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[6/25/2014] Injury Report: Takashi Toritani (Hanshin), Ryuji Ichioka (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.26, 2014 @ 12:50 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi (left shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage on Tuesday.  He threw sixty-two pitches, faced fifteen hitters, gave up four could-be hits, walked one, and struck out two.  He could pitch during the Ni-gun Yakult series that begins on the 27th. Source: Sanspo 6/25/2014
  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) could return to the active roster in time for a Chunichi series that begins on July 4 at Tokyo Dome. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani returned to workouts on Wednesday.  He missed practices on Tuesday because he was getting his right knee examined.  He told reporters on Wednesday everything was fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2014, Sponichi 6/25/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Junpei Shinoda started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Tuesday.  He left partway through the 3rd inning because of tightness in his left adductor.  His final line was one run on two hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen over 2.1 innings of work.  The leg first started getting tight after a shutout he tossed on the 17th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2014
  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday.  It was his first session since he hurt his shoulder.  He threw twenty-two pitches to a standing catcher and twenty-five to a squatting catcher.  He told reporters he felt no pain when throwing at full strength.  Assuming no problems, he will toss another session on Thursday and will also do some long-distance throwing.  From there, he could throw some batting practice over the weekend.  There is still no timetable on when he might be able to pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game. Source: Daily Sports 6/25/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons announced that Doala will not be turning back-flips until his right ankle is healed (he was diagnosed with a ligament injury).  He is hoping to resume back-flips for the Yomiuri series that begins on July 25.  Doala suffered the injury while attempting a back-flip during a game against Lotte on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/25/2014, Sports Hochi 6/25/2014 ... Doala will have to keep the ankle immobile for about three weeks.  He will continue to make appearances during games. Source: Sponichi 6/25/2014

[6/24/2014] Hanshin Tigers’ Injury Report: Takashi Toritani, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on Jun.25, 2014 @ 1:00 am, under NPB
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Injury report for the Hanshin Tigers from June 24.

  • Takashi Toritani missed workouts on Tuesday because he was getting his right leg examined at a hospital.  Toritani was playing with some discomfort near his right knee over the last few days.  The examination was a precautionary measure. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014
  • Ichi-gun coaches watched Tsuyoshi Nishioka play in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014 ... Nishioka got the start at third and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-5.  He is also scheduled to play in Wednesday's game.  Yutaka Wada told reporters he would make a decision on Nishioka after he sees how things go on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada (left elbow) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He faced ten hitters and struck out five.  He is currently slated to pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 1 against Chunichi. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014

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Sanspo posted Yutaka Wada's interaction with the media on Tuesday regarding Nishioka and Toritani.

Is everything coming along Nishioka?

Everything is going well.  But it's just one game, I'm still worried about how he'll hold up when he plays multiple games.

When will he return to Ichi-gun?

He'll play on Wednesday.  There's a question of how he's feeling.  If everything is fine, it means he's very close to a return.

How was his defense at third?

I've watched film, so this wasn't the first time I saw him.  He looked good even though he didn't play for a few days.  He played a full game today.  If he's okay tomorrow morning and if he plays then he might be okay to go.

What about his spot in the order?

We're still not sure if he's ready, he needs to get through [tomorrow] first.

Toritani was out today.

Something was worrying him.  He's not the kind of player to sit because he's hurting.  But he came to us and said that he wanted to get something checked.  I don't think it's anything that will keep him out of games.  The examination was more about putting him as ease.  He might take it a little easy during workouts over the next couple days to make sure he's in good condition [for the 27th].

It has something to do with his leg.

His right leg.  But it isn't really with a specific section.  I think it's something around the knee.

Is it discomfort?

Discomfort, maybe more like something that was bothering him.  This didn't start yesterday with an examination today.  It started a few days ago and he's played through it.  This isn't something that's going to sideline him.

Source: Sanpso 6/24/2014

[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