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[10/26/2014] Rumors: Chihiro Kaneko, Masanori Hayashi

by on Oct.27, 2014 @ 2:59 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko:

  • Kaneko watched Game 3 of the World Series. He showed up at the stadium wearing a hat and black-rimmed glasses. He watched the pre-game ceremonies and stayed until the end. He did not speak to the media.
  • If Kaneko gets posted, there is a good chance his agent in the United States will be Arn Tellem.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2014, Sponichi 10/26/2014

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Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Masanori Hayashi is still not sure what he wants to do with his FA option. He was offered what may have been a three-year deal during talks with the organization on the 20th. The Bay Stars are not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayashi decides to exercise the option to test the waters. Source: Sponichi 10/26/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani was a commentator on Bunka Hoso's radio broadcast of the Nippon Series on Sunday. When commenting the series after the game, he said, "That atmosphere is amazing. It made me want to be on that field. I feel stronger about making sure the Nippon Series takes place at Seibu Dome next year." Source: Sanspo 10/26/2014

[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Chun-Lin Kuo, Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:06 am, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

Softbank Hawks

Orix Buffaloes

  • Chihiro Kaneko told reporters that he had not thought about his FA option yet. He was more concerned about representing Japan at the Suzuki MLB All-Star Series in November. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are willing to do their best to match whatever requests Kaneko might have. Source: Sports Hochi 10/21/2014
  • The Buffaloes are planning to offer Yoshitomo Tani a contract for the 2015 season. Tani is seventy-seven hits away from 2,000. The organization is ready to begin negotiations with Kaneko, Yoshihisa Hirano, Takahiro Mahara, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... The Buffaloes are okay with the four players exercising their FA options before deciding to stay. They also plan to be as flexible as possible with regards to requests they might have. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Team official Ryuzo Setoyama on how negotiations are going with Wily Mo Pena: "They're seeking a contract for a top-level foreign player, but Pena did not really perform to expectations beginning in September. I think negotiations will not go the way they'd like them to go." Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Pena could be seeking a multi-year deal worth over 200 million yen a year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Luis Mendoza and Michael Crotta will most likely return next year. Juan Miranda is a question mark. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Nippon Ham will reportedly part ways with Miranda and Anthony Carter. Mendoza is in the middle of a two-year deal and the Fighters hold an option on Crotta for the 2015 season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Nippon Ham would like Naoki Miyanishi to stay and might be willing to go three years on a contract depending on negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Miyanishi thinks staying with the Fighters might be his best option, but is fifty-fifty on the decision. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Kensuke Tanaka is on the radar. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

[10/19/2014] Rumors: Jose Lopez, Chris Seddon (Yomiuri), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi)

by on Oct.20, 2014 @ 6:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson left Japan on the 19th. Lopez is a question mark for next season. He is interested in returning. Mathieson will be in the second year of a two-year deal in 2015. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Leslie Anderson might require left elbow surgery during the winter. There is a good chance the Giants will ask him back. Frederich Cepeda will most likely return. The Giants are expected to part ways with Chris Seddon. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei and Kentaro Nishimura both earned domestic FA options this year. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • The Giants are planning to look into Chihiro Kaneko. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014 ... The Giants will be keeping an eye on Yulieski Gourriel and Alfredo Despaigne. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014 ... The Giants are not planning to offer Cepeda a contract for 2015 and are looking into Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Ni-gun manager Katsuo Hirata could be reassigned to Ichi-gun head coach. Ni-gun chief/hitting coach Hideo Furuya could take over as Ni-gun manager. Ichi-gun general coach Haruki Yoshitake could join the front office. Source: Sanspo 10/19/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura earned their domestic FA options this year. They are expected to meet team officials on the 20th to discuss their options. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014
  • Kenta Maeda has not given up on his dream to play in the Majors and would like to head overseas sooner rather than later. This winter may not be in the cards. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai on his FA option: "There was a time when I wanted to know what kind of interest other teams had in me, but not anymore. More than that, I learned that I have a really strong bond with this team (Chunichi)." Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Kiyoshi Nakahata would like to see Yulieski Gourriel return to the Bay Stars next season. Nakahata plans to work him harder if he does. "I treated him like a guest this year, things will be different next year. He doesn't really seem interested in defense. He doesn't like practicing, but he will have to if he does not want to become a distraction. I'll sit down and talk to him about it [if he comes back]." Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like Hiroyasu Tanaka and Ryoji Aikawa to return in 2015. They are expected to begin negotiations with the two players soon. Source: Daily Sports 10/19/2014

Rakuten Eagles

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are putting together a list of foreign player candidates in case negotiations with Wily Mo Pena fall through. Kila Ka'aihue is one of the candidates on the list. There may be other players with NPB experience on the list. Source: Sponichi 10/19/2014

[10/18/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Kila Ka’aihue (Hiroshima)

