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[7/22/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Yusei Kikuchi (Seibu)

by on Jul.23, 2014 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yoshiyuki Kamei returned to the starting line-up on Monday for the first time in six games.  Kamei was apparently having problems with tightness in his right calf. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not available to play on Tuesday because of tightness in his back. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuhiro Wada took an HBP off the left side of his head during Monday's game against Yokohama.  Tests at a hospital did not reveal any abnormalities.  He did participate in pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, but did not take part in other workouts like batting practice.  Yokohama's Shun Yamaguchi briefly met with Wada before the game to apologize for the pitch he threw.  He did not play on Tuesday and instead rested.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien did not play on Tuesday because of pain in his left wrist.  He tweaked the wrist during his first at bat on Monday.  He was available off the bench as a pinch-hitter.  He will be examined at a hospital on Wednesday as a precaution. Source: Sports Hochi 7/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2014

Seibu Lions

  • Yusei Kikuchi left Tuesday's game against Rakuten after two innings because he developed a blister on his left middle finger. Source: Sponichi 7/22/2014

[2/7/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.08, 2014 @ 2:50 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Ryoma Nogami Bullpen 2/7 201 Sports Hochi 2/7/2014
Kazuhisa Makita Bullpen 2/7 230 Forty to standing catcher, 190 to squatting catcher.  Sanspo 2/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2014
Ryohei Fujiwara Bullpen 2/7 81 Squatting catcher.  Sponichi 2/7/2014

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Quick Notes

  • Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe visited Lotte camp in Okinawa on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014
  • Samurai Japan Manager Hiroki Kokubo was at Nango camp on Friday.  Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014
  • Takeya Nakamura is in the process of finding a new pair of cleats that will help lessen the strain on his knees, particularly the left knee he had surgery on.  Source: Tokyo Sports 2/7/2014

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Yusei Kikuchi weighed seventy-eight kilograms when he was drafted in 2009.  He now weighs ninety-six kilograms and would ultimately like to make it over 100 kilograms.

Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014

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1st round draft pick Tomoya Mori is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun practice game against Hanshin on the 11th.  He will be the starting catcher and will bat third.

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2014

[2/2/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 5:17 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Greg Reynolds - about forty pitches; including sinker, cutter
  • Yusei Kikuchi - forty-three pitches to squatting catcher

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

February 1

  • 3rd round draft pick Takuya Toyoda - forty pitches to squatting catcher

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Yusei Kikuchi's bullpen session on Sunday was his second in as many days.  He is not planning to toss a session on the 3rd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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2nd round draft pick Hotaka Yamakawa ended workouts on Sunday early because of discomfort in his left knee.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

Yamakawa got larger during the off-season -- the uniform he wore during a press conference in December last year looked extremely tight on him during the first day of spring camp on Saturday.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2014

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Haruki Ihara hit baseballs to Hichori Morimoto, Yutaro Osaki, and Fumikazu Kimura during fielding practice on Sunday.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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While there are no scheduled sessions for batting practice (live, machine) during the first four day of spring camp, players are free to do as they please during their own time.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Team owner Takashi Goto was at spring camp on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

[2/1/2014] Seibu Lions News and Notes

by on Feb.02, 2014 @ 2:45 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 1

  • Yusei Kikuchi - seventeen pitches to squatting catcher; including curve
  • Fumiya Nishiguchi - fifty pitches to standing catcher

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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The first day of Ichi-gun spring camp started at 10:00am on Saturday.  There were no breaks, and practices lasted about four hours.  During opening ceremonies, the team was presented with a number of local food items, including thirty kilograms of ripe kumquats and thirty kilograms of yellowfin tuna.

Players are not scheduled to take batting practice (live, machine) during the first four days of spring camp.  There will be no early morning workouts or lunch workouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2014, Sponichi 2/1/2014Sponichi 2/1/2014

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Ni-gun workouts began at 9:30am.  1st round draft pick Tomoya Mori caught two pitchers in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2014

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Haruki Ihara started his morning walk at 5:20am on Saturday.  The players started their walks at 7:00am.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2014

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Ihara told reporters he was not sure why so many teams were pushing their players to be at 100 percent for the start of spring camp.  He also told reporters there was nothing his players could do during spring camp to change his mind about their statuses and that the best time for them to prove a point would be when they started playing exhibition games in March.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/1/2014, Sports Hochi 2/1/2014

[9/27/2013] Injury Updates: Oshima (CHU), K. Maeda (HIR), Kikuchi (SEI), Heuser (RAK), Satozaki, Kakunaka, Uematsu (LOT), Mahara (ORI)

by on Sep.27, 2013 @ 9:45 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

The media learned that Yohei Oshima will have his left elbow cleaned out in October.

