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[11/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp holds press conference for Takahiro Arai

by on Nov.14, 2014 @ 8:03 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference at Mazda Stadium today to introduce their newest addition: thirty-seven-year-old Takahiro Arai. The veteran will make an estimated twenty million yen next season, down from the 200 million he earned this year. He was assigned the the number twenty-eight.

Arai began his professional career with Hiroshima in 1999. He recorded a career-high forty-three home runs in 2005 with the Carp before leaving for the Hanshin Tigers via free agency after the 2007 season.

"When I selected free agency, I never thought someone from the Carp would ask me to return. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to come back because I want to give all that I have left to the team I got started with," said Arai during his press conference.

He added, "When the Carp contacted me, I struggled with the decision, just as I did seven years ago [when I decided to leave]. In that context, I was surprised they reached out to me. I was also happy, but objectively speaking, I wasn't sure if it would be okay for me to return."

Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2014

[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

[11/11/2014] Shoma Sato signs with the Hiroshima Carp

by on Nov.11, 2014 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference earlier today at Mazda Stadium to announce that they came to terms with Shoma Sato (25). He has been assigned the number ninety-eight. According to various reports, the two sides agreed on a contract worth an estimated 6.5 million yen. He is slated to join fall camp in Nichinan, Miyazaki on Wednesday.

Sato was considering retirement but was convinced by those around him to keep playing and attended the twelve-team tryout on the 9th. Hiroshima is hoping he can provide some help out of the bullpen.

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Sports Hochi 11/11/2014

Carp officials met Takahiro Arai (37) on Monday and are close to finalizing a deal that could be worth around twenty million yen. An announcement is expected within the next few days.

A number of Pacific League teams were also looking into Arai, but the veteran was more interested in the chance to play for his former team.

Source: ZakZak 11/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2014, Daily Sports 11/11/2014, Sponichi 11/11/2014

[11/5/2014] Rumors: Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Nov.06, 2014 @ 5:42 am, under NPB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka

  • The Softbank Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four-year deal worth 400 million or more a year plus incentives and the number eighteen. The Hawks could be the front runners for a number of reasons, including: Softbank has deep pockets, Matsuzaka's wife is from Fukuoka, Matsuzaka may prefer the less media intensive Fukuoka over Tokyo. Source: ZakZak 11/5/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima

  • The Seibu Lions could offer Nakajima a three-year deal worth a total of about 800 million yen. The Hanshin Tigers are expected to offer something more. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014
  • The Lions are also willing to discuss options with Nakajima past their current offer. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014, Sports Hochi 11/5/2014
  • The Lions are slated to speak to Nakajima over the phone on the 5th. They could offer three or more years at 200 or more million yen. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

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Naoki Miyanishi

  • Miyanishi will most likely spend all the time he has until the 8th to decide on his option. A number of teams are interested in his services, including Hanshin and Orix. Source: Sponichi 11/5/2014
  • Miyanishi could be planning to announce his decision to stay in Sapporo on the 8th. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Yoshihisa Naruse

  • The Yakult Swallows are interested in Naruse. The Tigers were rumored to be preparing a three-year offer in the area of 600 million yen. Yakult could be putting together a package in the same range. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

Keiji Obiki

  • Obiki is planning to exercise his FA option. He is expected to make an announcement on the 6th. The Fighter could be open to returning to the negotiating table after he becomes a free agent. Source: Daily Sports 11/5/2014

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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Kyuji Fujikawa (34) and Munenori Kawasaki (33). These could be considered alternates to Yoshihisa Naruse (29) and Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai (36) decided not to exercise his FA option. He finalized his contract on Wednesday. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 120 million yen each year (or 360 million yen total). The 120 million yen is up 60 million over what he made this season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars have an interest Kam Mickolio (30). They see him as a candidate to close. Source: Sports Hochi 11/5/2014

[11/4/2014] Hanshin Tigers: Takahiro Arai submits request to be released

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 2:39 pm, under NPB
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Takahiro Arai (37) visited Hanshin headquarters in Nishinomiya earlier today and submitted a request to be released. The Tigers accepted.

Arai was in the final year of a three-year deal. He struggled to win an everyday position this year and spent most of his time as a bat off the bench. The Tigers reportedly made an offer that would have cut his salary by sixty or more percent, from 200 million yen down to 70 or 80 million yen. Since the decrease was more than 100 million yen and by more than forty percent, he had the right to either accept the pay cut or request a release.

The veteran will turn thirty-eight in January. He does not plan on attending tryouts later this month and will instead play the waiting game. He ends his Hanshin career 146 hits away from 2,000.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2014, Sponichi 11/4/2014, Sponichi 11/4/2014Sports Hochi 11/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2014, Daily Sports 11/4/2014, Daily Sports 11/4/2014

[10/31/2014] Rumors: Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, Yokohama, Yakult

