Additional details for the Mynavi All-Star Game 2018 were released by the NPB on May 21.
The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Geronimo Franzua to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 143 to 97.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a six-year deal that includes a signing bonus worth 100,000 US dollars. His salary this year will be 80,000 US dollars plus performance bonuses.0 Comments
Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Kodai Senga was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his right forearm. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters Senga’s condition was not serious and that it was just taking a little longer for the tightness to go away. Kudo does not think Senga will have to miss more than one start.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.0 Comments
Yuma Mune was taken off the active roster on May 16 with tightness in his right hamstring. The Orix Buffaloes decided to give Mune some time to recover because they were concerned about the possibility of his condition developing into something more serious.0 Comments
Masaki Iwami, Rakuten
26 G, 27-for-74, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, .365 BA
Iwami led the league in batting average (.365) and recorded hits in seventeen of the twenty-six games he played.
Hiroki Takahashi, Hiroshima
25 G, 34-for-92, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .370 BA
Takahashi played in twenty-five games and led the league in hitting (.370). He also led the league (tied with other players) in hits (34) and doubles (6).
Source: NPB 5/16/20180 Comments
Seiichi Uchikawa fouled a ball off his left leg during his second at bat in the third inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 15. He was then replaced on defense with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution.
Uchikawa was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on his left medial malleolus. He is considered day-to-day.
[UPDATE 5/18 @ 1:26am]
Uchikawa was taken off the active roster on May 17. The Softbank Hawks decided to give the veteran some time to recover. Uchikawa was also apparently still feeling the effects of an HBP to the right knee in April. He is expected to return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.0 Comments
Asics announced on May 15 that they will be releasing a set of signature model Shohei Otani gear. They began accepting advance orders through their online store on the same day.
Each set will be limited to seventeen units.0 Comments
Ko Shimozuru, Yokohama (First Time)
April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at four. Runner on second and two out. Shimozuru recorded a walk-off hit to right.
The Carp were down four runs after five innings. They pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth on a two-run single to right by Ryuhei Matsuyama and an RBI single to center by Xavier Batista. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with a two-out RBI triple to right-center. In the bottom of the twelfth, Tomohiro Abe recorded a two-out double to left. Shimozuru followed with the first walk-off hit of his career.
Tomoya Mori, Seibu (Second Time)
April 18 vs Nippon Ham vs MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, Lions down 8-7. Bases loaded, no out. Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to right-center.
The Lions were down five runs before they gave up another three spot in the top of the eighth. They charged back in the bottom-half of the inning by plating seven runs on five hits and three walks. Seibu quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and a walk. Mori stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded with the second walk-off of his career.
Source: NPB 5/15/20180 Comments