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[3/26/2014] Injury Report: Takahiro Okada (Orix), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Mar.27, 2014 @ 1:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka felt some tightness in his left calf on the 23rd but appeared to be fine during general workouts at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.  He told reporters he was able to move around without any problems.  Source: Sponichi 3/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani developed some back tightness on the 12th and missed three games.  He played in a practice game against Yakult on the 18th, but the tightness returned and he missed three more games, beginning on the 21st.  He joined Ichi-gun workouts on Tuesday and was able to swing the bat with authority during batting practice.  Source: Sponichi 3/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu is still having problems with pain in his lower back.  He worked out separately from the rest of the team during practices at Sapporo Dome on Tuesday and left the stadium after getting treatment.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2014
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[3/23/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Takashi Ogino (Lotte)

by on Mar.24, 2014 @ 4:22 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 3rd inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Nippon Ham as a precaution because of tightness near the base of the back of his left thigh.  Source: Sponichi 3/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yudai Kawai left Sunday's game against Rakuten after he took a batted ball off his left thigh (hit by Kevin Youkilis) in the 4th inning.  There are no plans for him to go the hospital.  Source: Sanspo 3/23/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Cody Ransom took an HBP off his left wrist during his at bat in the 2nd inning of Sunday's exhibition game against Yokohama.  He remained in the game but was removed in the 4th as a precaution.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura (left side, back) resumed fielding practice on Sunday -- he took grounders at first and third.  Source: Sanspo 3/23/2014 ... Haruki Ihara is planning to leave Nakamura off the active roster until he is fully healed.  He will also continue his rehab and workouts at Ni-gun, beginning on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 3/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Takashi Ogino (right knee) will most likely start the year at Ni-gun.  Source: Sponichi 3/23/2014
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[12/2/2013] Yomiuri Giants, Softbank Hawks, Seibu Lions

by on Dec.02, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

According to Tokyo Sports, there may be some people in the organization that are wondering how effective the Yasuyuki Kataoka signing will be, based on how the team is currently set up (the question is not about his abilities, but rather if what he brings to the table is what the team needs right now, or if what he brings to the table can even be used properly by the team).

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2013

Kataoka considered turning down the number eight, but decided he wanted to experience the pressure from wearing the number and face the challenge head on.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2013

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The Giants are more or less done making improvements to the team.  There is still a chance they will sign a foreign pitcher.

Source: Sanspo 12/2/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are planning to hold a press conference on the 7th to introduce their newest additions, Shinya Tsuruoka and Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Sponichi 12/2/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions are reportedly checking the overseas market for a third baseman with a decent glove and strong base-running abilities.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2013

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[12/1/2013] Nyjer Morgan, Aarom Baldiris, Alex Ramirez, Rakuten Eagles, Yomiuri Giants

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars will leave the lines of communication open with Nyjer Morgan (33), but will also look into pitchers that might be available on the overseas market.  Pitching is a top priority.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2013

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Yokohama is looking into Aarom Baldiris.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers will meet Seung Hwan Oh at a hotel in Seoul on the 4th to finalize their contract with him.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2013

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GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters negotiations with Yasutomo Kubo were final and that there were no plans to meet again.

Source: Sanspo 12/1/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants will most likely lose two players as compensation for signing Kan Otake and Yasuyuki Kataoka.  The Carp have already expressed an interest in pursing a player plus money as compensation for losing Otake.  The Lions will most likely select a player plus money since they will not gain a lot by selecting only money and they know the Yomiuri system is stacked.

Source: ZakZak 12/1/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shinya Tsuruoka will most likely be assigned the number eight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/1/2013

Seibu Lions

The Lions are reportedly interested in Alex Ramirez.  They feel he still has enough left in the tank to succeed as a DH or a right-handed bat off the bench.  They also feel he can help players out with hitting advice.  His positive attitude and popularity among fans are big pluses.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles have included Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee on their list of reserved players.

Darrell Rasner, Jim Heuser, Kenny Ray, and Brandon Duckworth were left off the list.

Source: Sponichi 12/1/2013

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[12/1/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka tells media he plans to sign with Yomiuri

by on Dec.01, 2013 @ 4:51 pm, under NPB
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Yasuyuki Kataoka (30) spoke to the media today and said that he planned to sign with the Yomiuri Giants.

Kataoka turned down offers made by the Rakuten Eagles and Orix Buffaloes on Sunday.  He also informed the Seibu Lions of his decision.

