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[6/3/2014] Injury Report: Hayato Terahara (Softbank), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Jun.03, 2014 @ 6:13 pm, under NPB
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Softbank Hawks

  • Tadashi Settsu (right shoulder) threw fifty-six pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  He is scheduled to start Wednesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants at YafuOku Dome. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014
  • A batted ball bounced off the outfield wall during Sunday's game against Yakult and struck Akira Nakamura in the face.  Nakamura was later diagnosed with a bruise on his right cheek.  There were concerns about his vision due to swelling, but he appeared to be okay when he checked in with team trainers for treatment on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014 ... Nakamura was in the starting line-up on Tuesday.
  • Hayato Terahara had surgery on his right knee on May 27.  He was discharged from a hospital in Fukuoka on Tuesday.  He is scheduled to begin his rehab on Wednesday. Source: Sponichi 6/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi suffered a cut on his lower lip when a ball he hit bounced and struck him on the month during Sunday's game against Yomiuri.  He needed three stitches to close the cut.  They will be removed in about a week.  He is not expected to miss any playing time. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014 ... Itoi was in the starting line-up on Tuesday.

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Atsunori Inaba (left knee) joined the Ichi-gun team for pre-game practices on Tuesday.  "I am at 100 percent in terms of hitting.  I still can't run at full speed.   I have some pain with my first few steps," Inaba said.  He will return to Ni-gun on Saturday and could play in a rehab game some time next week. Source: Sports Hochi 6/3/2014
  • Michel Abreu might end up missing the first-half of the season with lower back pain.  Abreu is currently getting treatment in the United States.  There is still no timetable on when he might be able to resume practices or when he might be able to return to Japan. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2014

[6/1/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Yoshio Itoi (Orix)

by on Jun.01, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara (right adductor) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri on Saturday. He entered the game in the 7th and retired the side in order. He threw fourteen pitches and struck out one. He could join the Ichi-gun team in time for the Rakuten series at kobo Stadium that begins on the 3rd. Source: Sanspo 6/1/2014, Sponichi 6/1/2014 ... Fukuhara looked good during workouts at Naruohama on Sunday and is currently slated to join the Ichi-gun team on Monday. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien reportedly tweaked his left Achilles tendon while running the bases in the 1st inning of Sunday's game against Softbank. He was replaced on defense in the 8th. Source: Sponichi 6/1/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Akira Nakamura was hurt in Sunday's game against Yakult. Yuhei Nakamura hit a ball to left in the 7th inning. The ball bounced off the wall and struck Nakamura in the face. He came out of the game and was taken to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his right cheek. He is having some difficulty seeing because of swelling in the area. He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 6/1/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi fouled a ball off his mouth during his at bat in the 1st inning of Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants and suffered a cut on his lower lip.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital. Source: Sanspo 6/1/2014, Daily Sports 6/1/2014 ... Itoi needed three stitches to close the cut on his lip. He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sports Hochi 6/1/2014 ... With a runner on second and one out in the 1st, Itoi hit a ball that bounced off an area near home plate and struck him in the face. He left the field for treatment and returned to finish out the at bat. He struck out. Source: Sponichi 6/1/2014
  • Motoki Higa and Alessandro Maestri were taken off the active roster on Sunday. Higa started feeling pain in his left knee on Friday night. He was examined at a hospital in Koba on Saturday and diagnosed with inflammation in the knee. Maestri has a fever and swollen tonsils (tonsillitis). Source: Sanspo 6/1/2014, Daily Sports 6/1/2014

[5/11/2014] Injury Report: Shinobu Fukuhara (Hanshin), Taketoshi Goto (Yokohama)

by on May.12, 2014 @ 4:18 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinobu Fukuhara was taken off the active roster on Sunday with tightness in his right adductor muscle.  He started complaining of the tightness after his relief appearance on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 5/11/2014, Sponichi 5/11/2014

