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[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

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ORI

[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

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RAK

[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

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ORI

[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

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HAN

[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

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SOF

[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

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SEI

[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

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[3/6/2019] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on March 5 to determine punishments for the following cases:

College

Game Suspensions

東海大九州
Tokai Dai Kyushu
部員(未成年)の飲酒事件および暴力事件、パワーハラスメント
Underage drinking, violence, power harassment
2月13日から1か月
One month beginning on February 13

Suspensions

愛知学泉大の監督
Aichi Gakusen manager
監督の暴力、報告義務違反
Violence, report violation
2月12日から2か月
Two months beginning on February 12

High School

Game Suspensions

岩倉(東京)
Iwakura (Tokyo)
部員の部内暴力
Violence (internal)
1月30日から3か月
Three months beginning on January 30
門真西(大阪)
Kadoma Nishi (Osaka)
部員の賭け行為、部内での恐喝、暴力
Gambling, blackmailing, violence
2月13日から3か月
Three months beginning on February 13

Suspensions

津名(兵庫)の顧問
Tsuna (Hyogo) advisor
顧問の盗撮
Secret filming
1月29日から2年
Two years beginning on January 29
日本ウェルネス沖縄(沖縄)の監督
Nihon Wellness Okinawa (Okinawa) manager
監督の部内暴力
Violence (internal)
無期謹慎
Indefinite
島原農(長崎)の監督
Shimabara Nogyo (Nagasaki) manager
監督の部内暴力、報告義務違反
Violence, report violation
1月21日から2か月
Two months beginning on January 21
本巣松陽(岐阜)の監督
Motosu Shoyo (Gifu) manager
監督の部内暴力、暴言、報告義務違反
Violence, abusive language, report violation
18年10月20日から1年1か月
Thirteen months beginning on October 20, 2018
聖カタリナ(愛媛)の監督
St. Catalina (Ehime) manager
監督の部内暴力、暴言、報告義務違反
Violence, abusive language, report violation
1月10日から7か月
Seven months beginning on January 10
聖カタリナ(愛媛)の部長、コーチ
St. Catalina (Ehime) director, coach
部長、コーチの暴言、報告義務違反
Abusive language, report violation
1月10日から4か月
Four months beginning on January 10
開星(島根)の監督
Kaisei (Shimane) manager
監督の部内暴力、報告義務違反
Violence, report violation
2月7日から4か月
Four months beginning on February 7
猿投農林(愛知)の監督
Sanage Norin (Aichi) manager
監督の児童ポルノ法違反
Child pornography law violation
18年12月14日から2年
Two years beginning on December 14, 2018
B校(A県)の部長
Unnamed School director
部長のセクシャルハラスメント
Sexual harassment
2月7日から6か月
Six months beginning on February 7

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Source: Sports Hochi 3/5/2019, Jiji 3/5/2019

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[3/5/2019] New big screen at Koshien Stadium

Hanshin Koshien Stadium unveiled their newest upgrade to the media on March 4. Two large screens (6.4 meters x 12.0 meters) on the scoreboard beyond the center field walls were replaced by one large screen (8.23 meters x 29.76 meters). A new imaging system was also installed to work with the larger screen. The new system will be tested during an exhibition game between the Hanshin Tigers and Nippon Ham Fighters on March 9 and should be fully functional for the home opener on April 9.

Source: Press Release 3/4/2019, Daily Sports 3/4/2019, Sports Hochi 3/4/2019, Sponichi 3/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/4/2019

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HAM

[3/4/2019] Kotaro Kiyomiya tweaks right wrist while fouling off pitch

Kotaro Kiyomiya hurt his right wrist while fouling a pitch off during his at bat in the ninth inning of an exhibition game against Yokohama at Sapporo Dome on March 3. He was pulled from the game as a precaution. Kiyomiya also hurt he same wrist last fall and had additional problems with it last month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/3/2019, Sponichi 3/3/2019, Sponichi 3/4/2019, Daily Sports 3/3/2019, Daily Sports 3/4/2019, Sanspo 3/3/2019, Sanspo 3/4/2019

[UPDATE @ 10:37pm]

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Kiyomiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with a fracture in his right hamate bone. A timeline for his recovery has not yet been released. Surgery could be an option.

The NPB also announced that Kiyomiya will not participate in the Japan vs Mexico exhibition games later this month. No one will be taking his spot on the roster.

Source: Samurai Japan 3/4/2019, Nippon Ham 3/4/2019, Daily Sports 3/4/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/4/2019, Sanpo 3/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2019, Sponichi 3/4/2019

[UPDATE 3/5 @ 2:36pm]

According to the latest reports, Kiyomiya will have (or may have already had) surgery on his wrist today.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/5/2019, Sponichi 3/5/2019

[UPDATE 3/6 @ 10:11am]

Kiyomiya had surgery on his wrist at a hospital in Tokyo on March 5. There were no complications. He will begin a rehab program at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya on March 12 and will most likely need about three weeks for a full recovery. 

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

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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