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[6/18/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani tops out at 160km/h in third start in a row

by on Jun.18, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani started a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium on Wednesday.

A few notes:

  • It was his first official pro start at Koshien Stadium.
  • He topped out at 160km/h for the third start in a row.  If was the first time he hit 160km/h twice in one game: third pitch to Mauro Gomez in the 2nd and third pitch to Ryota Imanari in the 2nd.  He became the first Japanese pitcher to hit 160 at Koshien Stadium.  The previous high of 158km/h was set by Ryota Igarashi on June 3, 2004.  The overall record at Koshien of 161km/h was set by Marc Kroon on July 19, 2005.
  • He had a perfect game until Yamato hit a two-out single to left in the bottom of the 6th.  He left the game after eight innings with a one-hit shutout still intact.
  • He developed a cramp in his right calf in the 8th inning.  He left the field for treatment with two out and returned.  He got Imanari to fly out to left on a 155km/h fastball.
  • He set a new career high with eleven strikeouts.  Of the eleven strikeouts, ten were swinging.
  • He threw forty-eight fastballs.  All of them were 150km/h or faster.
  • He did not walk a batter.
  • He is 4-0 over his last seven starts and is 6-1 in eleven starts for the season.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2014, Sponichi 6/18/2014, Tokyo Sports 6/18/2014, Daily Sports 6/18/2014, Sports Hochi 6/18/2014, Sponichi 6/19/2014

[6/15/2014] Injury Report: Kenichi Nakata (Softbank), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata left Saturday's game against Yokohama after a ball hit by Takehiro Ishikawa struck him near the right knee in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out.  Nakata recovered and managed to get the force at home.  He walked off the field for treatment and did not return.  Koji Akiyama later told reporters the pitcher suffered a bruise. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014 ... Nakata will most likely be taken off the active roster. Source: Sponichi 6/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the 7th and flied out to right.  He told reporters his right calf was fine. Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2014

[6/12/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.13, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) threw forty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday.  It was his third bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took seventy-nine swings during batting practice at Naruohama on Wednesday (forty-one from the right side and thirty-eight from left) and hit four over the fence. Sanspo 6/12/2014 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters Nishioka might be ready to play in games before the end of June. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014 ... Nishioka is scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday against Softbank. Source: Sanspo 6/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp feel they no longer have to think about taking Kenta Maeda (left side) off the active roster after watching him during workouts on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014 ... Maeda could get a start during the upcoming Rakuten series at Mazda Stadium that begins on the 18th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014
  • Shota Dobayashi (right ring finger) could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on June 27.  Dobayashi was given the green light to use both hands to hit on Tuesday (6/10).  He resumed soft-toss batting practice with both hands on Wednesday (6/11).  Assuming no setbacks, he could join the Ni-gun team some time around the 20th. Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2014 ... Dobayashi swung the bat at close to 100 percent on Wednesday.  He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, lower back) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Wednesday.  He pitched two shutout innings in relief and gave up two hits.  His next Ni-gun outing will come on five days of rest against Softbank.  Wednesday's game was Yoshimi's first game in forty-one days.  With no other setbacks, he could join the active roster in early July. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino tweaked his back during his start against the Orix Buffaloes on Wednesday.  His next start could be pushed back to the 21st against Seibu at Yokohama if his back does not improve. Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2014 ... Ino was examined at a hospital in Osaka.  Nothing unusual was found.  He is currently slated to make his next start as originally planned: the 18th against Lotte at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) resumed bullpen sessions on Wednesday.  He threw thirty-five pitches to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 6/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura (left knee) resumed batting practice on Wednesday.  He could make it back to the active roster in time for the start of the regular season on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani left Wednesday's game against Yomiuri with a cramp in his right calf.  He told reporters on Thursday the leg was fine. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014

[6/11/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani tops 160km/h for the second time this season

by on Jun.11, 2014 @ 9:28 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani topped out at 160km/h for the second time this season.

Inning: Top of the 1st
Hitter: Leslie Anderson
Count: 0-1
Outs: 2
Result: ground out to second

Otani ended up leaving the game with one out in the 7th because of tightness in his right leg.

