Category: Injuries


[10/16/2017] Shohei Tsukahara has elbow surgery

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Shohei Tsukahara had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will begin a rehab program as soon as he is ready.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2017


[10/16/2017] Dennis Sarfate skips Intra-squad outing

Dennis Sarfate was scheduled to pitch in an Intra-squad game at YafuOku Dome on October 15, but skipped his turn because of tightness in his legs. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters they were just being careful and that he was not too concerned because he heard Sarfate was able to toss a bullpen session. The tightness does not appear to be anything serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017

[UPDATE 10/18 @ 12:58am]

Sarfate is ready to pitch in every game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series. He could also pitch more than one inning an appearance.

Source: Sponichi 10/17/2017


[10/16/2017] Carlos Peguero left last night’s game with leg tightness

Carlos Peguero left last night’s game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome on defense in the fourth inning because of some tightness in his leg (possibly his left hamstring). He is in the starting line-up tonight in right and is batting clean-up.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2017

[UPDATE 10/18 @ 9:21pm]

Peguero was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his left leg.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2017


[10/13/2017] Shota Ono to have right elbow surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on October 13 that Shota Ono will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow at a hospital in Sapporo on October 16. Ono was partially limited to eighty-three games this season due to tightness in the elbow. He decided to have the surgery now because he did not want to have to worry about it next year.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/13/2017Sponichi 10/13/2017, Sports Hochi 10/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2017

[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:22pm]

The Fighters announced today that Ono had surgery on his right elbow. There were no complications. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and begin rehabbing the elbow. He will report to the Kamagaya facilities to continue his rehab as soon as he is ready.

It will most likely be about two months before he can begin throwing and three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017, Sponichi 10/16/2017


[10/11/2017] Alejandro Mejia out with tonsillitis

Alejandro Mejia did not participate in practices on October 11 because of tonsillitis. He was not feeling well and was tested at a hospital in Hiroshima. He will be re-evaluated after two days of rest.

Source: Sanspo 10/11/2017


[10/11/2017] Ernesto Mejia misses practices with cold

Ernesto Mejia missed two days of practice (October 9 and 10) because he was not feeling well. Hatsuhiko Tsuji told reporters he might not be able to use Mejia in the starting line-up for the Climax Series.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2017


[10/11/2017] Shohei Otani to have ankle surgery on October 12

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on October 11 that Shohei Otani will have surgery on his right ankle to treat posterior ankle impingement syndrome at a hospital in Tokyo on October 12.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/11/2017Nikkan Sports 10/11/2017

[UPDATE 10/12 @ 3:10pm]

Otani will most likely need two to three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2017

[UPDATE 10/13 @ 12:03am]

Otani had his surgery on October 12. There were no complications. He will begin a rehab training program during a two- to three-week hospital stay. He is then expected to continue his training at the Kamagaya facilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2017

[UPDATE 10/19 @ 3:10pm]

Assuming no delays with Otani’s hospital post-op recovery, he could be discharged some time around October 26. His recovery has been going smoothly so far. He is slowly regaining mobility in his ankle. He might be able to get around without crutches by the time he leaves the hospitals.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/19/2017, Daily Sports 10/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/19/2017


[10/10/2017] Hiroki Uemoto slowed by neck pain

Hiroki Uemoto developed pain in his neck from sleeping on it the wrong way and did not participate in general team practices at Koshien Stadium on October 9. He instead worked out indoors under a different schedule. His absence from the line-up against Chunichi likely had something to do with the neck pain.

Source: Sanpso 10/10/2017


[10/7/2017] Kengo Takeda fractures finger during bunt attempt

Kengo Takeda hurt his right hand when he took a pitch off his right hand while attempting a bunt. The incident took place in the second inning during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome on October 7. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests (CT scan, x-rays) and diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx of his middle finger. He will have to keep the finger immobile for four weeks.

Source: Sanspo 10/7/2017, Daily Sports 10/7/2017

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 10:55pm]

Takeda started taking batting practice on October 14 for the first time since his injury. He swung the bat at about fifty soft-tosses with just his left hand.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2017


[10/5/2017] Yamato leaves game after hurting leg

Yamato may have hurt his right leg while making a defensive play in the top of the second inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017, Daily Sports 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 10:40pm]

Yamato was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a mild sprain in his left ankle. The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017, Daily Sports 10/6/2017