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[2/5/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 12:34 am, under NPB
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The 2013 draft class visited the Yanbaru Kuina (Okinawa Rail) Ecology Center on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Sho Nakata has been going out to eat at night because he needs food with high protein and the team hotel only offers buffet-based meals.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

Nakata is scheduled to get the start at third and bat clean-up in Thursday's intra-squad game.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2014

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Naoyuki Uwasawa is scheduled to be one of the starters in Thursday's intra-squad game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Shogo Yagi met his parents on Tuesday and finally got around to giving them the game ball from his first victory on August 1, 2013.  Yagi met them during fall camp last year, but forgot to bring the ball with him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

[2/4/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.05, 2014 @ 2:48 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Shohei Otani 2/4 37 7 over the fence.  Daily Sports 2/4/2014
Sho Nakata 2/4 41 6 over the fence.  Sponichi 2/4/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuki Saito Bullpen 2/4 135+ Tossed two sessions, fifty-five during first session and over eighty during second session. Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014, Daily Sports 2/4/2014
Naoyuki Uwasawa BP 2/4 35 Faced Atsushi Ugumori and Shingo Ishikawa; allowed three-could-be hits. Sponichi 2/4/2014

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The first block of spring camp ended on Tuesday.

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Ten pitchers tossed bullpen sessions on Monday.  Umpires called balls and strikes for all the pitchers except Shohei Otani.  The coaches asked the umpires to skip Otani because they did not want him getting distracted by each call.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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The opening day pitcher will most likely be Mitsuo Yoshikawa.  The coaches were thinking of Yoshikawa early on, but did not want to make any assumptions about his condition until they had a chance to see him pitch.  He tossed thirty-three pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Hideki Kuriyama was not necessarily impressed with the outing, but was pleased to see him heading in the right direction.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

Yoshikawa could pitch in a practice game against Samsung on the 18th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2014

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Yuki Saito kept his workouts light on Monday.  He also spent some time checking on his delivery by throwing into a net.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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Former Yakult Shinya Miyamoto visited Nago camp on Monday.  He checked on Sho Nakata during his visit.  He feels Nakata should be fine with his conversion to third because he has a strong and accurate arm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

Nakata is scheduled to play third during an intra-squad game on the 6th.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

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Luis MendozaMichael Crotta, and Shota Ono went out for yakiniku on Monday night.

Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Nago camp on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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Adidas Japan signed an advisory contract with Haruki Nishikawa.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

[2/2/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • Shohei Otani - about forty swings, five over the fence
  • Sho Nakata - fifty swings, fourteen over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Yuki Saito - sixty-seven pitches; including slider, shuto, fork

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Daily Sports 2/2/2014

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The Fighters announced that they are giving twenty-three-year-old pitcher Hua-Wei Lo a tryout during spring camp.  Lo is a left-handed university student.  He was on the roster for Taiwan that played three games against Samurai Japan in November last year.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Hideki Kuriyama gave kids in Nago, Okinawa about two tons of snow from Kurinoki Farm in Kuriyama, Hokkaido.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

Kuriyama checked on the 2013 draft class at Ni-gun camp today.  3rd round draft pick Hiromi Oka and 7th round draft pick Ryosuke Kishisato are registered as position players, but Kuriyama may give them a chance to toss bullpen sessions during spring camp (they both have experience as pitchers).

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Of the fifty-nine pitches Shohei Otani threw in the bullpen on Saturday, twenty went for strikes.  Pitching coach Kazuyuki Atsuzawa was not impressed with the session and apparently found a problem with Otani's arm action (when he was cocking his arm back).  Specifics were not mentioned, but it was not something he had a problem with last year.

Atsuzawa had Otani stay back after general practices to work on his delivery by doing some shadow pitching with a towel.

Otani is scheduled to toss another session on the 3rd.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Sanspo 2/2/2014, Sports Hochi 2/2/2014

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Sho Nakata stayed back after general practices for extra batting practice on Saturday.  He took 107 swings (ninety-one toward left and sixteen toward right) during soft-toss batting practice and hit fifty-four over the fence (forty-one toward left and thirteen toward right), including ten out of the stadium (eight toward left and two toward right).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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Makoto Kaneko is twenty-0ne games away from joining Yukio Tanaka (2,238 games), Isao Harimoto (2,136), and Shoichi Busujima (2,056) as the only players in franchise history to play in at least 2,000 games.  Kaneko is also eight sac hits away from reaching the 300 milestone.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Luis Mendoza is trying to learn some Japanese through various methods like actively trying to communicate with teammates.  He also likes to listen to music and is planning to listen to various idol groups.  He is also feeling a connection with the Okinawan dialect, in particular with the word menso-re, which means welcome (irasshaimase) and has a similar inflection to Mendoza.

Mendonza is planning to toss a bullpen session (all fastballs) on the 6th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

[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

[1/30/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jan.31, 2014 @ 1:44 am, under NPB
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Luis Mendoza arrived in Japan from Mexico (with a stopover in Dallas) on Thursday.  According to Sponichi, Mendoza cut his hair before coming to Japan and may not be thinking about getting another trim while he is here.

