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[9/27/2014] Injury Report: Takeya Nakamura (Seibu), Kam Mickolio (Hiroshima)

by on Sep.28, 2014 @ 5:47 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino was taken off the active roster on Saturday with discomfort in his right elbow. He was examined at a hospital and will be given additional tests within the next few days. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Kyohei Muranaka (right calf and right shoulder) and Ryosuke Yagi (left thigh) will most likely have opportunities to make starts before the end of the regular season -- Muranaka on September 30 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium and Yagi on October 2 against Yomiuri at Jingu. Source: Sponichi 9/27/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato is expected to pitch in the Phoenix League that begins on October 6. He last pitched in a game on August 6, but was shut down with tightness in his right shoulder. He resumed throwing earlier this month. Source: Sanspo 9/27/2014
  • Orlando Roman (right shoulder) is also scheduled to participate in the Phoenix League. Source: Sanspo 9/27/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura was removed from Saturday's game after he started feeling discomfort in his right thigh while running out a grounder to third in the 8th inning. Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Tadahito Iguchi will have surgery on his right middle finger during the off-season. Tests revealed that an enlarged bone was placing pressure on nerves in the finger. Non-invasive options were considered, but surgery offered better results. He will continue to workout with the Ichi-gun team until the end of the regular season. The procedure will most likely shut him down for about a month. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014

[8/7/2014] Injury Report: Kazuhiro Wada (Chunichi), Daiki Enokida (Hanshin)

by on Aug.08, 2014 @ 12:17 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei hurt his left leg while trying to cross the plate in the 6th inning.  He was removed on defense after the inning.  Daisuke Fujimura hurt his right side when he grounded out to the pitcher during a pinch-hit at bat in the 5th.  Both players will be examined on Friday. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014, Jiji Press 8/8/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Daiki Enokida left Thursday's game with discomfort in his left shoulder. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014
  • Yamato (left side) started taking batting practice against a pitching machine that throws curves on Wednesday.  His also included playing catch at a distance of about forty meters and fielding practice. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • If Kazuhiro Wada (right scaphoid bone) needs surgery, he will most likely miss the rest of the season.  If he can get by on rehab, he might be able to make it back to the active roster before the end of the season. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014 ... Wada will not require surgery, but will have to wear a brace for four to six month.  He might end up needing close to two months for a full recovery. Source: Sanspo 8/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014
  • Hitoki Iwase left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left elbow.  He arrived at Nagoya Dome on Thursday after an examination at a hospital in Nagoya.  "It wasn't as bad as I thought.  I will stay with the Ichi-gun team and see how things go.  It just happened yesterday so I haven't done any throwing yet.  I will again tomorrow," said Iwase. Source: Sanspo 8/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Wednesday.  He pitched five innings and gave up three runs (all earned) on three hits and four walks.  He faced twenty-one hitters, threw seventy-four pitches, and struck out two.  He also surrendered a two-run home run to Tomoya Inzen in the 1st inning.  He got the win, his first since September 3, 2011. Source: Sponichi 8/7/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The brace on Nobuhiro Matsuda's right index finger was removed during an examination at a Fukuoka hospital on the 5th.  He should be able to resume throwing in about a week.  He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game in around two weeks. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2014

[7/30/2014] Injury Report: Yoshinori Sato (Yakult), Kei Hosoya (Lotte)

by on Jul.31, 2014 @ 12:22 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  It was his first game in about a month.  He got the start in right and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014
  • Hector Luna played in a batting practice scrimmage at the Nagoya Stadium indoor facilities on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday against Rakuten.  He pitched four innings and gave up a run on four hits.  He threw fifty-eight pitches, walked two, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h.  It was his fifth rehab game. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kei Hosoya was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a sprained right ankle.  He suffered the injury while running the bases on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano (left calf) joined Ni-gun work outs on Wednesday.  He was able to take batting practice and do some light base-running exercises.  He is hoping to add fielding practice on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014

