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[11/30/2015] Yakult Swallows hold press conference for Sakaguchi, Ugumori

by on Nov.30, 2015 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows held a press conference at their office earlier today to introduce their two newest additions: Tomotaka Sakaguchi (31) and Atsushi Ugumori (28).

Sakaguchi agreed to a deal worth an estimated thirty million yen in 2016. He was assigned the uniform number 42.

Ugumori signed a contract worth an estimate 7.5 million yen in 2016. He was assigned the uniform number 91.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2015, Nikkan Sports 11/30/2015, Sponichi 11/30/2015, Daily Sports 11/30/2015

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[10/31/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Seibu Lions, Softbank Hawks, Orix Buffaloes

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 4:44 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

  • Motohiro Shima (29) has decided not to exercise his domestic FA option. He informed team official Yozo Tachibana of his decision before practices on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are interested in Hiroyuki Nakajima (32). They see him as someone that can play third and bat third. His old uniform number, three, is also available. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks are looking into Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). They could offer him a multi-year deal. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... Softbank could offer Matsuzaka a multi-year deal with the uniform number eighteen. They are also interested in Munenori Kawasaki (33). Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014 ... The Hawks could offer Matsuzaka a four year deal worth 400 million yen a year plus incentives. They could also offer him the number eighteen. Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2014
  • Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Dennis Sarfate, and Dae-Ho Lee will be returning next year. They signed two-year deals before the start of the season. Barbaro Canizares, Paul Oseguera, and Edison Barrios are question marks. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa (34) finished out the final year of a four-year deal. He is not planning to exercise his FA option. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Nobuhiko Matsunaka (40) will most likely stay with Softbank, but is not ready to make a decision. Source: Sanspo 10/31/2014
  • Softbank may not go after any domestic free agents this off-season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Tomotaka Sakaguchi (30) earned his domestic FA option this year. There is a good chance he will remain with Orix. He has already spoken to the Buffaloes at least once and has likely received an offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014
  • Yoshihisa Hirano (30) spoke to team official Ryuzo Setoyama at Hotto Motto Kobe on Thursday for about ten minutes. He still needs more time to think, but will likely stay. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2014 ... The Buffaloes may have offered Hirano a number of different kinds of deals to choose from. Source: Daily Sports 10/31/2014
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[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
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[2/2/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 1:47 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Takahiro Matsuba - batting practice; about thirty pitches; faced Yuki Miyazaki and Shunta

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Workouts on Sunday were moved indoors because of the rain.  A number of position players, including Wily Mo PenaEsteban German, Yoshio Itoi, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi, stood into the batter's box during pitcher bullpen sessions.

Teppei is scheduled to play in Monday's intra-squad game.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014, Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Hiroshi Moriwaki named Sakaguchi his captain during a pre-spring camp meeting on January 31.  The team did not have a captain last season because Moriwaki wanted everyone to be a leader.  He decided to go back to having a captain after the team finished in 5th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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[9/4/2013] Injury Updates: Dobayashi (HIR), Nakamura (SEI), Otonari (SOF), Sakaguchi, Kishida (ORI)

by on Sep.04, 2013 @ 6:08 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Shota Dobayashi (fracture in third metacarpal in left hand) was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Tuesday and given the green light for batting practice.  Dobayashi still feels some pain in his hand.  He is expected to resume taking batting practice within the next couple days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada tweaked his back before his post-game press conference.

Source: Sanspo 9/4/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura (left knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Tuesday.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-2: BB, HR7, K.  He also started feeling pain in his left shoulder when he fouled a ball off during his third trip to the plate in the 5th inning.  His return to the active roster will be delayed once again.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/4/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari (had surgery to treat the ossification of the yellow ligament) played catch at a distance of about forty meters on Tuesday.  Otonari still feels some numbness in his left foot, but is otherwise doing well.  He is hoping to throw at full strength before the end of the month and make it to the Phoenix League for rehab games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Hiroshi Moriwaki met with Tomotaka Sakaguchi (lower back; is able to swing the bat) and Mamoru Kishida (Lisfranc injury in right foot; still not able to throw the ball) at Hotto Motto Kobe on Tuesday to talk about their progress and their plans moving forward.

Source: Daily Sports 9/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2013

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[8/7/2013] Injury Updates: Fukudome (Hanshin), Sakaguchi (Orix)

by on Aug.08, 2013 @ 1:53 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Wednesday.  He started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 1-for-2 with a walk, strikeout, and a stolen base.