Oshima first complained of pain in his elbow in February and then again in June.

Source: Sponichi 9/27/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda took a batted ball off his right knee in the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  He was carried off the field to get treatment and managed to return.  After five innings, he asked to be removed from the game because he felt his balance was out of sync.  He is currently expected to make his next start on October 3 (vs Chunichi at Mazda Stadium).

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2013, Sports Hochi 9/27/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Thursday and left after throwing just one inning (16 NP, 5 BF, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 ER) because of discomfort in his left shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 9/27/2013, Sponichi 9/27/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Jim Heuser was pulled from Thursday's game against the Seibu Lions with discomfort in his shoulder.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tomoya Satozaki was taken off the active roster today with a left knee injury.  Satozaki hurt the knee during practices on Thursday.  He was examined at a Tokyo hospital and diagnosed with an injury to the lateral collateral ligament in his knee.

Katsuya Kakunaka hurt his back during a game on the 24th and was also taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2013

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The Marines announced that Masatomo Uematsu had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.  There were no complications during the procedure.  He will be hospitalized for about a week.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Mahara (inflammation in his right brachial plexus) is scheduled to return to the active roster on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2013

[9/25/2013] Injury Updates: Nakata (HAM), Kuriyama, Kikuchi (SEI), Imae, Iguchi, Kakunaka (LOT)

by on Sep.25, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky finger) resumed batting practice today -- he took soft-toss batting practice with both hands.

The coaches will monitor Nakata's progress by having him travel with the team on their next road trip.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2013

Seibu Lions

Takumi Kuriyama took an HBP off his head in the 1st inning of tonight's game against the Rakuten Eagles (Jim Heuser was on the mound).  He was taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama and diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2013

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Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Yakult on the 26th.  If he is feeling fine after the outing, he could make it back to the active roster some time on or after October 1.

Source: Sanspo 9/25/2013

 Chiba Lotte Marines

From tonight's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters: Toshiaki Imae felt discomfort in his left calf while running the bases in the 1st inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner after hitting a single to right in the 4th; Tadahito Iguchi took an HBP off the side of his left knee in the 4th and was removed from defense in the 5th; Katsuya Kakunaka was pulled in the bottom of the 6th after his back pains grew worse.

Tsutomu Ito told reporters Kakunaka's back was not good and that he might be taken off the active roster depending on how he felt on Thursday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/25/2013

[9/23/2013] Injury Updates: K. Maeda (HIR), T. Arai (HAN), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.23, 2013 @ 7:32 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda (tonsillitis) got the day off on Sunday and is feeling better.  As of now, he is still set to make his next start as planned: on the 26th vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on four day of rest.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2013

Sponichi adds that the start could depend on where the team is in the standings.

"He will prepare [for the start], the other question is the standings.  I would like to set a start date that would put less strain on him, but we need to secure third or better," Kenjiro Nomura said.

Source: Sponichi 9/23/2013

Maeda returned to workouts todeay.

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai may have been left out of the starting line-up on Sunday because of tightness in his right leg.  He did make it into the game as a defensive replacement at first in the top of the 9th.

Arai did not appear on the field during pre-game practices and spent his time working out indoors.  He was prepared to make an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the 7th, but never got the opportunity.

Yutaka Wada mentioned nothing about the leg and said to reporters, "He started the game on the bench because we wanted to try some things out."

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2013

T. Arai did not play in today's game against the Yakult Swallows.

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) could be added to the active roster in time for the Rakuten series that begins on the 24th at Seibu Dome.  If he is called up, it will not be as a starter.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2013

[9/22/2013] Injury Updates: K. Maeda (HIR), Morgan (YOK), Kikuchi (SEI), Falkenborg (SOF), Naruse (LOT)

by on Sep.23, 2013 @ 2:23 am, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda was not at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.  He stayed back at the team hotel and rested.  He no longer has a fever.