[7/12/2014] Injury Report: Shoichi Ino (Yokohama), Yoshinori Sato (Yakult)

by on Jul.12, 2014 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuji Ichioka (right shoulder) is currently scheduled to participate in the All-Star Series.  Pitching coach Yasuyuki Yamauchi told reporters Ichioka's shoulder was now fine. Source: Daily Sports 7/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Shoichi Ino left Friday's game against Yakult after five innings of work because of tightness in his back.  He told reporters he should be okay for the All-Star Series. Source: Sponichi 7/12/2014 ... Kiyoshi Nakahata spoke to reporters on Saturday and said Ino was fine and that his back was feeling better than on Friday.  Ino was taken off the active roster on Saturday, but only because he is not scheduled to get another start before the All-Star break. Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He gave up a run on three hits over three innings of work.  He topped out at 149km/h and struck out two.  The one run he allowed scored in the 1st inning.  He retired the side in order in the 2nd and 3rd. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2014, Sanspo 7/12/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He got the start in left and batted third.  He went 1-for-3: G6(DP), E6, and a solo home run off Yuta Kakita in the 5th.  His day ended after the 5th.  Junji Ogawa told reporters he planned to call Balentien up on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2014, Sanspo 7/12/2014

[6/21/2014] Injury Report: Shota Dobayashi (Hiroshima), Yoshinori Sato (Yakult)

by on Jun.22, 2014 @ 12:02 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Hiroki Uemoto almost sat out Saturday's game against Rakuten when he took a batted ball off his right thumbnail during pre-game fielding practice.  He had it taped and was able to return to practices.  He ended up making the starting line-up, but coaches did consider pulling him because they were worried about his condition. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka took ninety-two swings (fifty-three from the right and thirty-nine from the left) during batting practice at Naruohama on Saturday and hit one over the fence.  He also took fielding practice at third. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi was taken off the active roster on May 9 with a fracture in his right ring finger.  He resumed soft-toss batting practice with both hands earlier this month on the 11th.  He joined Ni-gun workouts on Friday and participated in fielding practice.  He also saw nine pitches from Katsuhiro Nakagawa during batting practice and recorded two could-be hits, including one that went over the fence.  During a batting practice scrimmage he hit a double to right-center and walked twice in three trips to the plate against Takayuki Oshima and hit a single to left and a single to center in six plate appearances against Yuki Saito.  He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on the 24th against Chunichi.  Assuming no setbacks, he could make it back to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (back of right thigh) could return to the active roster on the 28th (minimum ten days). Source: Tokyo Sports 6/21/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on Saturday.  He tossed a shutout inning and gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one.  This was his second rehab game.  He topped out at 148km/h. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2014
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) could return to the active roster some time during a nine-game stretch that begins on July 8.  He is currently scheduled to pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun against Yomiuri on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2014
  • Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles tendon) might not be ready to return to the active roster until some time in July. Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Senichi Hohino has been discharged from the hospital. Source: Sanspo 6/21/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takeya Nakamura did not participate in workouts at Seibu Dome on Friday because he was getting treatment for his right elbow.  Nakamura started feeling discomfort in the elbow during a game against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on Wednesday. Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2014 ... Nakamura did not take pre-game batting practice on Saturday and was left out of the starting line-up.  An examination on Thursday revealed some inflammation. Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2014

[6/15/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Esteban German (Orix)

by on Jun.16, 2014 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Kazunari Tsuruoka (left side) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Sunday.  He was the starting catcher and batted seventh.  He played through to the 5th and went 1-for-2. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama (left knee) will be re-examined within the next couple of days. Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco was taken off the active roster on Sunday after he hurt the back of his left thigh while running the bases during Saturday's game against Softbank. Source: Sanspo 6/15/2014 ... Blanco will most likely need at least one month for a full recovery.  He might be able to return to the active roster some time in August. Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2014
  • Sho Aranami was also taken off the active roster on Sunday.  He hurt his right calf during pre-game fielding practice. Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) pitched in a game on Saturday for the first time since April 13, 2012.  Of the twenty-one pitches he threw, eleven were in the 150km/h range.  For Sato to make it to the active roster, he will have to throw 100 pitches in four to five games and be ready to pitch on six days of rest. Source: Sanspo 6/15/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takayuki Kishi resumed pitching practices on Sunday.  He mixed in all his pitches and threw eighty-four.  If things go well, he could return to the active roster in time for a start on the 21st against Yokohama at Yokohama. Source: Sponichi 6/15/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Esteban German ran into a little bad luck on Saturday: he took a batted ball off the inner portion of his left knee while running the bases in between second and third during pre-game practices; and he fouled a ball off his left foot during his at bat in the 3rd inning.  Source: Sponichi 6/15/2014 ... German was left out of the starting line-up on Sunday to give him some extra time for rest and recovery. Source: Sponichi 6/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2014

