Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

Tag: Tony Blanco

[11/24/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Alfredo Despaigne, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Nov.25, 2014 @ 2:43 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Hanshin Tigers have made the best offer to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) so far, according to people close to the situation. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

Leslie Anderson, Frederich Cepeda, Scott Mathieson, and Hector Mendoza will most likely return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2014

Ryosuke Hirata (26) is not planning to accept the Chunichi Dragons' terms for 2015 until he is fully satisfied he is getting paid his fair share, even if it means negotiations run into next year. Source: Sponichi 11/24/2014

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne (28) to return to their team next year. They are planning to offer a salary of about 200 million yen plus permissions to skip spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 11/24/2014

The Softbank Hawks may be close to announcing an agreement with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Eiichi Koyano heading to the Orix Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions will most likely check the overseas market for third basemen, in addition to a starting pitcher. Source: Daily Sports 11/24/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sanspo 11/24/2014

[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/19/2014] Rumors: Chris Capuano, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.20, 2014 @ 2:07 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Chris Capuano (36) is open to playing in Japan after watching Hiroki Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014 ... Seibu Lions' executive Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters they were contacted by Capuano. Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2014

The Seibu Lions will wait for Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) to make the next move. They are not planning to make adjustments to their current offer, which is believed to be four years at over 400 million yen. They are also said to be prepared to give him the number three and the everyday job at third base, batting third. They expect to hear from Nakajima some time in December. Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2014 ... Scott Boras reportedly told the Hanshin Tigers during negotiations that he received good offers from other NPB teams. The Tigers are concerned their offer may no longer be enough and are making adjustments that they plan to submit later this week. This will most likely be their last/best offer. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/19/2014

The Tigers held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce Yuto Morikoshi (26). He was assigned the number 37. Source: official announcement

The Yokohama Bay Stars held a press conference on Wednesday for Shun Tono (28). He has been assigned the number 00. Source: official announcement

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in Kam Mickolio (30) and Tony Blanco (34). Source: Sponichi 11/19/2014

[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

[9/26/2014] Injury Report: Dai-Kang Yoh (Nippon Ham), Shoichi Ino (Yokohama)

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 3:45 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino left Friday's game against Yomiuri with discomfort in his right elbow -- he was removed after throwing one pitch to Yoshiyuki Kamei in the 6th inning. He will be examined at a hospital in Yokohama on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014
  • Tony Blanco's season likely ended on Thursday when he suffered another injury to the back of his right thigh while running the bases in the 6th inning against the Hanshin Tigers. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh suffered a minor bruise on his right shoulder when he banged off the outfield wall while attempting to catch a ball in the 7th inning of Friday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He was removed from the game after the play and is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014

[9/25/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Luis Cruz (Lotte)

by on Sep.26, 2014 @ 2:55 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco hurt the back of his right thigh while running the bases in the 5th inning of Thursday's game against Hanshin. He will be examined at a hospital on Friday. Source: Sponichi 9/25/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday and diagnosed with an injury to his left abdominal oblique that will require two to three weeks for a full recovery. Barnette was taken off the active roster on the 23rd and will not pitch again this season. He is expected to return to the United States. Source: Sponichi 9/25/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takuya Toyoda was removed from Thursday's game after he developed a cramp in his right leg. Toyoda was in his third inning of work and was pulled after walking the lead-off hitter in the 3rd inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae and Luis Cruz were taken off the active roster on Thursday. Imae with pain in his left calf and Cruz with an injury to a ligament near the base of his left thumb. Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2014

[7/17/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Ryuji Ichioka (Hiroshima)

by on Jul.18, 2014 @ 12:08 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , ,

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) could return to the Ichi-gun roster in time for the Yakult series that begins on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/17/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel tweaked his left side while swinging the bat during Wednesday's game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium.  He returned to Tokyo on Thursday and will go to the hospital on Saturday for an examination. Source: Sanspo 7/17/2014 ... The Bay Stars are preparing for the worst because there is a chance Gourriel might be out for an extended period of time.  The last thing they want to do is rush him back and risk further injury. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014
  • Tony Blanco (left thigh) is expected to join the Ichi-gun team for the first game after the All-Star break. Source: Sponichi 7/17/2014

