DH from the right side.  Wada is also thinking about giving the Arai brothers and Matt Murton a break by using them as DHs.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2013

Wada does want to call up a right-handed bat to take Kentaro Sekimoto's spot on the active roster.  Shinta Hifumi and Masahiro Nakatani are two possible candidates.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

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Takahiro Arai and Ryota Arai could swap spots in the batting order -- Takahiro could move up to batting fifth with Ryota dropping down to sixth.

R. Arai (batting fifth): 11 G, 6-for-40, .150/.250/.275
T. Arai (batting sixth): 31 G, 33-for-111, .297/.368/.486

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2013Daily Sports 5/17/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami was scheduled to throw about fifty pitches in the bullpen on Thursday.  He instead threw about twenty after asking if he could throw less.

Fujinami is not traveling with the team so that he can keep his workouts on the natural grass as Naruohama and Koshien.  The team also wants to keep his travel fatigue down.  Moving forward, he will likely have a chance to face some live hitters before he returns to the active roster on the 26th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2013

The Tigers will have a better idea for when Fujinami will be able to return to the active roster for his next start after his next bullpen session on Saturday.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2013

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Thursday's Ni-gun game against Orix:

Naoto Nishida started at second and batted third.  He went 1-for-3 with a home run off Alex Maestri in the 3rd.  Source: Sanspo 5/17/2013

Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: April 15, 2013

by on Apr.15, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB
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The Tigers will likely start Atsushi NomiJason Standridge, and Daiki Enokida against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome (April 16-18).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami is the fifth pitcher drafted out of high school in NPB history to record their first pro victory the year after they won a Koshien tournament and the first in that group to record their first pro victory at Koshien.  He is also the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to record their first pro victory at Koshien since Yutaka Entasu on April 29, 1967.

Source: Sponichi 4/15/2013

Fujinami became the first rookie pitcher out of high school to successfully lay down a squeeze bunt since Shinichi Kondo (Chunichi) on September 30, 1987.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

Tsutenkaku in Osaka will be offering free admission to anyone named Shintaro or Fujinami (usually costs 600 yen) between April 15 and April 21.  Proof will be required.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2013

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Ryota Arai played in an Ikusei game against Riseisha Gakuen on Sunday.  He started at first and batted fourth.  It was his first game on defense since he hurt his left hamstring.  He handled three chances without any problems.  He went 0-for-1: walk, foul out to first.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2013

Arai is slated to return to the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

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Matt Murton hung out with his family at Universal Japan today.

Source: Tweet 4/15/2013

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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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