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[3/8/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (Hanshin), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Mar.09, 2014 @ 2:58 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) spent about thirteen minutes taking indoor batting practice on Friday.  His outdoor workouts included running and playing catch.  He will continue his rehab/workouts at Naruohama for the time being.  Yutaka Wada is planning to check on Gomez at some point over the next week.  Source: Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014 ,,, Gomez worked out at Naruohama on Saturday.  He took indoor batting practice and told reporters he swung the bat at eighty percent strength.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left side) might be okay for opening day.  He resumed soft-toss batting practice on the 6th and could begin playing in exhibition games beginning on the 18th against Yomiuri.  He could also play in some Ni-gun games.  Source: Sponichi 3/8/2014, Sports Hochi 3/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Teppei felt some discomfort in his left thigh while playing defense in the 2nd inning of Friday's exhibition game against Yomiuri.  He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning as a precaution.  He is considered day-to-day.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
  • Yoshitomo Tani (left foot) re-joined regular Ni-gun workouts on Friday.  He swung the bat at sixty to seventy percent strength and took grounders hit directly at him during fielding practice.  He told reporters he should be fine for opening day.  Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2014
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[12/19/2013] Rakuten to send Teppei to Orix for M. Goto

by on Dec.19, 2013 @ 1:37 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles and Orix Buffaloes agreed to a trade that will send thirty-five-year-old infielder Mitsutaka Goto to Sendai for thirty-year-old outfielder Teppei.  An announcement of the deal is expected later today.

The Eagles were looking for more infield depth with the departure of Casey McGehee and Teppei became expendable with the growth shown by a number of younger players this season.  Goto had two bad seasons in a row for the Buffaloes and was effectively pushed to the back of the queue.  Both teams felt a change of scenery could do the players some good.

Source: Daily Sports 12/19/2013, Sponichi 12/19/2013, official announcement (Rakuten), official announcement (Orix)

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Rakuten Eagles: Teppei taken off active roster with right shoulder pain

by on May.26, 2012 @ 3:52 pm, under NPB
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Teppei was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right shoulder.

"It has not been feeling well for some time now.  And it got a little worse today," said Teppei.

Aoi Enomoto was called up from Ni-gun.


Teppei 2012 Stats

34 88 79 11 18 2 1 0 22 3 5 0 5 1 3 0 0 11 0 .228 .278 .253

Enomoto 2012 Ni-gun Stats

40 164 144 13 35 6 1 1 46 14 4 5 3 1 15 0 1 33 1 .243 .319 .317
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Rakuten Eagles: February 6, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 3:28 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions



  • Takahiro Shiomi threw sixty-seven pitches, including off-speed pitches. (Sports Hochi)


Senichi Hoshino called over to a group of three kids after early morning practices on Monday and gave them his autograph.

Regarding Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi, Hoshino said that they signed him not only because he can start, but also because others can stand to learn a lot from him.


Teppei spent about an hour in the batting cages (machine) after general practices on Monday.


Daisuke Kusano stood in the batter's box while Kenji Tomura tossed a bullpen session on Monday -- Kusano wanted a chance to see pitches from live arms.


Hiromoto Okubo told reporters on Monday that he was so far pleased with the way batting practices have gone and is hoping that players can continue to workout at the same high-level pace they have been going at over the first six days of camp.


INF/base-running coach Yasutomo Suzuki hit baseballs to Ginji, Shintaro Masuda, and Toshihito Abe during extra fielding practice on Sunday.


Ken Kadokura did not pass his tryouts with the team.


Team chairman Hiroshi Mikitani would like to put together a youth baseball team (under-18) made up of junior high and high school players not enrolled in the Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF).  The team would be coached by former professional ball players.  And since players would not have any connection to the JHBF, they could go straight to pro.

Assuming he can get proper clearance and permission, the ultimately goal would be to set up a youth league in the Tohoku region.

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Rakuten Eagles: January 22, 2012

by on Jan.22, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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The Eagles released their preliminary schedules for spring camp today.


Ryo Kawashima visited Kleenex Stadium today, for the first time since joining the team via trade with the Yakult Swallows, in order to organize his things and prepare for spring camp.  He also spent some time working out at the facilities (playing catch, running).


