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[7/2/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Yuniesky Betancourt (Orix)

by on Jul.03, 2014 @ 3:32 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka missed his second straight game on Wednesday with tightness in his right elbow.  The Tigers are taking it easy with Nishioka because he had elbow problems (inflammation) during spring camp.  He might undergo an evaluation at a hospital if his condition does not improve. Source: Sponichi 7/2/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada (left elbow) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on Wednesday.  He pitched three innings and gave up one run on two hits.  He also struck out three and hit 142km/h on the radar gun. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Zach Lutz still has some pain in the right forearm he took an HBP off of on June 29.  He did not play on Tuesday, but did return to the starting line-up on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 7/2/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura (left knee) could make it back to the active roster in time for the Orix series that begins on July 11 at Seibu Dome.  Depending on his condition, he could skip over the rehab games and be used off the bench until he is ready to play everyday. Source: Sports Hochi 7/2/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yuniesky Betancourt will be returning to the United States to get a second opinion on his right big toe from his doctor in Miami, Florida.  He started complaining about pain in the toe about a month ago and was diagnosed with bursitis.  The Buffaloes are not sure when Betancourt will be able to return since he might need surgery. Source: Sanspo 7/2/2014, Daily Sports 7/2/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Dai-Kang Yoh (left knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri on Wednesday.  He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th, hit a single to center, and was replaced by a pinch-runner.  It was his first game since June 9. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2014

[7/1/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Zach Lutz (Rakuten)

by on Jul.02, 2014 @ 2:26 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi (left shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Tuesday.  He gave up two runs on five hits over six innings of work.  He threw eighty-six pitches, walked one, struck out four, and topped out at 141km/h.  The two runs he allowed came on a two-run home run to Kenji Sato in the 6th.  He is currently scheduled to return to the active roster in time for a start on the 9th against Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 7/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka missed Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows because of tightness in his right elbow.  He participated in pre-game warm-ups and batting practice, but did not fielding practice.  Whether or not plays on Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling before the game. Source: Daily Sports 7/1/2014, Sponichi 7/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Zach Lutz took an HBP off his right forearm during a game against Nippon Ham on June 29.  He was examined at a hospital on Tuesday and diagnosed with a bruise.  He did not play on Tuesday and is a question mark for Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (left knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 0-for-2: F7, Kl. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo (left hamstring) also played in Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Yomiuri.  He entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Inaba in the 6th and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.  It was his first game since June 15. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2014

[6/26/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Shohei Otani (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.27, 2014 @ 4:10 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Koshien on Thursday.  He took fielding practice at third and batted from both sides of the plate during batting practice. Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hoshino might step down as Pacific League All-Star manager so that he can focus on his recovery.  Hoshino recently had surgery to treat the ossification of thoracic yellow ligament and a herniated lumbar disc.  If the decision becomes official, Lotte's Tsutomu Ito could step in as an alternate. Source: Sanspo 6/26/2014 ... All-Star manager/coaching staff selections will formally be made on the 30th. Source: Sponichi 6/26/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura might not be able to play on the 27th because of right elbow discomfort. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani took a batted ball off his left wrist during his start against Yokohama on Wednesday.  He told reporters on Thursday the wrist felt fine. Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2014

[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

[6/21/2014] Injury Report: Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima), Yoshinori Sato (Yakult)

by on Jun.22, 2014 @ 12:02 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto almost sat out Saturday's game against Rakuten when he took a batted ball off his right thumbnail during pre-game fielding practice.  He had it taped and was able to return to practices.  He ended up making the starting line-up, but coaches did consider pulling him because they were worried about his condition. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took ninety-two swings (fifty-three from the right and thirty-nine from the left) during batting practice at Naruohama on Saturday and hit one over the fence.  He also took fielding practice at third. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi was taken off the active roster on May 9 with a fracture in his right ring finger.  He resumed soft-toss batting practice with both hands earlier this month on the 11th.  He joined Ni-gun workouts on Friday and participated in fielding practice.  He also saw nine pitches from Katsuhiro Nakagawa during batting practice and recorded two could-be hits, including one that went over the fence.  During a batting practice scrimmage he hit a double to right-center and walked twice in three trips to the plate against Takayuki Oshima and hit a single to left and a single to center in six plate appearances against Yuki Saito.  He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th against Chunichi.  Assuming no setbacks, he could make it back to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (back of right thigh) could return to the active roster on the 28th (minimum ten days). Source: Tokyo Sports 6/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Saturday.  He tossed a shutout inning and gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one.  This was his second rehab game.  He topped out at 148km/h. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) could return to the active roster some time during a nine-game stretch that begins on July 8.  He is currently scheduled to pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun against Yomiuri on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) might not be ready to return to the active roster until some time in July. Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hohino has been discharged from the hospital. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura did not participate in workouts at Seibu Dome on Friday because he was getting treatment for his right elbow.  Nakamura started feeling discomfort in the elbow during a game against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2014 ... Nakamura did not take pre-game batting practice on Saturday and was left out of the starting line-up.  An examination on Thursday revealed some inflammation. Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2014

