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[12/5/2014] Rumors: Hideki Okajima, Tony Blanco, Bryan Bullington

by on Dec.06, 2014 @ 6:49 am, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars could know more about where Yulieski Gourriel (30) is going to play next year within the next ten days or so. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

The Bay Stars are interested in Hideki Okajima (38). Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

The Orix Buffaloes are close to finalizing contracts with Tony Blanco (34) and Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made shortly. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

The Softbank Hawks could be close to finalizing a two-year deal worth an estimated 400 million yen with Rick VandenHurk (29). An announcement could be made some time next week. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014

It is uncertain when Kenta Maeda (26) will meet with the Hiroshima Carp to discuss his terms for 2015. Maeda has a full schedule and may not have time to meet team officials until after the new year. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference for Keiji Obiki on Friday. He was assigned the uniform number 2. He agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen. Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yohei Oshima met with Chunichi Dragons official again on Friday and was offered the same deal he received during his first meeting. He turned it down and said he wanted ninety million. During his press conference, he told reporters that while he felt negotiations were more open, he also felt he was not going to get any more than seventy-four million yen (initial offer). A third meeting will most likely take place before the end of the year, but neither side appears willing to budge. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014, Daily Sports 12/5/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014 ... Oshima (and Ryosuke Hirata) have the support of the JPBPA. Source: Sponichi 12/4/2014

Kenji Akashi met with Softbank Hawks' officials on Friday to negotiate terms for the 2015 season. He held off on agreeing to a forty-five million yen contract (fifteen million raise) because he wanted more time to think. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2014

Munenori Kawasaki (33) has reportedly decided to spend at least one more year playing in the United States. Source: Sanspo 12/5/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) visited the Yokohama Bay Stars to thank them for their support over the last three years and to let tell them he decided to retire. He is planning to take on a job as a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014

Yakult senryokugai Takehiko Oshimoto (32) has decided to retire. He attended the first twelve-team tryout on November 9 and received an offer from a team in Taiwan, but none from the NPB. Source: Sports Hochi 12/5/2014

[11/26/2014] Rumors: Yulieski Gourriel, Wily Mo Pena, Andruw Jones

by on Nov.27, 2014 @ 1:27 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks could hold a press conference for Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) in early December. Source: Daily Sports 11/25/2014

Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) has been narrowing down his options while conducting negotiations with teams. The Hanshin Tigers recently confirmed with Nakajima's agent that they were still in the hunt. The Tigers feel negotiations may be winding down. People close to the situation believe Nakajima could be ready to make a decision in early December. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

The Tigers reportedly offered Mauro Gomez (30) a two-year deal. Source: Sports Hochi 11/26/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will push hard to re-sign Yulieski Gourriel (30). The Yomiuri Giants are also interested. The Baseball Federation of Cuba could gather some time next month to discuss potential assignments for 2015. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014

The media learned on Tuesday that the Seibu Lions are not planning to offer Randy Williams a contract for the 2015 season. Source: Sponichi 11/25/2014

The Orix Buffaloes will most likely part ways with Wily Mo Pena (32). Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2014

If the Chiba Lotte Marines fail to re-sign Alfredo Despaigne (28), they could shift their attention to someone like Andruw Jones (37). Source: Sanspo 11/25/2014

Kota Suda (28) sat down with the Yokohama Bay Stars for contract negotiations on Tuesday. He held off on agreeing to a salary reduction because there were still some things he wanted to discuss. He will meet Yokohama again on December 10. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could end up going through salary arbitration as the Chunichi Dragons do not appear interested in making an adjustment to their initial offer. He is slated to meet with officials again to continue negotiations. General manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is not planning to take part in the follow-up meetings. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014 ... Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata (26) are not planning to agree to their current offers and are willing to take things to salary arbitration. Team represenative Kazuo Nishiyama told reporters he was willing to meet players as many times as they wanted, but also indicated that they should not expect any changes to their offers. It may be part of the reason why Ochiai does not plan on attending follow-up meetings with players. Source: Daily Sports 11/26/2014

Keiji Oyama (34) met the Rakuten Eagles for salary negotiations on Wednesday. He placed their offer on hold because he could not agree to the amount of their proposed salary cut (three million yen). Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2014, Sports Hochi 11/26/2014

[11/23/2014] Rumors: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Andruw Jones, Wily Mo Pena

by on Nov.24, 2014 @ 5:45 am, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks and Daisuke Matsuzaka (34) may be close to finalizing a four-year deal worth an estimated 1.6 billion yen (not including incentives). The Hawks are planning to offer Matsuzaka the number eighteen. Matsuzaka will most likely leave his family behind in Boston during the season. Source: Sanspo 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may be close to finalizing a three-year deal worth at least 1.2 million yen (including incentives). A deal could be reached in early December. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014 ... Matsuzaka may have decided to return to Japan because he wants to start. Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2014

The Twins are interested in Wily Mo Pena (32), according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino. Source: Tweet 11/22/2014

