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Yakult Swallows: Yasushi Iihara diagnosed with minor gluteal strain

by on Feb.27, 2013 @ 2:31 pm, under NPB
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Yasushi Iihara felt discomfort in his gluteal region during a practice game against Hiroshima on the 25th.  He was examined at a hospital in Urasoe on Tuesday and diagnosed with a strain in his right gluteal muscle.  He will need about a week before he can start moving around again.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

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Yakult Swallows: Yasushi Iihara taken off active roster with left hand injury

by on Jun.09, 2012 @ 9:06 pm, under NPB
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Yasushi Iihara was taken off the active roster on Friday with an injury to his left hand.

Iihara hurt the base of his left middle finger while making a sliding catch in foul territory on May 12 (vs Yomiuri).  He was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left middle finger.  No word on how much time he will miss.

Source: Sanspo 6/9/2012

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Yakult Swallows: Training camp for 2011 draft class begins on Wednesday

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB
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1st round draft pick Ryuhei Kawakami and 2nd round draft pick Ryohei  Kiya moved into the player dorm on Monday.

Kawakami, originally an outfielder when he played in high school, will make the move to short.

Kiya told reporters that he wanted to focus on pitch quality instead of pitch velocity.

Training camp for the 2011 draft class begins on Wednesday.

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It took Ikusei 2nd round draft pick Hugo Kanabushi about 29 hours to get from Parana, Brazil (parent's house) to Japan.

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Yasushi Iihara (28) is trying to pick-up a few things on hitting from Hayato Sakamoto (23).

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The media learned on Sunday that Jun Matsui (24) filed marriage papers with Kayoko Komine (25, 小峯加陽子 ?) on 11/27/2011.  The two also held a wedding ceremony in Hawaii on 12/30/2011.

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Yakult Swallows: Yasushi Iihara getting hitched to freelance announcer

by on Jan.21, 2011 @ 10:51 am, under NPB
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The media learned yesterday that 27-year-old Yasushi Iihara is to file marriage papers with 25-year-old freelance announcer and amateur golfer, Natsuko Toya, sometime today.  The two met through a common acquaintance during the summer of 2008 and it was apparently love at first sight for Iihara.  The two started dating later that year in September and Iihara proposed this winter.

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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: November 14, 2010

by on Nov.14, 2010 @ 1:46 pm, under NPB
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Yasushi Iihara nailed a fly ball during BP on Friday that hit and smashed the front windshield of a car in the parking lot.  No one was hurt during the incident (other than the car).

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Ryo Hidaka is trying to win a spot in the Ichi-gun starting rotation next year.  On Friday, Hidaka tossed 50 pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eyes of the other coaches.  Said Hidaka, "I'm getting better control of my off-speed pitches and that's leading to more confidence.  For fall camp, I'm just doing lots of running in order to build up my stamina."

Hidaka actually won a spot to fall camp with a strong performance during the Phoenix League.

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The Swallows are thinking about moving Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi out of the pen and into the rotation again.  While the first four spots in the rotation appear to be set with Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Kyohei Muranaka, and Yoshinori Sato, the Swallows still aren't sure who will follow as the 5 and 6 pitchers in the rotation.  Possibilities include Masato Nakazawa, Minoru Yamagishi, Hitoshi Yamamoto, Hidaka, and Masubuchi.

On Saturday, Masubuchi threw 108 pitches in the bullpen and told reporters that he was informed to work out while keeping in mind that he might be moved to the rotation.

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