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[2/27/2014] Yakult Swallows: Sanspo interviews Yoshinori Sato

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 7:55 am, under NPB
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Sanspo posted an interview with Yoshinori Sato on Tuesday that was conducted by Daisuke Araki.

Araki: It must be fun being able to throw hard.

Yoshinori: Yes.  I can't even begin to say how much better things are in comparison to how things were during camp last year.  I was at place where I didn't even want to play catch if I felt the slightest hint of uncertainty.  I also didn't like throwing in the rain.  The pain is gone now and I always want the ball because I'm having so much fun.

Araki: That's really important because if there's something holding you back, it'll show when you pitch.  Is there anything you're afraid of throwing?

Yoshinori: No.  I think I actually have a better feel in the tips of my fingers for breaking pitches, they seem easier to throw.

Araki: You also threw some sliders.

Yoshinori: Sometimes I get better rotation in my hips when I throw the fastball after I throw the slider.

Araki: When you throw a breaking pitch, you hold things back a little.  That might be helping [the fastball].  For me, it was the curve.  Those are the kinds of things you need to figure out by yourself.

Yoshinori: Yes.

Araki: What are your plans moving forward?

Yoshinori: I think I need to get my pitch count up to about a hundred.  I think I'll have to throw a hundred or more three or four time before I start facing hitters.  Maybe pitch in a live environment near the end of March and build things up by pitching in Ni-gun games.

Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

[8/3/2013] Injury Updates: Luna (CHU), Yoshinori (YAK), Hidaka, Fukudome, Uemoto (HAN), S. Takeda (SOF)

by on Aug.03, 2013 @ 8:18 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna (left knee) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri on Friday.  He started at third and batted third.  He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Source: Sponichi 8/3/2013

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started playing catch on Friday -- ten minutes at a distance of twenty meters.  It was the first time he played catch in about four months.  The distances will be expanded at five meter intervals moving forward.  His goal is to be at 100% for spring camp next year.

Source: Sanspo 8/2/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takeshi Hidaka (left hamstring) took outdoor batting practice at Narouhama on Friday for the first time since he got hurt.  There is no more internal bleeding or swelling.  He is slated to begin workouts as a catcher in the bullpen within the next couple of days.

Source: Sanspo 8/3/2013


Kosuke Fukudome visited a hospital on Thursday for a regular check-up on his left knee and was told he was making good progress.  He will slowly increase his rehab workload and will attempt to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 6th against Softbank at Naruohama.

Source: Sanspo 8/2/2013

On Friday, Fukudome took about an hour of batting practice.  He will take situational batting practice today.

Hiroki Uemoto (left ankle) is also scheduled to participate in situational batting practice today.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shota Takeda (cramp in right calf during last start on July 31) should be ok to make his next start on the 7th against Lotte at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Sanspo 8/1/2013

[7/20/2013] Injury Updates: Yoshimi (Chunichi), Yoshinori (Yakult), Nakamura (Seibu)

by on Jul.20, 2013 @ 3:51 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi attended the players association meeting in Sapporo on Friday and told reporters that he was making good progress on his recovery from right elbow surgery (Tommy John and a cleaning) on June 4 and was still hoping to make it back to a point where he can play catch before the end of the year and perhaps return to the active roster some time during the first half of the 2014 season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2013

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato (cleaned out right shoulder in April) could begin playing some catch today.  It seems unlikely that he will be able to make a comeback this season.

Source: Sponichi 7/20/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura rejoined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today at Seibu Dome.  Nakamura is expected to begin playing in rehab games some time in August.

Source: Sponichi 7/20/2013

Yakult Swallows: Yoshinori Sato will have right shoulder surgery

by on Apr.05, 2013 @ 9:33 pm, under NPB
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The Swallows announced today that Yoshinori Sato will have his right shoulder cleaned out at a hospital in Yokohama on the 11th.  He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.  There is a chance he will miss the season.

Yoshinori has not pitched in an Ichi-gun game since he first complained of shoulder tightness in September 2011.  The decision to have surgery was made because he was not making significant progress in his recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2013, Daily Sports 4/5/2013, Sponichi 4/5/2013

Yakult Swallows News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Shohei Tateyama: bullpen, fifty pitches to a standing catcher, 150 pitches with a squatting catcher
  • Taiyo Fujita: bullpen, sixty-two pitches, fives sessions in as many days

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


Shohei Tateyama threw 400 pitches during the first block of spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013


Taiyo Fujita threw about 300 pitches during the first block of spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2013


There is still no schedule for when Yoshinori Sato will be able to toss a bullpen session.  He is currently able to play catch at a distance of about fifty meters.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013


Katsuki Akagawa throws with his left hand and bats from the left side.  He is trying to do everything else with his right hand this year -- like hold his luggage and sign autographs.  He wants to rest his left side as much as possible.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013


2nd round draft pick Yasuhiro Ogawa is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against KIA (KBO) on the 18th.  One of the things Ogawa is currently working on his is pick-off move.

