[8/24/2016] Yuhei goes 0-for-4 in rehab game

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 8/24/2016


[8/24/2016] Yuji Nishino tosses twenty pitches in bullpen session

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. 

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016


[8/24/2016] Yuki Karakawa taken off active roster

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016, Sponichi 8/24/2016, Sports Hochi 8/24/2016


[8/24/2016] Ryota Wakiya blasts 1-0 walk-off home run

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.

  • it was Wakiya’s fourth walk-off hit, first since September 20, 2014, and first walk-off home run.
  • it was the Giants first 1-0 walk-off win since Michihiro Ogasawara hit a sac fly to center in the 10th inning against Rakuten on June 7, 2010.
  • it was the Giants eighth 1-0 walk-off home run since Kazunori Shinozuka hit a home run against Yakult on June 9, 1993.
  • it was the Giants third 1-0 walk-off home run in extra innings. The other two: Toshio Miyamoto in the 11th against Hanshin on August 18, 1956 and Shigeo Nagashima in the 12th against Taiyo on June 20, 1966.

Source: Sponichi 8/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016


[8/23/2016] Dennis Sarfate hurts right ankle

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016, Sponichi 8/24/2016, Daily Sports 8/24/2016, Daily Sports 8/24/2016


[8/23/2016] Brandon Laird would like to stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters

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.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/23/2016, Sponichi 8/23/2016


[8/23/2016] Hanshin Tigers planning to talk to Takashi Toritani

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 8/23/2016

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[8/23/2016] Hanshin Tigers planning to offer Randy Messenger an extension

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).


[8/23/2016] Hanshin Tigers exploring options for 2017

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 8/23/2016


[8/23/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could pitch an inning on August 24

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2016

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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