Category: Injuries


[10/28/2016] Toshiaki Imae has elbow cleaned out

Toshiaki Imae had surgery at a hospital in Yokohama to clean his right elbow on October 27. He should be able to resume throwing in about a month. He will not be able attend fall camp in November, but is not expected to miss spring camp next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2016, Sponichi 10/28/2016


[10/28/2016] Shuto Takajo has surgery to clean elbow

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on October 25 that Shuto Takajo had surgery at a hospital in Yokohama to clean his right elbow. He is not expected to miss spring camp in February next year.

Source: Yokohama announcement, Kanaloco 10/26/2016


[10/27/2016] Hector Luna to return to the Dominican Republic

The Hiroshima Carp announced on October 27 that Hector Luna would soon be returning to the Dominican Republic.

Lune played in the first game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series, but left the game after he hurt his right shoulder. He was later diagnosed with a shoulder injury that will take about three months to fully recover.

Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2016


[10/26/2016] Yamato to miss fall camp with muscle strain

Yamato was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki, Hyogo after fall practices on October 25 and diagnosed with a strain in his right side. He will not attend fall camp and will instead rehab at the Naruohama facilities.

Yamato had been working on hitting from both sides of the plate as a way to increase his playing time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016


[10/25/2016] Hiroki Kuroda’s night ends after 5.2 innings

Hiroki Kuroda’s night ended a little early tonight. He appeared to be in pain after he got Shohei Otani to fly out to left with one out in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment and returned after about two minutes. He threw a few warm-up pitches before he was removed from the game.

Final line: 5.2 IP, 21 BF, 85 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 SH, 1 R, ER.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Daily Sports 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 4:13am]

Kuroda developed discomfort (cramps/tightness) in both legs. He decided to come out of the game because this was not a game the team could afford to lose.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Sports Hochi 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:59pm]

Kuroda first developed cramps in his calves at the start of the sixth inning. After he returned to the field, he threw three practice pitches and felt tightness in both his hamstrings. He felt it made more sense to pull himself out of the game with the bases empty rather than with a runner on (if it got that far).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2016, Daily Sports 10/26/2016

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 5:37am]

Kuroda threw the ball about fifty times when he played catch during practices on October 26. He told reporters he felt fine and that he was able to throw the ball with authority. If the Nippon Series goes to seven games, there is a good chance he will get the start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016


[10/25/2016] Daikan Yoh has a bruise on the back of his left hand

Daikan Yoh was hit by a pitch during Game 2 of the Nippon Series on October 23 and suffered a bruise on the back of his left hand. He was left out of the starting line-up tonight, but was on the game day roster.

Source: Sponichi 10/25/2016


[11/23/2016] Shinnosuke Ogasawara to have surgery on left elbow

Shinnosuke Ogasawara will not be attending fall camp in Okinawa because of tightness in his left elbow.

Ogasawara was taken to a hospital in Aichi for tests after he complained of strong tightness in his left elbow. He has been shut down (no throwing) and will continue his training at Nagoya Stadium.

Ogaswara did a lot of throwing in the bullpen after the season. He threw a personal high 288 pitches during a session on October 12. He was working on a curveball at the time.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/23/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 3:13am]

Ogasawara was taken to a hospital in Aichi for tests after fall practices on October 24. He is scheduled to discuss his progress with a team trainer on October 26.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 5:27am]

Ogasawara told reporters on October 26 that he will have surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left elbow in early November. He decided to have the procedure after he spoke to the coaching staff. The loose cartilage was first discovered in his left elbow when he was in high school.

Assuming no setbacks, he should be able to resume playing catch in January next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016, Tokyo Sports 10/26/2016


[10/19/2016] Chris Martin returns to United States to rehab left ankle

Chris Martin sprained his left ankle in September and aggravated it during the Final Stage. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Martin returned to the United States on October 19. He is not expected to pitch during the Nippon Series and will instead focus on rehabbing/strengthening the ankle and preparing for next season.

The Fighter released the following statement from Martin:

After much thought and discussion, I decided to return home to rehab my ankle. I came to this decision because the injury was keeping me from performing at my best and I do not want to betray my teammates and fans. I want to strengthen my ankle so that I can do more for the Fighters next season. I pray for a good outcome for the team during the Nippon Series.

Source: Nippon Ham announcementDaily Sports 10/19/2016, Sponichi 10/19/2016

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[10/18/2016] Kenta Imamiya to have elbow surgery

The media learned on October 17 that Kenta Imamiya will have surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. The loose bodies were discovered during the off-season last year. He skipped surgery and was fine until the pain got worse toward the end of the season. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. He should be fine for the start of the season next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2016, Daily Sports 10/18/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 1:26am]

Imamiya will go under the knife at a hospital in Fukuoka on October 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016


[10/16/2016] Chris Martin was unavailable to pitch

Chris Martin sprained his left ankle in September. He was unavailable on October 16 because he aggravated the ankle. Shohei Otani was his replacement.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2016