The Rakuten Eagles are not sure what to do about Andruw Jones (37). Jones has hit fifty home runs in two years, but with a low batting average of .232. He would like to return next year, but the Eagles are looking at other options, like Pena and Tony Blanco. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Shugo Fujii (37) attended a batting practice pitcher tryout with the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. He threw 122 pitches and faced a number of players, including Tomoya Inzen and Daisuke Nakai. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2014 ... Fujii has also received a player contract offer from an independent league team. He is planning to make a decision about 2015 within the next few days. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

Yohei Oshima (29) could go through salary arbitration with the Chunichi Dragons. If he does, he will become the eighth player in NPB history to go to arbitration, first since Hideaki Wakui in 2010; and the second player in franchise history to go to arbitration, first since Hiromitsu Ochiai in 1991. Source: Sponichi 11/23/2014

[11/22/2014] Rumors: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Bryan Bullington, Yohei Oshima

by on Nov.23, 2014 @ 4:16 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely sweetened their package to Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) by adding a fourth year to their three-year offer and the uniform number six. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Yomiuri Giants are close to finalizing contracts with Miles Mikolas (26) and Aaron Poreda (28). The only thing remaining is a standard drug test. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2014

The Toyama Thunderbirds (BC League) are interested in Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21). Toyama will most likely make a move on Ito if he does not receive any offers from NPB teams. Source: Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

Shugo Fujii (37) has received some player contract offers (independent league and overseas leagues), but none from the NPB. He has also received an offer to become a batting practice pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Seibu Lions are currently checking the overseas market for starting arms. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014

The Softbank Hawks announced that they re-signed Daichiro Ito (21), Takeshi Hosoyamada (28), Naoki Shirane (21) and Koki Kanno (22) to Ikusei contracts. They also signed Yokohama senryokugai Yujo Kitagata (20) to an Ikusei contract. He was assigned the number 137. Source: official announcement, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014, Sports Hochi 11/22/2014

The Orix Buffaloes may be close to finalizing a contract with Bryan Bullington (34). An announcement could be made once Hiroshima removes him from their reserved list. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

Buffaloes' official Ryuzo Setoyama told reporters on Friday that they made a formal offer for Wily Mo Pena (32) about five days go. It was their first official offer. Source: Daily Sports 11/22/2014

Yohei Oshima was offered an estimated seventy-four million yen during contract negotiations with Chunichi on Saturday. He placed the offer on hold because he felt his performance this season was worth more than a 17.75 million yen raise, especially after he was penalized with a 56.25 million yen salary cut last year. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2014 ... Ryosuke Hirata also decided not to sign after he was offered a twelve million yen raise. He felt his performance warranted a bigger raise. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2014

[7/16/2014] Injury Report: Yulieski Gourriel (Yokohama), Chris Narveson (Yakult)

by on Jul.17, 2014 @ 4:07 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are hoping to have Yohei Oshima (right side) back in time for the start of the second-half of the season.  Hector Luna (right elbow) could be ready to return on the 25th. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014 ... Oshima appeared in Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th and flied out to left.  He is hoping to return to the starting line-up when the second-half of the season resumes on the 21st. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yulieski Gourriel left Wednesday's game against Hiroshima on defense in the 3rd because of discomfort in his left side. Source: Sponichi 7/16/2014 ... Gourriel started feeling some discomfort in his left side during his second at bat in the top of the 3rd.  He could visit a hospital for tests on Thursday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/16/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Chris Narveson was slated to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome, but was scratched at the last minute because of neck pain he started experiencing during practice on Tuesday. Source: Daily Sports 7/16/2014 ... The injury does not appear to be serious.  The team trainer told reporters it was like he slept on his neck wrong. Source: Sports Hochi 7/16/2014

[7/15/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham)

by on Jul.16, 2014 @ 3:46 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera took a batted ball off his left calf during the 4th inning of Monday's game against Yokohama.  He left the game after six full innings because the calf was beginning to tighten up. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014 ... Osera told reporters on Tuesday he felt better than he thought he would. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Yohei Oshima (right side) returned to practices on Tuesday.  He did not play catch or take batting practice in the cages.  He did field some grounders, work on his bunts, and hit some soft-toss batting practice. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Hector Luna was supposed to get an MRI for his right elbow, but turned it down because the machine made him uncomfortable (it was too small, it hurt his shoulder).  Luna wants for focus on treatment for the pain and inflammation so he can return to the active roster in ten days.  Head coach Shigekazu Mori told reporters doctors could not find any inflammation in his x-rays.  They decided to take Luna off the active roster because they had no solid leads on how long it might take for him to recover. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa's start was cut short on Monday because of a cramp near the base of his right thumb.  He experienced a similar cramp last year during the Industrial League Championships. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Haruki Nishikawa hurt his right middle finger while returning to second base on a pick-off attempt in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game against Seibu.  He was removed from the game on defense in the 5th. Source: Sponichi 7/15/2014 ... Nishikawa was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a sprain in the PIP joint of his right middle finger.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014
  • Sho Nakata was left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday against Seibu because of left knee pain.  He was hit by a pitch on the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  He has had problems with the knee since and was told by doctors to rest it. Source: Sports Hochi 7/15/2014 ... Nakata did make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th on Tuesday and flied out to right. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/15/2014

