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[3/26/2014] Injury Report: Takahiro Okada (Orix), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Mar.27, 2014 @ 1:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka felt some tightness in his left calf on the 23rd but appeared to be fine during general workouts at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.  He told reporters he was able to move around without any problems.  Source: Sponichi 3/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani developed some back tightness on the 12th and missed three games.  He played in a practice game against Yakult on the 18th, but the tightness returned and he missed three more games, beginning on the 21st.  He joined Ichi-gun workouts on Tuesday and was able to swing the bat with authority during batting practice.  Source: Sponichi 3/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu is still having problems with pain in his lower back.  He worked out separately from the rest of the team during practices at Sapporo Dome on Tuesday and left the stadium after getting treatment.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2014

[3/22/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin)

by on Mar.23, 2014 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (back, neck) participated in pre-game practices on Saturday.  Assuming no problems, he could play in Sunday's exhibition game against Orix at Kyocera Dome.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/22/2014
  • In addition to his back, Takashi Toritani might also have some tightness in his right side.  Source: Sanspo 3/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left flank, back) missed his second straight game on Saturday.  Haruki Ihara told reporters it was up to Nakamura to decide when he is okay to play.  Nakamura appeared to swing the bat a little harder during batting practice on Saturday than on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 3/22/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Ikuhiro Kiyota was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against Yakult with pain in his left ankle.  He is not expected to miss Sunday's game.  Source: Sponichi 3/22/2014

[3/21/2014] Injury Report: Toshihiro Sugiura (Yakult), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Sho Aranami (Yokohama)

by on Mar.22, 2014 @ 5:43 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani (back) and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (neck) were not on the field for pregame practices at Kyocera Dome on Friday and did not play in the game against Orix.  Source: Sanspo 3/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/21/2014 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters on Friday that he did not think Toritani's condition was improving.  Source: Sanspo 3/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Sho Aranami (right ring finger fracture) will not make the start of the regular season.  He could begin playing in some games in mid-April.  Source: Sponichi 3/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Toshihiro Sugiura (ligament tear, right elbow) could begin throwing into a net on Saturday.  If he feels no pain, he will continue to throw into a net for a few days before moving on to playing catch.  If everything goes smoothly, he could toss a bullpen session some time in mid-April.  Source: Sponichi 3/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left side) took light batting practice during pre-game workouts on Friday, but did not play in the Lotte game.  The weather was a little chilly and the coaches agreed to sit him as a precaution.  Source: Sanspo 3/21/2014 ... Nakamura's left side is better, but he started complaining of back tightness on Friday.  Haruki Ihara does not think the slugger will be ready for opening day.  Source: Sponichi 3/21/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tomoya Satozaki did not participate in practices on Thursday because of tightness in his back.  He was at the stadium on Friday, but did not participate in pre-game workouts and did not play in the game against Seibu.  He instead got treatment for his back.  Tsutomu Ito told reporters they were just being careful and that Satozaki's tight back was not that serious.  Source: Sponichi 3/21/2014

[3/16/2014] CL Injury Updates: Takashi Toritani (Hanshin), Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi)

by on Mar.16, 2014 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani missed his third consecutive exhibition game on Sunday with tightness in his back.  Yutaka Wada told reporters he expects Toritani back in the line-up on the 18th against Yakult (practice game).  Source: Sanspo 3/16/2014
  • Mauro Gomez played in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi team.  He got the start at first and batted third.  He did not get any chances at first and went 0-for-3 at the plate.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014 ... Gomez's three trips to the plate on Sunday: 1st inning, runner on first and one out, 1-1 fastball, broken bat fly out to shallow center off Yudai Kawai; 3rd inning, runner on first and two out, 3-2 breaking pitch (sixth pitch), ground out to third; 6th inning, none one on and one out, first pitch fastball, fly out to right off Tatsuro Hamada.  Source: Daily Sports 3/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (Tommy John surgery right elbow) spoke to Tokyo Sports about his progress and said he hoped to toss batting practice on April 2 (it will be ten months since his surgery on April 4).  After that, if everything is okay, he could pitch in five to six games and then move on to his first Ichi-gun game on May 28 against Orix at Nagoya Dome.  He has started throwing breaking balls during his bullpen session and is at about seventy to eighty pitches per session.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/16/2014

[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

[2/5/2014] Hanshin Tigers New and Notes

by on Feb.06, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/5 74 Thirteen over the fence.  Sponichi 2/5/2014
Matt Murton 2/4 84 Eleven over the fence.  Sponichi 2/5/2014
Masahiro Nakatani 2/4 24 Six over the fence.  Sanspo 2/5/2014
Takahiro Arai 2/4 67 Two over the fence.  Sanspo 2/5/2014
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2/3 48 Four over the fence.  Sponichi 2/5/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Shintaro Fujinami Bullpen 2/5 49 Squatting catcher; including breaking balls; third session since the start of camp.  Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014
Randy Messenger Bullpen 2/4 60 Sanspo 2/5/2014
Kazuhito Futagami Bullpen 2/4 101 Sanspo 2/5/2014

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Wednesday was the end of the first block of camp.

