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[4/17/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Tony Blanco out with left thigh strain

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 8:49 pm, under NPB
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Tony Blanco felt pain behind his left thigh while sliding into second in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya today diagnosed with a strain in his left biceps femoris muscle. He was taken off the active roster. He could require about a month for a full recovery.

Norihiro Nakamura is expected to take Blanco's spot on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2014Sponichi 4/17/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/17/2014, Sports Hochi 4/17/2014

[4/16/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Kevin Youkilis (Rakuten)

by on Apr.17, 2014 @ 12:57 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda worked out at Mazda Stadium on Wednesday.  He resumed playing catch and slowly stretched out his arm until he was throwing at a maximum distance of about sixty meters.  Maeda told reporters he threw the ball light and easy and felt no pain.  He is planning to throw harder on Thursday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2014 ... The Carp will wait to make a decision on Maeda until Thursday.  If he is okay, he will most likely start a game on the 20th against Yokohama.  If not, he could be taken off the active roster.  It was the first time he played catch in four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday.  He faced eight hitters, gave up two hits, and struck out three.  He could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 1 against Orix at Nagoya Stadium.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco felt pain in the back of his left thigh after sliding into second in the 4th inning of Wednesday's game against Chunichi.  He was taken out of the game on defense in the 5th.  Blanco has been playing through discomfort in the same area.  The Bay Stars are concerned about his condition.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Kevin Youkilis hurt his left thumb while running the bases during a game against Lotte on the 11th.  He missed Tuesday's game against Softbank and was examined at a hospital in Sendai on Wednesday.  He was diagnosed with a jammed thumb.  The Eagles are hoping he will be okay for the Nippon Ham series at kobo Stadium that begins on the 18th.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae missed Wednesday's game against Seibu because of lower back pain.  Source: Sponichi 4/16/2014

[4/14/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda started having problems with his right elbow during spring camp.  The Tigers shut him down and he has yet to start playing catch.  There is currently no timetable on him.  There is a good chance he will miss the first-half of the season.  Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda is scheduled to play some catch on the 16th.  The Carp will wait to make a decision on him until they have had a chance to see how he is feeling on the 16th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014 ... If Maeda is okay to pitch, he could get a start during a Yokohama series that begins on the 18th.  The 20th, on seven days of rest, is a possibility.  Looking to next week, Kenjiro Nomura is hoping Maeda will be okay for the Yomiuri series that begins on the 25th.  If Maeda needs rest, the Carp could take him off the active roster as late as the 17th without losing him as an option to start the last game of the Yomiuri series on the 27th.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014, Sanspo 4/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco missed the games over the weekend because of tightness in his left calf.  He is still considered day-to-day.  His status on Tuesday will depend on how he feels during pre-game practices.  Source: Sponichi 4/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba had surgery to clean out his left knee at a hospital in Sapporo on Monday.  He will stay in the hospital for a couple of days before beginning his rehab at the Ni-gun facilities in Chiba.  He will require five to six weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[4/11/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Ryosuke Morioka (Yakult)

by on Apr.12, 2014 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco was pulled from Friday's game on defense in the 3rd with discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  He may not be able to play on Saturday.  Toshiki Kurobane was taken out of the game after taking an HBP off his right hand in the 9th.  3rd round draft pick Hiroki Minei could be called up if Kurobane is unable to play.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Ryosuke Morioka hurt his right side when he hit a single to right in the 6th inning of Friday's game against Yokohama.  He remained in the game and was replaced by a pinch-runner after picking up his third hit of the game, an infield single in the 8th.  He is considered day-to-day.  Source: Sponichi 4/11/2014

