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[5/18/2017] Yohei Oshima left out of starting line-up for first time this year

Yohei Oshima took a pitch off his back during his at bat in the eighth inning against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on May 17. He was not in the starting line-up against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on May 18, but was available off the bench. He was on the field for pre-game practices, but did not participate in batting or fielding practices.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017

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YOK

[5/18/2017] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo misses game with cold

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was left out of the starting line-up against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium on May 18 because he was not feeling well (cold with fever). He was at the stadium, but did not participate in pre-game practices. He was available to pinch-hit, but Alex Ramirez told reporters he did not plan to use Tsutsugo because he wanted him to get better.

Source: Daily Sports 5/18/2017, Sports Hochi 5/18/2017, Sports Hochi 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 12:15am]

Tsutsugo missed the Yomiuri game on May 19 because of discomfort in his hips. He first felt the discomfort during the Hiroshima game on May 17.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2017, Sports Hochi 5/20/2017

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 11:49pm]

Tsutsugo missed another game on May 20 because of hip discomfort. He might be ready to return to the line-up on May 21.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2017

[UPDATE 5/22 @ 12:45pm]

Tsutsugo missed a fourth straight game on May 21. There is a good chance he will be ready to return to the line-up on May 23. He told reporters he was feeling better and that he wanted to be ready in case he is okay to play.

Source: Sponichi 5/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2017

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[5/18/2017] Status of 2016 retired/senryokugaied players

Baseball Related

  Type Number %
NPB (60) Contract with other teams 8 48.0%
Ikusei conract 14
Coaching contract 8
Staff/personnel contract 30
Other leagues (22) BC League 9 17.6%
BF League 1
Industrial League 11
College manager/coach 1
Commentator (6) Commentator 6 4.8%

Non-Baseball Related

  Type Number %
General employment (15) Employed 14 12.0%
Self-employed 1
Unknown (22)   22 17.6%

Notes

  • Information as of May 8, 2017
  • Average of 125 players: 29.6 years of age, 8.5 years in the NPB

Source: NPB 5/18/2017

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[5/18/2017] Consecutive Starts with at Least Ten Strikeouts

Consecutive Starts with at Least Ten Strikeouts

1990 07/30 08/05 08/11 08/18 08/24     K IP K/9
Nomo, Hideo 10 9.0 10 8.0 12 9.0 10 8.0 10 9.0     52 43.0 10.88
1991 04/07 04/14 04/20 04/27 05/04 05/09 K IP K/9
Nomo, Hideo 11 9.0 10 8.0 10 9.0 10 9.0 10 6.0 10 8.0 61 49.0 11.20
1993 06/12 06/18 06/25 07/01 07/07     K IP K/9
Nomo, Hideo 11 8.0 11 9.0 10 8.0 10 8.0 13 9.0     55 42.0 11.79
2009 08/23 08/30 09/06 09/13 09/20     K IP K/9
Sugiuchi, Toshiya 15 9.0 10 7.0 11 8.0 11 9.0 10 6.2     57 39.2 12.93
2010 03/20 03/27 040/3 04/10 04/17     K IP K/9
Darvish, Yu 13 9.0 11 6.0 11 8.0 12 8.0 10 7.0     57 38.0 13.50
2014 05/16 05/24 05/31 06/06 06/14     K IP K/9
Nomi, Atsushi 11 8.0 13 6.0 10 8.0 10 7.1 10 6.0     54 35.1 13.76
2017 04/19 04/26 05/03 05/10 05/17 5/25 K IP K/9
Norimoto, Takahiro 10 8.0 10 7.0 12 8.0 12 9.0 12 7.0 10 8.0 66 47.0 12.64
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LOT

[5/18/2017] Chiba Lotte Marines reach agreement with Roel Santos

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old outfielder Roel Santos. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 200,000 US dollars (no signing bonus). He will come to Japan as soon as he obtains a work visa.

Source: Lotte 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017, Sports Hochi 5/18/2017, Daily Sports 5/18/2017, Sponichi 5/18/2017, Tokyo Sports 5/18/2017

[UPDATE 5/25 @ 2:30am]

Santos is set to arrive in Japan on May 25. Lotte is planning to hold a press conference for him at ZOZO Marine Stadium on May 26.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 5:47pm]

The Marines held a press conference for Santos today. He was assigned the uniform number 10.