"I was a fan when I was a kid.  I wanted to make a decision I would not regret," Kataoka said.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2013, Sponichi 12/1/2013, Sports Hochi 12/1/2013

[UPDATE 12/9 @ 8:40pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Kataoka at a hotel in Tokyo today.  He signed a two-year deal worth an estimated 350 million yen.  He has been assigned the number eight.

Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2013

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[11/29/2013] Chunichi nearing deal with A. Hernandez; good chance Baldiris does not return to Orix next year

by on Nov.30, 2013 @ 2:45 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons are close to finalizing a deal with Anderson Hernandez (31) and could make an announcement within the next few days.  He is a candidate to play short.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013

Yomiuri Giants

It may have taken the Giants until Wednesday to approach Yasuyuki Kataoka because of their concerns about his injuries over the last few seasons -- he dislocated both shoulders on separate occasions in 2011, had problems with his right wrist (TFCC) in 2012, and had left knee problems this year.

Source: ZakZak 11/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

According to the latest reports, there is a good chance Aarom Baldiris will not return to the Buffaloes next season.  The front office had been waiting to hear back from him, but without any word from his agent, they will now begin looking into other options, like Esteban German.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

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The Buffaloes still have their eye on Munenori Kawasaki, in case he becomes available.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013

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Hiroshi Moriwaki is looking for a clean-up hitter that 1) can play defense, 2) knows how to run the bases, 3) can hit breaking balls.

Ryuzo Setoyama will head to the US on December 1 and will be out of the country for four days (he will spend two nights in the US).

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013

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Kevin Youkilis is on the Buffaloes' list of players they are interested in.

Source: Sanspo 11/29/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are interested in Dennis Sarfate (32).  They see him as a candidate to close games.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2013

Seibu Lions

There were no new developments on Hideaki Wakui and Yasuyuki Kataoka on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2013

Other

Wei-Chu Lin > Brother Elephants
Kai-Wen Cheng > Brother Elephants
Ikketsu Sho > EDA Rhinos
Ming-Chieh Hsu > Lamigo Monkeys

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013

[11/28/2013] Esteban German, Aarom Baldiris, Masanori Ishikawa, Yomiuri Giants

by on Nov.29, 2013 @ 1:14 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

The media learned on Wednesday that the Buffaloes are looking into Esteban German (35).

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2013

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The Buffaloes plan to extend negotiations with Aarom Baldiris into December.  Team official Ryuzo Setoyama is also scheduled to meet scouts in the US in early December.

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2013

Baldiris made an estimated fifty million yen this season.  Orix may have offered him a two-year deal worth an estimated 200 million yen.  The front office is currently waiting to hear back from his agent.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/28/2013

According to Sponichi and Nikkan Sports, Baldiris' agent may have asked for close to double the amount Orix offered: two years at around 400 million yen.

Source: Sponichi 11/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa was in the final year of a four-year deal.  He will most likely sign a three-year contract extension with a variable salary.  His salary for 2014 could be an estimated 160 million yen, down forty million yen from this season.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

GM Shigeru Takada feels Yasutomo Kubo might not make a decision on where he wants to play until some time in December.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Yasuyuki Kataoka may seem like a redundant acquisition after the Hirokazu Ibata signing, but the Giants do have a reason for trying to secure both players.  In Kataoka, they see a player that can provide some stability at second base.  With Ibata, they see someone that might be able to help provide some depth at short behind Hayato Sakamoto while also providing other younger infielders with advice and support.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/28/2013

Sanspo notes that Ibata will fill three roles: right-handed bat off the bench, utility infielder, and back-up for Sakamoto at short.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

Kataoka's parents want to see their son playing for the Yomiuri Giants.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2013

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The Giants will most likely offer Jose Lopez and Scott Mathieson contracts for the 2014 season.  They are undecided on John Bowker and Dennis Houlton.  They are keeping an eye on Jason Standridge.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2013

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[11/27/2013] Yomiuri meets Kataoka; Orix interested in Alex Cabrera; McGehee confident he can play in the States

by on Nov.28, 2013 @ 12:06 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers will continue keep their eye on the foreign market for additional help (focus on pitching) and are open to signing a fifth foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, Sanspo 11/27/2013

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Team official Eiichi Takano told reporters that there were no new developments with Yasutomo Kubo and Kenichi Nakata.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants met Yasuyuki Kataoka at a hotel in Tokyo on Wednesday.  They may have offered him a two-year deal worth about 300 million yen and the number eight.  Tatsunori Hara spoke to Kataoka over the phone during the meeting.  The Giants see him as their potential full-time second baseman.

