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[10/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.23, 2014 @ 10:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tomoyuki Sugano will hold workouts in Arizona in December before the team's first place celebration trip to Hawaii. He will return to Arizona after his return to Hawaii. He also plans to head overseas in January and stay overseas until spring camp because he found it difficult to prepare in the cold weather in Japan last year. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/2014, Sponichi 10/23/2014
  • Hisayoshi Chono is planning to have right knee surgery. Damage was found in the meniscus during a hospital examination. It could take three to four months for a full recovery. There is a chance he might not be ready for spring camp next year. He is also scheduled to have surgery to clean out his right elbow. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014
  • Leslie Anderson returned to Florida out of Narita Airport on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima will be working on his base-running skills during fall camp. He has already started making adjustments to his lead during fall practices. Source: Sponichi 10/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Tetsuto Yamada will be signing an advisory contract with Magniflex. Source: Sanspo 10/23/2014

[10/20/2014] Free Agents and Rumors: Masanori Hayashi (Yokohama), Yulieski Gourriel

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 10:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • The Tigers are interested in Motohiro Shima and Naoki Miyanishi. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Eishin Soyogi and Shogo Kimura each met team official Kiyoaki Suzuki on Monday. It was their first meeting regarding the 2015 season. The two will likely be given offers during their second meeting some time next week. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sports Hochi 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Veterans Daisuke Miura and Hitoshi Tamura met with team officials in Yokohama on Monday. Tatsuhiko Kinjo is also expected to meet team officials shortly. All three players have FA options. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014
  • The Bay Stars are planning to offer, or have already offered, Masanori Hayashi a three-year contract with a large bump in salary. They met the thirty-one-year-old pitcher for their first round of negotiations on Monday. Yokohama is not planning to keep their offer on the table if Hayasahi exercises his FA option. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/21/2014
  • Yulieski Gourriel held a press conference in Cuba and said. "There are other goods teams like Yomiuri, but if I could pick, I would choose to return to DeNA. The manager, players, interpreter, and fans treated me well. The fans in Japan are the best." Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

[10/20/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 9:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Tatsunori Hara visited Yomiuri headquarters in Tokyo on Monday. He gave top advisor Tsuneo Watanabe and team owner Kojiro Shiraishi his report on the 2014 season. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Hara went through 113 different batting orders during the regular season. One of his goals during the off-season is to make sure he does not go through as many different orders next year. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano is not planning to slow his rehab program down just because the Giants failed to make the Nippon Series. He played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Sunday. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Yoshinobu Takahashi (right middle finger) took outdoor batting practice at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He swung the bat forty times and hit two over the fence. It was his first outdoor session since he hurt his finger in September. Source: Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Leslie Anderson is planning to get his left elbow cleaned out during the off-season. He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 10/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Fall practices under new manager Koichi Ogata began at Mazda Stadium on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 10/20/2014 ... Ogata would like Rainel Rosario to attend fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014
  • Ichi-gun infield/base coach Shinji Ko was named Ni-gun interim manager. His first day on the job will be Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014 ... Ko is planning to give Seiya Suzuki opportunities to play short. Since joining the group in Miyazaki after the Climax Series on the 15th, Suzuki has played the outfield and third. Ogata told reporters he wanted to give Suzuki looks at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are thinking about offering Meiji University coach Kosuke Matsuoka a coaching job next year. Source: Sanspo 10/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa tossed forty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday. It was his first session since the end of the regular season. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato will be attending fall camp for the first time in four years. He has already tossed two bullpen sessions during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/21/2014 ... Yoshinori threw seventy-six pitches in the bullpen on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/21/2014
  • Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) appeared at a talk event in Tokyo on Sunday and told fans that he could be okay to begin pitching in exhibition games some time in late-March next year. He resumed playing catch on Saturday. He is slated to play catch outdoors on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his right elbow back in April. Source: Sanspo 10/20/2014, Sponichi 10/20/2014

[10/20/2014] Yakult Swallows: Fall Camp Roster

by on Oct.21, 2014 @ 7:34 am, under NPB
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Fall camp will take place at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama between November 3 and November 21. There will be days off on November 7, 12, and 17.

Roster

Pos Name JPN Name ENG
P 由規 Sato, Yoshinori
P 石山 泰稚 Ishiyama, Taichi
P 秋吉 亮 Akiyoshi, Ryo
P 村中 恭兵 Muranaka, Kyohei
P 木谷 良平 Kiya, Ryohei
P 杉浦 稔大 Sugiura, Toshihiro
P 久古 健太郎 Kyuko, Kentaro
P 小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro
P 古野 正人 Furuno, Masato
P 赤川 克紀 Akagawa, Katsuki
P 児山 祐斗 Koyama, Yuto
P 徳山 武陽 Tokuyama, Takeaki
P 山中 浩史 Yamanaka, Hirofumi
P 八木 亮祐 Yagi, Ryosuke
C 西田 明央 Nishida, Akihisa
C 藤井 亮太 Fujii, Ryota
C 中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei
INF 西浦 直亨 Nishiura, Naomichi
INF 川端 慎吾 Kawabata, Shingo
INF 森岡 良介 Morioka, Ryosuke
INF 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto
INF 荒木 貴裕 Araki, Takahiro
INF 谷内 亮太 Yachi, Ryota
INF 今浪 隆博 Imanami, Takahiro
OF 比屋根 渉 Hiyane, Wataru
OF 川上 竜平 Kawakami, Ryuhei
OF 雄平 Takai, Yuhei
OF 上田 剛史 Ueda, Tsuyoshi
OF 松井 淳 Matsui, Jun
OF 川崎 成晃 Kawasaki, Nariaki

