Wladimir Balentien got the start in left and batted fourth against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome today. He tweaked his left leg (adductor muscle) while chasing down a fly ball hit by Yohei Oshima in the bottom of the first inning. He was taken out of the game as a precaution. He later told reporters he did not think it was a strain and that he should be okay for Tuesday’s game.0 Comments
Shohei Otani left his start against Softbank at YafuOku Dome after getting Kenta Imamiya to ground out to second for the second out of the inning in the seventh inning with a popped blister on his right middle finger.
[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:05pm]
Otani is not expected to miss his next start because he was pulled before the blister popped.
Source: ZakZak 4/25/20160 Comments
Takayuki Kishi left today’s game against Rakuten at Seibu Prince Dome after throwing six pitches to Hiroaki Shimauchi in the third inning (thirty-fourth pitch overall) because of discomfort in his right leg (adductor muscle). He was treated with ice and was not taken to the hospital.
[UPDATE @ 11:03pm]
The Lions are planning to take Kishi off the active roster on April 25. He is also slated to get checked out at a hospital on the same day.
Source: Sanspo 4/24/20160 Comments
The Japan High School Baseball Federation announced that the steering committee decided to push back the start of the finals game by an hour to 14:00 out of consideration for the Olympics. Assuming no rain outs, the finals game is scheduled to take place on the same day of the Rio Olympics’ closing ceremony (August 21).
The committee is also thinking about collecting donations for relief efforts in Kumamoto during the tournament.
Source: Daily Sports 4/20/20160 Comments
Former Yomiuri Giant Koji Yamamoto died of liver cancer at 1:41pm on April 23 at his home in Kitakyushu. He was sixty-four. Memorial services will be held on April 26.
Yamamoto was selected by Yomiuri in the fifth round of the 1975 draft. He was later traded to Lotte in 1984 and retired in 1988. He remained in the Lotte organization as a hitting coach (1989-1993 Ichi-gun, 1994 Ni-gun, 1995-1996 Ichi-gun) before moving up to manager (1997-1998 Ni-gun, 1999-2003 Ichi-gun). He returned to the Yomiuri organization for two years and then became a baseball analyst and commentator. He started taking things slow in 2008 because heart problems. His son Musashi was drafted by Yokohama last winter.0 Comments
Masataka Yoshida was removed on defense in the fourth inning against Lotte on April 23 because he felt pain in his waist/hip region. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
Takashi Toritani drove in six runs against Hiroshima on April 22 and set a new personal high for RBIs in a single game. His previous high was five, set once in 2008, once in 2010, and twice in 2013.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/20160 Comments
Shun Takayama notched his third four-hit game of the season on April 22 against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium. He joined Shiro Takegami (1967), Terumitsu Kumano (1985), and Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1986) as the only players since the start of the draft in 1966 to collect three four-hit games in their first year. Takayama is the only one to accomplish the feat before the end of April.0 Comments
Tomoya Mori was sent down to Ni-gun on April 23 for an adjustment and extra playing time.
Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016
The Softbank Hawks announced that they will be unveiling a hanging big-screen on May 6, the first of its kind for a baseball stadium in Japan.
The hanging screen will be 31.2 meters wide and six meters tall. It will be located above a secondary scoreboard behind home plate. The screen will primarily be for fans fans sitting in the outfield seats.
Source: Softbank announcement0 Comments