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[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

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HAM

[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

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[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.

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[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
Japan
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

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[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

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SOF

[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

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HIR

[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

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HAM

[2/13/2019] Sho Nakata strains leg during practice game

Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.

Source: Sponichi 2/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 1/13/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/13/2019

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CHU

[2/13/2019] Daisuke Matsuzaka diagnosed with shoulder inflammation

Daisuke Matsuzaka developed discomfort in his right shoulder after a fan yanked his arm during an informal high-five session a few days ago. The Chunichi Dragons announced on February 11th that they decided to shut down Matsuzaka’s throwing arm to avoid further complications. The veteran was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 12 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He could end up traveling to Nagoya or the Kanto area for additional tests.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Sports Hochi 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019

[UPDATE 2/15 @ 12:59am]

Matsuzaka left Okinawa on February 14. The Dragons announced that he will get additional tests and treatment for his shoulder on February 15. He is slated to provide Chunichi officials with a report on his status on February 16. Daily Sports is also reporting that Matszuaka’s throwing arm might be shut down for at least two weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Sanspo 2/14/2019

[UPDATE 2/17 @ 11:34am]

Matsuzaka is not expected to rejoin the team in Okinawa this month. He will instead spend most of his time in Nagoya for rehab and treatment. Assuming no issues, he might be able to resume throwing some time in early March and be ready to join the Ichi-gun team in May.

Source: Sanspo 2/16/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/16/2019, Sponichi 2/16/2019, Sports Hochi 2/16/2019, Daily Sports 2/16/2019

[UPDATE 2/19 @ 10:07pm]

The Dragons announced today that Matsuzaka’s right arm will be shut down for at least two more weeks after team doctors in Nagoya re-evaluated his condition.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2019, Sanspo 2/19/2019, Sports Hochi 2/19/2019, Daily Sports 2/19/2019

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SEI

[2/8/2019] Makoto Aiuchi reassigned to Ni-gun camp

The Seibu Lions announced that they reassigned Makoto Aiuchi to Ni-gun. The media is reporting that the decision was made because Aiuchi developed pain in his left knee.

Source: Seibu 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
G W L T
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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