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[12/1/2014] Alfredo Despaigne, Shugo Fujii, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.02, 2014 @ 12:25 am, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes are looking to sign Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). Source: Nikkan Sports 12/1/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are open to making changes/improvements to their last offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32), if necessary. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... The Seibu Lions are not planning to make any changes to their offer. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... The Orix Buffaloes could make an offer. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014 ... Nakajima wants another shot at playing in the Majors next year and could be okay with just a spring training invite. Source: Daily Sports 12/11/2014 ... Nakajima will be returning to Japan some time this week. Source: Sanspo 12/1/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines may have offered a two-year deal worth an estimated 500 million yen for Alfredo Despaigne (28). They may also be willing to give Despaigne permission to leave the team during the season next year to participate in the Pan American Games. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

Shugo Fujii posted a series of images of a handwritten letter announcing his decision to retire on his blog on Monday. Source: Blog 12/1/2014

Doo-Sol Han (17), a high school pitcher out of Korea, is slated to play in the Industrial League next year for Riseisha Gakuen's Riseisha College of Medicine and Sports. Source: Sponichi 12/1/2014

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[11/27/2014] Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii to retire

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 10:44 pm, under NPB
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The media learned on Wednesday that Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) is planning to retire. He wanted to continue playing next season, but failed to attract interest after attending both twelve-team tryout sessions earlier this month.

"I believed in the possibility and kept going, but I need to accept the reality. I'd like to move on," said Fujii. He also said, "I feel I can still play, but I have no offers. I am automatically retiring."

Fujii is expected to make an official announcement within the next few days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2014, Sponichi 11/27/2014

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[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

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[11/21/2014] Rumors: Kosuke Tomita, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.22, 2014 @ 4:52 am, under NPB
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The Texas Rangers made an offer to Yokohama senryokugai Kosuke Tomita (26). He was scheduled to attend the twelve-team tryout on Thursday, but canceled after he got the offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014, Sponichi 11/21/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) may be prepared to retire if he gets no NPB offers. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014

The Hanshin Tigers feel they could hear from Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) some time around December 10. Source: Sanspo 11/21/2014 ... The media learned on Thursday that the Tigers submitted their final offer to Nakajima. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2014 ... Seibu does not plan on getting into a bidding war with the Tigers. They will most likely stand by their current offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) chatted with Isao Harimoto earlier this month. Sponichi posted their conversation on November 8. Kawasaki had this to say about his future: "I do have plans to come back to Japan. That was the plan from my first year. I have no interest in the Majors. I went because I wanted to play with Ichiro. And it was crazy. I thought I'd be cut in a month. But, it's been three years. I have more friends, and it was good having conversations I never would have had if I stayed in Japan. I have no intention of finishing my career in the United States. I still don't know what I'm going to do. All I know is that I want to play baseball." Source: Sponichi 11/21/2014

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[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

[11/12/2014] Rumors: Tadahiro Ogino, Shugo Fujii, Yujo Kitagata

by on Nov.13, 2014 @ 5:07 am, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants re-signed Taichi Tanaka (21) to an Ikusei contract worth 4.9 million yen (no change from 2014). His uniform number will change from 68 to 013. Source: Sanspo 11/12/2014

The Yakult Swallows are interested in Lotte senryokugai Tadahiro Ogino (32). Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hiroshima Carp will most likely assign Takahiro Arai (37) the number twenty-eight. Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2014

The Hanshin Tigers signed Yokohama senryokugai Travis Mikihisa Samura (21) to an Ikusei contract. Source: official announcement

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) is thinking about attending the twelve-team tryout at Giants Stadium on the 20th. Source: Sponichi 11/12/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata's (20) tryout with Softbank will run four days from the 11th until the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2014

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[8/26/2013] Injury Updates: Luna (CHU), Fujii (YOK), Yoshikawa (HAM), Kaneko (SEI)

by on Aug.26, 2013 @ 11:33 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The media learned on Sunday that Hector Luna will be returning to the Dominican Republic within the next few days to get a second opinion on his right knee.  Luna is in the process of determining if surgery is his best option.

Source: Sanspo 8/26/2013

The Dragons officially announced today that Luna will return to the Dominican Republic to get treatment for his right knee.  A return to the active roster this season is unlikely.  The team and Luna are still working out a schedule.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2013

"I have decided to return to the Dominican Republic for testing and treating [my right knee].  I feel badly for leaving my teammates in the middle of the season and being a distraction.  I will get better and return next season," said Luna in a prepared statement provided to the media through the team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shugo Fujii told fans on his blog that he visited a hospital this morning and found out that he will not need surgery for his left elbow.

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2013, blog post

Nippon Ham Fighters

Mitsuo Yoshikawa left Sunday's game against Orix in the middle of the 8th because of a cramp -- with runners on first first and second and two out, he threw two pitches to Ryoichi Adachi and developed a cramp in his left leg.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/26/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2013

Seibu Lions

Yuji Kaneko's right knee is still bothering him, but not to the point where he is not able to play.  He returned to the active roster on Sunday and popped out to short in a pinch-hit at bat in the 9th.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2013

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[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

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[8/24/2013] Injury Updates: Nakai (YOM), Imanari, Ito, Enokida (HAN), Fujii (YOK), Sakata (SEI), Rasner (RAK)

by on Aug.24, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Daisuke Nakai took outdoor batting practice on Friday for the first time since he hurt his left knee.  Depending on how things go, he could play a rehab game in early September.

Source: Sanspo 8/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Ryota Imanari and Hayata Ito are a little banged up after today's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  Imanari hurt his left leg while trying to score from first on a double to center by Matt Murton in the top of the 9th.  He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.  Ito was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off the area near his right knee in the 7th.

"They both suffered bruises.  Nothing serious," said Yutaka Wada to reporters after the game.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2013

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Daiki Enokida pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 20th and reportedly left the game a little early because of discomfort in his left elbow.  He joined the Ichi-gun team on Friday and told reporters he was fine.  He is currently scheduled to start a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Shugo Fujii left tonight's game against the Yomiuri Giants after throwing just seventeen pitches because of discomfort in his left elbow.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

Seibu Lions

Ryo Sakata is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 27th against Nippon Ham.  It will be his first game in about three months.  Sakata was taken off the active roster on May 20 with a forward dislocation in his left shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Darrell Rasner's night was cut short with pain in his right elbow -- he entered the game in the top of the 9th against Lotte and left after throwing just six pitches.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2013

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