Randy Messenger, Hanshin (Third Time)
5 G, 4-1, 29.2 IP, 1.82 ERA, 28 SO, 6 ER
Messenger picked up his third MVP of the Month award, first since March/April of last year. He led the league with four wins. He became the first foreign pitcher to get the opening day start four years in a row. He is the first foreign Hanshin player to win three MVP of the Month awards. The previous record of two was held by Randy Bass (April 1985, June 1986) and Jason Standridge (June 2011, July 2011).
Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (First Time)
25 G, .369 AVG, 38 H, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 2 SB
Sakamoto notched the first MVP of the Month award of his career. He led the league in batting average (.369) and hits (38). He went 4-for-4 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome on April 30, notched eleven multi-hit games, and recorded twenty RBI (good for a third place tie) in March/April. He is the first Yomiuri hitter to win an MVP of the Month award since Shuichi Murata in August 2013. He is the first shortstop in franchise history to win an MVP of the Month award.
Shinsaburo Tawata, Seibu (First Time)
5 G, 5-0, 35.0 IP, 2.06 ERA, 1 CG, 22 SO, 8 ER
Tawata pitched in five games and recorded five victories. His 2.06 ERA was good for a third place tie. He tossed six shutout innings against Nippon Ham on March 31, allowed one run over seven innings against Orix on April 7, gave up one run in a complete game victory against Rakuten on April 14, three runs in six innings against Lotte on April 21, and two runs over seven innings against Rakuten on April 29.
Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Third Time)
24 G, .337 AVG, 28 H, 11 HR, 33 RBI
Yamakawa started in all twenty-four of his team’s games in March/April. he led the league in home runs (11), RBI (33), total bases (69), slugging percentage (.831), batting average with runners in scoring position (.560), and walks (22). He recorded at least one RBI in four games and homered in three consecutive games between April 21 and 25 (including a grand slam and three-run home run on April 25). He also hit home runs in two consecutive games on April 28 and 29.
Source: NPB 5/9/20180 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami got a start against Ni-gun Orix on May 8 and tossed seven shutout innings. He faced twenty-seven hitters, gave up five hits, walked two, struck out nine, and topped out at 154km/h. He threw 102 pitches, seventy for strikes.0 Comments
Baseball Related Work
|NPB (62)||Contract with other teams||10||49%|
|Other Leagues (24)||BC League||7||19%|
Non-Baseball Related Work
|General Employment (20)||Employed||18||16%|
|Other (4)||Different sport||1||3%|
|Return to school||3|
Source: NPB 5/8/20180 Comments
|All Games||3:13 (81 games)||3:12 (483 games)|
|Nine Innings||3:09 (75 games)||3:06 (427 games)|
|All Games||3:12 (82 games)||3:14 (483 games)|
|Nine Innings||3:08 (77 games)||3:10 (441 games)|
Source: NPB 5/7/20180 Comments
Yusei Kikuchi was taken off the active roster on May 6 because of tightness in his left shoulder. The condition is not new (may have originated with neck pain from sleeping wrong back in March 14) and is also not considered serious (no pain, just tightness). He will be examined at a hospital as a precaution.
Kikuchi threw 104 pitches and allowed five runs over six innings during his last start on May 4. The Seibu Lions decided to take Kikuchi off the active roster after confirming the condition of his shoulder the following day on May 5.
[UPDATE 5/10 @ 3:59am]
Kikuchi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on May 8 and diagnosed with decreased functionality in his shoulder. He will spend some time strengthening his shoulder and ultimately hopes to make it back to Ichi-gun in two to three weeks.0 Comments
Thirty-two-year-old Ikuhiro Kiyota earned his domestic free agent option earlier today with seven years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Yuya Kubo to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 091 to 91. His salary will not change (fifteen million yen).
Kubo pitched in twelve Ni-gun games this season and was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA over 11.2 innings of work.0 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto hurt his left leg while sliding into second base during a stolen base attempt in the first inning of today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. He could not get up and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki for tests.
[UPDATE 5/6 @ 11:59pm]
Uemoto was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium clubhouse and diagnosed with a possible anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is scheduled to undergo additional tests.
[UPDATE 5/9 @ 1:19am]
The Tigers announced on May 8 that Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an ACL injury. There is no timetable on his recovery.0 Comments
Norichika Aoki took a pitch near his left knee while facing Daichi Osera during the first inning of today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium. He had difficulty getting up and had to be helped off the field. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests (x-rays, CT scan). He was diagnosed with a bruise.
Aoki has been hit a league-high six times so far this year.0 Comments
Robert Suarez had Tommy John surgery in April last year and had been rehabbing in Puerto Rico. Suarez returned to Japan today and told reporters that he was at about ninety percent (he has already thrown off a mound and faced some hitters). He will begin practices at the Softbank Hawks’ farm facilities on May 6.
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