[4/9/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Tony Blanco (Yokohama)

by on Apr.09, 2014 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe (left calf) resumed practices on Tuesday.  His workouts included light running and playing catch.  He could return to the starting line-up in time for the Hanshin series that begins on the 11th.  Source: Sanpso 4/9/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru took an HBP off the area near the ear-flap of his helmet in the 3rd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  He remained in the game and was later taken to the hospital as a precaution.  He was in the starting line-up on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) tossed batting practice on Wednesday.  It was his second session since his surgery.  He threw seventy-two pitches.  He will begin pitching in batting practice scrimmages on six days of rest.  If everything goes well, he could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on April 30.  Source: Sponichi 4/9/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco ended pre-game batting practice early on Tuesday because of a discomfort in his left wrist.  He still managed to hit a grand slam in the 7th.  He hit another home run on Wednesday.  Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2014, Sports Hochi 4/9/2014

[2/11/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars News and Notes

by on Feb.12, 2014 @ 12:23 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Miura Bullpen 2/11 172 Has now thrown 1,129 or 1,130 pitches during camp.  Sanspo 2/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/11/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Tony Blanco's swing speed was clocked at 158km/h by SSK's Multi Speed Tester-II.  Source: Daily Sports 2/11/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita, 2nd round draft pick Shingo Hirata, and 4th round draft pick Tomoya Mikami are scheduled to pitch in a practice game against Nippon Ham on the 15th.  Source: Sponichi 2/11/2014
  • Kazuki Mishima got tips on how to practice and throw the curve from Kimiyasu Kudo on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2014

[9/18/2013] Injury Updates: Blanco (YOK), Nishikawa (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.18, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are hoping Tony Blanco (right hamstring) will be able to return to the starting line-up on the 21st against Chunichi.   He was examined at a hospital earlier today and checked in at the stadium around 1:00pm, but did not participate in practices and did not play in tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He has missed three game so far.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013Sanspo 9/18/2013, Sports Hochi 9/18/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Haruki Nishikawa was hit in the head with a pitch thrown by Randy Williams in the 8th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions.  He was removed and taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa for a CT scan.  There was no apparent damage to the brain.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) tossed another bullpen session today, his second in as many days.  If his shoulder is feeling ok, he could pitch in a rehab game this week.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2013

[9/18/2013] Injury Updates: Nakata (CHU), Blanco (YOK), Nakata (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.18, 2013 @ 5:02 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Kenichi Nakata took a batted ball off his left chest during practices on the 15th.  He was scratched from his start today against Yomiuri because he had trouble throwing the ball.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Tony Blanco started feeling discomfort in his right hamstring during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 12th.  He is considered day-to-day and decided not to play on Tuesday after talking things over with the trainer.

Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) started take soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday.  He could return to the active roster as early as the 22nd (vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome) -- he is scheduled for another examination in Sapporo on the 20th, will participate in Ichi-gun practices on the 21st, and if everything is ok, could be called up on the 22nd.

Nakata is currently using a bat with a thinner handle to take the strain off his left hand.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/17/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi felt pain in a different part of his left shoulder on the 13th.  He tossed his first bullpen session since then on Tuesday.  He threw forty pitches and did not feel any pain.

Source: Sanspo 9/17/2013, Sports Hochi 9/17/2013

[9/13/2013] Injury Updates: Nomaguchi (YOM), Morgan, Blanco (YOK), Nakata (HAM), Shimauchi (RAK)

by on Sep.13, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

The Giants announced today that Takahiko Nomaguchi will require reconstructive surgery on his right elbow (medial collateral ligament).  Pain as sidelined Nomaguchi since a Ni-gun game against Seibu on May 29.  Surgery was his best option because his condition was not improving.

Nomaguchi will undergo the procedure on the 21st.  He will remain in the hospital for about a week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan (fouled a ball off his right knee) and Tony Blanco (hurt right hamstring while running to first) are considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 9/13/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky fracture) returned to Kamagaya from Sapporo today.  He will resume workouts at the Ni-gun facilities on Saturday.  He could begin taking batting practice in four to five days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiroaki Shimauchi hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a catch a ball hit by Orix Buffalo Aarom Baldiris in the 9th inning.  The Eagles will wait to see how he is feeling over the next couple of days before deciding what steps to take next.  He is currently not scheduled to go to the hospital.

Source: Sponichi 9/13/2013