[4/5/2016] Orix considering Takayuki Tsukada for the active roster

The Orix Buffaloes are thinking about adding Ikusei pitcher Takayuki Tsukada to the active roster as a left-handed arm to help bolster the bullpen. Through April 4, Tsukada was 0-2 with a save and a 1.74 ERA in ten appearances at Ni-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Otani: one game as a pitcher, three as a position player per week

Shohei Otani’s next start will most likely come on seven days of rest on April 9 instead of six days of rest. This could be the start of a regular schedule of playing in one game as a pitcher (Saturdays) and three games as a position player per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). He was given the opportunity to play in games as a pitcher and position player on one day of rest last week (position player on March 30, pitcher on April 1, position player on April 3) and Hideki Kuriyama believes it would be best for Otani to get two days of rest after his starts as a pitcher instead of two days of preparation before starts as a pitcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Sanspo Data: Hanshin Tigers vs Yomiuri Giants

Sanspo posted the following bits of information regarding the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants.

  • The Giants lead the Tigers 1015-787-67. The Tigers were 85-84-3 against the Giants during the single-league years. The two teams are even (40-40-3) during the first match-up of the season.
  • The Giants have won the pennant forty-five times, Hanshin nine times. The two teams finished in the top two spots in the standings twenty-two times in the past with the Giants winning nineteen pennants and Hanshin three. Since the two-league format in 1950, the two teams have finished in the top two fifteen times with the Giants winning all fifteen.
  • Rookie manager match-ups: the Giants and Tigers have fielded rookie managers in the same year two other times in the past. 1975: Yoshio Yoshida for Hanshin with a third place finish and Shigeo Nagashima for Yomiuri with a sixth place finish, Hanshin won the season series 16-9-1. 2004: Akinobu Okada for Hanshin with a fourth place finish and Tsuneo Horiuchi for Yomiuri with a third place finish, Hanshin won the season series 17-10-1.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Okoye to get more playing time at Ni-gun while staying on the active roster

First round draft pick Louis Okoye will remain at Ichi-gun for the time being. However, Masataka Nashida wants to give him more playing time and is planning to assign him to some Ni-gun games as well. For example, Okoye could play in an afternoon Ni-gun game against Yakult at Rifu on April 13 and play in an Ichi-gun game against Lotte at kobo Stadium later in the same day.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Manaka not planning to change one through four in batting order

Mitsuru Manaka does not think he has to tinker with the top four spots in the batting order (Tomotaka Sakaguchi, Shingo Kawabata, Tetsuto Yamada, and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama). Wladimir Balentien returned to the line-up on April 3 and batted sixth. Yuhei and Balentien will flip-flop in the five and six slots depending on match-ups and performances.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Takahiro Imanami under the weather

Takahiro Imanami was not available to play on April 5 because he was not feeling well. He stayed back at the hotel and rested. He is scheduled to visit a hospital in Hiroshima on April 6.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Takehiro Ishikawa might still need about two more weeks at Ni-gun

Takehiro Ishikawa had surgery to clean out his right elbow in November last year. He played in a rehab game on April 5, but left early after he took an HBP off his right calf. The Bay Stars believe he suffered nothing more than bruise. Assuming the calf is fine, he still might need about two more weeks at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Takayuki Kajitani still has pain in his right side

Takayuki Kajitani hurt his right side during spring camp in February. He can swing the bat, but is still having problems throwing the ball due to lingering pain. He might be ready to play in rehab games in about a month. That could mean a return to the active roster some time around the start of Inter-league play.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016


[4/5/2016] Ryota Igarashi records 141st hold

Ryota Igarashi recorded his 141st career hold on April 5 and moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

Name JPN Name ENG Holds Activity Appearances
1 山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya 254 2007-2016 566
2 浅尾 拓也 Asao, Takuya 199 2007-2015 402
3 宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki 193 2008-2015 465
4 ウィリアムス Williams, Jeff 141 2003-2009 371
5 五十嵐 亮太 Igarashi, Ryota 141 1999-2016 677

[4/5/2016] Jun Hirose suffers a broken nose

Jun Hirose was hit in the face by a baseball before a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on April 5. The accident took place when Hirose was fielding balls off the outfield wall. An errant throw by a pitcher playing catch hit him in the face. He was able to walk on his own. There was swelling around his right cheek and blood on his pants. He was taken to a hospital in Hyogo via ambulance for tests.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:59pm]

Hirose was diagnosed with a nasal fracture.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 89 52 2
Yomiuri 143 71 69 3
Yokohama 143 69 71 3
Hanshin 143 64 76 3
Yakult 143 64 78 1
Chunichi 143 58 82 3
Nippon Ham 143 87 53 3
Softbank 143 83 54 6
Lotte 143 72 68 3
Seibu 143 64 76 3
Rakuten 143 62 78 3
Orix 143 57 83 3
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