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Yomiuri Giants 2015 at home Hero Award for July: Shinnosuke Abe

by on Aug.12, 2015 @ 9:55 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero Award for July went to Shinnosuke Abe (determined by fan balloting).

July 7, vs Yakult: down 1-0 in the bottom of the 2nd, Abe blasted a game-tying two-out home run off Yasuhiro Ogawa. It was his first hit in fourteen trips to the plate and his fifth home run of the season. He drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly in the 6th. The Giants won the game 5-4. [official announcement - box score]

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Yomiuri Giants 2014 at home Hero Award for August: Shinnosuke Abe

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 5:44 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants at home Hero Award for August went to Shinnosuke Abe (determined by fan balloting).

August 2, vs Hiroshima: with the score tied at one with a runner on second and one out in the 6th, Abe hit a liner to left-center that went over the fence and gave the Giants a 3-1 lead. It was Abe's first home run in fourteen games. It was also his first home run out of the clean-up spot this season. [official announcement - box score]

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[9/15/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Kazuo Matsui (Rakuten)

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe fouled a pitch off his right ankle during an at bat in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Tokyo Dome. Abe was left out of the line-up on Sunday as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014, Daily Sports 9/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien will undergo tests on his left Achilles in the United States on the 30th. He will most likely leave the team for the US some time around the 25th. He should be okay for the start of next season, even if he requires surgery. Source: Sponichi 9/15/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kazuo Matsui was removed from Saturday's game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome with pain in his lower back. He was feeling discomfort in his lower back during pre-game practices and was replaced after striking out in the top of the 1st as a precaution. Source: Sanspo 9/15/2014
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[6/22/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.23, 2014 @ 12:29 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Ikusei 3rd round draft pick Ryusei Kitanosono fouled a ball off his right foot during a game against the Futures on Saturday.  He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his right big toe on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2014
  • Shinnosuke Abe was the starting designated hitter on Saturday because he was still not 100 percent (neck problems). Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Doala sprained his right ankle while attempting to land a back-flip during Saturday's game against Lotte.  He was unable to perform on Sunday.  Lotte's Cool tried to fill in for him. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino has resumed walking, but there is still no timetable on his return. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up again on Sunday because of pain in his right elbow.  Nakamura did not participate in pre-game batting practice, but did take some grounders during fielding practice. Source: Sanspo 6/22/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee was hampered with lower back pains when he went hitless in three straight games between the 12th and 15th.  He was feeling better on the 19th after a rain out on the 17th gave him three consecutive days of rest. Source: Sponichi 6/22/2014
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[5/4/2014] Injury Report: Hiroki Uemoto (Hanshin), Lastings Milledge (Yakult)

by on May.05, 2014 @ 3:07 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe started using a different catcher's mask on April 25 with hopes that it would help with his neck pain.  He used to wear a one-piece mask, but the "old school" two-piece version is about 500 grams lighter. Source: Sanspo 5/4/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right hand while trying to make a play on a ball in the 4th inning of Saturday's game against Yakult.  He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with fracture in the distal phalanx of his right thumb.  He will begin his rehab at Naruohama on Monday. Source: Sponichi 5/4/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was removed from Sunday's game in the 8th on defense because of tightness in his right adductor muscle.  He started feeling the tightness (and pain) after he reached base on a walk in the 6th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2014
  • Lastings Milledge will return to the United States on Monday for additional tests on his right shoulder. Source: Sponichi 5/4/2014 ... "The pain started during the first-half of spring camp and I got treatment for it and I played through the pain because there were no problems.  But the situation has not improved and I am in no shape to play.  It is starting to affect my swing.  It is pain like I have never felt before.  I know there is something wrong," Milledge said to reporters. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2014
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[5/3/2014] Injury Report: Hiroki Uemoto, Akihito Fujii (Hanshin), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on May.04, 2014 @ 2:28 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe got an injection to help with the pain in his neck. Source: Sanspo 5/3/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto left Saturday's game against Yakult early because he hurt his right hand.  It is not certain when, but it may have been when he tried to field a ball hit by Yuhei in the 4th inning.  Uemoto was replaced on defense in the 5th and headed to the hospital for an examination before the end of the game. Source: Daily Sports 5/3/2014, Sanspo 5/3/2014
  • Akihito Fujii (right foot) began his rehab at the Naruohama training facilities on Friday.  Workouts included the stationary bike, trunk strengthening exercises, and weight training.  He also played catch at a distance of about ten meters.  Fujii told reporters he was still having a hard time putting weight on the right foot. Source: Daily Sports 5/3/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien has some pain in his left Achilles tendon.  Nothing serious enough to keep him out of the line-up, but something the Swallows will be monitoring closely.  They are also thinking about whether it might help to add some extra padding to his cleats to reduce the strain on his legs. Source: Sanspo 5/3/2014, Sponichi 5/3/2014
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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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[4/9/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.09, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe (left calf) resumed practices on Tuesday.  His workouts included light running and playing catch.  He could return to the starting line-up in time for the Hanshin series that begins on the 11th.  Source: Sanpso 4/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru took an HBP off the area near the ear-flap of his helmet in the 3rd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He remained in the game and was later taken to the hospital as a precaution.  He was in the starting line-up on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) tossed batting practice on Wednesday.  It was his second session since his surgery.  He threw seventy-two pitches.  He will begin pitching in batting practice scrimmages on six days of rest.  If everything goes well, he could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on April 30.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco ended pre-game batting practice early on Tuesday because of a discomfort in his left wrist.  He still managed to hit a grand slam in the 7th.  He hit another home run on Wednesday.  Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2014, Sports Hochi 4/9/2014
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[4/8/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.08, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The bruise Shinnosuke Abe suffered when he took an HBP off his left calf on the 5th was apparently worse than originally diagnosed and may keep him out of the starting line-up for a little while.  Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2014 ... Abe could be available as a pinch-hitter.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura might not make it to the active roster until some during or after May.  Nakamura has suffered a couple of setbacks that have made it difficult for the Lions to set a timetable.  He was slowed by discomfort in his left side in February, appeared ready to return to action in March, only to begin complaining of back tightness.  He then got a fever.  As of now, he is still about two weeks away from swinging the bat a full strength.  Once he is able to take full swings, he will most likely need about two weeks of playing time at Ni-gun.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution after he took an HBP off his left wrist in the 8th inning of tonight's game against Lotte.  He told reporters he should be okay for Wednesday's game.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014
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[4/7/2014] Injury Report: Shohei Tateyama (Yakult), Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri)

by on Apr.08, 2014 @ 1:24 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe is considered day-to-day after taking an HBP off his left calf on the 5th.  Source: Sponichi 4/7/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Sho Aranami joined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Monday.  He told reporters he felt no discomfort and could bend the right ring finger he fractured in February.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Shohei Tateyama could be examined at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma on Tuesday.  "The outer portion of the synovial fold may have gotten stuck in the joint.  That may have caused the inner portion of the muscle to tear away," said Tateyama.  (Note: the Japanese explanation is difficult so the translation may not be completely accurate.)  Source: Sanspo 4/7/2014
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