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The media learned Kila Ka'aihue will not be returning to Hiroshima next year. There is a good chance Zach Phillips will be offered a contract. Bryan Bullington was offered a contract, but Kam Mickolio is still a question mark. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai is expected to inform the Dragons of his decision when the two sides get together for their second meeting. He does not appear interested in testing the free agent market. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Yamai has not made a decision yet and could still exercise his FA option. He hopes to finalize his plans during his second meeting. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... According to a Sanspo report, Yamai may have been offered a multi-year deal worth over 100 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/18/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • The Marines have given Yoshihisa Naruse permission to skip fall practices and spend time away from the team to think about what he wants to do with his FA option. He could meet with team officials again early next week. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena left Japan out of Osaka Airport on Saturday. Before leaving, he told reporters he was disappointed the Buffaloes finished in second and wanted to do more to help the team next year, if given the chance. He also said he was not looking for anything specific in his contract and would rather return to Orix next year if possible. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena told reporters he still felt pain in his right pectoralis major and planned to have it examined on the Monday after he returned to the United States. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014 ... Pena is seeking a mult-year deal. Orix is thinking more along the lines of a one-year contract. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2014
  • The Buffaloes are interested in the KBO's Won-Kun Chang. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

[10/13/2014] Rumors: Brad Eldred, Deunte Heath, Wily Mo Pena

by on Oct.14, 2014 @ 1:14 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • The Carp would like to sign Eishin Soyogi (34) and Shogo Kimura (34) to contracts for the 2015 season. Deunte Heath (29), Brad Eldred (34), and Rainel Rosario (25) will likely return (Rosario will be in the second year of a four-year deal next season). Zach Phillips (28) might get asked back as a starter. Brian Bullington (34), Kam Mickolio (30), and Kila Ka'aihue (30) are still question marks. Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014 ... Hiroshima holds 2015 options on Ka'aihue and Phillips. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014 ... Eldred, Bullington, and Heath will be returning to the United States on the 14th. Hiroshima holds an option on Eldred for the 2015 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
  • Katsuhiro Nagakawa (33) earned has an international FA option, but will likely return next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • According to Sanspo, the Buffaloes are planning to part ways with Wily Mo Pena and will shift their attention toward the talent pool in Cuba. Source: Sanspo 10/13/2014

[10/12/2014] Orix Buffaloes Injury Report: Wily Mo Pena, Keiichi Hirano

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 10:21 pm, under NPB
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Wily Mo Pena was taken off the active roster today. The Buffaloes informed the media that Pena complained of pain in his right chest during practices on Friday. He was examined at a hospital in Kobe after Saturday's game and diagnosed with inflammation in the right pectoralis major. It is unknown how long it will take for a full recovery. He was not at the stadium on Sunday and was recuperating at home.

Since Pena was taken off the active roster, he will not be eligible to return until the 22nd, at the earliest. This means he will not be able to participate in the Final Stage of the Climax Series, if the Buffaloes advance.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Daily Sports 10/12/2014

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Keiichi Hirano left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. He started feeling the tightness after running out a grounder to second in the 1st inning. He was removed from the game on defense in the 2nd. He received ice treatment and did not go to the hospital. The Buffaloes will take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[5/5/2014] Injury Report: Hiroki Uemoto (Hanshin), Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on May.05, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was left out of the starting line-up on Monday because of tightness in the adductor muscle in his right leg. Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Sunday.  It was his first session with a squatting catcher since spring camp. Source: Sanspo 5/5/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee fouled a ball off his left foot during pre-game batting practice on Sunday.  He made the starting line-up against Rakuten, but was replaced on defense in the 6th as a precaution (there was still some swelling). Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th of Monday's game against Lotte because of pain in his lower back.  Pena may have tweaked the area when he swung the bat during his plate appearance in the 3rd.  The Buffaloes will wait to see how he is feeling on Tuesday before deciding what to do next. Source: Sponichi 5/5/2014

[4/8/2014] Injury Report: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri), Takeya Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Apr.08, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • The bruise Shinnosuke Abe suffered when he took an HBP off his left calf on the 5th was apparently worse than originally diagnosed and may keep him out of the starting line-up for a little while.  Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2014 ... Abe could be available as a pinch-hitter.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura might not make it to the active roster until some during or after May.  Nakamura has suffered a couple of setbacks that have made it difficult for the Lions to set a timetable.  He was slowed by discomfort in his left side in February, appeared ready to return to action in March, only to begin complaining of back tightness.  He then got a fever.  As of now, he is still about two weeks away from swinging the bat a full strength.  Once he is able to take full swings, he will most likely need about two weeks of playing time at Ni-gun.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena was replaced by a pinch-runner as a precaution after he took an HBP off his left wrist in the 8th inning of tonight's game against Lotte.  He told reporters he should be okay for Wednesday's game.  Source: Sponichi 4/8/2014

[3/20/2014] PL Injury Report: Naoya Masuda (Lotte), Wily Mo Pena (Orix), Shota Ono (Nippon Ham)

by on Mar.20, 2014 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura (left side) did not swing at any of the five pitches he saw when he struck out looking in his first, and only, at bat on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 3/20/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Naoya Masuda may not be ready for opening day because of discomfort in his right elbow.  He has not pitched since the 9th and will continue his workouts at Ni-gun.  Takashi Ogino (right knee) will also be sent down to Ni-gun.  Source: Sponichi 3/20/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena (right side) participated in Ichi-gun practices on Thursday.  He is expected to play in Friday's exhibition game against Hanshin at Kyocera Dome.  Yoshitomo Tani (left foot) will join the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  Source: Sponichi 3/20/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Shota Ono (left ankle sprain) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Seibu on Wednesday.  He was the starting catcher and batted second.  He went 0-for-2: 2B8/9, BB.  This was his first game since he sprained his ankle while running the bases against Lotte on February 20.  He is still having a little trouble running, but has not given up on the possibility of making the opening day roster.  Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2014 ... Ono is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2014