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[2/14/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Yoshinori Tateyama, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.14, 2014 @ 3:57 pm, under MLB
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Tsuyoshi Wada will be late to camp because of delays in obtaining his visa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014

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Yoshinori Tateyama is also apparently experiencing some delays with his visa and may not be able to make camp until the 16th (17th Japan time), at the earliest.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014

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Masahiro Tanaka tossed a bullpen session on the 13th: five to a standing catcher and twenty-three to a squatting catcher (including breaking pitches).  Pitching coach Larry Rothschild watched over the session; Francisco Cervelli caught the session.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014Daily Sports 2/14/2014, Daily Sports 2/14/2014

Comments from Rothschild and Cervelli, via the New York Posts' Dan Martin:

... “He only threw 25 pitches,” Cervelli said. “We have to see the whole spring training.’’

... Asked what he thought of the splitter, Cervelli said: “It was good. Today was windy and a little chilly. … In spring training, we’re going to see more of Tanaka.”

... “The fastball comes out so well,” said Cervelli, who will be fighting for a backup job this spring. “His mechanics are so smooth.”

... “I think the adjustments are going to be made, it’s just a question of how long it takes,” Rothschild said. “I’m trying right now to moderate his schedule according to what he’s done in the past because he’s stayed healthy throughout his career.”

... “We’ve got plenty of time,” Rothschild said. “He’s got to get into games and into the season and [see] just how he reacts to the different schedule. It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a process.”

That process will include not only a new schedule, but a different sized ball and different mounds. As long as Tanaka continues to be open to making changes, Rothschild is confident he will be fine.

Source: New York Post 2/13/2014

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Former Softbank Hawk Yao-Hsun Yang has signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates that includes an invite to major league spring training.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/13/2014 via Sponichi 2/14/2014

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Hideki Matsui will be a spring training instructor for the Yankees.  From the New York Post:

Hideki Matsui will join the Yankees as a spring-training instructor, The Post has learned. The beloved former player was scheduled to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday.

... The 39-year-old Matsui should be able to help newly signed Masahiro Tanaka in the transition from Japan to the Yankees. The two spoke briefly during the Yankees’ recruitment of Tanaka. Matsui is expected to remain with the Yankees until spring training games begin.

Source: New York Post 2/11/2014

[10/6/2013] Softbank Hawks will likely part ways with Yang, Padilla, Falkenborg, Pena

by on Oct.06, 2013 @ 1:19 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Daily Sports, the Softbank Hawks will likely part ways with pitchers Yao-Hsun Yang (30) and Vicente Padilla (36).  There is also a good chance Brian Falkenborg (35) and Wily Mo Pena (31) will not return to Softbank next year, although the organization might wait to see what else is available on the market before finalizing any decisions.

Bryan LaHair (30), Edison Barrios (24), and Paul Oseguera (29) will likely return next season.

Source: Daily Sports 10/6/2013

[7/27/2013] Injury Updates: Ibata (Chunichi), Nishioka (Hanshin), Yang (Softbank)

by on Jul.27, 2013 @ 7:09 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hirokazu Ibata visited a hospital in Nagoya on Friday for a second opinion on his right ankle and is scheduled to get another opinion from a specialist on the 30th.  Surgery could become an option.  The Dragons are not expecting a quick turnaround at this point.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/27/2013

Daily Sports adds that a number of loose pieces of cartilage was found in the right ankle.  Ibata likely has two options: injections to deal with the pain for a temporary quick fix or surgery.

Source: Daily Sports 7/27/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Tsuyoshi Nishioka is a little banged up and sat out Friday's game -- he still has pain in his left knee and he fouled a pitch off his right ankle during Game 3 of the All-Star Series.  He is considered day-to-day.  There are currently no plans to take him off the active roster.  He made the starting line-up tonight: second base batting lead-off.

Source: Sanspo 7/26/2013, Sanspo 7/27/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yao-Hsun Yang was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on Friday and diagnosed with a right hamstring strain.  He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2013

[7/25/2013] Injury Updates: Lopez (YOM), Fukudome (HAN), Nakamura (SEI), Yang (SOF), Iguchi (LOT)

by on Jul.25, 2013 @ 6:35 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Jose Lopez (left side) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Tokyo Dome today.  Assuming no problems, he will be added to the active roster on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) participated in situational fielding practice at Naruohama on Wednesday.  He made four throws from right to second, third, and home plate.  He is still scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on August 6 agsainst Softbank at Naruohama.