[6/18/2014] Injury Report: Shogo Yagi (Nippon Ham), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Jun.19, 2014 @ 3:36 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka played in a Ni-gun game gainst Rakuten on Wednesday and got the start at third.  It was the first time he played defense in a rehab game since his injury. He batted lead-off and went 1-for-4. Source: Sponichi 6/18/2014 ... Nishioka was originally scheduled to get three at bats on Wednesday, but pushed to play through nine innings.  He handled six chances at third without any problems. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2014 ... Nishioka went 1-for-2 in Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Rakuten: single to right; walk then stole second; fly out to deep left. Source: Sponichi 6/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tony Barnette (left knee) worked out with the Ichi-gun players at Jingu Gaien on Wednesday.  The Swallows are expected to add him to the active roster on Thursday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura left Wednesday's game against Chunichi on defense in the 5th because of discomfort in his right elbow.  He is not scheduled for a hospital examination.  The Lions will see how things go with ice treatment. Source: Sponichi 6/18/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shogo Yagi had surgery to treat an acromioclavicular joint injury in his left shoulder. He suffered the injury during practices on the 13th. He will require about three months for a full recovery. Source: Sanspo 6/18/2014
  • Atsunori Inaba (left knee) missed a Ni-gun game against Lotte on Tuesday because of lower back pain caused by fatigue.  The back pain started on the 11th.  It may have been because he was favoring the left knee without knowing it. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo felt discomfort in the back of his left thigh while running the bases during a game against Yakult on the 15th.  He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a mild strain.  He was taken off the active roster on Tuesday to give the injury more time to heal. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2014

[6/17/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama), Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yakult)

by on Jun.18, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) will most likely join the Ichi-gun team after Inter-league play ends. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014 ... Sawamura started a Ni-gun game against Seibu on Tuesday.  He gave up three runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.  He threw ninety-one pitches and topped out at 148km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
  • Itaru Hashimoto (left thigh) might be ready to return to the active roster, but Tatsunori Hara does not want to take any chances and plans to keep him at Ni-gun until he is fully recovered.  That could mean a return some time after Inter-league play. Source: Sanspo 6/17/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He recorded a hit from the right side and stole a base. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2014 ... Nishioka went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Takayuki Kajitani was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday because of pain in the back of his left knee.  He suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014 ... Kajitani made it into Tuesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th.  He hit a double and was replaced by a pinch-runner.
  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo's right calf is not 100 percent. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014 ... Tsutsugo will be taken off the active roster on Wednesday with tightness in the back of his right thigh. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2014 ... This after Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he was thinking about giving Tsutsugo a look as a clean-up hitter. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) threw about 100 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He is currently throwing at seventy to eighty percent.  He could toss batting practice on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
  • Junji Ogawa is hoping Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) will be good enough to return to the active roster some time when the regular season resumes on the 28th. Source: Sponichi 6/17/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu (back) could return to Japan some time during the All-Star break. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014
  • Kensuke Kondo felt discomfort in the back of his left thigh while running the bases during a game against Yakult on the 15th.  He was taken off the active roster on Tuesday with a strain in the back of his left thigh. Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2014
  • Eiichi Koyano (right knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Lotte on Tuesday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted third.  He went 1-for-2: ground out to second, three-run home run to right-center.  This was his first game since May 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2014

[6/14/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Yoshinori Sato (Yakult)

