[4/22/2016] Ryota Igarashi out with hamstring strain

Ryota Igarashi hurt his left hamstring during practices at QVC Marine on April 21. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a left hamstring strain. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is currently no timetable on his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016, Daily Sports 4/22/2016


[4/21/2016] Tsuyoshi Wada notched ninth shutout victory

Tsuyoshi Wada recorded a 5-0 shutout victory against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on April 20. It was the ninth shutout victory of his NPB career, first since September 21, 2011 (Orix at Kyocera Dome). Wada recorded his first career shutout against Lotte at QVC Marine on April 16, 2003. He joined Masanori Murakami (five), Masato Yoshii (one), Kazuhisa Ishii (three), and Hiroki Kuroda (one) as the only pitchers to record a shutout after returning to Japan from the MLB.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Takeya Nakamura leaves game after taking pitch off wrist

Takeya Nakamura took a pitch off the area near his right wrist during his at bat in the fourth inning against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome tonight. He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and taken to a hospital in Sapporo for an evaluation. He will be re-examined at a hospital in Tokyo at a later date.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Keiji Obiki returns to the active roster

Keiji Obiki (back) re-joined the Ichi-gun team on April 21 for the first time since March 30. He told reporters his back was no longer giving him problems and that he was ready to take on whatever role was assigned to him.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Okoye blasts first professional home run at Ni-gun

Louis Okoye blasted the first home run of his professional career during a Ni-gun game against Yokohama at Bay Stars Stadium earlier today.

With a runner on second and one out in the seventh inning, Okoye blasted a two-run home run to left off Yoshiki Sunada.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Motonobu Tanishige to miss game on April 22

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Motonobu Tanishige will miss the Yakult game at Nagoya Dome on April 22 because he is still recovering from the flu. Head coach Shigekazu Mori will act as interim manager.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 3:11am]

Tanishige is expected to return to the team on April 23.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016


[4/21/2016] Wataru Karashima diagnosed with mild inflammation in shoulder

Wataru Karashima was taken off the active roster on April 18 with pain in his left shoulder. The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Karashima was examined at a hospital in Chiba on April 20 and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the shoulder. He will be shut down for a few days.

Source: Sponichi 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Jose Adolis Garcia

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-three-year-old outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia. He has been assigned the uniform number 79. He is expected to arrive in Japan some-time after early-May. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a deal worth an estimated ten million yen.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Daily Sport 4/21/2016

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 9:31pm]

The Giants held a press conference for Garcia on May 23. They are not expecting him to contribute right away and will have him begin at San-gun. They see him as a long-term investment.

Source: Yomiuri announcement, Sponichi 5/23/2016



[4/21/2016] Kosuke Fukudome still not ready to return to starting line-up

Kosuke Fukudome (left hamstring) is still not ready to return to the starting line-up. The Hanshin Tigers originally thought he was day-to-day, but no longer know when he will be able to play on a regular basis. He can hit, but still has difficulty running and fielding.

Source: Sanspo 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Injury update: Miles Mikolas

Miles Mikolas told reporters on April 20 that the pain in his right shoulder is more or less gone and that his next step will be tossing a bullpen session. He would like to make the active roster before the All-Star break.

Mikolas complained of shoulder tightness during spring camp on February 13. He returned to the United States in March for PRP therapy. He resumed playing catch on March 30 and is now throwing at a distance of about twenty meters.

Source: Sanspo 4/20/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 110 67 39 4
Hanshin 106 57 48 1
Yokohama 106 54 48 4
Yomiuri 107 51 55 1
Chunichi 109 46 58 5
Yakult 108 37 69 2
Softbank 108 71 37 0
Rakuten 100 63 36 1
Seibu 106 63 41 2
Orix 104 46 57 1
Nippon Ham 104 37 67 0
Lotte 104 33 70 1
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