Katsuya Kakunaka earned his domestic free agent option on September 8 with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Yamato was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on September 8 because he felt discomfort in his left ankle during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
Norichika Aoki felt some tightness during practices before a Yokohama on September 7. The tightness turned to discomfort after he grounded out to third in his first at bat in the first inning. He was replaced on defense in the third inning as a precaution and left out of the starting line-up on September 8. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
The NPB announced on September 8 that Nippon Ham Fighters games at Sapporo Dome against the Chiba Lotte Marines on September 11 and 12 were postponed due to the Hokkaido earthquake. Make-up dates will be released as they become available.0 Comments
The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.
Hokkaido was hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on September 6. At least nine people are dead, thirty-one are missing, and over 150 are injured. The earthquake also caused power outages.
The Nippon Ham Fighters reported that everyone in their organization was safe and accounted for. The Rakuten Eagles and Fighters announced that their game at Rakuten Seimei on September 7 was postponed due to travel issues (the airport in Hokkaido was closed). The game will be played on September 10.
The Pacific League is evaluating the Fighters’ schedule to see if any changes are needed for games beyond September 10.0 Comments
Yuya Hasegawa hurt his right foot when he hit the wall in left while making a defensive play during the third inning of a game against Lotte at ZOZO Marine September 5. He remained in the game until the seventh inning.
Hasegawa was later taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests. He was diagnosed with bruise on his right big toe. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
The media recently learned that Samurai Japan is planning to play an exhibition series against Mexico next year in March.0 Comments
Forty-one-year-old Takahiro Arai held a press conference at Mazda Stadium earlier today to announce his plans to retire after the season. Points taken from his press conference:
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Thirty-one-year-old Katsuya Kakunaka is expected to earn his domestic free agent option on September 8. The media learned on September 4 that the Chiba Lotte Marines might once again offer Kakunaka a multi-year deal. The Marines prepared two contracts last year, a three-year and a one-year deal. Kakunaka turned down the three-year contract and agreed to the one-year contract. Kakunaka later told reporters that he did not find multi-year contracts attractive. He also hinted that he was partially interested in the possibility of using his free agent option before he got too old.0 Comments