Source: Sanspo 9/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on Friday and diagnosed with a bruise on his right wrist.  He was taken off the active roster on Saturday.

Source: Sanspo 9/22/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) topped out at 153km/h during his Ni-gun outing on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2013

Softbank Hawks

Brian Falkenborg was taken off the active roster on Sunday with back pain.  He first complained of back problems after his outing against Rakuten at Kleenex Stadium on the 19th.  He was taken off the active roster today because his condition was not improving.  He will be examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on the 24th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihisa Naruse (left shoulder) tossed three shutout innings against the Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday.  He could be called up after another Ni-gun game on five-days of rest (28th vs Yomiuri).

Source: Sanpso 9/22/2013

[9/21/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), K. Maeda (HIR), Fujii, Yamato, Hifumi (HAN), Nakata (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.22, 2013 @ 2:01 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe was scratched from the starting line-up before Saturday's game because he felt discomfort in his back.  He was examined at a hospital and was diagnosed with shingles running from his right side to his back.  He is considered day-to-day.

"There was nothing this morning, but I started feeling pain all of a sudden right before the game.  This was a first for me and it hurt," Abe said to reporters after he returned to the stadium.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013, Sponichi 9/21/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Doala (left middle finger fracture) is hoping to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season on October 5 (vs Yokohama) -- his finger is healing well and the pin will likely be removed next week.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda went to the hospital after leaving the Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants because he was not feeling well.  He was diagnosed with tonsillitis.  Kenjiro Nomura told reporters Maeda was feeling under the weather before the game and may have had a fever.  Nomura kept Maeda in the game until the 6th because he had a no-hitter through five.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013, Daily Sports 9/21/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Akihito Fujii (right calf bruise) resumed outdoor batting practice on Friday.  He took forty-eight swings and collected fourteen could-be hits.  He also chased some baseballs in the outfield.  He is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 22nd against Orix.  He could return to the active roster as early as the 24th (vs Yokohama at Koshien).

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013

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Yamato (right pinky fracture) could play in his first rehab game later this month.  There are four Ni-gun games remaining at Naruohama: practice game against Orix on the 26th, games against Softank on the 28th and 29th, and a practice game against Panasonic (Industrial League) on October 2.  He could also play in a few Phoenix League games (begins October 7).  His goal right now is to make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series.

He is already playing catch, taking fielding practice, running the bases, and taking batting practice against a machine that throw curves.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013

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Shinta Hifumi wants to participate in the Phoenix League that begins on October 7.

Hifumi suffered an avulsion fracture in his left third cuneiform bone when he crashed into a fence while going after a foul ball during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 14.  His cast has since been removed and he is playing catch outdoors.  He has also started to do some jogging.  On Friday, he resumed live indoor batting practice and is close to swinging the bat at full strength.  Assuming no setbacks, he might be ready to play during the second-half of the Pheonix League.

Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata joined the Ichi-gun team on Saturday.  He was examined on Friday but did not get the green light to resume batting practice because the fracture in his left pinky has not yet fully healed.  The team should have a better idea of when he will be able to return after his next examination on the 25th.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Saturday.  He tossed two innings in relief and gave up a run on two hits.  He also walked one, hit one, and struck out two.

The Lions are not planning to call Kikuchi up right away.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013, Sponichi 9/21/2013

[9/18/2013] Injury Updates: Blanco (YOK), Nishikawa (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)

by on Sep.18, 2013 @ 11:49 pm, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are hoping Tony Blanco (right hamstring) will be able to return to the starting line-up on the 21st against Chunichi.   He was examined at a hospital earlier today and checked in at the stadium around 1:00pm, but did not participate in practices and did not play in tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He has missed three game so far.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013Sanspo 9/18/2013, Sports Hochi 9/18/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Haruki Nishikawa was hit in the head with a pitch thrown by Randy Williams in the 8th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions.  He was removed and taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa for a CT scan.  There was no apparent damage to the brain.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) tossed another bullpen session today, his second in as many days.  If his shoulder is feeling ok, he could pitch in a rehab game this week.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2013