Yuhei (left side) played in his first rehab game on August 23 at Ni-gun against the Futures. He got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He went 0-for-4. Mitsuru Manaka is planning to call him up as soon as he is able to play defense.
Source: Sanspo 8/24/20160 Comments
Yuji Nishino (right elbow) resumed throwing in the bullpen today at Lotte Urawa Stadium. He threw twenty pitches to a standing catcher at seventy to eighty percent. Nishino is still taking things one step at a time.
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Yuki Karakawa developed pain in his left side while tossing a bullpen session on August 23. He was taken off the active roster today. The Chiba Lotte Marines will monitor him over the next few days before deciding whether or not he needs a hospital visit.
Takuya Furuya will get Kakunaka’s start on August 25.0 Comments
Ryota Wakiya blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave the Yomiuri Giants a 1-0 victory over the Hiroshima Carp last night.
Dennis Sarfate hurt his right ankle during tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome. The incident took place in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two out. Rakuten’s Hiroaki Shimauchi hit a chopper to the mound. Sarfate tried to field the ball, but slipped and twisted his right ankle as he came off the mound. He limped off the field and was taken to a hospital after the game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016
[UPDATE 8/24 @ 11:24am]
Tests did not reveal and fractures in the bone. He should be fine in a few days (just needs to wait for the inflammation to go away).
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016
[UPDATE 8/24 @ 8:08pm]
Sarfate was diagnosed with inflammation in his right peroneus muscle. Tests did not reveal any bone or ligament issues. He could be okay to play in a few days.0 Comments
Brandon Laird would like to return to the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2017. His agent visited Sapporo Dome pm August 20 and let the team know his client wanted to stay. Someone with the club told reporters that they were still in the process of evaluating terms and conditions. If Laird were to hit the free agent market, he would most likely command interest from a number NPB teams.0 Comments
Takashi Toritani is currently in the second year of a five-year deal believed to be worth about two billion yen. While his consecutive games streak remains intact, his struggles at the plate have forced him to the bench. The front office is concerned about the veteran and is planning to sit down with him to discuss his future: is his focus only on playing short, or would he be willing to play another position, like second or third.
The Tigers know Tomoaki Kanemoto has already spoken to Toritani directly, but they are also interested in finding out what the veteran is thinking.
Source: Sanspo 8/23/2016One Comment
The Hanshin Tigers are planning to offer Randy Messenger a contract for the 2017 season. Age might be a concern, but beyond that is the uncertainty of being able to find as good a replacement, not just in terms of numbers, but also presence.
Messenger finished a two-year deal last season and agreed to a one-year extension during the winter. If he returns to the Tigers next year, he will be the first foreign player to spend more than seven years in the organization. He is currently tied with Gene Bacque (1962-1968) and Jeff Williams (2003-2009).0 Comments
The media learned on August 22 that Hanshin Tigers’ official Eiichi Takano was in the United States checking on talent for about a week and returned to Japan on August 21. While in the US, he watched a handful of games and met with US-based scouts Andy Sheets and Jeff Williams.
The Tigers are expected to offer Randy Messenger an extension for 2017. Mauro Gomez, Nelson Perez, Matt Hague, Marcos Mateo, and Rafael Dolis are question marks and will be coming off one-year contracts.
Source: Sanspo 8/23/20160 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch an inning during a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Tama Home Stadium Chikugo on August 25. A final decision will be made on August 24.
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