Source: Sanspo 7/25/2013, Daily Sports 7/25/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura (left knee) still felt a general tightness in his body on Wednesday and focused on his rehab workouts.  He did not take batting practice, but did run some dashes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2013

Nakamura may not get to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game until the 30th (vs Yokohama at Seibu 2 Stadium) because he is not expected travel with the team on their next road trip that begins on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yao-Hsun Yang hurt his right hamstring while running short dashes at the Saitozaki training facilities on Wednesday and could end up needing about four weeks for a full recovery.  He is also been having some problems with his left shoulder.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tadahito Iguchi took an HBP off his right calf during a game against Softbank on the 16th and is still not quite one-hundred percent.

Source: Daily Sports 7/24/2013

Softbank Hawks News and Notes: March 15, 2013

by on Mar.15, 2013 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Hayato Terahara left today's exhibition game against Lotte early with tightness in his back.  The tightness began two days ago during a bullpen session and slowly got worse.

Source: Sanspo 3/15/2013

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Yao-Hsun Yang returned to the team for workouts on the 11th.  He pitched in an exhibition game against Lotte today and gave up three runs over 1.1 innings of work.

Source: Sponichi 3/15/2013

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If Tadashi Settsu is ok to pitch on opening day, he will most likely have to do it without pitching in any pre-season NPB games after his return to Japan.  He might have a chance to toss some situational batting practice.

Source: Sponichi 3/15/2013

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Yuya Hasegawa is scheduled to play in his first rehab game on Saturday (Kyoiku League vs Hiroshima).

Source: Daily Sports 3/15/2013

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The Hawks may go with a three closer committee -- Brian FalkenborgSho Iwasaki, and Ryota Igarashi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2013

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1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama and 3rd round draft pick Tomoki Takata attended their graduation ceremony at Asia University today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/15/2013

Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 23, 2013

by on Feb.23, 2013 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama: bullpen, fifty-two pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Kazuyuki Hoashi is scheduled to start Sunday's exhibition game against Seibu.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama is scheduled to pitch on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Shota Takeda is a candidate to start on opening day, if both Tadashi Settsu and Kenji Otonari are not able to after returning from the WBC.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Naoki Shirane hit a walk-off single during a Ni-gun practice game against Tokyo Gas on the Friday.

With runners on second and third and two out in the 9th, he swung at a pitch and hit a broken-bat grounder through the left side to give the Ni-gun Hawks a walk-off victory.

Shirane managed to drop his weight from 104 to eighty-six kilograms.  He also dropped his fat percentage from twenty-five to twenty percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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Yao-Hsun Yang (30) and a thirty-two-year-old woman from Taiwan held an engagement ceremony at a hotel in Taipei on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2013

Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:32 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Nao Higashihama: bullpen, fifty-three pitches, including off-speed pitches, with an umpire behind home plate
  • Tadashi Settsu: bullpen, 100 pitches, including off-speed pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013, Sports Hochi 2/5/2013

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Vicente Padilla is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Wednesday morning.  The team will hold a press conference for Padilla in Miyazaki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

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Yao-Hsun Yang practiced for about two hours on his day off on Monday.  His workouts included playing catch and weight training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

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A fake Twitter account for 1st round draft pick Nao Higashihami has already popped up.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Softbank Hawks News and Notes: February 3, 2013

by on Feb.03, 2013 @ 11:39 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Yuki Yanagita: forty-nine swings, six over the fence
  • Bryan LaHair: sixty-four swings, seven over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

Saturday

  • Bryan LaHair: sixty-six swings, four over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013

Saturday

  • Kazumi Saito: bullpen, forty pitches, standing catcher
  • Tadashi Settsu: bullpen, forty-eight pitches, including all pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013, Sponichi 2/3/2013

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Yao-Hsun Yang joined the team for workouts today.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

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Of the forty-eight pitches Tadashi Settsu threw during his bullpen session on Saturday, thirty-nine went where Toru Hosokawa set his mitt.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013

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Pitching coach Tsuyoshi Yoda visited Hawks' camp in Miyazaki today.

Samurai Japan candidates: Masahiko Morifuku, Kenji Otonari, Tadashi Settsu, Nobuhiro Matsuda, Yuichi Honda, Seiichi Uchikawa

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

Softbank Hawks: Yao-Hsun Yang signs one-year deal, will become FA after season

by on Feb.03, 2013 @ 3:13 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks finalized a one-year deal with Yao-Hsun Yang that is worth thirty-five million yen plus incentives.  At the end of the contract, Yang will become an international free agent.  There may be a clause in the contract that does not allow him to negotiated with other NPB teams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013