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[2/4/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.05, 2014 @ 2:48 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Shohei Otani 2/4 37 7 over the fence.  Daily Sports 2/4/2014
Sho Nakata 2/4 41 6 over the fence.  Sponichi 2/4/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yuki Saito Bullpen 2/4 135+ Tossed two sessions, fifty-five during first session and over eighty during second session. Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014, Daily Sports 2/4/2014
Naoyuki Uwasawa BP 2/4 35 Faced Atsushi Ugumori and Shingo Ishikawa; allowed three-could-be hits. Sponichi 2/4/2014

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The first block of spring camp ended on Tuesday.

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Ten pitchers tossed bullpen sessions on Monday.  Umpires called balls and strikes for all the pitchers except Shohei Otani.  The coaches asked the umpires to skip Otani because they did not want him getting distracted by each call.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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The opening day pitcher will most likely be Mitsuo Yoshikawa.  The coaches were thinking of Yoshikawa early on, but did not want to make any assumptions about his condition until they had a chance to see him pitch.  He tossed thirty-three pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Hideki Kuriyama was not necessarily impressed with the outing, but was pleased to see him heading in the right direction.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

Yoshikawa could pitch in a practice game against Samsung on the 18th.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2014

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Yuki Saito kept his workouts light on Monday.  He also spent some time checking on his delivery by throwing into a net.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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Former Yakult Shinya Miyamoto visited Nago camp on Monday.  He checked on Sho Nakata during his visit.  He feels Nakata should be fine with his conversion to third because he has a strong and accurate arm.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

Nakata is scheduled to play third during an intra-squad game on the 6th.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

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Luis MendozaMichael Crotta, and Shota Ono went out for yakiniku on Monday night.

Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Nago camp on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2014

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Adidas Japan signed an advisory contract with Haruki Nishikawa.

Source: Sponichi 2/4/2014

[2/3/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters New and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 4:43 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • 1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe - forty-four swings, one over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Shohei Otani - sixty-three pitches; including slider and curve
  • Michael Crotta - thirty-five pitches to squatting catcher; including breaking balls; kept track of balls and strikes
  • Mitsuo Yoshikawa - thirty-three pitches to squatting catcher; all fastballs

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014

February 2

  • Yuki Saito - sixty-seven pitches during first session, forty-five pitches during second session after general workouts
  • Yuya Ishii - seventy pitches; including breaking balls
  • Yohei Kagiya - fifty-six pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

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Yuki Saito has been working on a new shuto that has a similar grip to a fastball.  He threw five during his bullpen session on Sunday. ... He is scheduled to toss live batting practice on the 6th.  He will also pitch in an intra-squad game on the 8th.

Source: ZakZak 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Saito has been using a new pair of Mizuno cleats since the start of spring camp that provides better stability.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014

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Shohei Otani's left shoe flew off during running exercises on Sunday morning.  Most were laughing, but Hideki Kuriyama was not because he was concerned about injury.  He wants Otani to exercise a little more caution.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sports Hochi 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Otani spent some time throwing into a net after general workouts on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014

[2/1/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:34 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 1

  • Sho Nakata - thirty-six swings, none over the fence

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Shohei Otani - fifty-nine pitches to a squatting catcher; including slider and curve

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2014

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Players were scheduled to meet on the field at 9:00am this morning for group photos.  Yohei Kagiya had to scramble because he forgot his glove at the hotel.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Yuki Saito is planning to toss a bullpen session on Sunday.  His workouts on Saturday included playing catch and weight training.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Sho Nakata did not hit any over the fence during batting practice on Saturday, but he stayed back after general workouts and hit more than thirty over the fence during soft-toss batting practice.  He also took some fielding practice at third.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

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Hideki Kuriyama is thinking about giving Shohei Otani regular starts on Sundays this season.  Since games are usually scheduled during the weekends during spring camp and in March, it would allow Otani to get into a nice rhythm before the start of the regular season.  Once the season begins, he would get the added benefit of the Monday off-days immediately after his starts, which should fit better with his position player schedule.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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1st round draft pick Ryo Watanabe moved into the team dormitory at seventy-nine kilograms.  He told reporters the other day he recently reweighed himself and was at 77.5 kilograms.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

[10/12/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Yuki Saito gave up seven runs during Phoenix League start on Thursday

by on Oct.13, 2013 @ 12:48 am, under NPB
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Yuki Saito started a Phoenix League game against the Orix Buffaloes on Thursday and gave up eleven runs (seven earned) on ten hits over 5.1 innings of work.

Sports Hochi posted portions of his post-game interview:

You allowed seven consecutive runners to reach base, including five straight hits, in the 6th inning.  You ended up allowing seven runs that inning.

I was working on some things and it happened.  Things went well in the first three innings.  Things started falling apart in the 4th inning, like the defense running into some problems.  I tried not to think about it.  I lost the rhythm.  In some ways, I just want to forget about what happened after the first three innings and move on.  If I take the eleven runs to mean the whole outing is bad, then I will lose sight of the things I have to work.  I am heading in the right direction.

