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Hanshin: Info, Official SC Site Seibu: Info, Official SC Site
Yokohama: Info, Official SC Site Rakuten: Info, Official SC Site
Yomiuri: Info Orix: Info, Official SC Site
Chunichi: Info, Official SC Site Nippon Ham: Info, Official SC Site
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[5/22/2018] Louis Okoye leaves game with tightness in right leg

Louis Okoye was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hit a double to left-center in the sixth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22. He was removed from the game as a precaution because of tightness in his right thigh.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 9:48pm]

Okoye was examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with an injury to his right biceps femoris that will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Okoye was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018, Sanspo 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018


[5/22/2018] Kenji Tomura leaves game after taking batted ball off chin

Kenji Tomura took a batted ball off his face during a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22.

Tomura surrendered a home run to Yuya Oda to lead-off the eighth inning. The next batter, Masahiro Nishino, hit a line drive back up the middle that stuck Tomura in the face, near the right side of his chin. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Tomura was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. He was conscious.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2018, Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 9:40pm]

Tomura was re-examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with a right mandibular angle fracture. He could require three to four months for a full recovery.

Tomura was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 5/23/2018, Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018


[5/22/2018] Hiroki Minei taken off active roster

Hiroki Minei hurt his left hamstring while running the bases during a game against Yomiuri on May 20. He was taken off the active roster on May 22 because of minor inflammation. The Yokohama Bay Stars do not expect him to miss that much time.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2018, Sponichi 5/22/2018, Sports Hochi 5/22/2018


[5/22/2018] Kenta Imamiya bumped from starting line-up because of elbow discomfort

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu at YafuOku Dome on May 22 because of discomfort in his elbow. He was slated to make the starting line-up, but complained of discomfort in his elbow after participating in pre-game practices. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Daily Sports 5/22/2018


[5/21/2018] Mynavi All-Star Game 2018

Additional details for the Mynavi All-Star Game 2018 were released by the NPB on May 21.


  • Game 1 – July 13 (Fri) at Kyocera Dome Osaka – 19:00
    • Broadcast – TV Asahi, from 19:00
    • Home Run Derby on BS Asahi, CS TV Asahi 2 between 17:55 and 19:00
    • Abema TV will also broadcast from the Home Run Derby
    • Home Team: Pacific League (first base side)
  • Game 2 – July 14 (Sat) at Kumamoto Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium – 18:30
    • Broadcast – TV Asahi, from 18:30
    • Home Run Derby on BS Asahi, CS TV Asahi 2 between 17:25 and 18:30
    • Abema TV will also broadcast from the Home Run Derby
    • Home Team: Central League (first base side)


  • Alternate date for Fujisakidai in case of rain: April 15 at 14:00.
  • Games are official after five innings
  • All games will be played with the designated hitter rule
  • Games will end after nine innings, there will be no rematches in the event of a tie


  • Central League
    • Manager: Koichi Ogata (Hiroshima)
    • Coach: Tomoaki Kanemoto (Hanshin)
    • Coach: Alex Ramirez (Yokohama)
  • Pacific League
    • Manager: Kimiyasu Kudo (Softbank)
    • Coach: Hatsuhiko Tsuji (Seibu)
    • Coach: Masataka Nashida (Rakuten)


  • Fan Voting – from May 22 (Tue) until June 17 (Sun)
  • Player Voting will take place at the same time as Fan Voting
  • Plus One Voting – from July 3 (Tue) until July 8 (Sun)
  • Fan Voting results – June 25 (Mon) at 16:00
  • Player Voting results – June 28 (Thu) at 16:00
  • Rosters including Manager Selections – July 2 (Mon) at 16:00
  • Plus One Voting results – July 10 (Tue) at 16:00


  • Lawson LEncore advance tickets – from June 19 (Tue) at 10:00 until June 20 (Wed) at 18:00
  • Lawson Pre-request advance tickets – from June 21 (Thu) at 10:00 until June 22 (Fri) at 23:00
  • Advance tickets – from June 23 (Sat) at 10:00 until June 27 (Wed) at 18:00
  • Regular tickets – from July 6 (Fri) at 10:00

Source: NPB 5/22/2018, Mynavi All-Star Game 2018


[5/20/2018] Hiroshima signs Geronimo Franzua to six-year deal

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Geronimo Franzua to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 143 to 97.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a six-year deal that includes a signing bonus worth 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be 80,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.

Source: Hiroshima 5/20/2018Hiroshima 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018


[5/20/2018] Yuki Nishi earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018


[5/19/2018] Kodai Senga taken off active roster for second time this season

Kodai Senga was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his right forearm. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters Senga’s condition was not serious and that it was just taking a little longer for the tightness to go away. Kudo does not think Senga will have to miss more than one start.

Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2018, Sports Hochi 5/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/19/2018, Sanspo 5/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2018


[5/18/2018] Kris Johnson to temporarily return to US for birth of first child

The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2018, Daily Sports 5/18/2018


[5/16/2018] Yuma Mune taken off active roster

Yuma Mune was taken off the active roster on May 16 with tightness in his right hamstring. The Orix Buffaloes decided to give Mune some time to recover because they were concerned about the possibility of his condition developing into something more serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018, Sports Hochi 5/16/2018, Sanspo 5/16/2018

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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