Source: Sanspo 8/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Tomotaka Sakaguchi was taken off the active roster with what may be a strained back -- he can jog, but has pain when running dashes.  Sakaguchi will be examined at a hospital within the next couple of days.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2013

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[8/7/2013] Injury Updates: Ibata (CHU), Mickolio (HIR), Uemoto, Nishioka (HAN), Kikuchi, Nakamura (SEI), Honda (Softbank), Sakaguchi (ORI)

by on Aug.07, 2013 @ 3:40 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata (right ankle) played in a Ni-gun game against Orix on Tuesday.  He started at short and batted sixth.  He went 2-for-6.  Depending on his condition, he could return to the active roster on the 8th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2013

Hiroshima Carp

If Kam Mickolio is unable to pitch after complaining of tightness in his glute during his outing on Tuesday, Miguel Socolovich will most likely trade places with him on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 8/7/2013

Mickolio was taken off the active roster today.  Socolovich was called up to take his place.

According to Nikkan Sports, the injury to the left glute does not appear to be that serious.  The team is hoping he will be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Hiroki Uemoto (left ankle) could play in his first rehab game on either the 14th (Ikusei practice game against Osaka Gakuin University) or the 15th (intra-squad game).

Source: Daily Sports 8/7/2013

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka played some catch at a short distance at Naruohama on Tuesday.  He also took thirty swings from the left and right during soft-toss batting practice and swung the bat at around seventy to eighty percent.

Source: Sponichi 8/7/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi was examined at a hospital today and diagnosed with inflammation in his left shoulder.  He was taken off the active roster today and will rehab at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2013

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Takeya Nakamura's (left knee) return to the active roster will be delayed because the slugger is feeling some discomfort in his left shoulder.

Nakamura worked out with the Ichi-gun team on the 20th and 21st last month.  He also collected two hits and two RBIs during Ichi-gun situational batting practice on the 21st.  But he started feeling tightness in his left shoulder and had to sit out what was supposed to be his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 23rd.  He has been working out apart from the Ni-gun team since then.

Source: Sponichi 8/7/2013, Sanspo 8/7/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuichi Honda played in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on Tuesday.  He started at second and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-4.  He could return to the active roster on the 9th.  This was his second rehab game since he was taken off the active roster on July 17 with pain in the his lower left back.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Tomotaka Sakaguchi hurt his lower back during pre-game batting practice on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2013

Sakaguchi was taken off the active roster today.

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[8/6/2013] Injury Updates: Roman (YAK), K. Maeda, Mickolio (HIR), Fukudome, Nishioka (HAN), Sakaguchi (ORI)

by on Aug.06, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Orlando Roman was taken off the active roster on Monday after he hurt his left calf during a game against Hiroshima on Sunday.  There is a chance he might end up missing a large chunk of time with the injury.

Source: Sponichi 8/6/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda left his start against Hanshin after seven innings as a precaution because he was feeling some discomfort in his right elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2013

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Kam Mickolio felt discomfort in his left glute while fielding a grounder hit by Takahiro Arai to lead-off the 9th in tonight's game against Hanshin.  He faced one more batter before leaving the game.  The team is waiting to see how Mickolio is feeling tomorrow before they make any decisions on what steps to take next.

Source: Sponichi 8/6/2013, Daily Sports 8/6/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank today.  He was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 0-for-1 -- BB, BB, F7.  This was his first game since May 3 (vs Yakult at Koshien).  Assuming he is feeling ok, he will most likely play the field on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 8/6/2013

Fukudome could return to the active roster as soon as the 9th, if not some time on or after the 13th.

Source: Sponichi 8/6/2013

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left knee) started taking some light batting practice today (about twenty minutes, indoors).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Tomotaka Sakaguchi is having problems with his lower back.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 8/6/2013

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Orix Buffaloes: Still no timetable on Tomotaka Sakaguchi

by on Jul.23, 2012 @ 11:16 pm, under NPB
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Tomotaka Sakaguchi suffered a right acromioclavicular joint dislocation while making a diving catch in a game against the Yomiuri Giants on May 17.  The team was originally informed it would take about ten weeks for a full recovery.  But Sakaguchi only recently (July 11) added bats and baseballs to his workouts.  On Sunday, he threw lollipops during a game of catch at a distance of about twenty meters.  He also did not swing the bat at full speed during soft-toss batting practice.

"I should be getting at bats as a pinch-hitter in Ni-gun games right now.  But I only just started adding some baseball workouts to my routine. ... I need to bring everything back up before I can be of any help to the team," said Sakaguchi.

Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/23/2012

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