Source: ZakZak 11/27/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Orix Buffaloes are looking into Alex Cabrera (41).  He is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela with Tiburones de La Guaira and is 53-for-132 in thirty-seven games with a slash line of .402/.487/.765.

There is some concern about Cabrera's age, but they like his power potential and the fact that he will not take up a slot as a foreign player.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013, MiLB profile

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Team director Ryuzo Setoyama will be heading to the US in early-December to help the team secure a foreign player that will fill the hole left by Dae-Ho Lee's departure.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

The Buffaloes offered Aarom Baldiris a multi-year deal.  Setoyama hinted on Wednesday that talks were not going well.

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Seibu Lions

Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on Wednesday that there was a good chance Esteban German and Dennis Sarfate will not be returning next year since they have yet to hear back from them.  Other NPB have shown an interest in both players.

Soure: Sponichi 11/27/2013, Sports Hochi 11/27/2013

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The Lions are planning to select players plus money as compensation for losing Hideaki Wakui (rank A) and Yasuyuki Kataoka (rank B).

Source: Sponichi 11/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The latest on Casey McGehee, from the New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron:

"I enjoyed my time over there and we had a good run, winning the whole thing," McGehee said. "There's still part of me that's confident I can perform in the States and do what I did in Milwaukee again. I want to see what my choices are.

"I wouldn't regret going back to Japan, but I'd at least like to know if there's a chance here."

... "I finally had a year going where I was consistent and didn't have big drop-offs," McGehee said. "That was good for me. It just kind of confirmed things that I have to do to be successful and that part was really rewarding."

Source: New York Daily News 11/26/2013

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[11/26/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka, Katsuki Yamazaki, Jason Standridge, Brian Wolfe, Brad Eldred

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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ZakZak feels that the Yomiuri Giants have yet to reach out to Yasuyuki Kataoka because they are still trying to decide if they really need him.  They have a number of internal candidates at second base, like Takayuki Terauchi, Daisuke Nakai, and Daisuke Fujimura, but not everyone in the organization is convinced that they are good enough to play on a daily basis.

Source: ZakZak 11/26/2013

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Tokyo Sports wonders if the Yomiuri Giants plan to include Takahiro Aoki on their list of protected players.  If they do not, Hiroshima could take him back with their compensation pick for losing Kan Otake.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/26/2013

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The Orix Buffaloes announced that they will meet Katsuki Yamazaki for a second round of negotiations on the 29th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

According to Sports Hochi, the two sides have already reached an agreement and that an announcement could take place in Fukuoka some time this week.  Orix is thought to have offered Yamazaki a three-year deal worth 150 million yen that includes an understanding that the organization will make considerations to hire him as a coach after he retires.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2013

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The Softbank Hawks could ramp up efforts to sign Jason Standridge and Brian Wolfe after losing out on Kan Otake.  They are also looking into Tsuyoshi Wada.

Kenichi Nakata and Shinya Tsuruoka are expected to sign with Softbank.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013

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The Hiroshima Carp are reportedly close to finalizing an extension with Brad Eldred.  They were originally planning to part ways with Eldred, but his late-season surge impressed the coaches enough for them to push for his return.

Hiroshima has decided not to re-sign Fred Lewis.  As of now, the Carp have five foreign players on the seventy-man roster in 2014: Eldred, Bryan Bullington, Kam Mickolio, Kila Ka'aihue, and Zach Phillips.  The front office could add a sixth -- they are looking at right-handed position players.

Source: Daily Sports 11/26/203

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[11/25/2013] Yasuyuki Kataoka, Kenichi Nakata, Kan Otake, Shinya Tsuruoka

by on Nov.26, 2013 @ 7:26 am, under NPB
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Kenichi Nakata told reporters on Monday that he was still thinking about where he wanted to play next season.  He has received offers from the Softbank Hawks, Hanshin Tigers, and Yakult Swallows.  Each of the teams have been in touch with Nakata since initial discussions.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/25/2013

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Shinya Tsuruoka plans to make an announcement of his decision either later this month or early next month.

Source: Sponichi 11/26/2013

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The Hiroshima Carp are thinking about selecting a player and money as compensation for losing Kan Otake to the Yomiuri Giants.  They will make a final decision after seeing which players are available.

Source: Sponichi 11/26/2013

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Yasuyuki Kataoka was in Kawasaki on Sunday getting a team physical.

Source: Sponichi 11/25/2013

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