Category: Injuries


[10/9/2018] Fabio Castillo heads to US for tests on elbow

The Seibu Lions announced on October 9 that Fabio Castillo left for the United States to get additional tests on his right elbow. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Castillo was taken off the active roster in July with tightness in his elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2018, Daily Sports 10/9/2018, Sanspo 10/9/2018


[10/8/2018] Kento Itohara takes foul ball near left eye

Kento Itohara fouled off a pitch in the third inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium that bounced off the ground and struck him in the face near his left eye. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2018, Sports Hochi 10/8/2018, Sanspo 10/8/2018


[10/3/2018] Eigoro Mogi might miss the rest of the regular season

Eigoro Mogi was hit by a pitch near his left calf during a game against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on August 16. He was later taken off the active roster with a bruised left gastrocnemius muscle. He started playing in Ni-gun rehab games on September 11 and was close to a return to the active roster until he hurt his left shoulder while diving for a ball during fielding practices in late-September.

The Rakuten Eagles were hoping to call him back up before the end of the regular season, but they are concerned about his shoulder. Depending on his progress, he might be able to attend the Phoenix League in October.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/3/2018


[10/2/2018] Norichika Aoki hurts left hamstring

Norichika Aoki was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hurt his left hamstring while running out a bunt single in the eighth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium on October 2. He will most likely be examined at a hospital on October 3. The Yakult Swallows are planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018


[10/1/2018] Shoichi Ino has right elbow surgery

Shoichi Ino felt some tightness in his right elbow after a start against the Yomiuri Giants on September 14. The Yokohama Bay Stars did not think it was serious at the time, but tests later revealed a bone spur. They opted for early surgery with hopes that he will be 100 percent for the 2019 season.

The Bay Stars announced today that Ino had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. There were no complications during the procedure.

Source: Yokohama 10/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/1/2018, Daily Sports 10/1/2018


[9/29/2018] Yoshio Itoi taken off active roster with shoulder injury

Yoshio Itoi hurt his left shoulder when he attempted a diving catch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on September 21. He played through the pain while getting treatment, but his condition did not improve. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with an injury to his left rotator cuff. He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/29/2018, Daily Sports 9/29/2018, Sports Hochi 9/29/2018, Sponichi 9/29/2018, Sanspo 9/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018


[9/28/2018] Brad Eldred heads to US for additional tests on neck

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Brad Eldred will temporarily return to the United States for additional tests on his neck. There is no timetable for when he will rejoin the team.

Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2018, Sanspo 9/28/2018

[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:24pm]

Eldred first started having problems with his neck during a three-game series against Ni-gun Orix that started on September 7. He still felt pain a few days later and it got worse when he fielded a grounder during a game. He will set a schedule after he gets the neck checked out.

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2018, Daily Sports 9/29/2018


[9/28/2018] Yoshinobu Yamamoto taken off active roster

Yoshinobu Yamamoto felt some discomfort near his left side while playing catch during pre-game practices on September 27. Yamamoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an injury in his left internal oblique muscle. He was taken off the active roster on September 28.

Source: Sponichi 9/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/28/2018


[9/27/2018] Taisei Makihara hurt his right ankle

Taisei Makihara hurt his right ankle while running the bases during the first inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on September 27. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama for tests. He was diagnosed with an injury to his right anterior talofibular ligament.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018


[9/24/2018] Kyuji Fujikawa taken off active roster with elbow pain

Kyuji Fujikawa was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right elbow. The Hanshin Tigers are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding what step to take next.

Source: Sanspo 9/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2018, Sponichi 9/24/2018, Daily Sports 9/24/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/24/2018

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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