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[8/16/2016] Tetsuto Yamada resumes practices

Tetsuto Yamada (left side) resumed practices today at Toda Stadium. He played some light catch at a distance of about twenty meters and took some soft-toss batting practice (hit around twenty baseballs). He made sure not to push too hard.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2016, Sports Hochi 8/16/2016, Sports Hochi 8/17/2016

[UPDATE 8/17 @ 1:18pm]

Mitsuru Manaka told reporters on August 16 that he plans to bring Yamada back when he is fully ready to return, and not just as a bat off the bench.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2016

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SOF

[8/16/2016] Rick van den Hurk’s return pushed back

Rick van den Hurk (fatigue, neck) was scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game on August 17 against Hanshin. He was scratched from the start after he spoke to Kimiyasu Kudo on August 15 and indicated that he had some concerns about his condition/progress. He will be reassessed after a week to ten days. He may not be able to return to the active roster until some time in early-September.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2016, Daily Sports 8/16/2016, Sports Hochi 8/16/2016

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CHU

[8/16/2016] Yohei Oshima earns domestic FA option

Yohei Oshima earned his domestic FA option today with seven years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2016

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HAN

[8/16/2016] Hanshin Tigers: possible starters for next two series

Possible starters for the Hanshin Tigers’ next two series, according to Nikkan Sports:

Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome

  • 08/16 – Atsushi Nomi (five days of rest)
  • 08/17 – Shintaro Fujinami (five days of rest)

Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome

  • 08/19 – Randy Messenger (six days of rest)
  • 08/20 – Koyo Aoyagi (six days of rest)
  • 08/21 – Yuta Iwasada

Nomi, Fujinami, and Messenger should also be in line for starts during the Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium three-game series that begins on August 23.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2016

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[8/16/2016] Schedule Changes

The following addition was made to the Central League schedule.

  • September 13 – Yokohama Bay Stars vs Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium – 18:00 (August 16 rain out)

Source: Yakult announcement

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[8/16/2016] Koshien Stats: pitch breakdown pie charts

Koshien Stats was updated with stats through to the end of August 15.

Also, I added pitch breakdown pie charts for players that have pitched during the tournament. Yokohama’s Shoma Fujihira is a good example.

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[8/15/2016] 98th Summer Koshien: Day 9

09:30 1 市和歌山
(和歌山)
Shiritsu Wakayama
Wakayama
4-6 日南学園
(宮崎)
Nichinan Gakuen
Miyazaki
12:00 2 樟南
(鹿児島)
Shonan
Kagoshima
3-6 花咲徳栄
(埼玉)
Hanasaki Tokuharu
Saitama
14:30 3 広島新庄
(広島)
Hiroshima Shinjo
Hiroshima
7-1 富山第一
(富山)
Toyama Daiichi
Toyama
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LOT

[8/15/2016] Kei Hosoya question mark for tomorrow’s Rakuten game

Kei Hosoya hurt his right side during a game against the Softbank Hawks at QVC Marine on August 13. He did not play on August 14. He is considered day-to-day and is still a question mark for tomorrow’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium.

Source: Sanspo 8/15/2016

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HAM

[8/15/2016] Shohei Otani still a question mark as a pitcher

The Nippon Ham Fighters are still not sure when Shohei Otani will be ready for his next start as a pitcher. He did throw about thirty pitches to a squatting catcher during pre-game practices on August 14, but not at full strength. Earlier reports indicated that he might be able to make an appearance in relief during the team’s upcoming three-game series against the Orix Buffaloes that begins tomorrow, but Masato Yoshii (pitching coach) did not think that was a realistic option based on Ontani’s current condition.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2016, Sponichi 8/15/2016, Tokyo Sports 8/15/2016

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YOM

[8/15/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano cleared for tomorrow’s start against Chunichi

Tomoyuki Sugano was taken off the active roster on August 6 with a blood blister on his left big toe. He was able to throw forty-five pitches to a squatting catcher in the bullpen on August 14. He was announced as tomorrow’s starter against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.

Source: Sponichi 8/15/2016, Sanspo 8/15/2016

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