Chunichi Dragons

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Taketoshi Goto was taken off the active roster on Sunday with an injury to his left adductor muscle.  Goto suffered the injury during Saturday's game against Yakult.  He will require at least a week for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 5/11/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui's relief outing on Saturday was cut short because of back tightness.  He told reporters on Sunday that his back felt fine. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Ginjiro Sumitani took a ball hit by Yuichi Honda off the lower abdomen during the 5th inning of Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions.  He was removed from the game and taken to the hospital.  He was diagnosed with bruise. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi took an HBP off his right knee during Friday's (May 9) game against Nippon Ham.  He asked to do his own thing during pre-game workouts on Saturday -- he got treatment for the knee and worked on his hitting in the indoor facilities. Source: Daily Sports 5/11/2014

[4/13/2014] Injury Report: Yoshitomo Tani, Yoshio Itoi (ORI), Atsunori Inaba (HAM)

by on Apr.13, 2014 @ 11:53 pm, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Shinya Azuhata played in an Ikusei game against Tokyo Gas on Saturday.  He was involved in a collision play at home plate in the 5th inning and struck his head hard.  He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  He was conscious.  Tests at the hospital did not reveal any problems in the head.  Azuhata told reporters he was fine when he returned to the team dormitory after the game.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda felt some tightness in his right elbow before his start on Saturday.  He pitched because he thought he would okay.  He pulled himself out of the game as soon as he felt he could no longer be effective.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  The Carp are planning to take things one day at a time.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014 ... Maeda will get treatment and Hiroshima will check to see how he is doing over the next two to three days.  There is a good he will miss his next start on the 19th against Yokohama at Yokohama.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... Hiroshima's chief trainer told reporters that inflammations generally get better after three to four days.  Source: Sponichi 4/13/2014 ... "I do not think it is a major injury," said Kenjiro Nomura.  "We will see how he is feeling today and tomorrow.  He said it was feeling better than yesterday, but things could change tomorrow."  Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Tony Blanco did not play on Saturday because of discomfort in the back of his left thigh.  Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshitomo Tani took a thrown ball (at close range) off his head while running the bases in the 8th inning of Sunday's game against the Softbank Hawks.  He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after the game.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi left Sunday's game on defense in the bottom of the 2nd because of discomfort in his right side -- he felt something when he swung the bat during his trip to the plate in the 1st inning.  It could be connected to the injury he suffered during spring camp.  He left the stadium before the end of the game and got treatment at the team hotel.  Source: Sports Hochi 4/13/2014, Sponichi 4/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/13/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

[3/16/2014] PL Injury Updates: Toshiaki Imae, Takashi Ogino (Lotte)

by on Mar.16, 2014 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with an inflammation in his left calf.  He will require five to ten days for a full recovery.  He will begin his rehab at Ni-gun.  Shota Omine will be called up to take his place.  Source: Sponichi 3/16/2014, Sports Hochi 3/16/2014
  • Takashi Ogino got an MRI on his right knee on Saturday.  There was fluid build-up in the knee and no problems with the meniscus.  Source: Sanspo 3/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kenichi Nakata was pulled from Saturday's game against the Giants as a precaution after he started feeling tightness in the back of his right thigh.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi (right side) rejoined the Ichi-gun team on Sunday.  He hit five over the fence during pre-game batting practice and could play in games against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on the 18th and 19th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2014
  • Yoshitomo Tani (left foot) is set to join to the Ichi-gun roster on the 21st.  Source: Sponichi 3/16/2014

[3/12/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (HAN), Nobutaka Imamura (YOM), Aarom Baldiris (YOK)

