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[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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 11, 2013

by on Feb.11, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Yohei Oshima: batting practice, forty-four swings, twenty-six could-be hits

Source: Sponichi 2/11/2013

Sunday

  • Hector Luna: forty-five swings, fifteen could-be hits, one over the fence

Source: Sponichi 2/11/2013

Today

  • Masahiro Yamamoto: bullpen, 120 pitches
  • Junki Ito: bullpen, 124 pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2013, Sanspo 2/11/2013

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Yohei Oshima took outdoor batting practice today and is close to swinging the bat at a hundred percent.  He is also not throwing at full force right now because he wants to take things slow until the start of WBC mini-camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/11/2013

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Chief trainer Tetsuyoshi Fujita thinks the low doorways at the Chatan facilities are doing nothing to help Daniel Cabrera with his neck.  Fatigue and ill-suited bedding could also be a problem.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/11/2013, Sponichi 2/11/2013

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Hector Luna would like to play third, if possible -- it has been his primary position over the last eight years.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2013

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4th round draft pick Shota Sugiyama arrived in Okinawa on Sunday.  He was away from camp because he had to take a ski course in Nagano for college (between February 6 and 9).

Sugiyama also celebrated his twenty-second birthday on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/11/2013

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The Japan Women's Baseball League announced today that the following four players will participate in Dragons' camp in Chatan on the 14th: Iori Miura, Miki Atsugase, Mika Miyahara, and Aya Takizawa.

Source: Dailiy Sports 2/11/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 10, 2013

by on Feb.10, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Hector Luna: forty-five swings, one over the fence
  • Shuhei Takahashi: six over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/10/2013, Sanspo 2/10/2013

Today

  • Hitoki Iwase: bullpen, about forty pitches
  • Soma Yamauchi: bullpen, sixty-five pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2013, Sanspo 2/10/2013

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Daniel Cabrera was excused from practices today because of neck pain (he slept on it weird).  His status for tomorrow is unknown.

Source: Sanspo 2/10/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/10/2013

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Soma Yamauchi's goal for spring camp is to throw 1,800 pitches.

Source: Sponichi 2/10/2013

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Yohei Oshima played catch at distances of twenty, thirty, and forty meters during workouts on Saturday.  He also swung the bat 165 times (eight-nine with both hands and seventy-six with just his right hand) over thirty minutes during soft-toss batting practice.  It was the first time Oshima threw and took batting practice since the 4th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/10/2013, Daily Sports 2/10/2013

Oshima took batting practice against a pitching machine today.

Source: Sponichi 2/10/2013

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If Hitoki Iwase records three saves against Yakult this year, he will become the first pitcher in NPB history to record at least fifty saves against each team in his league.  Iwase currently has sixty-four saves against Yokohama, sixty-one against Hanshin, fifty-eight against Hiroshima, fifty-four against Yomiuri, and forty-seven against Yakult.

Source: Sponichi 2/10/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 9, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Kazuki Yoshimi: batting practice, vs Hirokazu Ibata, forty-five pitches, fourteen could-be hits, six balls

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

Friday

  • Daisuke Yamai: situational batting practice, faced nine batters, eighteen pitches, one could-be hit

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2013

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The players spent about eighty minutes executing signal plays during indoor practices this morning -- the media was "shutout" from the indoor facilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013, Sports Hochi 2/9/2013

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Hector Luna's goal is to bat .300, hit twenty home runs, and drive in eighty.  He is ok with playing first, second, third, and the outfield and will carry up to four gloves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Yohei Oshima (left elbow) could begin throwing again as early as the 10th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2013

Oshima ended up visiting three hospitals when he returned to Nagoya on the 7th -- the first two conducted a variety of tests to confirm his condition and the last hospital provided treatment.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2013

Oshima rejoined the team today.  His workouts included playing catch and batting practice.  He told reporters he was feeling fine and that there was not as much pain.

