The Kochi Fighting Dogs announced on April 20 that their contract with Manny Ramirez will expire at the end of July. Kochi decided to release the information because they received a lot of inquiries and because they want as many people to see him play in Japan as possible.
The Shikoku Island League plus season is split into two halves: April/May and August/September. There are no regular season games during June/July. Additionally, NPB teams have until the end of July to sign new players.
Kochi is currently in discussions with Ramirez about the schedule in June/July. They are also exploring the possibility of a contract extension beyond July.
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Hisayoshi Chono left the Yakult game on April 19 early (replaced on defense in the fifth inning) because of discomfort in his lower body (legs). However, he has also been struggling at the plate: he got the start in right in the season’s first twelve games, but was then bumped to the bench, where he made three appearances as a pinch-hitter. He returned to the starting line-up on April 19. His early removal on April 19 may have been a mix of issues.
Source: Sanspo 4/20/20170 Comments
Koichi Ogata was issued a stern waning and a 100,000 yen fine for his ejection (offensive arguing) from last night’s (April 19) game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Mazda Stadium.0 Comments
The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:
April 18 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30
WP: Yuki Izumi (4 G, 2-0)
LP: Chiaki Shioya (4 G, 0-2)
Game Time: 2h27m
April 19 at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto – 18:30
WP: Mika Konishi (3 G, 2-1)
Sv: Chiaki Shioya (5 G, 0-2, 1 Sv)
LP: Meguna Furuya (4 G, 1-1)
Game Time: 1h52m
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Hiroki Tokoda left tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars after pitching just four innings because of discomfort in his left elbow. The discomfort increased over the course of the game. He will be examined at a hospital tomorrow.
Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017
[UPDATE 4/20 @ 10:03pm]
Tokoda was taken off the active roster earlier today after he was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with a muscle contusion in his left medial elbow. He will need to rest the elbow for about three weeks. He will begin a rehab program at San-gun on April 21.
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Hayato Takagi left tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows after suffering an injury during his at bat in the second inning.
Takagi attempted a sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second and one out in the second inning. The ball made contact near his right hand and rolled into play. He was unable to run to first. The catcher fielded the ball and completed a 2-5-3 double play to end the inning.
Takagi also took a batted ball near his chest in the first inning. He still managed to recover and throw Tetsuto Yamada out at first for the last out of the inning.
[UPDATE 4/20 @ 10:09pm]
Takagi was taken off the active roster today.
Source: Sponichi 4/20/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at third and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Chunichi Dragons earlier today. He reached base in all four of his trips to the plate: double to left in the first, timely single to center in the second, and walks in his next two trips to the plate. He is now 12-for-21 in eight games.
Source: Sponichi 4/19/20170 Comments
The steering committee for the Summer Koshien met in Osaka today and decided that the 2018 Summer Koshien will feature a tournament-high fifty-six high schools as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The decision will be approved during a board of directors meeting on April 26.
Regions that will have with an extra bracket (total two):
Source: Sponichi 4/19/2017
In other related news:
Eigoro Mogi left tonight’s game against Seibu on defense in the eighth inning because of tightness in his left leg. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Source: Sanspo 4/18/20170 Comments