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[4/16/2017] Yomiuri Giants add Shimpei Shinohara to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Shimpei Shinohara to their seventy-man roster. His uniform will change from 001 to 92. The twenty-six-year-old’s new contract will be worth an estimated 4.2 million yen. He will most likely be used in relief.

Source: Yomiuri 4/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2017, Daily Sports 4/16/2017

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HAN

[4/16/2017] Shintaro Fujinami taken off active roster with flu

Shintaro Fujinami developed a fever and was taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya where he was diagnosed with influenza A. He was taken off the active roster.

Hayata Ito was called up to take Fujinami’s spot on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/16/2017, Daily Sports 4/16/2017

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 5:45pm]

Pitching coach Isao Koda told reporters on April 17 that he heard Fujinami’s fever was lower than the day before. The pitcher will continue to rest at home until he is feeling better.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2017

[UPDATE 4/19 @ 9:55pm]

Fujinami is scheduled to resume practices at the Naruohama facilities on April 20.

Source: Sanspo 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/20 @ 9:58pm]

Fujinami resumed practices today. He played some catch and did some running in the morning. He participated in fielding practices in the afternoon.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 4:08pm]

Fujinami worked out at Naruohama on April 22. He threw forty-eight pitches in the bullpen. He told reporters it was a normal session and that he felt fine.

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2017, Daily Sports 4/22/2017

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SEI

[4/15/2017] Takumi Kuriyama has some inflammation in right calf

Takumi Kuriyama was at a hospital in Tokyo during pre-game practices today. He was diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right calf. He developed tightness in the calf during yesterday’s game. The Seibu Lions will re-evaluate his condition after a day or two.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2017, Sponichi 4/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2017

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SOF

[4/14/2017] Munenori Kawasaki goes 2-for-3 against Ni-gun Hiroshima

Munenori Kawasaki got the start in left and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hiroshima Carp on April 14. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI: he recorded an RBI triple to right-center in the third inning and a two-run double to right in the fifth inning. He is now 7-for-14 in five Ni-gun games.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2017

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YOK

[4/14/2017] Takayuki Kajitani misses game with leg tightness

Takayuki Kajitani did not play in tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows because of tightness in his right hamstring. Kajitani told reporters he was concerned about the possibility of a more serious injury. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/15/2017

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[4/14/2017] Shota Takeda taken off active roster

Shota Takeda was taken off the active roster on April 14 with discomfort in his right shoulder. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with inflammation. His arm will be shut down for the time being.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2017, Sponichi 4/14/2017, Sponichi 4/14/2017, Daily Sports 4/14/2017

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 10:54pm]

Takeda could be out for over a month. His right arm will be shut down for a week to ten days. After that, he will resume playing catch, then move on to pitching practices, then finally Ni-gun rehab games.

Source: Sponichi 4/15/2017, Daily Sports 4/15/2017

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YOK

[4/14/2017] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo leaves game with leg cramp

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was pulled from tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows at Yokohama Stadium after he felt discomfort in his right hamstring. He was about to take his spot in left in the ninth inning, but returned to the dugout instead.

Alex Ramirez told reporters after the game that Tsutsugo developed a cramp in his leg and should be fine tomorrow.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2017, Daily Sports 4/14/2017Sponichi 4/14/2017

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RAK

[4/14/2017] Yuki Matsui okay after minor car accident

The Rakuten Eagles announced on April 14 that Yuki Matsui was involved in a car accident on his way to Kobo Park Miyagi. The incident took place around noon. Matsui rear-ended a car that was stopped at a stop light. He did not suffer any injuries. The driver of the car at the stop light was diagnosed with mild strains in his lower back and neck at a hospital in Sendai.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2017, Daily Sports 4/14/2017Nikkan Sports 4/14/2017, Sponichi 4/14/2017

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[4/14/2017] Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2017 details released

The NPB announced today the Pro Yakyu Fresh All-Star Game 2017 will be held at Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium and will start at 18:00 on July 13 (Thursday). Candidates will be released on May 15 (Monday) and rosters on June 30 (Friday).

Additional Information

  • Make-up Date: July 14 (Friday), 13:00
  • Eastern League (first base side) vs Western League (third base side)
  • Home Team: Eastern League

Lawson Ticket special advanced tickets will be available between May 8 (Monday) at 10:00 and May 15 (Monday) at 18:00. Regular tickets sales will start on May 16 (Tuesday) at 10:00.

Source: NPB 4/17/2017

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[4/14/2017] Japan Student Baseball Association Punishments

The Japan Student Baseball Association met on April 14 to determine punishments for the following cases:

College

Suspensions

広島の監督
Hiroshima manager
男子マネジャーへの暴力
Violence against assistant
3月1日から4カ月
Four months beginning on March 1

High School

Suspensions

那覇(沖縄)の副部長
Naha (Okinawa) vice director
酒気帯び運転
Driving under the influence
2月17日から1年間
One year beginning on February 17
豊川工(愛知)の部長
Toyokawa Kogyo (Aichi) director
中学生との合同練習規定違反
Practice violation
3月6日から6カ月
Six months beginning on March 6
校名非公表
School name withheld
監督による人権侵害
Human rights violation
1月25日から3カ月
Three months beginning on January 25
八頭高(鳥取)の監督
Yazu (Tottori) manager
部員への体罰
Physical punishments
3月24日から2年間
Two years beginning on March 24
八頭高(鳥取)のコーチと部長
Yazu (Tottori) coach and director
部員への体罰を制止しなかった
Did not stop acts of physical punishments
4月12日から3カ月
Three months beginning on April 12
明野高(三重)の副部長
Akeno (Mie) vice director
女性のスカート内を小型カメラで盗撮
Taking upskirt photos with miniature camera
3月23日から2年間
Two years beginning on March 23

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Source: Jiji 4/14/2017

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Hanshin 19 11 8 0
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Yakult 19 7 12 0
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Seibu 17 11 6 0
Orix 17 11 6 0
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