Teppei appeared in a fan event at a hotel in Sendai todayAbout 200 fans attended.  The event lasted about three hours and included a talk session, a mini baseball clinic, a charity auction to raise money for kids that lost parents during the Tohoku earthquake, and picture-taking


Kensuke Uchimura has two goals for 2012: win a golden glove and play out every inning of every game.

Ryo Hijirisawa became the first player in franchise history to play in every game of the season last year, but did not play in every inning of every game.


Hiroaki Yamamoto has been working out at Kleenex Stadium since January 10.  He also started living by himself after moving out of the player dorms in December.


Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi will join the team for spring camp beginning on February 1.  The team will also be giving two-three foreign players a tryout (position players and pitchers).  Player assignments for spring camp will be finalized during a meeting on January 30.

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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 18, 2011

by on Feb.18, 2011 @ 5:18 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's intra-squad game:

The whites beat the reds, 3-1.

Takashi Kawaii start the game for the reds and gave up 3 runs (including 2 on a 2-run homer) over 2 innings of work.

Kohei Hasebe entered the game in the 5th and tossed 2 perfect innings for the red team.  He also struck out 3.

Manabu Mima (2nd round) entered the game in the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief; he also gave up a hit and struck out one.

Both Kazuo Matsui and Akinori Iwamura ended the day without hits -- Matsui started at short and batted 2nd: foul out to first, strikeout, foul out to first; and Iwamura started at third and batted 5th: fly out to center, ground out to the pitcher.

Yosuke Takasu was the starting DH and batted 5th for the red team.  He went 2-for-3 and was later promoted to Ichi-gun.

===== 2/18 @ 10:18pm

Teppei was named team captain today.

===== 2/18 @ 5:18pm

Akihisa Makida started complaining of right shoulder tightness during practice on the 15th and had been working under a separate training menu since.  And because things haven't gotten much better, the team decided to have doctors check out the shoulder today.


Koji Aoyama is working on a fork that Hisashi Iwakuma taught him.  His reason for picking up the new pitch: 1) while the new NPB baseball seems to have helped him add more movement to his shuto, it hasn't really done much for the slider he relied on when he needed a pitch with some downward movement and the fork makes up for that; 2) he wanted to increase his arsenal of pitches because he'd like to make his way into the starting rotation.


Senichi Hoshino told reporters yesterday that he'd like to try put together his best starting line-up for their exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 20th.  That includes having Kazuo Matsui and Akinori Iwamura in the line-up.  And at this point, it seems former Yomiuri Giant Masafumi Togano will get the start.

Hoshino also doesn't plans to schedule any days off between 2/22 and 3/21.  He might even have players practice on travel days, if there's enough time.

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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 11, 2011

by on Feb.11, 2011 @ 12:13 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/11 @ 10:44pm

Team president Hiroshi Mikitani flew into Kumejima, Okinawa on his own private jet today.  But he arrived late in the day so he only had a chance to watch players that stayed back after practice.


Kohei Hasebe threw 180 pitches in the bullpen today (the session lasted over an hour).  He also spent some time throwing into a net after his bullpen session.


Tanaka threw 120 pitches (mostly fastball) in the bullpen today.  Akinori Iwamura stood in the batter's box partway through the session.

Iwamura on Tanaka - "He had good movement on his slider.  I'm glad we're on the same team.  I'm sure there were some things he wasn't happy about, but he did throw some good pitches.  It was a good practice for me."


Makida has been working on strengthening his upper body.  He also made a few changes to his swing (more compact), with advice from both head / batting coach Koichi Tabuchi and performance coordinator Kazushi Tezuka.

===== 2/11 @ 12:13pm

Masahiro Tanaka faced Akihisa Makida, Teppei, and Ryo Hijirisawa during BP yesterday.  It was the first time he faced lived batters since 8/29/2010 (vs Seibu).  Tanaka threw his fastball and two-seamer and gave up 4 could-be hits, including a homer to Makida.


Teppei was using a big wooden hammer (weighing in over 3kg) to hit the ball (using only the head of the hammer) during BP yesterday.  Seems swinging with a hammer helps improve balance while swinging the bat.


Senichi Hoshino told reporters yesterday that when your raise players, it was necessary to find favorites because it's impossible to raise the level of the entire team, and also because it fostered competition amongst the other players, which can ultimately lead to a rise in the level of play across the board.

Said Hoshino, "It's impossible to improve the entire team, so it's usually best to play favorites.  And about 80% of the time those players come through.  But there are injuries, so maybe it's more like 60%.  But even that's pretty good."

Incidentally, Hoshino likes what he sees in Issei Morita (HAN) and one of his favorites on the Eagles is Makida.

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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 11:53 am, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 10:16pm

Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches to a squatting catcher today.


The decision to try Makida out in right and Teppei out in left was because of Makida's strong arm -- the Eagles like his chances of throwing runners out at third.

Said OF / base-running coach Atsuhiro Motonishi, "We decided it made the most sense to put Makida in right. On top of that, it's always good when pitchers can play multiple positions."

=== 5:01pm

Motohiro Shima stayed back for extra BP after general practice yesterday.  Shima worked on hitting the ball to the opposite field.

=== 11:53am

During situational fielding practice today, Teppei was out in left (from his usual position in right) and Akihisa Makida was in right.  Seems the Eagles are thinking about changing some things up in the OF.


Kumejima-cho presented the Hoshino with a number of items today, including a 20kg tuna and free tickets to the spa facilities on the island.


Hoshino was satisfied with the first day of camp and was happy that it seemed everyone worked hard during the off-season -- all his pitchers tossed bullpen sessions (not including foreign pitchers) and both Akinori Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui hit balls over the fence during BP.  He did voice concern about players pushing themselves too hard though.  He also spoke of how special it was for him to be putting on a new uniform.


A little more on Senichi Hoshino getting lost on his way back to the hotel.  According to reports published today, Hoshino asked the driver to drop him off when they were 3km from the hotel.  The driver misheard Hoshino and dropped him off 3km away from the stadium.

When dropping Hoshino off, the driver told Hoshino to turn right at a gas station.  Unfortunately, there were two gas stations along the road back to the hotel (and wouldn't you know it, the island only has two gas stations) and the driver didn't specify making the turn at the second gas station.

Hoshino treated the kids that helped him back to the hotel with an autographed board, melon bread, rice crackers, and orange juice.  Hoshino later told the media the the MVP for the first day of spring camp was those three kids.

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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: December 10, 2010

by on Dec.10, 2010 @ 5:19 pm, under NPB
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Next season will be Masahiro Tanaka's 5th pro season.  On Thursday, he agreed to a 2011 salary of 200M yen plus incentives (up 20M yen).  For a pitcher out of high school to reach the 200M yen range, that's faster than Daisuke Matsuzaka (6th pro season), as quick as Ichiro Suzuki (5th year), and one year behind Yu Darvish (4th season).


Satoshi Nagai also met with the team on Thursday and placed a 72.5M yen (up 15.5M yen) offer on hold.  It appears there's about a 2.5M yen difference between the two sides.

Nagai wants the Eagles to place more importance in the fact he was able to provide the starting rotation with much needed stability over the last two seasons.  The two sides will meet again on the 20th.


Teppei was apparently quite sad about Naoto Watanabe being traded away and teared up while telling reporters that he understood that trades are part of the job description, but that it was something he never expected.

Kensuke Uchimura was also apparently surprised by the move and said that he received a lot of encouragement from Watanabe.  Uchimura added that he wanted to try his best to fill in the hole that opens with Watanabe's departure.


Kazuo Matsui and Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu Lions) recorded a radio show for Bunka Hoso on Thursday.  The show will air on 1/3/2010 and is titled "Matsui Kazuo, Nakajima Hiroyuki - New Year's gathering - What baseball means to us" (松井稼頭央 中島裕之 新春ビッグ対談 僕らのベースボール).

Seems Matsui also encouraged Nakajima to chase after his dreams of playing in the Majors.

"I'd like to see his dream come true," said Matsui.  "A of things happened during my 7 years and I consider them all good experiences.  And I recommend the Central League because of the time differences."


Katsuya Nomura was asked to provide his thoughts on Saito Yuki and said, "He's got warm hands.  He's the type that lives and dies on control and pitch selection.  What will decide his fate is his catcher."

Nomura was then asked about the news regarding Tanaka's trip with Mai Satoda and he replied, "What a fool.  I think I taught him wrong.  Saito?  He'll be fine.  He's different [from Tanaka]."

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