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Source: official announcement

[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] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.19, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Shinnosuke Abe went 2-for-16 during the Final Stage. He batted clean-up in all four games. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014
  • Tomoyuki Sugano (right elbow) worked out at Giants Stadium on Saturday. He did some long distance throwing and maxed out at about seventy meters. It was the longest distance he threw since he resumed throwing after his injury. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014 ... Sugano could throw pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen as early as the 21st. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda was a guest commentator on the broadcast for the Hanshin-Yomiuri Final Stage Climax Series game on Saturday. When asked about posting, he replied, "I'm not really sure, I need to talk things over with the team first. This is not something I alone can decide." Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Shuhei Takahashi had to field 200 grounders after a game of rock, scissor, paper with Motonobu Tanshige on the 17th. Tanishige spent about an hitting balls to Takahashi. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Fall practices under new manager Mitsuru Manaka started at Jingun Gaien on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 10/18/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) participated in fall practices. After playing some catch, he threw fifty pitches in the bullpen. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2014
  • There is a chance Wladimir Balentien will miss spring camp next year. Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles tendon earlier this month on the 1st and could require about six months for a full recovery. The Swallows will request his presence at spring camp if he is healthy enough, but will not force him to attend if he still needs time. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2014

[10/17/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.18, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • New manager Koichi Ogata expressed interest in checking on available talent at the twelve team tryouts on November 9 and 20. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014
  • Ogata is planning to give Seiya Suzuki looks at short and third, beginning at fall camp. Ogata feels the outfield is a wasted position for Suzuki. He likes his arm strength and believes he has the ability to make accurate throws on deep plays at third and short. Source: Daily Sports 10/17/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Masahiro Yamamoto's right eye retinal detachment was not serious. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Nagoya. He will be released within the next few days and will require rest through to the end of the month to avoid recurrence. The detachment was discovered during an eye exam. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to decrease the number of foreign players under contract from six to five next season (four at Ichi-gun and one at Ni-gun). Wladimir Balentien and Lastings Milledge are in the middle of multi-year deals and will return next year. There is a good chance Orlando Roman will also be back in 2015. Tony Barnette, Chris Narveson, and Chris Carpenter are question marks. Source: Sponichi 10/17/2014
  • Scout Takayuki Saito will be reassigned to Ni-gun hitting coach. The Swallows are expected to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as Ni-gun pitching coach and Shintaro Muzitani a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Ichi-gun battery coach Kosei Ono will most likely join the front office. Source: Sports Hochi 10/17/2014

[10/16/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.17, 2014 @ 2:38 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto started a Phoenix League game against Nippon Ham on Thursday. He gave up three runs on four hits over five innings of work. He had a shutout going until he served up a three-run homer to Tatsuya Morimoto with two out in the 4th inning. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014
  • Takuya Asao worked out at Nagoya Stadium on Thursday. He wore black-rimmed glasses because his contacts were causing irritation. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada (right hand) should be able to resume playing catch this month. He has started a physical training program to regain lost muscle in his right arm. He plans to work through to the end of the year. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2014
  • The Dragons announced that Masahiro Yamamoto had surgery to treat a retinal detachment in his right eye on October 2. His recovery is going well. He should be able to start practices in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows are planning to offer Toshihide Narimoto a job as a Ni-gun pitching coach. Shintaro Muzitani could be offered a job as Ni-gun infield/base coach. Scout Takayuki Saito could be re-assigned to Ni-gun hitting caoch. Ni-gun manager Akimitsu Ito, Ni-gun hitting coach Takao Ise, and Ni-gun outfield/base coach Katsuyuki Dobashi will likely remain at their current position. Ni-gun hitting coach Takahiro Ikeyama could become Ni-gun general coach. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2014

[10/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.16, 2014 @ 1:26 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Leandro Mella will return to the United States on the 16th. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase is not ready to call it quits, but is prepared to approach next season as if it might be his last -- if he cannot be a closer, he will either be fired or will quit. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/15/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi, Daisuke Yamai, and Iwase began their workouts at World Wing training facilities on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 10/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Fall practices began at Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014
  • General manager Shigeru Takada met coaches at the Ni-gun facilities in Yokosuka on Tuesday. A number of changes were decided. Hitting/strategy coach Tatsuya Shindo will become head coach; Ni-gun manager Iwao Omura will be re-assigned to Ichi-gun hitting coach; and assistant general manager Daisuke Yamashita will take over as Ni-gun manager. Source: Sports Hochi 10/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) will not get to pitch during the Phoenix League. He is scheduled to participate in fall practices that begins at Jingu on the 18th. Source: Sponichi 10/15/2014 ... Yoshinori could attend fall camp depending on his condition during fall practices. Source: Daily Sports 10/15/2014

[10/14/2014] Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Oct.15, 2014 @ 2:56 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yuta Muto is planning to work on pitching from the wind-up. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014
  • Katsuki Matayoshi left for the Dominican Republic out of Chubu International Airport on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow, right wrist) threw thirty pitches to a half-squatting catcher during workouts on Monday. He is hoping to close fall camp out by throwing to a squatting catcher. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • The Swallows would like to play up to four exhibition games against outside teams during fall camp in November. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/14/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) is tossing about two bullpen session a week. He is hoping to attend Ichi-gun fall camp. Source: Daily Sports 10/14/2014
  • The turf will be replaced at Jingu Stadium for the first time since 2008. The old turf will be used to replace the tattered turf in the indoor training facility. The mound will also be touched up. Total construction will cost an estimated 300 million yen. Source: Sanspo 10/14/2014, Sanspo 10/14/2014