Takagi is leaving everything up to Oshima.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2013

Chunichi Dragons: Yohei Oshima’s left elbow feeling better after shot

by on Feb.08, 2013 @ 8:04 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Yohei Oshima received a shot of lubricant in his left elbow during a hospital visit in Nagoya today and is feeling better.  He is currently scheduled to rejoin the team in Okinawa on Saturday.

Doctors were able to confirm that a loose fragment in the elbow shifted.  The lubricant treatment was selected since WBC mini-camp in Miyazaki begins on the 15th.

Oshima started feeling tightness/soreness in his left elbow on the 4th and returned to Nagoya for tests on Thursday.  He developed a similar problem in August last year, but still managed to play a full 144-game season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 7, 2013

by on Feb.07, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Team owner Bungo Shirai visited Ichi-gun camp today.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2013

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Yohei Oshima left Okinawa today to get a full evaluation of his left elbow at two hospitals in Nagoya.  He is expected to be back at Okinawa camp on the 8th.

Oshima has not played any catch or taken any batting practice since the day he started complaining of tightness in his left elbow on the 4th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2013, Daily Sports 2/7/2013

According to the chief trainer, Oshima is having problems bending and straightening the elbow due to a build-up of fluid.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2013

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Kenichi Nakata, Yudai OnoYoshihiro Suzuki, and Ryuya Ogawa worked out on their day off on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2013

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Hector Luna is scheduled to arrive in Okinawa some time around midnight tonight.  Morimichi Takagi is planning to meet Luna in the hotel lobby.

Takagi went out for dinner with the foreign players on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Monday

  • Matt Clark: fifty-three swings, none over the fence

Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft Koji Fukutani: bullpen, about twenty pitches, standing catcher

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013

Practice Game

Today

  • 6-5 victory over Hanwha.  The Dragons collected fifteen hits.
  • Ryoji Nakata entered the game int e 6th.  With runners on first and second and two out, he hit a walk-off two-run double to right.
  • Takehiko Tsuji was the third pitcher used in the game.  He retired all six batters he faced.
  • Yusuke Matsui started in left, batted fifth and collected three hits and two RBI.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013official blog post 2/5/2013

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The Dragons announced that Eddy Rivera did not make the team.  Rivera pitched against Hanwha today and tossed a shutout inning.  He did not allow a hit, walked one, and topped out at 138 km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

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Yohei Oshima will be shut down until the 6th with some tightness in his left elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Oshima will reportedly head to Ni-gun camp for rehab.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013

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The NPB does not currently plan on punishing Matt Clark for taking medication that may or may not have contained amphetamines because tests have been inconclusive (basic urine and medicine tests came back negative).  At this point, they just want him to cooperate with authorities (which he has been doing).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Clark is trying to get an alternative prescription for his condition, but the team has not been able to schedule an appointment.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013

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1st round draft Koji Fukutani donated a pitching machine (with a value around one million yen) to his Alma mater, Keio University, on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013

Chunichi Dragons News and Notes: February 4, 2013

by on Feb.04, 2013 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Sunday

  • Matt Clark: fifty-seven swings, eleven over the fence
  • Yohei Oshima: faced Daisuke Yamai, twenty-six pitches (twelve were balls), fourteen swings, five could-be hits

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2013, Sponichi 2/4/2013

Today

  • Takuya Asao: BP, faced Ryoji Nakata and Yusuke Matsui, forty-six pitches, all fastballs, allowed eight could-be hits including one over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2013

Sunday

  • Daisuke Yamai: BP, faced Yohei Oshima and Ryoji Nakata, threw fifty-one pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2013

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Yohei Oshima worked out under a different training menu today because of tightness (discomfort) in his left elbow.  He will also sit out Tuesday's practice game against Hanwha.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2013

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Samurai Japan coaches Masataka Nashida and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami showed some interest in Shuhei Takahashi (Chunichi) and spent some time working with him during their visit today.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2013