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:47 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai ended up missing the Nippon Series because of back problems. He finished out the final year of a three-year deal this season. His salary this season was an estimated 200 million yen. There is a good chance the Tigers will offer him something much lower. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • The Tigers will most likely give Matt Murton a nice raise over the estimated 3.5 million US dollars he made this year. They could also offer him a multi-year deal. Hanshin is also negotiating with Mauro Gomez. He made an estimated 1.2 million US dollars this season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shogo Kimura met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki at Mazda Stadium on Thursday. Kimura is still not sure what he wants to do with his option. He is expected to finalize his decision next week. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Kimura was likely offered a raise over the thirty-one million yen he made this year. Source: Spoorts Hochi 10/31/2014
  • The Carp are not planning to offer Bryan Bullington (34) and Zach Phillips (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014, Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... Hiroshima was discussing an extension with Bullington and planning to re-sign Phillips, but backed out of both after signing Mike Zagurski and Kris Johnson. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kenta Asakura (33) is not planning to exercise his FA option and will instead most likely sign a one-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Daisuke Yamai met general manager Hiromitsu Ochiai for contract negotiations on Friday. It was their second meeting since the end of the season. Yamai later told reporters he would be ready to talk about his FA option on November 5. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tatsuhiko Kinjo (38) has been offered a contract to stay, but still needs more time to think. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are not planning to offer Chris Narveson (32) and Chris Carpenter (28) contracts for the 2015 season. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014

[8/15/2014] Injury Report: Tadashi Settsu (Softbank), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama)

by on Aug.16, 2014 @ 2:16 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei (left thigh) resumed light running during workouts at Giants Stadium on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takahiro Arai is having problems with back tightness.  He skipped pre-game batting practice on Thursday for the fourth straight time. Source: Sanspo 8/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was discharged from a hospital in Nagoya on Friday morning.  He headed back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen and reported to Yokohama Stadium, where he provided teammates and coaches with an update on his condition.  He plans to take things day-by-day and hopes to make it back to the active roster on the 24th. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014, Sports Hochi 8/15/2014, Sponichi 8/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Takahiro Fujioka took a batted ball off his left hand during Friday's game against the Rakuten Eagles.  He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on his fifth metacarpal.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu left Friday's game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took a batted ball of his right hand.  The incident took place in the 1st inning when Ryoichi Adachi lined a pitch back to the mound that struck Settsu on the right hand.  He was removed from the game after just ten pitches and taken to a hospital in Osaka for treatment.  He was diagnosed with a bruise on his right thumb. Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2014, Daily Sports 8/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/15/2014, Sponichi 8/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tomotaka Sakaguchi started having lower back problems at the end of last season.  He is still dealing with the pain and is taking medication as needed. Source: Sports Hochi 8/15/2014

[8/3/2014] Injury Report: Michael Crotta, Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Aug.04, 2014 @ 12:00 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on Sunday.  He entered the game in the 7th and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He faced three hitters, did not allow any hits, threw nine pitches, and topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/3/2014
  • Takahiro Arai hurt his left foot when another player stepped on it during celebrations after Friday's walk-off victory. Source: Sanspo 8/3/2014, Daily Sports 8/3/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michael Crotta was taken off the active roster on Sunday with tightness in his left flank.  He was examined at a hospital on Saturday and diagnosed with a strain in his left oblique abdominal muscle.  He could require about three weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2014
  • Michel Abreu was also taken off the active roster on Sunday.  He is having problems with his lower back. Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2014

[3/12/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (HAN), Nobutaka Imamura (YOM), Aarom Baldiris (YOK)

by on Mar.13, 2014 @ 12:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobutaka Imamura threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He told reporters he no longer had concerns about his left shoulder.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/12/2014 ... Imamura pitched an inning during a Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on Wednesday.  He retired the side in order and topped out at 145km/h.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2014
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 15th, in time for an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Sanspo 3/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani and Takahiro Arai did not play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Hiroshima because of back tightness.  Their conditions are not considered serious.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014
  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) took batting practice at Koshien Stadium for the first time on Wednesday.  He swung the bat fifty-eight times and hit four over the fence.  The Ichi-gun coaches had a chance to watch the session.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2014 ... Gomez could play in an exhibition game on the 15th against Yokohama, depending on how he does during a batting practice scrimmage on the 14th.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014 ... Gomez ran the bases with cleats for the first time during practices at Naruohama on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 3/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Aarom Baldiris did not participate in general workouts at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Wednesday because of tightness in his lower back.  He will sit Thursday's game against Yakult and is expected to return to the line-up on Saturday against Hanshin.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to take Yoshio Itoi and Wily Mo Pena (right sides) on their road trip to the Kanto and Nagoya region between the 14th and 19th.  Teppei (let thigh) will rejoin the team on the 18th for the Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome.  Source: Daily Sports 3/12/2014

[3/6/2014] Injury Updates: Takuya Asao (CHU), Yoshinao Kamata (RAK)

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Mauro Gomez ran for about ten minutes at Koshien on Thursday.  He told reporters he had no difficulty running and that he felt good.  Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley threw Gomez some pitches during indoor batting practice.  Source: Daily Sports 3/6/2014

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Takahiro Arai jammed his right middle finger during pre-game practices on Wednesday.  Source: Sanspo 3/6/2014

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons announced on Thursday that Takuya Asao was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament injury in his right elbow.  He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya on Wednesday.  He visited a different hospital on Thursday for a re-examination.  There is no timetable on his recovery.  He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014Daily Sports 3/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014

Yakult Swallows

Akinori Iwamura took a batted ball off his left calf during fielding practice on the 3rd.  He had a hard time walking after the incident, but got treatment and was able to play in Wednesday's game against Orix, where he hit a two-run home run.  Source: Sponichi 3/6/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Yoshinao Kamata had reconstructive surgery on the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow at a hospital in Tatebayashi, Gunma.  He will be discharged on the 10th, and will require about a year for a full recovery.  Kamata started complaining of pain in his elbow during spring camp in late-February.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/6/2014