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Takashi Toritani and Akihito Fujii missed workouts on Wednesday with fevers.  Toritani did participate in early morning training, but ended up going to the hospital for an examination because he felt sick.  Both players apparently tested positive for influenza A.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Tomoyuki Kubota returned to Osaka on Tuesday because of pain in his right elbow.  He will be examined by the team doctor.  No word on when he might be able to rejoin the team.

Kubota was having problems with his elbow since the start of camp and had not tossed a bullpen session.  He was also unable to increase distances when playing catch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

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Matt Murton gave the crowd something to cheer about when he ran from first to third and slid headfirst into bag during base-running practices on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Takahiro Arai took extra fielding practice on Tuesday with help from INF/Base-running Coach Nobuhiro Takashiro.  He fielded about 200 baseballs.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2014

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The Tigers understand why Mauro Gomez wants to be with his family right now, but are also unsure how things should proceed.  Workouts and practices will move up to the next level during the second block of camp.  If he misses parts or all of the second block, he will have a lot to catch-up on and rushing him through the process might cause problems down the road.  The Tigers are not trying to think too far ahead and will wait to make a final decision on what to do until they have had a chance to see where Gomez is in his training.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

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Randy Messenger's nickname for Seung Hwan Oh is Machine.  Reason: because he can run a lot, trains hard, and is durable.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014, Sponichi 2/5/2014, Tokyo Sports 2/5/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu told reporters on Wednesday that he was able to watch footage of Ichi-gun batting practice on Tuesday night.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2014

Kakefu had players do rapid fire-swings and deep squat swings during soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday.

Rapid-Fire Swings - swing the bat twenty times at baseballs tossed at a pace of three balls every two seconds

Deep-Squat Swings - twenty swings at soft-toss baseballs with feet firmly planted and knees bent deep

Each player did five sets of each for a total 200 swings.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/6/2014

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Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley likes to keep things fresh and sometimes sets up mini games with hitters during batting practice -- if the hitter drives in three runs on could-be hits, the hitter wins; if the pitcher records three outs, the pitcher wins.

Source: ZakZak 2/5/2014

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Samurai Japan Manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Ginoza camp on Tuesday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2014

NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Ginoza camp on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2014

[2/3/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 6:03 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 3

  • Matt Murton - sixty-one swings, eight over the fence
  • Kosuke Fukudome - sixty-three swings, nine over the fence

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Takashi Toritani - sixty-four swings, forty-two could-be hits including fifteen over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Shintaro Fujinami - forty-seven pitches to squatting catcher; someone stood in the batter's box during portions of the session
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada - fifty-six pitches to squatting catcher; third session in as many days
  • Daiki Enokida - 153 pitches; third session in as many days

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

February 2

  • Atsushi Nomi - eighty-five pitches; all fastballs

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

February 1

  • Daiki Enokida - ninety-five pitches
  • Minoru Iwata - seventy pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Yutaka Wada would like to see Minoru Iwata, Daiki Enokida, Naoto Tsuru, and Hirokazu Shiranita combine for at least thirty victories this season.  The same four won ten games last year: Enokida four, Tsuru three, Iwata two, and Shiranita one.

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014

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According to Tokyo Sports, Shintaro Fujinami is working on two different kinds of pitching styles: Fujinami A focuses on the hard stuff while Fujinami B is more about changing speeds and getting hitters to put the ball into the play.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/3/2014

Fujinami continues to do throwing exercises with his left arm.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh uses spray bottles as part of his training -- he fills the spray bottle with water and, with arm stretched out, pulls the spray trigger until all the water is gone.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota missed his second straight day of workouts on Sunday with a fever.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu did not toss any batting practice on Monday. ... Kakefu made tempura for some of the players on Saturday night.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

[1/31/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.01, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under NPB
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The Tigers arrived at Aki, Kochi spring camp on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh wore cleats for the first time during workouts on Thursday.  He will be testing a number of different kinds of cleats from various manufacturers during spring camp.  He tried a pair from Mizuno on Thursday.  He will also be testing cleats from Asics and Descente.  He will not make a final decision until after he has had a chance to try the cleats while throwing off a mound.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2014

The Tigers are planning to sell Oh t-shirts and towels beginning on the first day of spring camp in Ginoza, Okinawa.  Oh's name will be written in both Japanese and Korean characters.  The organization is hoping for an increase in Korean fans, but so far not much has changed -- they have only received one media inquiry from the Korean press and Ginoza officials have not received any inquiries from Korean tourists.