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka will probably get to play in at least six Ni-gun rehab games.  He could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014 ... Nishioka played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Saturday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-3: single to right, ground out to short, double to right. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014, Daily Sports 6/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ren Nakata was hit by a baseball during pre-game practices on Saturday.  Nakata was working out in the outfield during batting practice when a batted ball struck him on the right side of the head after it glanced off the area near his left wrist. Daily Sports 6/14/2014 ... Nakata was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for an examination.  He never lost consciousness and had some swelling in the wrist.  He was diagnosed with a bruise and still made it back to the stadium in time for a relief appearance in the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014
  • Ryuhei Matsuyama was taken off the active roster on Saturday with an injury to his left anterior cruciate ligament. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige felt pain in his left thigh as he ran out a grounder in the top of the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against Orix.  He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning.  There are no plans to take him off the active roster at this point in time. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco had to be replaced by a pinch-runner when he hurt the back of his left thigh while running the bases in the top of the 7th.  The Bay Stars might end up taking him off the active roster. ... Sho Aranami tweaked his right calf during pre-game workouts on Saturday.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

[6/13/2014] Injury Report: Ryuhei Matsuyama (Hiroshima), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin)

by on Jun.14, 2014 @ 1:17 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • There is a chance Tsuyoshi Nishioka could be added to the active roster before the end of Inter-league play. Source: Sanspo 6/13/2014 ... Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Friday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He went 0-for-3: Ks, Ks, G4. The Tigers are planning to give Nishioka at least about twenty trips to the plate before considering him for the active roster.  He will also have to be ready to play defense. Source: Sports Hochi 6/13/2014, Daily Sports 6/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama hurt his left knee while attempting to make a leaping catch in the 6th inning.  He was removed after the play and taken to a hospital in Tokyo where he was diagnosed with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/13/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Ishihara was taken off the active roster on Friday with pain in his right shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 6/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab practice game on the 14th against the Futures.  If he does, it will be his first game since April 13, 2012.  Whether or not he pitches will depend on how he is feeling that day. Source: Sanpso 6/13/2014

[6/12/2014] Injury Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin), Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima)

by on Jun.13, 2014 @ 2:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) threw forty pitches to a standing catcher on Thursday.  It was his third bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took seventy-nine swings during batting practice at Naruohama on Wednesday (forty-one from the right side and thirty-eight from left) and hit four over the fence. Sanspo 6/12/2014 ... Yutaka Wada told reporters Nishioka might be ready to play in games before the end of June. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014 ... Nishioka is scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Friday against Softbank. Source: Sanspo 6/12/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp feel they no longer have to think about taking Kenta Maeda (left side) off the active roster after watching him during workouts on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014 ... Maeda could get a start during the upcoming Rakuten series at Mazda Stadium that begins on the 18th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014
  • Shota Dobayashi (right ring finger) could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on June 27.  Dobayashi was given the green light to use both hands to hit on Tuesday (6/10).  He resumed soft-toss batting practice with both hands on Wednesday (6/11).  Assuming no setbacks, he could join the Ni-gun team some time around the 20th. Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2014 ... Dobayashi swung the bat at close to 100 percent on Wednesday.  He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, lower back) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hanshin on Wednesday.  He pitched two shutout innings in relief and gave up two hits.  His next Ni-gun outing will come on five days of rest against Softbank.  Wednesday's game was Yoshimi's first game in forty-one days.  With no other setbacks, he could join the active roster in early July. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino tweaked his back during his start against the Orix Buffaloes on Wednesday.  His next start could be pushed back to the 21st against Seibu at Yokohama if his back does not improve. Source: Sports Hochi 6/12/2014 ... Ino was examined at a hospital in Osaka.  Nothing unusual was found.  He is currently slated to make his next start as originally planned: the 18th against Lotte at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) resumed bullpen sessions on Wednesday.  He threw thirty-five pitches to a standing catcher. Source: Sanspo 6/12/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Hideto Asamura (left knee) resumed batting practice on Wednesday.  He could make it back to the active roster in time for the start of the regular season on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shohei Otani left Wednesday's game against Yomiuri with a cramp in his right calf.  He told reporters on Thursday the leg was fine. Source: Sponichi 6/12/2014