Hiromi Oka left tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine after he suffered a cut near his right eyebrow.
With no one on and two out in the first inning, Daichi Suzuki hit a pop fly beyond second base. Right fielder Oka and second baseman Kensuke Tanaka went after the ball. Tanaka managed to catch the ball when the two collided.
Oka fell to the ground and was bleeding from a cut near his right eyebrow. Tanaka motioned to the dugout for help. Oka was taken off the field on stretcher and replaced by Yuya Taniguchi.
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Oka suffered a cut on the inside portion of his right eyebrow. He will be taken to a hospital for tests.
[UPDATE @ 11:44pm]
Oka was examined at a hospital in Chiba. He was diagnosed with a bruise (no bone or brain abnormalities were discovered) and needed five stitches to close the cut on his eyebrow. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Sports Hochi 8/2/20160 Comments
Yuji Nishino was examined at a hospital in Funabashi, Chiba on August 1. Tests did not reveal any bone or ligament abnormalities. The pain in his right elbow was chalked up to inflammation and fatigue.
Nishino will be shut down for about a week. His goal is to return to the active roster before the end of the month.0 Comments
Brian Wolfe pitched in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham at Seibu 2 Stadium earlier today. He threw forty-five pitches through the first four innings and allowed one run. He left the game in the fifth inning, after he twisted his right ankle when he gave up a double to Kengo Ota with a runner on second and one out.
Final line: 4.1 IP, 54 NP, 0 BB, 6 H, 2 R.
Wolfe’s ankle injury is not considered serious. He was not taken to a hospital and was treated with ice.0 Comments
Yoshiyuki Ishihara fell victim to Wladimir Balentien’s backswing. The incident took place during a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium with runners on first and third and two out in the first inning. Ishihara is the second catcher this season to be hit in the head by Balentien’s backswing.
Ishihara was taken off the field on stretcher and replaced by Tsubasa Aizawa. The catcher was sent to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. He did not lose consciousness.
[UPDATE 8/3 @ 8:36am]
Ishihara was diagnosed with a concussion and a bruise on the back of the head.
Source: Daily Sports 8/3/2016
[UPDATE 8/3 @ 9:29pm]
Ishihara was taken off the active roster today with the concussion exception rule.
See also:0 Comments
Takahiro Arai blasted the 300th home run of his career tonight. The milestone homer came in the second inning with a runner on first, no out, and Masanori Ishikawa on the mound for the Yakult Swallows.
Arai is the forty-second player in NPB history to hit 300 home runs. He set a new record by hitting his 300th home run in his 2,179th game. No other player has needed more games to reach the milestone. The previous record of 1,862 games was set by Makoto Matsubara in 1978. At thirty-nine years and six months, he is the second oldest player to hit 300 home runs. The oldest was Kazuhiro Wada at forty-one years and nine months.
Arai is one of twenty-five players to record both 300 home runs and 2,000 hits.
Preliminary details for the Tokyo and Seoul Pools of the 2017 World Baseball Classic were released today.
Source: Samurai Japan announcement0 Comments
Yohei Oshima and Ryosuke Hirata are set to earn their domestic FA options this month. The Chunichi Dragons might try to begin extension discussions early to show how serious they are about keeping them in Nagoya. They are also said to be considering multi-year deals for both players.
However, the Dragons may have their work cut out for them. Their recent track record with players with FA options have not been great with both Kenichi Nakata and Akifumi Takahashi signing with other teams in 2013 and 2015, respectively. And Oshima and Hirata may still have bitter memories of their off-season contract negotiations the last couple of seasons.0 Comments
Shohei Otani’s (right middle finger) next start is again up in the air. Hideki Kuriyama is planning to consider all options for him during the team’s upcoming series against Lotte (August 2-4) and Softbank (August 5-7). The manager’s biggest concern right now is determining when Otani is ready to return to the mound as a starter. As of August 1, he has not been able to toss a bullpen session since July 24.
[UPDATE @ 6:46pm]
Otani’s finger has healed, however, Kuriyama feels the pitcher is still concerned about the finger and is letting it affect the way he pitches.
Source: Sanspo 8/2/20160 Comments
Yusei Kikuchi (right side) joined Ichi-gun workouts at Seibu 2 Stadium on August 1. He is currently slated to return to the active roster in time for a start on August 5 against the Rakuten Eagles at kobo Stadium.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/20160 Comments
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo had a very busy July. A few highlights: