[7/9/2016] Steve Delabar works out at Mazda Stadium

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 7/9/2016


[7/9/2016] Hirotoshi Masui to join starting rotation after the All-Star break

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2016, Daily Sports 7/9/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016, Sanspo 7/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[7/9/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars hoping to strengthen bullpen with Mike Broadway

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/9/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016, Daily Sports 7/9/2016



[7/9/2016] Shun Yamaguchi twists left ankle

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.

Source: Sanspo 7/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2016

[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).

Source: Sponichi 7/10/2016, Sanspo 7/10/2016


[7/9/2016] Keiji Obiki taken off active roster with lower back pain

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 7/9/2016


[7/9/2016] Hanshin Tigers take Shintaro Fujinami off the active roster

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.

Source: Daily Sports 7/9/2016, Sanspo 7/9/2016


[7/9/2016] Yusei Kikuchi gives the Lions an update on his progress

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 7/9/2016


[7/8/2016] Samurai Japan Collegiate Team: four-day mini-camp, day 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Toshiba 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 6
Samurai Japan 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4


  • Yuya Yanagi: 3.0 IP, 12 BF, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 1 DP, 2 R. Topped out at 144km/h.
  • Masashi Ito: 2.0 IP, 12 BF, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 DP, 4 R.
  • Shunpei Yoshikawa: 1.0 IP, 5 BF, 1 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 0 DP, 0 R.
  • Hiromasa Saito: 1.0 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 0 DP, 0 R.
  • Ichiro Tamura: 2.0 IP, 7 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 DP, 0 R. Topped out at 148km/h.


  • Takuya Sato, started in right and batted lead-off. 4-for-5: 2B8/9, 1B8 one RBI, 2B7, 1B7, G5.
  • Taishi Kusumoto, started at designated hitter and batted third. 1-for-3: Fo2, F9, 1B8 one RBI.
  • Shota Ushijima, started at catcher and batted fifth. 1-for-2: 1B7 one RBI, F8.
  • Kairi Shimada, started in left and batted ninth. 3-for-4: F7, 1B9, 1B5, 1B9

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2016, Sponichi 7/8/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016


[7/8/2016] Masanori Ishikawa tosses six shutout innings against Ni-gun Rakuten

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.

Source: Sponichi 7/8/2016, Sanspo 7/8/2016


[7/8/2016] Toshiki Sakurai and Toshiya Sugiuchi face live hitters

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.

Source: Sanspo 7/8/2016, Sponichi 7/9/2016