Source: Sponichi 5/26/2017

[UPDATE 5/27 @ 4:02pm]

Santos will most likely make his debut at Ni-gun against Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine on May 30. Depending on how he does, he could make the active roster on either May 31 or June 1.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2017

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[5/18/2017] Hirofumi Yamanaka taken off active roster

Hirofumi Yamanaka was slated for a start on May 19 against Hanshin at Jingu Stadium, but was scratched and taken off the active roster on May 17 because of tightness in his legs. He will be skipped once in the rotation.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2017

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[5/18/2017] NPB Enterprise signs Asics to Diamond Partner Agreement

NPB Enterprise (Samurai Japan) announced today that they signed Asics to a Diamond Partner agreement.

Source: NPB Enterprise 5/18/2017

Partner List

Diamond Partners

  • Nippon Express
  • GungHo
  • Asics

Official Partners

  • JTB
  • ANA
  • Rakuten Card
  • SAVAS
  • Asahi
  • Nissan
  • Aoen Financial Service (Aeon Ginko)
  • NTT Plala (Hikari TV)
  • ENEOS

Official Suit Partner

  • Brooks Brothers

Official Ticketing Partner

  • Lawson Ticket
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SOF

[5/18/2017] Tsuyoshi Wada might have elbow surgery

According to media reports from this morning, Tsuyoshi Wada might have surgery to remove loose cartilage in his left elbow. If he goes under the knife, the best case scenario for his return to the active roster would be September, assuming he has the procedure some time this month. However, nothing has been decided yet. Therapy is still an option.

Wada is considering surgery because his rehab has not been going as well as he would like. He has had surgery on his elbow twice in the past.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2017, Sponichi 5/18/2017Sponichi 5/18/2017Daily Sports 5/18/2017

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[5/17/2017] Futures to play Shikoku Island League in June

The NPB announced that the Futures will play three games against a team from the Shikoku Island League plus in June. Admission will be free. Games will not be rescheduled in the event of rain outs.

Schedule

  • June 20 (Tue) – 13:00 at Ota Stadium
  • June 21 (Wed) – 13:00 at Ota Stadium
  • June 22 (Thu) – 12:00 at Ota Stadium

Source: NPB 5/17/2017

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SOF

[5/16/2017] Kodai Senga leaves start after just nine pitches

Kodai Senga got the start against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome tonight, but he developed discomfort in his back and left after recording two outs on nine pitches (fly out to right on one pitch, strikeout swinging on eight pitches). He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2017, Sponichi 5/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 5/16/2017, Daily Sports 5/16/2017

[UPDATE 5/17 @ 9:45pm]

The Softbank Hawks decided not to take Senga off the active roster for the time being. They will adjust his pitching schedule based on how he is feeling over the next day or two. Tests (MRI, CT scan, x-rays) conducted at the hospital last night did not reveal any serious issues.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2017, Sanspo 5/17/2017, Sponichi 5/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2017

[UPDATE 5/18 @ 5:35pm]

The Hawks announced on May 17 that Senga has tightness in the left side of his back.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2017

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 4:40pm]

Senga resumed practices on May 19. He did some running and played some light catch at a distance of about thirty meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2017

[UPDATE 5/21 @ 3:02pm]

The Hawks are not planning to take Senga off the active roster for the time being, even though he will most likely miss his next scheduled start (May 23).

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2017

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 12:15am]

Senga was scratched from his start on May 23. He will now get a start during the Nippon Ham series at Sapporo Dome that begins on May 26.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2017

[UPDATE 5/24 @ 9:27pm]

Senga tossed a bullpen session  at YafuOku Dome today. He threw forty pitches to a squatting catcher. He will toss another session on May 26. Assuming no problems, his next start could come on May 28 against Nippon Ham.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017, Sponichi 5/24/2017, Sports Hochi 5/24/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 45 27 18 0
Hiroshima 48 28 19 1
Yomiuri 46 23 23 0
Yokohama 47 21 24 2
Chunichi 48 19 26 3
Yakult 46 19 27 0
G W L T
Rakuten 41 29 12 0
Softbank 48 29 19 0
Seibu 44 25 18 1
Nippon Ham 45 19 26 0
Orix 45 18 27 0
Lotte 47 14 32 1
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