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[2/13/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.13, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Juan Miranda 2/12 30 Indoors; fourteen could-be hits.  Nikkan Sports 2/13/2014 
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuya Ishii Bullpen 2/13 ~70 Tossed session since practice game against KIA was canceled due to rain.  Sanspo 2/13/2014
Yuki Saito Bullpen 2/13 64 Makoto Kaneko stood in the right-handed hitters batter's box beginning from the tenth pitch; tossed session since practice game against KIA was canceled due to rain.  Sponichi 2/13/2014, Daily Sports 2/13/2014
Luis Mendoza Bullpen 2/13 47 Sports Hochi 2/13/2014
Michael Crotta Bullpen 2/13 36 Sports Hochi 2/13/2014
Shohei Otani Bullpen 2/13 116 Including sliders and curves; personal high for pitches in a session during camp this year.  Daily Sports 2/13/2014
Yuki Saito Bullpen 2/12 20 Preparation for appearance in practice game against KIA on 13th.  Daily Sports 2/13/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Thursday was the end of the third block of camp.
  • Thursday's practice game against KIA was canceled due to the weather.  Source: Sponichi 2/13/2014
  • Yuki Saito is scheduled to start a practice game against Yokohama on the 15th.  Source: Sanspo 2/13/2014
  • Shohei Otani is scheduled to pitch three innings in a practice game against Yokohama on the 15th.  Source: Sponichi 2/13/2014

[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

[2/3/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters New and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 4:43 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe - forty-four swings, one over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Shohei Otani - sixty-three pitches; including slider and curve
  • Michael Crotta - thirty-five pitches to squatting catcher; including breaking balls; kept track of balls and strikes
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa - thirty-three pitches to squatting catcher; all fastballs

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Yuki Saito - sixty-seven pitches during first session, forty-five pitches during second session after general workouts
  • Yuya Ishii - seventy pitches; including breaking balls
  • Yohei Kagiya - fifty-six pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

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Yuki Saito has been working on a new shuto that has a similar grip to a fastball.  He threw five during his bullpen session on Sunday. ... He is scheduled to toss live batting practice on the 6th.  He will also pitch in an intra-squad game on the 8th.

Source: ZakZak 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Saito has been using a new pair of Mizuno cleats since the start of spring camp that provides better stability.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014

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Shohei Otani's left shoe flew off during running exercises on Sunday morning.  Most were laughing, but Hideki Kuriyama was not because he was concerned about injury.  He wants Otani to exercise a little more caution.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Otani spent some time throwing into a net after general workouts on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014

[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

[1/29/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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2013 draft class training camp ended today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Nago City overseeded the outfield grass during the off-season to make sure it was healthy and full for spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Naoki Miyanishi started working on a sinker last spring after Hiroshi Kisanuki gave him tips on how to throw the fork.  He continued tinkering with the pitch during practices last year and managed to find some consistency during the off-season.  He plans to give it a try during spring camp and could begin using it during the regular season this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Michael Crotta threw thirty-five pitches, including breaking balls, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at the indoor facilities in Sapporo on Tuesday.  He threw at about seventy percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Shohei Otani's workouts on Tuesday included warm-ups, playing catch with an outfielder's glove, fielding practice in right, bullpen session (sixty-two pitches), playing catch to make minor adjustments to his mechanics (about twenty throws), and batting practice (fifty-six swings, three hit over the fence).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2014

Otani increased his weight from eighty-six to ninety kilograms during the off-season.  His chest measurements also increased, from ninety-eight to 106 centimeters.

Source: Sponichi 1/29/2014

Otani hit two out of the stadium during batting practice today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

[9/7/2013] Injury Updates: Sakamoto (YOM), Otani (HAM), Imae (LOT), T-Okada, Kishida (ORI)

by on Sep.07, 2013 @ 8:48 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hayato Sakamoto got the start at first base on Friday (and today), most likely because he was having problems with the right leg he hurt during a game against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome on the 1st.

