Masahiko Morino was added to the active roster today. He had a slow spring camp (3-for-28) and started the season at Ni-gun.
2016 Ni-gun Stats
Keio University Professor Hideo Suzuki has been publishing reports on NPB fan satisfaction since 2009. His latest report was uploaded to his research group’s website. If you can read Japanese, it is definitely worth a read.
The Orix Buffaloes have not hit a home run in their first ten games of the season. The streak ties the franchise record set in 2012.2 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe could play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 8. He will start at designated hitter and then move to catching later this month. He played catch at a distance of about sixty meters on April 6. He also made nine throws to second base.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/7/20160 Comments
Shun Yamaguchi (right ankle sprain) is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on April 8. He is slated to start a Yakult game at Yokohama on April 9.
Yamaguchi sprained his right ankle during a Ni-gun game against Lotte on March 12.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/7/20160 Comments
I am not sure if Kris Johnson is a fan of the Power Rangers, but according to articles posted at Chugoku Shimbun and Daily Sports, he and his wife Carly started calling each other White Ranger (Kris) and Pink Ranger (Carly).
Also, Johnson’s intro music at Mazda Stadium is the theme song for the White Ranger and he started using a white-based glove during practices.One Comment
Seiya Suzuki was not feeling well after Tuesday’s game. The coaches gave him the day off today as a precaution and expect him back tomorrow.
Source: Daily Sports 4/6/20160 Comments
Shohei Otani may have tweaked his right leg as he rounded second base in the sixth inning of a tonight’s game against Seibu. He was seen walking with a slight limp after he was thrown out at third base. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2016
[UPDATE 4/7 @ 10:55am]
Otani was fine as he rounded second base in the sixth inning, but he slipped a little after the bag and was thrown out trying to get to third base. He lightly twisted both his ankles and was treated with ice immediately after the play. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning as a precaution. Both he and Hideki Kuriyama are saying he is fine.
Source: Daily Sports 4/7/20160 Comments
Yamaico Navarro is slated to join the Ni-gun team on a full-time basis on April 9 and play in his first Ni-gun game on April 12. Navarro was caught traveling with live ammunition (unintentional) and was issued a 500,000 yen fine and a four-week suspension (effective the start of the regular season at Ichi-gun and Ni-gun). His Ichi-gun suspension is set to end on April 22.
Source: Sanspo 4/6/20160 Comments
Kazuya Fujita hurt his left chest when he came into contact with the runner from first base while fielding a grounder in the sixth inning of yesterday’s game against Orix. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with bruise. He was not available to play today. The Eagles are not planning to take him off the active roster for the time being.0 Comments