With two out in the 1st inning, you elevated a 137km/h fastball that [Yuki] Miyazaki hit out for a solo home run to left.  Was that a mistake pitch?

That was not a mistake pitch.  I do not think he hit a home run off of me because of a bad pitch.

In the 4th inning, a single to left and an E5 put runners on first and second with now out.  They ran on you and scored a run when Takumi Oshima made a bad throw to third.

While [the runs I allowed] after the third inning were partially my fault, there is also the rhythm with the catcher.  Oshima does not have the same kind of experience [Satoshi] Nakajima has.  In that sense, it is also important for me to grow as well.

Are you able to say you are not worried about the outing because this is not a part of the regular season?

Things are different based on where you throw.  I have things I need to work on and I tried me best to work on them despite the errors.  In that sense, things may have been different if I was in a different place.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2013

Sponichi notes that when Saito walked the lead-off batter in the 6th and then surrendered five consecutive hits, he was throwing nothing but fastballs.

Hideki Kuriyama was at the game and was quoted as saying:

He got angry out there for the first time in a while and threw pitches right down the middle.  He was a man that was trying to battle it out.  I have not seen that in Yuki in quite some time.

He will have to let it all out if he is going to make it.  Being able to see that side of him today may have been the one good thing about his outing.

Saito faced eleven hitters and allowed three hits through the first three innings of the game.  He also topped out at 141km/h.  He is scheduled to make his next start on six days of rest.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013

[10/3/2013] Injury Updates: Balentien (YAK), Nomi, Boyer (HAN), Nakata, Y. Saito (HAM)

by on Oct.03, 2013 @ 6:54 pm, under NPB
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Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien (left Achilles' tendon) told reporters on Wednesday he did not think he would be able to play until Friday.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013

Balentien was not in the starting line-up tonight.

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi was taken off the active roster on Wednesday because he is not scheduled to pitch over the next ten days.  It apparently had nothing to do with the cut he suffered on his left ring finger during his last start on the 1st.

With regards to Blaine Boyer, Yutaka Wada hinted at an injury he may have sustained during his outing on the 1st by saying they did not want to prolong his recovery.

Source: Sanspo 10/3/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata was added to the active roster on Thursday even though his doctor feels he will not be able to play until the last game of the season.  Hideki Kuriyama wants to use him and Nakata wants to play, but people around him are advising him not to rush things.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2013

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Yuki Saito's right shoulder pain was so bad that at one point he could not hold a cup.  He turned down surgery as an option and instead worked on streamlining his mechanics to put less strain on his shoulder.

Saito is expected to participate in the upcoming Phoenix League.  The Fighters are hoping he will be able to pitch in at least three games.  How he does will determine whether or not he attends fall camp.

Source: Sponichi 10/3/2013, Sanspo 10/3/2013

[10/2/2013] Injury Updates: Murata (YOM), Balentien (YAK), Eldred (HIR), Yamato, Hojo (HAN), Y. Saito, Koyano (HAM)

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shuichi Murata took an HBP off his left side during Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He started today's game against Yakult on the bench as a precaution.  He made it into the game on defense in the top of the 9th and hit a single to center in the bottom half of the inning.

"There is a little discomfort, but it will be fine since I was able to play.  Things are getting better," Murata said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien was left out of tonight's starting line-up against the Yomiuri Giants because of pain in his left Achilles tendon.  He was scheduled to play, but was scratched after workouts.  He told reporters after the game that his leg was not feeling well.

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

Hiroshima Carp

Brad Eldred did not play in today's game against the Hanshin Tigers because he was feeling sick (possibly due to something he ate).  He might end up missing Thursday's game against the Chunichi Dragons as well.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yamato (right pinky fracture) played in an Ikusei practice game against Industrial League team Panasonic today.  He started in center and batted second.  He went 1-for-5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

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Fumiya Hojo (right ankle sprain) also played in the Ikusei practice game against Panasonic today.  He entered the game as a defensive replacement at short in the 6th and hit a single and stole second in the 9th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito (right shoulder) on his start against the Orix Buffaloes tonight:

I was able to get up onto the mound without getting nervous.  My control was not where I wanted it to be.  I know what I need to work on.  I was able to throw freely without worrying about my shoulder at all.  I think things will be fine if I can increase the number of pitches I am happy with.  The cheering from the fans was a big help.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Hideki Kuriyama on the Saito:

It is as everyone was able to see.  This is more than the results.  He has really been through a lot.

He was also surprised.  I think he has done a good job.  This is an important time for him.  This should carry over to next season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

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Eiichi Koyano was removed on defense in the 4th inning of tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes because of cramps in both his hamstrings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

[9/20/2012] Nippon Ham Fighters: Yuki Saito struggles in Ni-gun start against Lotte

by on Sep.20, 2013 @ 3:20 pm, under NPB
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Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Kamagaya today and gave up nine runs on seven hits, four walks, and an HBP over 2.1 innings of work.  He gave up a run on a sac fly in the 2nd and then allowed eight runs in the 3rd on six hits, including a three-run homer and a bases loaded walk.