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani took a batted ball off his right pinky finger and left inner thigh/knee during Friday's game against Rakuten.  He appeared to be fine during pre-game workouts today.

"[Otani] is fine.  The trainer gave the green light.  If there was a problem, it would be visible in his movements," said pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae was taken off the active roster today with a sprain in his right ankle.  He suffered the sprain while playing defense in a game against Orix at Kyocera Dome on the 5th.

The coaches did not think it would be necessary to take Imae off the active roster, but changed their minds after watching him take soft-toss batting practice at QVC Marine.  They will call him back up once he is mobile.

"[Imae] can not be used as a pinch-hitter [right now].  In thinking about the team's needs, we cannot afford to leave [an injured] player like that [on the roster].  We want him to return healthy," said Tsutomu Ito.

Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2013, Sponichi 9/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The media learned today that Takahiro Okada (T-Okada) suffered a ligament injury in his right middle finger and will likely miss the rest of the season.  They also learned that Mamoru Kishida (hurt right foot during a game against Nippon Ham on August 13) has not yet been able to pitch off a mound and may also miss the rest of the season.

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2013

[8/25/2013] Injury Updates: Hayashi, Fujii, Nakamura (YOK), Otani (HAM), Yanagita (SOF), Furuya (LOT)

by on Aug.25, 2013 @ 7:05 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

Masanori Hayashi and Shugo Fujii were taken off the active roster today -- Fujii started Saturday's game against Yomiuri and left after throwing just seventeen pitches with discomfort in his left elbow; Hayashi entered the game in relief in the 9th and was removed with tightness in his back.

Norihiro Nakamura was left out of the starting line-up on Saturday with tightness in his back.  He returned to the starting line-up today.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2013, Daily Sports 8/25/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani tore some skin on his right middle finger during his last start on the 23rd against the Orix Buffaloes.  He had the finger taped before Saturday's game and told reporters he was fine.

Source: Sanspo 8/25/2013, Sponichi 8/25/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are using Yuki Yanagita as a DH because his right shoulder is not yet fully healed.

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Takuya Furuya started a game against Rakuten on Saturday and was pulled after giving up three runs over three innings.  He later complained of tightness in his left shoulder.  He was taken off the active roster today.  He will have the shoulder examined on Monday.  The team does not think the condition is serious.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2013

[7/14/2013] Injury Updates: Luna (CHU), Ka’aihue (HIR), Nishioka, Hifumi (HAN), Nakata, Otani (HAM), Nishi (ORI)

by on Jul.14, 2013 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna (left knee) made it into today's game as a pinch-hitter.  He is expected to return to the starting line-up on Monday.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/14/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kila Ka'aihue did not play in tonight's game against Yakult because of pain in his left wrist.  He is scheduled to return to Hiroshima for an evaluation.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/14/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Tsuyoshi Nishioka fouled a ball off the area near his left knee during his at bat in the bottom of the 5th of tonight's game against Yokohama.  He returned to the batter's box after receiving treatment and ended the inning with a ground out to first.  He was removed on defense in the top of the 6th.

Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2013

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Shinta Hifumi slammed into a wall at Naruohama during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi today -- he was trying to make a leaping catch on a fly ball in foul territory in left and banged his left knee and head.  He had to be carried off the field on a stretcher and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata skipped pre-game batting practice on Saturday because of pain in the base of his right thumb.  Nakata suffered the injury when he faced Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) on the 9th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani showed no signs of ill effect from the incomplete fracture he suffered in his right cheekbone on the 11th -- he rejoined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today and hit a pinch-hit two-run home run off Lotte's Tomohisa Otani.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yuki Nishi was pulled from today's game against Softbank after he hurt his leg while pitching in the 6th inning.  He cringed after throwing just one pitch to Bryan LaHair and may have twisted his left ankle while attempting to cover first base after getting Yuya Hasegawa (the batter before LaHair) to hit a grounder to first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2013