Source: Daily Sports 1/30/2014Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Shohei Otani threw sixty pitches to a squatting catcher on Thursday.  He also took some fielding practice in right.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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Sho Nakata returned from his workouts in Hawaii on Thursday night.  He went on a high-protein diet during the training session overseas and dropped six kilograms.  He currently weighs 100 kilograms.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/30/2014

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Atsunori Inaba took sixty swings during batting practice on Wednesday and hit eleven over the fence.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014

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4th round draft pick Hirotoshi Takanashi tossed fifty pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya on Wednesday.  He had problems with his control and was a bit nervous because Yu Darvish and Yuki Saito were using the mounds on either side of him.

Source: Sponichi 1/30/2014Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

8th round draft pick Ryo Ishikawa caught Takanashi's session and told reporters he forgot to wear a cup and was more concerned about protecting himself than Darvish or Saito.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

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Saito threw sixty pitches during his session on Wednesday.  He also paused a number of times to watch Darvish pitch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2014

[10/3/2013] Injury Updates: Balentien (YAK), Nomi, Boyer (HAN), Nakata, Y. Saito (HAM)

by on Oct.03, 2013 @ 6:54 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles' tendon) told reporters on Wednesday he did not think he would be able to play until Friday.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013

Balentien was not in the starting line-up tonight.

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi was taken off the active roster on Wednesday because he is not scheduled to pitch over the next ten days.  It apparently had nothing to do with the cut he suffered on his left ring finger during his last start on the 1st.

With regards to Blaine Boyer, Yutaka Wada hinted at an injury he may have sustained during his outing on the 1st by saying they did not want to prolong his recovery.

Source: Sanspo 10/3/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata was added to the active roster on Thursday even though his doctor feels he will not be able to play until the last game of the season.  Hideki Kuriyama wants to use him and Nakata wants to play, but people around him are advising him not to rush things.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2013

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Yuki Saito's right shoulder pain was so bad that at one point he could not hold a cup.  He turned down surgery as an option and instead worked on streamlining his mechanics to put less strain on his shoulder.

Saito is expected to participate in the upcoming Phoenix League.  The Fighters are hoping he will be able to pitch in at least three games.  How he does will determine whether or not he attends fall camp.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013, Sanspo 10/3/2013

[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

[10/1/2013] Injury Updates: Ogawa (CHU), Balentien (YAK), Nomi (HAN), Nakata (HAM), T. Ogino (LOT)

by on Oct.01, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Ryuya Ogawa (spondylolysis) will make his first appearance of the year on the 3rd (vs Hiroshima at Mazda).  He is scheduled to toss about three innings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien was removed on defense in the 8th inning of tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants because of tightness in his left Achilles' tendon.  The tendon has been giving him problems on and off since July.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi was removed early from his start tonight with what may have been an injury to his left hand, possibly a cut to his finger.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2013

Nikkan Sports thinks it might be a cut on the ring finger, caused by his thumbnail.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/1/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) took 101 swings during indoor batting batting practice on Monday.  Atsunori Inaba and Makoto Kaneko threw pitches to him.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takashi Ogino was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right hamstring.  Ogino suffered the injury while running the bases on Monday.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2013

[9/30/2013] Injury Updates: Sho Nakata (HAM), Tadahito Iguchi (LOT)

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) took about fifty swings during batting practice at Kyocera Dome on Sunday.  He is currently swinging the bat at about seventy percent.  He is scheduled for a regular examination on Tuesday.  If everything is ok, he could return to the active roster on the same day.

Source: Sponichi 9/30/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tadahito Iguchi missed games on the 25th and 26th because of pain in his left knee.  He made it back into the starting line-up tonight against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2013

[9/29/2013] Injury Updates: Nakane (YAK), Nakata (HAM), Kuriyama, German (SEI), Brazell (LOT), Itoi (ORI)

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 1:55 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Doala (left middle finger fracture) rode a tricycle around the Nagoya Dome field on Sunday with signs that indicated he was getting better and planned to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Saturday that twenty-four-year-old pitcher Yuji Nakane had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on the 25th.  He will require about a year for a full recovery.  The Swallows are expected to sign Nakane to an Ikusei contract after the season.

Source: Sanspo 9/29/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) took indoor batting practice today for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Seibu Lions

Takumi Kuriyama took an HBP off his head in the 6th inning of Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  Kuriyama left the field for treatment and was able to return to play out the rest of the game.

Lotte's Wil Ledezma was tossed for throwing the dangerous pitch.  He is the eleventh pitcher to get tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch this season (eighth in the PL).

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

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Esteban German was pulled from Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on defense in the 4th inning because of discomfort in his neck.

A team spokesperson told the media German was pulled as a precaution because he felt discomfort in his neck while swinging the bat.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell tweaked his left ankle during his at bat in the 3rd inning of Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions.  He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 6th because the ankle was feeling worse.  Brazell told reporters that he should be ok to play on Monday.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning of Saturday's game against Nippon Ham because he was not feeling well -- his eyes were giving him problems and he had a headache.  The problems went away with some rest and oxygen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013