[6/14/2014] Injury Report: Tony Blanco (Yokohama), Yoshinori Sato (Yakult)

by on Jun.15, 2014 @ 2:36 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka will probably get to play in at least six Ni-gun rehab games.  He could return to the active roster when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014 ... Nishioka played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on Saturday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-3: single to right, ground out to short, double to right. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014, Daily Sports 6/14/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ren Nakata was hit by a baseball during pre-game practices on Saturday.  Nakata was working out in the outfield during batting practice when a batted ball struck him on the right side of the head after it glanced off the area near his left wrist. Daily Sports 6/14/2014 ... Nakata was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for an examination.  He never lost consciousness and had some swelling in the wrist.  He was diagnosed with a bruise and still made it back to the stadium in time for a relief appearance in the 8th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014
  • Ryuhei Matsuyama was taken off the active roster on Saturday with an injury to his left anterior cruciate ligament. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige felt pain in his left thigh as he ran out a grounder in the top of the 2nd inning of Saturday's game against Orix.  He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning.  There are no plans to take him off the active roster at this point in time. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco had to be replaced by a pinch-runner when he hurt the back of his left thigh while running the bases in the top of the 7th.  The Bay Stars might end up taking him off the active roster. ... Sho Aranami tweaked his right calf during pre-game workouts on Saturday.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

[6/13/2014] Injury Report: Ryuhei Matsuyama (Hiroshima), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin)

by on Jun.14, 2014 @ 1:17 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • There is a chance Tsuyoshi Nishioka could be added to the active roster before the end of Inter-league play. Source: Sanspo 6/13/2014 ... Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank on Friday.  He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off.  He went 0-for-3: Ks, Ks, G4. The Tigers are planning to give Nishioka at least about twenty trips to the plate before considering him for the active roster.  He will also have to be ready to play defense. Source: Sports Hochi 6/13/2014, Daily Sports 6/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Ryuhei Matsuyama hurt his left knee while attempting to make a leaping catch in the 6th inning.  He was removed after the play and taken to a hospital in Tokyo where he was diagnosed with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/13/2014
  • Yoshiyuki Ishihara was taken off the active roster on Friday with pain in his right shoulder. Source: Sports Hochi 6/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) could pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab practice game on the 14th against the Futures.  If he does, it will be his first game since April 13, 2012.  Whether or not he pitches will depend on how he is feeling that day. Source: Sanpso 6/13/2014

[5/5/2014] Injury Report: Hiroki Uemoto (Hanshin), Wily Mo Pena (Orix)

by on May.05, 2014 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien was left out of the starting line-up on Monday because of tightness in the adductor muscle in his right leg. Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014
  • Yoshinori Sato threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Sunday.  It was his first session with a squatting catcher since spring camp. Source: Sanspo 5/5/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Dae-Ho Lee fouled a ball off his left foot during pre-game batting practice on Sunday.  He made the starting line-up against Rakuten, but was replaced on defense in the 6th as a precaution (there was still some swelling). Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Wily Mo Pena was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 5th of Monday's game against Lotte because of pain in his lower back.  Pena may have tweaked the area when he swung the bat during his plate appearance in the 3rd.  The Buffaloes will wait to see how he is feeling on Tuesday before deciding what to do next. Source: Sponichi 5/5/2014

[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