[3/16/2018] Atsushi Mochizuki pitches in BP scrimmage

Atsushi Mochizuki had surgery on his back in December last year. He pitching in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on March 15. He faced five hitters, threw sixteen pitches, allowed two hits, and topped out at 152km/m.

Source: Sanpso 3/16/2018


[3/14/2018] Yusuke Matsui leaves game after HBP to head

Yusuke Matsui was hit by a pitch thrown by Sho Ito during an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 14. Matsui was taken to a hospital in Nagoya for an examination. Tests did not reveal any abnormalities. Matsui later returned to Nagoya Dome and appeared fine.

Source: Sponichi 3/14/2018


[3/14/2018] Yusei Kikuchi leaves start because of tight neck

Yusei Kikuchi started an exhibition game against the Chunichi Dragons on March 14. He was slated to throw around 100 pitches but left after one inning and twenty-one pitches. The media later learned that the Seibu Lions pulled Kikuchi from the game as a precaution because of a tight neck (he slept on it wrong). Assuming no issues, his next game could come on March 23 against Yokohama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2018, Sponichi 3/14/2018


[3/14/2018] Hanshin Tigers, Seibu Lions agree to trade

The Hanshin Tigers and Seibu Lions announced earlier today that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send thirty-one-year-old Daiki Enokida to the Lions for thirty-two-year-old Yosuke Okamoto.

Source: Hanshin 3/14/2018, Seibu 3/14/2018


[3/13/2018] Kotaro Kiyomiya diagnosed with localized peritonitis

Kotaro Kiyomiya left the Ichi-gun team in Hiroshima and returned to Tokyo on the evening of March 12 because he was feeling pain and malaise in his abdominal region over the last few days. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on March 13 that Kiyomiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with localized peritonitis. He will remain in the hospital for treatment until March 15. The Fighters will re-evaluate their plans for him once he returns to the team.

Kiyomiya had been struggling at the plate. In seven exhibition games, he was 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts.

Source: Sanspo 3/13/2018, Sponichi 3/13/2018, Sports Hochi 3/13/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/13/2018, Daily Sports 3/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2018

[UPDATE 3/15 @ 12:17am]

Kiyomiya is apparently feeling better and will not require surgery. He is slated to leave the hospital in March 15 and could rejoin practices as early as March 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2018, Sanspo 3/14/2018, Sponichi 3/14/2018

[UPDATE 3/16 @ 1:14pm]

Kiyomiya was re-evaluated at the hospital on March 15. The Fighters announced on the same day that they are going to delay his return to the team so that he can continue to receive treatment for his condition. He is improving, but needs more time to heal. He will continue to receive treatment at the hospital after his release on March 16. He will be re-evaluated again some time after March 18.

Source: Daily Sports 3/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/16/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018, Sports Hochi 3/16/2018

[UPDATE 3/20 @ 10:08pm]

Kiyomiya has decided to go with conservative treatment because his condition continues to improve. He is still in the hospital and might be able to check out completely some time this weekend. He started eating and resumed light workouts today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2018, Sponichi 3/20/2018, Sponichi 3/20/2018


[3/9/2018] Koji Uehara to sign with the Yomiuri Giants

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with forty-two-year-old Koji Uehara. He was assigned the uniform number 11. A press conference is scheduled for later today.

Source: Sponichi 3/9/2018, Daily Sports 3/9/2018, Sports Hochi 3/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2018

[UPDATE 3/9 @ 9:58pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Uehara at a hotel in Tokyo today. He is set to join the Ni-gun team at Giants Stadium for practices on March 10. According to media reports, he agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen plus incentives. The contract also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 100 million yen.

Source: Yomiuri 3/9/2018, Sponichi 3/9/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2018, Sanspo 3/9/2018


[3/9/2018] Shota Ono returns to Nagoya with elbow discomfort

Shota Ono developed discomfort/tightness in his right elbow and will miss two exhibition games against Hanshin (today and tomorrow). Ono returned to Nagoya on March 8 for tests. While his condition is not considered serious, the Chunichi Dragons want to avoid pushing him too hard since he had surgery to remove loose cartilage from the elbow in October last year.

Source: Sanspo 3/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2018


[3/9/2018] Yurisbel Gracial out three to four weeks

Yurisbel Gracial complained of pain in his left side on March 7. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 7 and diagnosed with an injury to his left intercostal and abdominal oblique muscles.

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Gracial was reassigned to the rehab group. He could require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2018, Sports Hochi 3/9/2018


[3/7/2018] Hiroshima signs Tavarez, Franzua to Ikusei contracts

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed two Carp Academy players to Ikusei contracts: twenty-three-year-old right-handed pitcher Yohan Tavarez and twenty-four-year-old left-handed pitcher Geronimo Franzua. Tavarez was assigned the uniform number 142, Franzua the uniform number 143. According to media reports, the two agreed to Ikusei contract worth an estimated 2.3 million yen.

Source: Hiroshima 3/7/2018 (Tavarez), Hiroshima 3/7/2018 (Franzua), Daily Sports 3/7/2018


[3/7/2018] T-Okada takes pitch off head during Kyoiku League game

T-Okada took a pitch off his head during the first inning of a Kyoiku League game against Softbank earlier today. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and was diagnosed with a bruise on his head. He is considered day-to-day.

T-Okada was sent down to Ni-gun because of tightness in his right side in February. He just recently played in his first rehab game on March 4.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2018, Sanspo 3/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2018

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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