[9/3/2016] Samurai Japan U-23 will be managed by Ni-gun manager

The NPB and the Baseball Federation of Japan met on September 2 and decided that the national team participating in the U-23 World Cup in Mexico in October will be managed by a Ni-gun manager. Additionally, two coaches will be selected from the NPB and one coach from the amateur ranks.

Source: Daily Sports 9/3/2016


[9/2/2016] Wladimir Balentien leaves games after getting hit by pitch

Wladimir Balentien took a pitch off the back of his left hand during his at bat in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium. He was replaced by a pinch-runner. He was taken to a hospital for tests after the game.

Source: Sanspo 9/2/2016, Daily Sports 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] Japhet Amador leaves after hurting left side

Japhet Amador hurt his left side while playing in Friday’s game against the Softbank Hawks at kobo Stadium.

With a runner on first and two out in the eighth inning, Amador cringed during his at bat (with the count 1-1). A trainer checked in with him and he remained in the game and recorded a single to center. He was then replaced by a pinch-runner and taken to the hospital. He may not be able to play on Saturday (September 3).

Source: Sponichi 9/2/2016

[UPDATE 9/3 @ 2;35pm]

Amador was diagnosed with an injury to his left oblique and will need two to four weeks for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster. Felix Perez took his spot on the active roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/3/2016


[9/2/2016] Hirokazu Ibata gets hit by piece of broken bat

Infield/base coach Hirokazu Ibata caused a bit of a scare when he was hit by a piece of a broken bat during Friday night’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome.

Chunichi’s Shuhei Takahashi broke his bat when he popped out to short in the second inning. The broken bat flew into the Yomiuri dugout on the first base side and struck Ibata in the chest.

Ibata left the dugout for treatment and hitting coach Akira Eto temporarily took over as first base coach. He was able to return to the dugout.

Ibata saw the bat flying in his direction, but could not move because a bat boy was standing near him. He told reporters after the game that he was alright, but the team was not.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/2/2016, Tokyo Sports 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] Shohei Otani could return to the rotation on September 6

Shohei Otani threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen during pre-game practices on September 1. According to a report by Nikkan Sports, he could get a start against Lotte at Asahikawa on September 6.

Source: Sponichi 9/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] Public viewing for Carp game during Hiroshima Oktoberfest 2016

Seven sixty-inch screens will be set up for a public viewing of the Hiroshima vs Yomiuri game at Tokyo Dome during Hiroshima Oktoberfest 2016 on September 11. Admission will be free. The screens will be tuned into the game from 14:00 until the end of the game.

Source: Hiroshima Keizai 9/2/2016, Daily Sports 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] Shingo Kawabata could return to the active roster on September 6

Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) could return to the active roster in time for the Yokohama series that begins on September 6. He is taking batting and fielding practice without any problems and is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun within the next few days.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2016, Daily Sports 9/2/2016, Sponichi 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] Hanshin thinking about testing Fumihito Haraguchi at third base

The Hanshin Tigers like Fumihito Haraguchi’s bat, but feel his abilities behind the plate still need more work. To keep his bat in the line-up, they are thinking about giving him a look at third base during fall camp. He has played a few games at first base recently (problems with his right shoulder), but that is more a short term solution.

Source: Sanspo 9/2/2016


[9/2/2016] U18 Baseball Championship: China 0 – Japan 8

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Japan 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 2 X 8 11 0



[9/2/2016] Yakult starting pitchers for Yokohama series

The Yakult Swallows could start the following three pitchers during an upcoming three-game series against Yokohama that begins on September 6 at Yokohama Stadium.

  • September 6 (Tue) – Yoshinori (no starts against Yokohama this year)
  • September 7 (Wed) – Yasuhiro Ogawa (3 GS, 2-1, 2.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)
  • September 8 (Thu) – Masanori Ishikawa (4 GS, 2-2, 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)

Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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