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[5/23/2016] Kazuki Yoshimi shifting to starts on six days of rest

Kazuki Yoshimi had surgery on his right elbow for the fifth time in his career last fall. He got at least ten days of rest for his first four starts of the season out of concern for the elbow, but on Sunday, he took the mound against the Yomiuri Giants on six days of rest. He threw eighty-two pitches over five innings and picked up his first win since May 9, 2015. Assuming no issues, he will most likely shift over to a schedule of starts on six days of rest.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2016

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HAN

[5/22/2016] Tsuyoshi Ishizaki out with elbow inflammation

Tsuyoshi Ishizaki was taken off the active roster on May 21. The Hanshin Tigers announced today that he was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2016

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 2:18pm]

Ishizaki was diagnosed with impingement syndrome in his right elbow.

Source: Daily Sports 5/23/2016

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YAK

[5/22/2016] Masanori Ishikawa to miss next start with left calf pain

Masanori Ishikawa was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left calf. Mitsuru Manaka told reporters Ishikawa’s condition was not a recent development and that he was removed from from the active roster because they felt he would not be able to make his next start on May 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2016, Sports Hochi 5/22/2016Tokyo Sports 5/22/2016

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SEI

[5/22/2016] Ken Togame leaves Ni-gun start with leg pain

Ken Togame left his Ni-gun start against Yakult at Seibu 2 Stadium on May 21 early after he developed pain in his right leg in the fifth inning. No other information is currently known.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2016

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SOF

[5/22/2016] Jumpei Takahashi to make Ni-gun debut on May 29

Jumpei Takahashi is scheduled to make his Ni-gun debut on May 29 against Hiroshima at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo. He is expected to get the start and pitch two innings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2016

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YOM

[5/22/2016] Yomiuri Giants to slows things down a little with Shinnosuke Abe

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) is slated to play in his first rehab game on May 25 against Yokohama as a designated hitter. The Yomiuri Giants were thinking about having him start at catcher, but decided it would be better to play it safe and take things slow. They have also decided to ease up on his return to the active roster — they were aiming for May 31, but will wait to set a date until they have a better idea of his condition.

For practices on May 21, Abe suited up and worked on his throws to each of the bases from home plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2016

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[5/22/2016] Shun Takayama picks up first walk-off

Shun Takayama recorded his fourth modasho and first walk-off of his career during a game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium on May 21.

Takayama is the first rookie in franchise history to record four or more modashos in one season since Norihiro Akahoshi (seven) and Atsushi Fujimoto (four) in 2001. The franchise record of eleven was set by Tomochika Tsuboi in 1998.

Takayama is also the sixth rookie in franchise history since 1950 to record a walk-off, first since Akahoshi in 2001 (May 4 against Chunichi and June 20 against Yomiuri).

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2016

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SEI

[5/22/2016] Seibu Lions interested in Felipe Paulino

The Seibu Lions are looking to bolster their pitching staff and are interested in thirty-two-year-old Felipe Paulino.

The Lions are currently without their ace, Takayuki Kishi. Andy Van Hekken has not lived up to their expectations so far. And with Tomomi Takahashi hurt, they have had to use Kazuhisa Makita as a reliever. Adding Paulino to the staff would give Seibu a few more options without having to rush younger/inexperienced arms like Shinsaburo Tawata and Isamu Sato.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:55am]

The Lions have looked at about eight pitchers and found a number of good candidates. Paulino may be at the top of their list.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2016

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[5/21/2016] Yudai Ono does not allow a run in first rehab start

Yudai Ono (left elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix earlier today. He did not allow a run in 4.1 innings of work. He threw seventy pitches, gave up five hits, walked one, struck out three, and topped out at 144km/h. He is scheduled to pitch in another game on May 28 against Orix. Assuming no issues, he could make the active roster in time for a start during a Rakuten series at Nagoya Dome that begins on June 3.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/21/2016, Sanspo 5/21/2016

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[5/21/2016] Shinji Tajima sets new NPB record

Shinji Tajima set a new NPB record today with his twenty-seventh consecutive scoreless appearance since the start of the start of the season. The previous record of twenty-six was set by Hideki Okajima in 2012. The NPB record for consecutive scoreless appearances that started at any point during the season is thirty-eight, set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2006. The franchise record of thirty-one was set by Akifumi Takahashi in 2005.

Source: Daily Sports 5/21/2016, Sponichi 5/21/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/21/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 89 56 31 2
Hanshin 85 46 39 0
Yokohama 88 45 40 3
Yomiuri 88 41 46 1
Chunichi 90 39 48 3
Yakult 88 29 57 2
G W L T
Rakuten 81 55 25 1
Softbank 89 58 31 0
Seibu 85 46 37 2
Orix 85 38 46 1
Nippon Ham 88 32 56 0
Lotte 86 28 57 1
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