[7/14/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Craig Brazell (Lotte)

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday with tightness in his right elbow.  Motonobu Tanshige told reporters the decision was made because they do not expect him to be ready to play right away. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Yohei Oshima did not play in Monday's game against Hanshin because of pain in his side.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien's left Achilles tendon is still only at about seventy-five percent. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Hideto Asamura (left knee) to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell took an HBP off the right side of his head during Monday's game against Softbank.  It took him a while, but he was ultimately able to walk off the field on his own power.  He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for an evaluation.  No abnormalities were found, other than a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Jason Standridge threw the pitch and was visibly concerned about his former teammate.
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa left Monday's game against Softbank after seven innings because he developed a cramp in his right thumb while throwing practice pitches before the start of the 8th inning (he had a hard time straightening the thumb out). Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Katsuya Kakunaka was taken off the active roster on Monday with lower back pain.  The Marines have not yet set a timetable for his return. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-runner in Sunday's game against Softbank because of concerns with his left knee.  Nakata has been used as a designated hitter ever since he took an HBP off the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  The knee had to be drained because the swelling was not going away.  He is a question mark for Tuesday's game against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

[1/15/2014] Chunichi Dragons News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 1:43 am, under NPB
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About forty players, including the 2013 draft class, participated in workouts at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday.  Workouts at Nagoya Stadium will run through to the 25th.  Many players will then head to Okinawa on the 26th for final preparations before the start of spring camp on February 1.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2014


Yohei Oshima's wife gave birth to the couple's third child, a girl weighing 2,676 grams, at a hospital in Nagoya on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/204


Masahiro Yamamoto worked out at World Wing in Tottori on Tuesday.  His wife joined him.  The two wore matching pink t-shirts.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/15/2014

Yamamoto is working on a new breaking pitch that does not have a lot of movement.

Source: ZakZak 1/15/2014

Yamamoto's wife is something of an athlete herself.  When she was a student, she liked to surf and belonged to her school's track and field team.  She also participated in the last two Nagoya Women's Marathons and finished with her best time of four hours, eight minutes, and fifty-three seconds last year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2014


Takuya Asao has had right shoulder problems the last couple of seasons.  There are some that are worried he does not know when to slow things down and fear he might seriously injury himself.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/15/2014


According to Tokyo Sports, some people in the organization were disappointed that not one member of the 2013 draft class used the Nagoya Stadium facilities on their day off on Tuesday.  Some also thought it was okay not to push the players too hard out of concern for injury while others felt that working out in public was not the only way for players to keep themselves in shape and that some might be doing exercises in the privacy of their own rooms.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/15/2014

[9/28/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), Oshima, Ito (CHU), Sekimoto (HAN), Naruse (LOT)

by on Sep.29, 2013 @ 1:58 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe made it into Satuday's game as a catcher in the 7th.  He was forced to the bench because of a shingle outbreak on the 21st.  His condition has improved to the point where he might be able to return to the starting line-up on Sunday.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Yohei Oshima and Junki Ito will go under the knife next month -- Oshima will get his left elbowed cleaned out on the 12th and Ito will have surgery on his right elbow (synovial fold - 滑膜ひだ) on the 26th.

Oshima should be able to resume workouts before the end of the year.  He is hoping to be at one-hundred percent for spring camp.

Ito will likely require about two months before he is able to return to workouts.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kentaro Sekimoto was taken off the active roster on Friday with tightness running from his lower back to his glutes.  It is uncertain if he will be able to return to the active roster in time for the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse (left shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Saturday and gave up two runs on six hits over five innings of work.  He threw eighty-six pitches, walked three, fanned three.  Assuming no setbacks, he could return to the active roster in time for a start against Orix on October 6.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2013

[6/26/2013] Injury Updates: Utsumi (YOM), Oshima, Bergesen (CHU), Nomi (HAN), Hayasaka (LOT)

by on Jun.26, 2013 @ 9:09 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi's right ankle sprain was not as bad as the team initially feared.  He will continue to travel with the team and might be ok to make his next start during a Hanshin series that begins on July 2.  The team will continue to monitor his ankle and will make a decision on his status based on how he feels over the next few days.

Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Yohei Oshima was feeling better after getting electro-therapy treatment on his left elbow in Gifu on Tuesday.  He rejoined the team in Kanazawa today and was able to play catch at a distance of about thirty meters.  He also took some batting practice and managed to get through a regular practice schedule.  While the elbow may be feeling ok, he most likely would not have played in tonight's game had it not been rained out.

"I started feeling something around the evening of the 24th.  But it is fine.  I am at about eighty percent today," said Oshima.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013


Brad Bergesen had his right index finger examined at a hospital in Kanzawa today.  According to the team trainer, the swelling was caused by an infected hangnail.  He was given antibiotics and should see improvement over the next two to three days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi was removed from Tuesday night's Chunichi game after taking a batted ball off his left ankle in the 9th inning.  He was walking around without any difficultly today and told reporters he felt fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Keisuke Hayasaka was taken off the active roster today with a sprained right ankle.  He suffered the injury during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday.  It will most likely take three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2013