[6/18/2016] Luis Cruz set to return after additional tests in the United States

Luis Cruz was taken off the active roster on June 11, most likely because of lingering pain in his left ankle. He left for the United States for second opinions on June 14. His tests ended on June 17. He is now expected to return to Japan to start a rehab program.

Cruz opted for nonsurgical treatment and will probably require about a month for a recovery.

Source: Sanspo 6/18/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:40pm]

Cruz returned to Japan on June 17. He visited Giants Stadium earlier today to give the team an update on his status.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Tetsuto Yamada has home runs against eleven different teams this season

Tetsuto Yamada hit a home run against the Seibu Lions on June 17 and became the fifteenth player* since the start of Inter-league play to hit home runs against eleven different teams in one season. Four other Yakult players have also hit home runs against eleven different teams in one season: Alex Ramirez (2006), Adam Riggs (2006), Aaron Guiel (2007) and Wladimir Balentien (2013).

Nine players achieved the milestone in 2005 and 2006 when Inter-league player consisted of thirty-six games. Seven between 2007 and 2014 when teams played twenty-four games. Yamada is the first since the Inter-league season was shortened to eighteen in 2015.

Yamada (his seventieth game of the season) joined Tyrone Woods (2008, his sixty-second game of the season) and Balentien (his fiftieth game of the season) as the only players to accomplish the feat before the end of Inter-league play.

* Accomplished seventeen times by fifteen different players.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sanspo 6/18/2016


[6/18/2016] Samurai Japan Collegiate Team: three-day mini-camp, day 1

A three-day mini-camp for the Japan-USA University Baseball Championship began on June 17. Players participated in an intra-squad/batting practice game on the first day. There are currently fifty candidates for the roster. The final roster of twenty-four will be released after the three-day mini-camp.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Reds 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 6
Whites 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 3

Fifty scouts from twelve Japan and US teams were at the game. (Or, according to Sanspo, fifty-one scouts from ten NPB teams, not including Yomiuri and Yakult.)

Kohei Miyadai started the game for the Whites. He gave up a run on three hits over two innings of work. He topped out at 148km/h.

  • 1st inning: 1B9 (SB), Ks, Kl, F8.
  • 2nd inning: F7, BB, 1B8, 2B8 (runner thrown out at home), WP-F7.

Shotaro Kasahara enterd the game in the seventh inning for the Whites. He did not allow any hits over two innings of work, but did walk two. He topped out at 147km/h.

  • 7th inning: BB, BB, F9, G6(DP).
  • 8th inning: Ks, G6, F7.

Ichiro Tamura started the game for the Reds. He tossed two shutout innings and topped out at 149km/h.

  • 1st inning: G6, G4, K.
  • 2nd inning: F9, G3, BB, Ks.

Chihaya Sasaki relieved Tamura and threw two perfect innings in relief. He topped out at 152km/h.

  • 3rd inning: G6, F7, F7.
  • 4th inning: Ks, G5, G4.

Naoki Yoshikawa batted eleventh for the Whites and went 0-for-2.

  • 4th inning: Ks
  • 8th inning: G4

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016 (game), Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016, Sponichi 6/17/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sponichi 6/18/2016, Sanspo 6/18/2016


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[6/17/2016] Mizuno to release items commemorating Ichiro’s 4,257 hits

Mizuno announced on June 17 that it was going to release a number of items to commemorate Ichiro Suzuki’s 4,257 NPB+MLB hits.

  • T-shirt: 3,800 yen – early August
  • Hooded parka: 7,800 yen – early August
  • Face towel: 2,000 yen – early August
  • Glove leather bag tag: 6,000 yen – early September
  • Glove leather key case: 7,500 yen – early September
  • Uniform-shape key holder: 1,000 yen – early September

Source: Mizuno announcement (pdf)


[6/17/2016] Ryosuke Hirata’s left leg appears to be fine

A day after missing a game because of discomfort in his left leg, Ryosuke Hirata made the starting line-up in right and batted third. He did not have any problems during pre-game practices and told reporters he was fine.

Hirata drove in a run with a double to left in tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Nagoya Dome. It ended up being the only run of the game for either team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016


[6/17/2016] Chunichi Dragons top one million in attendance

The Chunichi Dragons topped one million in attendance today. They reached the milestone in their thirty-sixth home game of the season, one faster than last season.



[6/17/2016] Miles Mikolas gives up two runs in Ni-gun start

Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Seibu at Seibu 2 Stadium earlier today. He gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He threw ninety-three pitches, walked/hit three, struck out six, and topped out at 149 km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016


[6/17/2016] Wladimir Balentien leaves game with possible leg injury

Wladimir Balentien may have tweaked his left leg while running out a grounder in the bottom of the second inning of tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at Jingu Stadium. He remained in the game but was replaced on defense in the top of the fourth inning.

Source: Sponichi 6/17/2016, Sports Hochi 6/17/2016


[6/17/2016] Takahiro Imanami leaves game on stretcher

Takahiro Imanami left tonight’s game after he crashed into Shingo Kawabata while attempting to catch a pop fly near the pitcher’s mound in the second inning against Seibu at Jingu Stadium.

Imanami did not appear to lose consciousness, but was bleeding (near the right cheek) and unable to move. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Source: Daily Sports 6/17/2016

[UPDATE 6/18 @ 12:48am]

The Swallows filed paperwork to take advantage of the new special transaction rule for players that might have concussions. Imanami was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests during the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016

[UPDATE 6/18 @ 3:41pm]

Imanami required fourteen stitches near the area under the right side of his nose. He was able to answer questions after the game and told reporters everything went black and he had no idea what happened.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2016


[6/17/2016] Takehiro Ishikawa misses pre-game practices

Takehiro Ishikawa missed pre-game practices  today because he was not feeling well. He was examined at a hospital in Yokohama and diagnosed with a mild case of gastroenteritis. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016