Category: Injuries


[3/25/2019] Akira Nakamura diagnosed with dysautonomia

Akira Nakamura had been making his way back from a right oblique contusion when he was also diagnosed with dysautonomia. He is getting rest at home and treatment at a hospital. It is uncertain how much time he will need for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2019, Sports Hochi 3/23/2019, Sanspo 3/23/2019, Daily Sports 3/23/2019, Sponichi 3/23/2019


[3/22/2019] Nick Martinez diagnosed with strain in forearm

Nick Martinez developed some discomfort in his right arm while pitching in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on March 20. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on March 22 that Martinez was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a strain in his right forearm flexor (first degree).

Martinez’s right arm will be shut down for two weeks and might require about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 3/22/2019, Jiji 3/22/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/22/2019, Daily Sports 3/22/2019


[3/14/2019] Seiichi Uchikawa hurts left wrist

Seiichi Uchikawa hurt his left wrist while running the bases during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 13. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with a bone bruise on his left triquetrum. He will not travel with the team and will workout at the farm facilities in Chikugo. He might be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 20.

Source: Sponichi 3/14/2019, Daily Sports 3/14/2019, Sanspo 3/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2019


[3/14/2019] Takeya Nakamura slowed by ankle discomfort

The Seibu Lions announced on March 13 that Takeya Nakamura will spend time working out at Seibu 2 Stadium due to discomfort from his right ankle. He was scratched from a game against Orix on March 12 after he started feeling discomfort in the ankle during pre-game practices. He is slated to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 19.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019


[3/14/2019] Akira Nakamura out with contusion on right side

Akira Nakamura was taking a break from workouts and exhibition games after he developed discomfort in his right side on March 9. The Softbank Hawks announced that Nakamura was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 12 and diagnosed with a contusion in his right oblique muscle.

Source: Daily Sports 3/13/2019, Sports Hochi 3/13/2019, Sponichi 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019, Nishinippon Shimbun 3/13/2019


[3/13/2019] Shinnosuke Abe joins San-gun with calf tightness

Shinnosuke Abe returned to Tokyo on March 12 with tightness in his left calf. He had been traveling with the team and taking things slow, but will join San-gun for workouts today.

Abe is working his way back to catcher this year. He is one of four catchers competing for the everyday Ichi-gun job. This is his second setback. He struggled with back tightness during spring camp. In four exhibition games, he was 1-for-6 with two RBI.

Source: Sponichi 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019, Daily Sports 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/12/2019


[3/10/2019] Brandon Dickson leaves exhibition game start with shoulder discomfort

Brandon Dickson started an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants at Kyocera Dome on March 9. He was limited to two innings of work because of discomfort in his right shoulder. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with an injury to his right subscapularis. His throwing arm will be shut down.

Source: Daily Sports 3/9/2019, Daily Sports 3/10/2019, Sponichi 3/10/2019, Sanspo 3/9/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2019, Sports Hochi 3/9/2019


[3/10/2019] Rick van den Hurk to miss opening day starting rotation

Rick van den Hurk is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation. He was scratched from a batting practice pitcher assignment on March 9 because of lower back pain. van den Hurk struggled with a similar condition during spring camp. He will begin a rehab assignment on March 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/10/2019, Sports Hochi 3/10/2019, Sanspo 3/10/2019, Nishi Nippon 3/10/2019


[3/10/2019] Kenta Ishida sent to Ni-gun with elbow tightness

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that Kenta Ishida will report to Ni-gun. Alex Ramirez told reporters the move was made because Ishida has some tightness in his left elbow. The Bay Stars are not sure how much time Ishida will miss, but for now, it seems they are not expecting him to be ready by opening day.

Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/10/2019, Sponichi 3/10/2019, Sports Hochi 3/10/2019


[3/8/2019] Ryo Ota out with fracture in forearm

Ryo Ota took a Kodai Senga pitch off his right arm during a Kyoiku League game against the Softbank Hawks earlier today. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with a fracture in the shaft of his right ulna. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2019, Sanspo 3/8/2019, Sanspo 3/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/8/2019

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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