Link Highlights for February 2019



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[2/15/2019] Premier 12 Groups and Locations

The World Baseball Softball Confederation released Group and Location details for the 2019 Premier12.

November 2 – 17

Game 1 – Group A on November 2

Group A
Guadalajara, Mexico
Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco

  • Mexico #6
  • United States #2
  • Netherlands #8
  • Dominican Republic #12

Group B
Taichung, Chinese Taipei
Taichung Intercontinental Stadium

  • Chinese Taipei #4
  • Japan #1
  • Venezuela #9
  • Puerto Rico #11

Group C
Seoul, Korea
Gocheok Sky Dome

  • Korea #3
  • Cuba #5
  • Australia #7
  • Canada #10

Super Round / Final Round
ZOZO Marine Stadium and Tokyo Dome

  • Top two teams from each group

Source: WBSC 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019


[2/15/2019] Preliminary Details for 2019 Fresh All-Star Game

The NPB released preliminary details for this year’s Fresh All-Star Game.

  • Official Name: Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2019
  • July 11 (Thu) – night game
    • Alternate: July 12 (Fri) – day game
  • Venue: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi
  • Eastern League vs Western League

Additional details will be posted in May.

Source: NPB 2/15/2019


[2/15/2019] Yuki Yanagita suffers mild leg injury

Yuki Yanagita developed discomfort in the back of his right thigh while running during workouts on February 14. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a mild injury to his right external hit rotator. His workouts will be adjusted over the next two to three days. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he could return to regular workouts on February 19.

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019, Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019


[2/15/2019] Koya Takahashi has elbow surgery

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Koya Takahashi had surgery on his left elbow (medial collateral ligament reconstructive surgery and ulnar neurolysis) on February 14. He will most likely miss the entire 2019 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019, Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019


[2/13/2019] Sho Nakata strains leg during practice game

Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 1/13/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/13/2019


[2/13/2019] Daisuke Matsuzaka diagnosed with shoulder inflammation

Daisuke Matsuzaka developed discomfort in his right shoulder after a fan yanked his arm during an informal high-five session a few days ago. The Chunichi Dragons announced on February 11th that they decided to shut down Matsuzaka’s throwing arm to avoid further complications. The veteran was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 12 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He could end up traveling to Nagoya or the Kanto area for additional tests.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Sports Hochi 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019

[UPDATE 2/15 @ 12:59am]

Matsuzaka left Okinawa on February 14. The Dragons announced that he will get additional tests and treatment for his shoulder on February 15. He is slated to provide Chunichi officials with a report on his status on February 16. Daily Sports is also reporting that Matszuaka’s throwing arm might be shut down for at least two weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Sanspo 2/14/2019


[2/8/2019] Makoto Aiuchi reassigned to Ni-gun camp

The Seibu Lions announced that they reassigned Makoto Aiuchi to Ni-gun. The media is reporting that the decision was made because Aiuchi developed pain in his left knee.

Source: Seibu 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019


[2/8/2019] Takero Okaijma to have shoulder surgery

Takero Okaijma is planning to have surgery on his left shoulder some time earlier next week. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.

Okajima was examined at a hospital in Chiba on February 6 and joined Ni-gun camp in Kumejima on February 8. He has had problems with his shoulder since he dislocated it during a game against Orix on July 23, 2017.

Source: Sanspo 2/8/2019

[UPDATE 2/13 @ 10:46am]

Okajima went under the knife at a hospital in Chiba on February 12. The procedure lasted about two hours and was complete in the morning. He will most likely require over six months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 2/13/2019. (added additional sources on 2/14 @ 1:17am)


[2/8/2019] Michihiro Ogasawara suffers orbital floor fracture

Chunichi Dragons’ Ni-gun Manager Michihiro Ogasawara struck his face when he fell from his bed at his hotel room on February 7. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests after attending a pre-practice meeting. The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Ogasawara was diagnosed with a right orbital floor fracture. He did not suffer any other damages and is expected to resume his managerial duties on February 9.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2019, Sports Hochi 2/8/2019, Sponichi 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019


[2/5/2019] Orix Buffaloes to add Yoshihisa Naruse to roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they are going to add the thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 46. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.

Naruse pitched in a practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced six batters, threw twenty-five pitches, gave up two could-be hits, and struck out one (K, 1B8, G6, F6, 1B8, F9). He topped out at 135km/h.

Source: Orix 2/4/2019, Sponichi 2/5/2019, Sports Hochi 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/5/2019, Daily Sports 2/4/2019, Sanspo 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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