Japhet Amador (left wrist) played in a rehab game at Ni-gun today against Seibu at kobo Stadium. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 0-for-2 in two trips to the plate: F4, K. Amador was replaced by pinch-hitter Kenta Kurihara in the seventh inning.
Other players that also made appearances in the game:
Daisuke Matsuzaka (right shoulder) did not report to Ni-gun today and instead worked out with the rehab group at the indoor Chikugo facilities. The rehab coach told reporters they wanted to lighten the load on his shoulder by having him work with the rehab group. His workouts today included riding a stationary bike and trunk muscle training.0 Comments
Daichi Osera was scratched from a batting practice scrimmage today because of discomfort in his lower back.
Osera has been working his way back from right elbow pain. He resumed bullpen sessions on May 1 and tossed batting practice on May 14. He was scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage today, but was scratched from the outing because of discomfort in his lower back. He was also scratched from a Ni-gun Inter-league game on May 21. He is lower back is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
Shingo Kawabata visited a hospital in Hiroshima earlier today because he was not feeling well. He did not participate in pre-game practices and was left out of the starting line-up for the first time since May 13, 2014.0 Comments
Aaron Poreda has had some tightness in his upper left arm. He returned to the United States for a second opinion and should be back in about a week.0 Comments
Shinji Tajima extended his scoreless games streak to twenty-four games from the start of the season on May 17 during a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium and tied the Central League record set by Kazuhiro Sasaki in 1998 and Tetsuya Yamaguchi in 2012. The Pacific League record of twenty-six was set by Hideki Okajima in 2012.
[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:35am]
Tajima set a new Central League record on May 18 with his twenty-fifth straight scoreless appearance. He is one game away from tying the NPB record.
The NPB record for consecutive scoreless appearances that begins at any point during a season is thirty-eight, set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2006. The franchise record is thirty-one, set by Akifumi Takahashi in 2005.
[UPDATE 5/20 @ 11:23pm]
Tajima tied the NPB record on May 20bwith his twenty-sixth straight scoreless game from the start of the season.One Comment
The media learned on May 16 that Marcos Mateo was in the hospital with pain in his left hip. He could be taken off the active roster depending on his condition.
Mateo first started feeling discomfort in the area about a week ago. He was able to pitch through it, but his condition did not improve and he was taken to a hospital after his outing against Yokohama on May 15 for tests. He is currently considered day-to-day. If his condition does not improve with a couple days of rest, the Tigers could opt to take him off the active roster.
If Mateo is taken off the active roster, Rafael Dolis could take over as closer. The move would also open a spot on the active roster for Matt Hague.
Source: Sanspo 5/17/20160 Comments
Nagisa Arakaki recorded his 100th career wild pitch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today and became just the third player in NPB history to reach the milestone. The wild pitch came in the fourth inning with Brad Eldred up to bat.
Pitchers with 100 or more wild pitches:
Incidentally, Arakaki also holds the Pacific League record for most wild pitches in a game (five set in 2008) and tied the Central League record (four) in 2014.0 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka visited a hospital in the Kanto region for a routine examination and to run tests on his right hand (he had difficulty gripping the ball during his last outing on May 14). No abnormalities were discovered.
[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:30am]
To clarify: Matsuzaka was at the hospital for a routine examination. While specific tests were not performed on the hand, tests from the routine examination did not reveal any concerning abnormalities.
Source: ZakZak 5/18/20160 Comments
Shohei Otani blasted the second pitch he saw from Rick van den Hurk for his fifth home run in as many games as a position player.
Otani is the first player in the NPB to homer in five consecutive games since Tony Blanco in 2013 and the first player in franchise history since Tony Solaita in 1981. The NPB record for home runs in consecutive games is seven, set by Sadaharu Oh in 1972 and Randy Bass in 1986. Otani is now also the youngest player to achieve the feat at twenty-one years and ten months. The previous record of twenty-two years and nine months was set by Tomio Tashiro in 1977.0 Comments