[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


[3/8/2019] Takahiro Norimoto to have elbow cleaned out

The Rakuten Eagles announced that Takahiro Norimoto will have his right elbow cleaned out at a hospital in Tokyo on March 11. Norimoto decided to have the surgery after he was examined at a hospital earlier this month. A timetable for his recovery will be released after he goes under the knife.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2019, Sponichi 3/8/2019, Daily Sports 3/8/2019, Daily Sports 3/8/2019, ZakZak 3/8/2019, Sanspo 3/8/2019

[UPDATE 3/13 @ 11:07am]

The Eagles announced on March 12 that Norimoto had surgery on his elbow on March 11 and will require about four months for a full recovery.

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


[3/8/2019] Daichi Takeyasu has some discomfort in his right shoulder

Daichi Takeyasu might not make the opening day Ichi-gun roster due to discomfort in his right shoulder. His condition does not appear to be serious, but the Orix Buffaloes do not want to rush Takeyasu and will most likely have him make his way back up to Ichi-gun after working out at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/8/2019


[3/8/2019] Yoshio Itoi slowed by leg inflammation

Yoshio Itoi tweaked his legs when he slipped during fielding practice on March 5. Hanshin Head Coach Masaji Shimizu told reporters on March 7 that doctors found some inflammation in the veteran’s legs. Shimizu also said the injury was not serious and that doctors gave Itoi the green light to move around.

Itoi was originally slated to play in his first exhibition game on March 12, but might not see his first game until around March 16.

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


[3/6/2019] Tomoaki Egawa has surgery on his lower back

The Softbank Hawks announced that Tomoaki Egawa had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his lower spine at a hospital in Tokushima. He will remain in the hospital for about ten days and will require around three months for a full recovery.

Egawa strained his back just before the start of spring camp on January 28. He opted for surgery after consulting with doctors.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2019, Sanspo 3/6/2019


[3/6/2019] Tetsuya Utsumi diagnosed with mild strain in left forearm

Tetsuya Utsumi felt discomfort in his left forearm after pitching in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 2. The Seibu Lions announced that Utsumi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on March 4 and diagnosed with mild strain in his left flexor digitorum superficialis muscle. He could end up missing the start of the regular season.

This is not the first time Utsumi has had problems with his left forearm. He missed some time during the 2015 season with inflammation in the same general area.

Source: Daily Sports 3/5/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/5/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/5/2019, Sports Hochi 3/6/2019, Sponichi 3/6/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Sanspo 3/5/2019, Sanspo 3/6/2019

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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