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[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

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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