[7/11/2014] Injury Report: Kyosuke Takagi (Yomiuri), Wladimir Balentien (Yakult)

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 4:48 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Yomiuri Giants

  • Kyosuke Takagi was involved in a car accident on Friday and suffered a bruise on his right arm.  The incident took place at 6:55am on a road in Kawasaki, Kanagawa.  Takagi was on his way to practices at Giants Stadium when an oncoming car suddenly swerved into his lane.  The driver in the other car told police he turned the steering wheel to avoid a car that was trying to merge into his lane in front of him.  The driver was not hurt. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Araki (right index finger) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Friday.  He got the start at second and batted second.  He went 1-for-1: doubled to left in the 1st and walked in the 2nd.  This was his first rehab game. Source: Sanspo 7/11/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco (left hamstring) is still only at about forty percent.  He will remain at Ni-gun until he is fully healed. Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday.  He was the starting designated hitter against Yokohama and batted third.  He went 2-for-2: infield single in the 1st, single to center in the 4th.  He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 4th.  It was his first game since June 13.  He will get three at bats and the start in left during Saturday's Ni-gun game against Yokohama.  If everything is okay, he could join the Ichi-gun team on the 13th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2014, Sponichi 7/11/2014 ... Junji Ogawa told reporters on Thursday that they would consider calling Balentien up after he plays in at least two Ni-gun games, gets at least five at bats, and also has a chance to show he is ready on defense. Source: Sponichi 7/11/2014
  • Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (left biceps femoris) was scratched from Friday's Ni-gun rehab game because he was still favoring his leg while running the bases.  He should be okay for either Saturday or Sunday's Ni-gun game. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2014

[6/17/2014] Yokohama Bay Stars: Blanco, Aranami diagnosed with muscle strains

by on Jun.17, 2014 @ 9:49 pm, under NPB
Tags: , ,

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Tony Blanco and Sho Aranami were diagnosed with muscle strains.

  • Blanco suffered his injury while running the bases during a game against Softbank on the 14th.  He was diagnosed with a strain in his left biceps femoris muscle.
  • Aranami hurt his calf during pre-game practices on the 14th.  He was diagnosed with a strain in his right calf.

No word on how long the two players will be out.  Both players were taken off the active roster on Sunday.

Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014

[6/15/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Esteban German (Orix)

by on Jun.16, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazunari Tsuruoka (left side) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Sunday.  He was the starting catcher and batted seventh.  He played through to the 5th and went 1-for-2. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama (left knee) will be re-examined within the next couple of days. Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco was taken off the active roster on Sunday after he hurt the back of his left thigh while running the bases during Saturday's game against Softbank. Source: Sanspo 6/15/2014 ... Blanco will most likely need at least one month for a full recovery.  He might be able to return to the active roster some time in August. Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2014
  • Sho Aranami was also taken off the active roster on Sunday.  He hurt his right calf during pre-game fielding practice. Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) pitched in a game on Saturday for the first time since April 13, 2012.  Of the twenty-one pitches he threw, eleven were in the 150km/h range.  For Sato to make it to the active roster, he will have to throw 100 pitches in four to five games and be ready to pitch on six days of rest. Source: Sanspo 6/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi resumed pitching practices on Sunday.  He mixed in all his pitches and threw eighty-four.  If things go well, he could return to the active roster in time for a start on the 21st against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 6/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Esteban German ran into a little bad luck on Saturday: he took a batted ball off the inner portion of his left knee while running the bases in between second and third during pre-game practices; and he fouled a ball off his left foot during his at bat in the 3rd inning.  Source: Sponichi 6/15/2014 ... German was left out of the starting line-up on Sunday to give him some extra time for rest and recovery. Source: Sponichi 6/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2014