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013

Orix Buffaloes to add Yoshinori Sato as pitching coach for 2013 season

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 5:50 pm, under NPB
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The media learned today that the Orix Buffaloes will be adding current Rakuten Eagles' pitching coach Yoshinori Sato (58) to their staff next season as a pitching coach.  The Buffaloes have already spoken to the Eagles and received their approval.

Sato is known for working with some of the league's top pitchers over the years, like Kei Igawa, Yu Darvish, and Masahiro Tanaka.

Source: Sanspo 10/3/2012

Rakuten Eagles’ pitching coach Yoshinori Sato managerial candidate for Orix

by on Sep.28, 2012 @ 5:17 pm, under NPB
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According to Sports Hochi, Rakuten Eagles' pitching coach Yoshinori Sato (58) is the front-runner for the Orix Buffaloes' managerial opening.  Sato is a former Orix player and Ni-gun pitching coach.  He has also spent time working as an Ichi-gun pitching coach for the Hanshin (2002-2004), Nippon Ham (2005-2007), and Rakuten organizations (2009-present).

The Buffaloes were considering a number of other candidates, but Sato's name is currently at the top of their list because of his past ties with the organization and because he is still fairly young.  That he has also worked under managers like Katsuya Nomura, Trey Hillman, and Senichi Hoshino and worked with pitchers like Yu Darvish, Kei Igawa, and Masahiro Tanaka over the years is also a plus.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/28/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 9/28/2012


Team owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi told reporters that he will not make any comments about the manger situation until after the regular season ends.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 9/28/2012

Yakult Swallows: Good chance Yoshinori Sato will miss the rest of the season

by on Aug.31, 2012 @ 12:16 pm, under NPB
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Sports Hochi is reporting that Yoshinori Sato may end up missing the rest of the season because of discomfort in his right shoulder and an avulsion fracture in his left knee.  The team has already reportedly given up on him returning this year.

Yoshinori injured his right rotator cuff last season before hurting his left knee before the start of this season. The knee injury was originally considered to be minor, but a re-evaluation in May proved otherwise: he was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture and was told he would need about two months for a full recovery.

There was still some hope he might be able to pitch some rehab games in mid-August, but he started feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder and has not been allowed to toss any bullpens since (he did apparently toss a session to a standing catcher as late as August 10).

Said Yoshinori, "I can do long distance throwing.  But bullpens require throwing off an incline and that would place a new kind of strain on my knee."

Yakult Swallows: Yoshinori Sato could miss more time with left knee problems

by on May.27, 2012 @ 1:42 pm, under NPB
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According to Sanspo, Yoshinori Sato has been feeling pain in his left knee and was evaluated at a hospital a few days earlier.  Test results have not been revealed yet, but unnamed sources told Sanspo that Yoshinori could end up missing a few months with a fracture in his knee.

UPDATE @ 3:41pm -- Nikkan Sports is reporting that Yoshinori was diagnosed with a tibial tubercle avulsion fracture during a hospital visit on May 24.  He will most likely require about two months for a full recovery.

UPDATE @ 6:33pm - Yoshinori reportedly suffered the injury during practice sometime in late March.

UPDATE 5/28 @ 3:29pm - More specifically, Yoshinori hurt his knee when his cleats got caught in the natural turf at Jingu Stadium.

Yakult Swallows: Masanori Ishikawa sets new franchise record with fourth opening day victory

by on Mar.31, 2012 @ 6:56 am, under NPB
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Masanori Ishikawa set a new franchise record with his fourth career opening day victory.  The previous record of three was held by Masaichi Kaneda, Hiromu Matsuoka, and Kazuhisa Ishii.

Ishikawa was also just two outs away from becoming the first pitcher to toss a no-hitter on opening day.


At forty-one years and four months, Shinya Miyamoto became the second oldest Central League player to record three (or more) hits in an opening day game.  The oldest: Hiromitsu Ochiai with three hits in 1998 at the age of forty-four years and three months.

Miyamoto is now twenty-two hits away from 2,000.


The Swallows decided not to pitch Yoshinori Sato during a Ni-gun game on Saturday.  There does not appear to be any sort of set timetable for when Yoshinori will pitch, other than the team wanting to wait until he is 100% ready to pitch.

There is a chance Yoshinori will not be able to make it to the active roster until mid-April.