1st inning - one hit, one walk, no runs

G1, F7, 1B8 (SB), BB, G6

2nd inning - no hits, one walk, one run

BB, HBP, G1f (SB), SF8 (RBI), Ks

3rd inning - six hits, two walks, eight runs (left with the bases loaded, all runners ended up scoring)

1B9, 1B7, HR9 (three RBI), 1B7, F7, BB, 1B9, 1B9 (RBI), BB (RBI)

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2013Nikkan Sports 9/20/2013

UPDATE 9/20 @ 6:43pm -

Sponichi has posted a couple of quotes from Saito:

I thought I threw the ball like I did [in previous games], but the pitches did not work for me today.

We are near the end of the season so the only thing I can do is my best.  I am thinking about different kinds of things, but may be that is not good.

When asked what kind of things he had to work on, he replied: "Hmm...  Well, just about everything I think."

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013

[6/25/2013] Injury Updates: Lopez (YOM), Bergesen (CHU), Ishihara (HIR), Nomi (HAN), Y. Saito (HAM)

by on Jun.25, 2013 @ 11:46 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Jose Lopez may have suffered a strain in his left side.  If he has, he may require about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/25/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Brad Bergesen developed some swelling in his right index finger during his start against the Hanshin Tigers today and left after just one inning.  It does not appear to be serious.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/25/2013, Daily Sports 6/25/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Yoshiyuki Ishihara tweaked his back during his at bat in the bottom of the 5th inning of tonight's game against Yomiuri and was removed on defense in the top of the 6th.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/25/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi took a batted ball of his left ankle while pitching in the 9th inning of today's game against Chunichi.  He was removed from the game after the play as a precaution and had ice on his foot while boarding the team bus.

Source: Sponichi 6/25/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito threw 100 pitches in the bullpen at Kamagaya today.  It was the most he ever threw since he hurt his right shoulder last year.  He is scheduled to pitch two innings in relief in a Ni-gun game against Lotte on the 30th.  Assuming no problems, he could be pushed to five innings in a Ni-gun start in late-July.  That could put his return to the Ichi-gun roster some time in August.

Source: Sanspo 6/26/2013

[6/22/2013] Nippon Ham: Yuki Saito tosses two shutout innings against Futures

by on Jun.22, 2013 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB
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Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against the Futures today.  He tossed two shutout innings while allowing one hit.  He threw twenty-three pitches and topped out at 136km/h.  It was his first game since November 1, 2012.

1st inning - Masaru Misawa F9, Ko Takahashi Ks, Genki Kawano F8 (nine pitches).

2nd inning - Hyuma Matsui 1B7, Naomichi Umeda Ks, Kevin Moscatel F6, Yuki Watanabe G6.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2013Sports Hochi 6/22/2013

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UPDATE 6/24 @ 6:11pm -

Sports Hochi has posted a portion of Saito's post-game interview with the media:

This was your first outing in quite some time.

There are a lot of things I am working on, but for today, I think it was good that I was just able to pitch.  I have changed because of the injury and the people around me have also changed.  I feel a little relieved that I have something to show for, especially after getting another chance.

What did you think of the outing?

I feel it was one-hundred percent: I threw with no discomfort or fear.

What about your fastball?

If you look only at that, you might think I still have a long way to go.  In terms of velocity, I think it will improve.  Looking only at that will worry me.

What now?

I need to increase the amount I pitch.  I need to be able to go at least five innings.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/23/2013

[6/14/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jun.14, 2013 @ 10:37 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshi Kisanuki recorded the fifth shutout of his career on Thursday.  It was also the second shutout in which he threw fewer than 100 pitches -- ninety-five pitches against Rakuten on April 8, 2012 and ninety-one pitches against Hanshin on June 13, 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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Sho Nakata recorded his fifteenth home run of the season in his fifty-seventh game on Thursday.  It took hims 126 games in 2011 and 108 games 2012 to reach that same total.

Nakata also blasted two home runs on Thursday, one to right in the 2nd and one to left in the 8th.  For Nakata, it was his seventh multi-homer game of his career and the first in which he hit one to left and one to right.

Inter-league home run totals from 2009: zero, zero, four, five, and six.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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Yuki Saito tossed batting practice on Thursday.  He faced two hitters, threw forty-four pitches, and allowed four could be hits.  Assuming no problems, he will toss another BP session on the 16th.  If everything is fine after that, he will pitch about three innings in a Ni-gun game against the Futures on the 22nd.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani is currently slated to make his next start on the 18th against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2013

Otani threw eighty-one pitches during full-squad practices at Sapporo Dome today.  He threw all his pitches, other than the fork and cutter, and focused on his curve.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013

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The Fighters donated a box of baseball equipment to the Burkina Faso Baseball Federation on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2013