Source: ZakZak 1/31/2014

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Atsushi Nomi threw forty-one pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on Thursday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2014

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Masahiro Nakatani did not participate in pre-spring camp workouts in Okinawa on Thursday because he was not feeling well.  He went to the hospital for an examination and rested at the team hotel.

Source: Sanspo 1/31/2014

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Takashi Toritani would like the team to work closer together this season.  He suggested players using off-days more effectively by scheduling full-squad practice days and full-squad rest days.  He stressed the importance of solidarity and team unity.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2014

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If players at Kochi spring camp want to get promoted, their best shot might to be prove themselves before Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu heads to Okinawa spring camp on February 12.  The practice game against Seibu on the 11th could become an important date for players at Kochi camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/31/2014

[1/28/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 12:12 am, under NPB
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Ryota Arai took forty-three during swings batting practice on Tuesday and hit three over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Daiki Enokida threw seventy-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  4th round draft pick Ryutaro Umeno caught the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

Umeno took forty-seven swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-four could-be hits, including one that went over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami's workouts in Okinawa on Monday lasted about five and a half hours (from 10:00am until after 3:30pm) and included playing catch, running, batting practice, and weight training.  He did not toss a bullpen session.

Source: Daily Sports 1/28/2014

Fujinami threw thirty-four pitches, including breaking balls, on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher on Tuesday.  It was his first bullpen session at the Naruohama training facilities this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

According to Sports Hochi, the catcher was squatting.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/28/2014

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4th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Shinji Komiyama caught the session.

Source: Sanspo 1/28/2014

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Hayata Ito took fifty-one swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-five could be hits, including two that went over the fence and six up against the outfield wall.  Ito's workouts on Monday started at 10:00am and ended at about 3:30pm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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Ryosuke Ogata took forty-nine swings during batting practice on Monday and collected twenty-six could be hits.

Source: Sanpso 1/28/2014

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Takashi Toritani visited children's ward at  Osaka City University Hospital on Monday.  When asked about this year's standings, he predicted Giants, Tigers, Carp, Dragons, Swallows, and Bay Stars.

Needless to say, the prediction was not very popular.  He later explained that he tried to look at things as objectively as possible.  He added that he and the Tigers would do their best to win first place and that in return, he expected the kids to do their best to get better.  He also promised to invite the kids to Koshien as soon as they were healthy enough.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/28/2014Sports Hochi 1/28/2014, Sanspo 1/28/2014, Sponichi 1/28/2014

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Development coach Masayuki Kakefu is planning to tossing batting practice during spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2014

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The Hanshin Department Store will begin selling Hanshin Tigers Chocolates for Valentine's Day beginning on the 29th.

Source: official announcement, Sanspo 1/28/2014

[11/7/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Nov.08, 2013 @ 3:03 am, under NPB
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The Tigers announced that Takashi Toritani will not exercise his international FA option and will remain with the organization.

Source: official announcement

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The Tigers had infielders work the outfield and outfielders work the infield during fielding practice on Thursday.  The hope is to make sure every player is acquainted with at least one other position, in addition to their own.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013Sanspo 11/7/2013, Sponichi 11/7/2013

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INF/base-running coach Nobuhiro Takashiro has told infielders not to dive after the balls during fielding practice for two reasons: to avoid injuries and to get players to use their feet more.  Note: balls are also being hit within the range of each player.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2013

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Issei Morita took 180 swings during batting practice on Wednesday and hit forty-three over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013, Sponichi 11/7/2013

He took 114 swings on Thursday and hit twenty-four over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2013

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Ryota Imanari hit eight over the fence during batting practice on Wednesday.

Source: Sanspo 11/7/2013

Imanari and Ryota Arai will likely be candidates for the everyday job at third base.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2013

Development coordinator Masayuki Kakefu introduced R. Arai as the next Mr. Tiger during workouts on Wednesday.  R. Arai has unofficially been given the nickname Ko-Mister (or mini-Mister) and Imanari has been dubbed Ko-Kakefu (or mini-Kakefu).  Morita's nickname is Ko-Bass (or mini-Bass).

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2013

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The trainer Shintaro Fujinami worked with almost exclusively last season will be spending most of his time at Ni-gun next season.  Fujinami will have to get around next year without his assistance.  The coaches are interested in seeing if he is capable of adapting to the changes.

Source: ZakZak 11/7/2013