Steve Delabar worked out at Mazda Stadium on July 9. He did some running and played some catch. He tossed thirty-five pitches in the bullpen. He told reporters he was ready to do what was asked of him and was also ready to pitch.
Source: Daily Sports 7/9/20160 Comments
Hideki Kuriyama told reporters today that he is planning to use Hirotoshi Masui as a starter after the All-Star break. Masui has struggled in the bullpen and Kuriyama believes a change in role could help. The manager is also hoping to bolster the rotation with another arm.
Masui has not started a game since his rookie season in 2010. He was taken off the active roster on June 20 for an adjustment. He is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on July 11 against Yakult.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars are looking to add twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Mike Broadway. He could arrive in Japan as early as next week.0 Comments
Shun Yamaguchi twisted his left ankle during pitching practices at Tokyo Dome earlier today and was examined at a hospital in Tokyo. The Yokohama Bay Stars are waiting to see how Yamaguchi is feeling tomorrow before they make any decisions about his status, both for his next before the All-Star break and for the All-Star series.
[UPDATE 7/10 @ 9:37pm]
Yamaguchi was diagnosed with a sprained left ankle. It is uncertain how much time he will miss (he may have to miss the All-Star series).0 Comments
Keiji Obiki was taken off the active roster on July 8 with lower back pain. He is expected to participate in the All-Star series.
Source: Sanspo 7/9/20160 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami was taken off the active roster today since the Hanshin Tigers want to give Fujinami some time to rest his elbow and shoulder before the All-Star break. The pitcher is also coming off a start in which he threw a career high 161 pitches. His previous high of 152 was set during a start against Yokohama at Koshien Stadium on July 24, 2015. The last Hanshin pitcher to throw 160 or more pitches was Kei Igawa (164) against Yomuri at Koshien Stadium on August 29, 2001.0 Comments
Yusei Kikuchi (right side) visited Seibu Prince Dome on July 8 to provide coaches with an update on his progress. He is currently able to throw about eighty pitches in the bullpen, but not at full strength. He may not be ready to return to the active roster immediately after the break, but maybe a week or two after the break.
Source: Sponichi 7/9/20160 Comments
Masanori Ishikawa (left calf) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Jingu Stadium on July 8. He started the game and tossed six shutout innings. He threw seventy-two pitches, gave up one hit, and struck out three. He could be ready to return to the active roster in time for a three-game series against Yokohama that begins on July 18 at Jingu Stadium.0 Comments
Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on July 8. He faced twelve hitters, threw forty-four pitches, allowed two could-be hits, and topped out at 146km/h. Assuming no setback, he could be ready to pitch in a rehab game at San-gun some time between July 15 and 17.
Toshiya Sugiuchi (right hip) faced nine hitters, threw thirty pitches, and allowed one could-be hit.0 Comments