Ryosuke Hirata was left out of the starting line-up today against Seibu at Seibu Prince Dome because of pain in his lower back. He kept his workouts light since today was a travel day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/20160 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami and Fumihito Haraguchi were diagnosed with bruises, Fujinami with a bruise on his right thumb and Haraguchi a bruise on his left thumb. Both players will remain on the active roster for the time being and will be with the Ichi-gun team during their road trip to Sapporo.
Fujinami could be okay to make his next start, most likely on June 16 against Orix at Koshien Stadium, assuming no major changes to his condition.
[UPDATE @ 7:10pm]
Haraguchi was able to participate in pre-game practices today with his thumb taped up. The bruise did not appear to affect his hitting during batting practice.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/20160 Comments
Ernesto Mejia smacked his twentieth home run of the season on June 9 during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome. He is the first player in either league to hit twenty home runs this season.
Mejia is the seventh player in franchise history to hit twenty home runs before anyone else in the league. The other six: Futoshi Nakanishi (1953-55), Koichi Tabuchi (1983), Koji Akiyama (1986), Orestes Destrade (1992), Alex Cabrera (2001), and Takeya Nakamura (2009, 2011). He is also the fifth foreign player in franchise history to hit at least twenty home runs in three or more consecutive seasons. The other four: Tony Roig (1965-1967), Terry Whitfield (1981-1983), Destrade (1989-1992), and Cabrera (2001-2007).
Mejia has now also hit a home run against every NPB team other than Seibu.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles will be auctioning off the third base bag Louis Okoye slid into for his first career triple on June 7. The base will come with Okoye’s signature (directly on the base) and a certificate of authenticity. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eagles’ Tohoku Smile Project.0 Comments
Matt Hague missed yesterday’s Ni-gun game against the Orix Buffaloes at Naruohama because he was not feeling well.
Source: Sanspo 6/10/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes are planning to take Chihiro Kaneko off the active roster today after another bad start last night against the Chunichi Dragons at Kyocera Dome.
Kaneko has dropped three straight since picking up the 100th victory of his career on May 20. He has allowed fourteen runs (thirteen earned) on twenty-five hits and four home runs over 17.2 innings of work. The pitcher hinted that he was not pitching at 100 percent, but did not go into any specifics.
[UPDATE @ 4:45pm]
The Buffaloes took Kaneko off the active roster today with pain in his right shoulder. He had been dealing with some discomfort before he started having problems throwing at full strength during his last outing on June 9. He experienced similar problems last year in September and ended up missing about a month of the season (his condition is not as bad as this time around).
Source: Daily Sports 6/10/20160 Comments
Fumihito Haraguchi left last night’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine early because of a jammed left thumb. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests during the game.
Haraguchi most likely suffered the injury when he tried to catch a foul tip off Ikuhiro Kiyota’s bat in the fifth. He finished out the inning, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth.0 Comments
Jose Lopez was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a fracture in his left big toe. It is unknown how long he will require for a full recovery. The Yokohama Bay Stars are expected to take him off the active roster on June 10.0 Comments
Takumi Kuriyama left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Seibu Prince Dome after he to an HBP off the area near his left wrist during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was removed from the game and replaced by a pinch-runner.
Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016
[UPDATE 6/10 @ 8:32am]
Kuriyama was examined at a hospital in Tokorozawa and diagnosed with a bruise on his left arm.
Source: Sponichi 6/9/20160 Comments
Yusei Kikuchi won his start against the Yomiuri Giants on June 7 and improved to 10-2 during Inter-league games. Only four other pitchers in a Seibu uniform have recorded more Inter-league victories: Hideaki Wakui (twenty-one with Seibu), Takayuki Kishi (seventeen), Fumiya Nishiguchi (fifteen), and Kazuyuki Hoashi (eleven with Seibu).
Kikuchi has now recorded victories against nine NPB teams. Excluding Seibu, he is still looking for wins against Hiroshima (no games) and Softbank (0-7).
Source: Sanspo 6/9/20160 Comments