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[3/2/2019] Yomiuri Giants add Koki Sakamoto to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they added Koki Sakamoto to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 006 to 58.

Source: Yomiuri 3/2/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/2/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2019, Sanspo 3/2/2019, Sponichi 3/2/2019, Daily Sports 3/2/2019

[UPDATE 3/4 @ 12:06am]

Sakamoto agreed to a contract worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2019, Sponichi 3/3/2019

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RAK

[3/2/2019] Kazuki Tanaka twists right ankle during Lamigo game in Taiwan

Kazuki Tanaka hurt his right ankle during an exhibition game against the Lamigo Monkeys (CPBL) on March 1. He was chasing after a ball in right during the sixth inning when he hurt his right ankle. He had difficulty walking and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was able to walk on his own when the team returned to their hotel after the game. The Rakuten Eagles are not too concerned. There is a good chance he will not be able to participate in the upcoming Samurai Japan series against Mexico (March 9, 10).

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2019, Daily Sports 3/2/2019, Sports Hochi 3/1/2019, Sponichi 3/1/2019, Sponichi 3/1/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2019

[UPDATE @ 10:42pm]

The NPB announced that Orix’s Koji Oshiro will replace Tanaka on the Samurai Japan roster.

Source: Samurai Japan 3/4/2019, Sponichi 3/4/2019, Sports Hochi 3/4/2019, Daily Sports 3/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2019

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[2/28/2019] 91st Spring Koshien Practice Schedule

March 18 (start at 14:00, thirty minutes each)

Prefecture School JPN School ENG
Wakayama 智弁和歌山 Chiben Wakayama
Osaka 履正社 Riseisha
Hyogo 明石商 Akashi Shogyo
Wakayama 市和歌山 Shiritsu Wakayama
Aomori 八戸学院光星 Hachinohe Gakuin Kosei

March 19 (start at 9:00, thirty minutes each)

Prefecture School JPN School ENG
Hiroshima 広陵 Koryo
Ehime 松山聖陵 Matsuyama Seiryo
Kumamoto 熊本西 Kumamoto Nishi
Kyoto 福知山成美 Fukuchiyama Seibi
Oita 明豊 Meiho
Kanagawa 桐蔭学園 Toin Gakuen
Tokushima 富岡西 Tomioka Nishi
Hokkaido 札幌大谷 Sapporo Otani
Yamanashi 山梨学院 Yamanashi Gakuin
Saitama 春日部共栄 Kasukabe Kyoei
Hiroshima Kure
Hokkaido 札幌第一 Sapporo Daiichi
Tottori 米子東 Yonago Higashi
Ibaraki 石岡一 Ishioka Daiichi
Chiba 習志野 Narashino

March 20 (start at 9:00, thirty minutes each)

Prefecture School JPN School ENG
Aichi 東邦 Toho
Ishikawa 星稜 Seiryo
Mie 津田学園 Tsuda Gakuen
Miyazaki 日章学園 Nissho Gakuen
Kagawa  高松商 Takamatsu Shogyo
Kyoto 龍谷大平安 Ryukoku Dai Heian
Fukui 啓新 Keishin
Tokyo 国士舘 Kokushikan
Kanagawa 横浜 Yokohama
Oita 大分 Oita
Fukuoka 筑陽学園 Chikuyo Gakuen
Iwate 盛岡大付 Morioka DaiFu

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2019

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SEI

[2/25/2019] Daiki Enokida returns to Tokyo with shoulder tightness

The Seibu Lions announced that Daiki Enokida returned to Tokyo to continue his workouts at Seibu 2 Stadium. The reason for the move, according to media reports, is likely because Enokida has some tightness in his left shoulder.

Source: Seibu 2/25/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2019, Sponichi 2/25/2019

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HIR

[2/25/2019] Ko Shimozuru tweaks leg while running bases

Ko Shimozuru hurt his left leg while running the bases during the sixth inning of a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on February 23. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests and diagnosed with some inflammation in his left hamstring.

Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2019, Sanspo 2/23/2019, Sports Hochi 2/23/2019

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RAK

[2/22/2019] Rakuten Eagles reach Ikusei agreement with Luis Jimenez

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement to sign thirty-one-year-old Luis Jimenez to an Ikusei contract. They also gave him the uniform number 124.

Source: Rakuten 2/22/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2019, Sports Hochi 2/22/2019, Sponichi 2/22/2019, Sanspo 2/22/2019, Daily Sports 2/22/2019

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CHU

[2/22/2019] Chunichi Dragons sign Sandy Brito to Ikusei contract

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they signed Sandy Brito to an Ikusei contract (one year at an estimated five million yen). He was assigned the uniform number 201.

Source: Chunichi 2/22/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2019, Sports Hochi 2/22/2019, Sponichi 2/22/2019, Daily Sports 2/22/2019, Sanspo 2/22/2019

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SOF

[2/22/2019] Sho Iwasaki has some inflammation in his right elbow

Sho Iwasaki was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka after developing discomfort in his right elbow. He returned to Miyazaki on February 21 and told reporters there was some inflammation in the elbow. He also told reporters he should be able to resume playing catch in about a week.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019

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SOF

[2/21/2019] Kazuki Sugiyama sprains right ankle

Kazuki Sugiyama twisted his right ankle while fielding a bunt during workouts on February 21. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. Sugiyama was later examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a grade 1 sprain (right anterior tibiofibular ligament).

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019, Sponichi 2/21/2019

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SOF

[2/21/2019] Kenji Akashi has back surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Akashi had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his spine at a hospital in Tokushima on February 20. He will remain hospitalized for about a week and will then require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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