by on Mar.13, 2014 @ 12:23 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Nobutaka Imamura threw forty-three pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He told reporters he no longer had concerns about his left shoulder.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/12/2014 ... Imamura pitched an inning during a Kyoiku League game against Rakuten on Wednesday.  He retired the side in order and topped out at 145km/h.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2014
  • Tetsuya Yamaguchi (left shoulder) is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 15th, in time for an exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome.  Source: Sanspo 3/12/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani and Takahiro Arai did not play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Hiroshima because of back tightness.  Their conditions are not considered serious.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014
  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) took batting practice at Koshien Stadium for the first time on Wednesday.  He swung the bat fifty-eight times and hit four over the fence.  The Ichi-gun coaches had a chance to watch the session.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2014 ... Gomez could play in an exhibition game on the 15th against Yokohama, depending on how he does during a batting practice scrimmage on the 14th.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014 ... Gomez ran the bases with cleats for the first time during practices at Naruohama on Tuesday.  Source: Sanspo 3/12/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Aarom Baldiris did not participate in general workouts at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on Wednesday because of tightness in his lower back.  He will sit Thursday's game against Yakult and is expected to return to the line-up on Saturday against Hanshin.  Source: Sponichi 3/12/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • The Buffaloes are not planning to take Yoshio Itoi and Wily Mo Pena (right sides) on their road trip to the Kanto and Nagoya region between the 14th and 19th.  Teppei (let thigh) will rejoin the team on the 18th for the Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome.  Source: Daily Sports 3/12/2014

[3/9/2014] Injury Updates: Mauro Gomez (HAN), Keizo Kawashima (YAK)

by on Mar.10, 2014 @ 4:13 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Mauro Gomez (right knee) took live outdoor batting practice at Naruohama on Sunday.  He swung the bat thirty-eight times and hit five over the fence.  Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley was the batting practice pitcher.  Gomez will play in a batting practice scrimmage on Monday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to have Gomez play in some Ni-gun games before calling him up to Ichi-gun.  Source: Sanspo 3/9/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Keizo Kawashima played in a Ni-gun practice game against Surugadai University on Saturday and hurt his left thumb while sliding into third base in the 6th inning.  He will be examined since he may have suffered a fracture.  Kawashima started spring at Ni-gun camp because of discomfort in his right shoulder and elbow.  He was feeling better and was expected to join the Ichi-gun team within the next few days.  Source: Sanspo 3/9/2014
  • Akihisa Nishida was taken out of Saturday's game against Hiroshima after he took a foul ball off his groin area while playing defense in the 2nd inning.  He was taken to the hospital.  No problems were found.  Source: Sanpso 3/9/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Takumi Kuriyama (left thigh) is expected to rejoin the Ichi-gun team during a three-game series against Nippon Ham that begins on the 11th at Sapporo Dome.  Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Yoshio Itoi (right side) could play sometime during a three-game exhibition series against Hanshin that begins on the 21st.  Source: Tokyo Sports 3/9/2014

[2/19/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Yoshio Itoi started taking things slow during workouts on Tuesday.  According to people involved, Itoi started feeling some discomfort in his right side during practices on the 16th.  He spoke to coaches during warm-ups on Tuesday and was shifted to a lighter workout schedule.  He will be monitored over the next two to three days.  There are currently no plans for him to visit the hospital.

Coaches did not disclose the possibility of an injury to reporters and Itoi said he was told not to reveal anything about his condition.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2014, Sponichi 2/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2014

[2/18/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.19, 2014 @ 1:48 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Kazumasa Yoshida Bullpen 2/18 43 In preparation for intra-squad game on 19th.  Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014


Quick Notes

  • The Buffaloes will hold a press conference for Yuniesky Betancourt on the 24th.  He will officially join the team for workouts beginning on the 25th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi took things slow on Tuesday and will again take things slow on Wednesday because coaches are concerned about his fatigue levels.  Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko is slated to earn his domestic FA option this season.  Team officials are hoping to sit down with him during the season.  They tried to sign him to a multi-year contract during the winter, but he insisted on a one-year deal because he did not want the security to make him lazy.  Source: Sponichi 2/18/2014

[2/2/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 1:47 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Takahiro Matsuba - batting practice; about thirty pitches; faced Yuki Miyazaki and Shunta

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014


Workouts on Sunday were moved indoors because of the rain.  A number of position players, including Wily Mo PenaEsteban German, Yoshio Itoi, and Tomotaka Sakaguchi, stood into the batter's box during pitcher bullpen sessions.

Teppei is scheduled to play in Monday's intra-squad game.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014, Sponichi 2/2/2014


Hiroshi Moriwaki named Sakaguchi his captain during a pre-spring camp meeting on January 31.  The team did not have a captain last season because Moriwaki wanted everyone to be a leader.  He decided to go back to having a captain after the team finished in 5th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014