[2/22/2019] Sho Iwasaki has some inflammation in his right elbow

Sho Iwasaki was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka after developing discomfort in his right elbow. He returned to Miyazaki on February 21 and told reporters there was some inflammation in the elbow. He also told reporters he should be able to resume playing catch in about a week.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019


[2/21/2019] Kazuki Sugiyama sprains right ankle

Kazuki Sugiyama twisted his right ankle while fielding a bunt during workouts on February 21. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. Sugiyama was later examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a grade 1 sprain (right anterior tibiofibular ligament).

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019, Sponichi 2/21/2019


[2/21/2019] Kenji Akashi has back surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Akashi had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his spine at a hospital in Tokushima on February 20. He will remain hospitalized for about a week and will then require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019


[2/21/2019] Yoshihisa Naruse reassigned to Ni-gun with hamstring strain

Yoshihisa Naruse developed discomfort in his right thigh after pitching in an intra-squad game on February 17. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki on February 20 and diagnosed with a strain in his right hamstring. Naruse was reassigned to Ni-gun for rehab.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/20/2019, Daily Sports 2/20/2019, Sanspo 2/20/2019, Sports Hochi 2/21/2019


[2/19/2019] Ryo Watanabe to miss four to five weeks

Ryo Watanabe developed discomfort in his right side during a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 17. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Watanabe was examined at a hospital in Nago on February 18 and diagnosed with a strain in his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need four to five weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 2/19/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2019, Sponichi 2/19/2019, Daily Sports 2/19/2019


[2/18/2019] ENEOS Samurai Japan Series: Samurai Japan Roster

The Samurai Japan roster for the upcoming ENEOS Samurai Japan Series was unveiled earlier today. A Youtube video of the press conference is also available.



[2/15/2019] Premier 12 Groups and Locations

The World Baseball Softball Confederation released Group and Location details for the 2019 Premier12.

November 2 – 17

Game 1 – Group A on November 2

Group A
Guadalajara, Mexico
Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco

  • Mexico #6
  • United States #2
  • Netherlands #8
  • Dominican Republic #12

Group B
Taichung, Chinese Taipei
Taichung Intercontinental Stadium

  • Chinese Taipei #4
  • Japan #1
  • Venezuela #9
  • Puerto Rico #11

Group C
Seoul, Korea
Gocheok Sky Dome

  • Korea #3
  • Cuba #5
  • Australia #7
  • Canada #10

Super Round / Final Round
ZOZO Marine Stadium and Tokyo Dome

  • Top two teams from each group

Source: WBSC 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019


[2/15/2019] Preliminary Details for 2019 Fresh All-Star Game

The NPB released preliminary details for this year’s Fresh All-Star Game.

  • Official Name: Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2019
  • July 11 (Thu) – night game
    • Alternate: July 12 (Fri) – day game
  • Venue: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi
  • Eastern League vs Western League

Additional details will be posted in May.

Source: NPB 2/15/2019


[2/15/2019] Yuki Yanagita suffers mild leg injury

Yuki Yanagita developed discomfort in the back of his right thigh while running during workouts on February 14. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a mild injury to his right external hit rotator. His workouts will be adjusted over the next two to three days. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he could return to regular workouts on February 19.

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019, Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019


[2/15/2019] Koya Takahashi has elbow surgery

The Hiroshima Carp announced that Koya Takahashi had surgery on his left elbow (medial collateral ligament reconstructive surgery and ulnar neurolysis) on February 14. He will most likely miss the entire 2019 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019, Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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