It was reportedly a cramp in his right calf.  Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2014, Sponichi 6/11/2014

[6/10/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.11, 2014 @ 12:42 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Tuesday.  He gave up a run on four hits over seven innings of work.  He threw eighty-nine pitches and topped out at 150km/h.  He is scheduled to make another Ni-gun start on the 17th against Seibu. Source: Sanspo 6/10/2014 ... The one run he allowed was on a solo home run by Ryo Ishikawa in the 2nd inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2014
  • Hayato Sakamoto was left out of the starting line-up on Monday because he was having some problems with his right ankle.  He did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th because he can swing the bat, but has difficulty on defense.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akihito Fujii (right foot) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Tuesday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh was taken off the active roster on Tuesday because of a laceration he suffered during Monday's game against Chunichi.  Eleven stitches were required to close the cut.  He was reexamined at a hospital in Sapporo on Tuesday.  The stitches are set to come out in ten days.  He will resume workouts as soon as he is ready. Source: Sponichi 6/10/2014, Daily Sports 6/10/2014
  • Shohei Otani tossed a bullpen session on Monday for the first time after he sprained in left ankle.  He told reporters the ankle was fine.  He is still slated to start Wednesday's (6/11) game against the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sanspo 6/10/2014 ... Otani threw fifty-one pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2014

[6/8/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Kenta Imamiya (Softbank)

by on Jun.08, 2014 @ 11:52 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took eighty-two swings during outdoor batting practice at Koshien on Saturday and hit three over the fence. Source: Sanspo 6/8/2014 ... Nishioka told reporters he wants to be at 100 percent when he returns to the active roster, but is okay to play Ni-gun games at seventy to eighty percent.  He could be fairly close to playing in his first Ni-gun rehab game. Source: Sponichi 6/8/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette (left knee) could join the Ichi-gun roster in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on the 14th. Source: Sanspo 6/8/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenta Imamiya banged his face against the ground as he made an impressive catch in the 7th inning.  He leapt and managed to glove a drive off Hiroki Uemoto's bat.  The ball bounced out of the glove, but he managed to re-catch it while falling forward, headfirst.  He was taken off the field for treatment, but was able to return. Source: Sanspo 6/8/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani sprained his left ankle during a game against Hiroshima on the 4th. He is still scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday (June 11) against Yomiuri at Sapporo Dome. Since pitching is his top priority this season, Hideki Kuriyama may sit him as a position player to keep him off the ankle until his next start. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2014, Sponichi 6/8/2014

[6/5/2014] Injury Report: Hideto Asamura (Seibu), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.06, 2014 @ 1:17 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Shinichiro Koyama (right shoulder) worked out at the Ni-gun facilities on Thursday.  He recently resumed throwing off a mound after being shut down for about a month. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura was taken off the active roster on Thursday with pain in his left knee.   Masaru Misawa will be called up to take Asamura's spot on the roster. Source: Sponichi 6/5/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani was diagnosed with a mild sprain in his right ankle after he slid into home plate on close play in the 5th inning of Wednesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp.  As of now, he is expected to make his next scheduled start on the 11th against Yomiuri. Source: Daily Sports 6/5/2014 ... Otani told reporters on Thursday that he felt no pain in his ankle. Source: Daily Sports 6/5/2014

[6/4/2014] Injury Report: Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham), Hideto Asamura (Seibu)

by on Jun.05, 2014 @ 1:41 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji (lower back) worked out at the Ni-gun facilities in Sendai on Wednesday.  He resumed soft-toss batting practice a few days ago.  There is still no timetable on when he will play his first rehab game. Source: Sponichi 6/4/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions announced on Tuesday that tests conducted on Hideto Asamura's left knee on Monday did not reveal any problems. Source: Sanspo 6/4/2014 ... Asamura left Wednesday's game against Yokohama early because of pain in his left knee.  He will most likely be taken off the active roster on Thursday. Source: Sanpso 6/4/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Hayato Terahara (right knee) began his rehab at the Saitozaki facilities on Wednesday.  His day included trunk strengthening exercises and getting treatment for the knee.  He will require the use of crutches for about a week.  His goal right now is to be ready to pitch during spring camp next year. Source: Sponichi 6/4/2014
  • Seiichi Uchikawa (right gluteus maximus) resumed soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday.  He swung the bat at about eighty percent.  He hopes to be running sprints before the end of the week.  He would like to be ready on defense as well, but that may not be a top priority. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa was taken off the active roster on Wednesday after he fouled a ball off his left knee on Tuesday.  He is currently unable to squat. Source: Sponichi 6/4/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani hurt his left ankle when he slid into home plate on a close play in the 5th inning of Wednesday's game against Hiroshima.  He was removed from the game and the ankle was treated with ice.   He was also examined by the team doctor and diagnosed with a mild sprain in a lateral ankle ligament. Source: official announcement
  • Atsunori Inaba (left knee) could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game during an upcoming three-game series against Yomiuri that begins on the 10th.  He took thirty-nine swings during batting practice with the Ichi-gun team on Tuesday and hit three over the fence. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2014

[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


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