[4/20/2016] Toshiki Sakurai resumes playing catch

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow discomfort) started making slows and easy throws on April 16. He upgraded to playing catch on April 19. It was his first real game of catch since he started feeling discomfort in his right elbow on March 30. He threw the ball forty times at a distance of about twenty meters. He also threw the ball into a net thirty times.

Source: Sponichi 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Yoshihiro Ito tosses a bullpen session

Yoshihiro Ito had surgery on his right elbow last November. He tossed a bullpen session at Lotte Urawa on April 20. He threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher. It was his first session with a squatting catcher since his surgery. He was happy with about five pitches. He could be ready to pitch in a rehab scrimmage/game next month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Kohei Arihara could soon return to the active roster

Kohei Arihara (back strain) pitched in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 20. He got the start against the Futures and tossed two shutout innings. He could return to the active roster for his next start if there are no lingering problems with his back. His next start could either come against Rakuten (two-game series at Sapporo Dome beginning on April 26) or Lotte (three-game series at QVC Marine beginning on April 29).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Takuya Takahama taken off active roster with lower back pain

Takuya Takahama was taken off the active roster on April 20. He complained of lower back pain during practices on April 19 and is currently getting rest at home. He will be examined at a hospital at a later date.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Takuya Asao tosses batting practice scrimmage

Takuya Asao (right shoulder inflammation) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on April 20. It was his first session since the start of the regular season. He faced eight hitters, threw thirty pitches, allowed two-could be hits, walked one, and struck out one. He is hoping to take the next step by pitching in a rehab game at Ni-gun.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Brandon Laird ejected for “arguing” called third strike

Brandon Laird struck out looking against Hirotaka Koishi with a runner on second and one out in the eighth inning against Seibu at Sapporo Dome on April 20. He did not seem pleased with the call and kicked up some dirt and chalk when he swung at the batter’s box line near home plate. Tomoya Ishiyama, home plate umpire, saw the gesture as an insult/argument against his call and immediately ejected Laird.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016

[UPDATE 4/21 @ 5:05pm]

The NPB gave Laird a stern warning and fined him 100,000 yen for his ejection on April 20.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2016


[4/21/2016] Shinji Tajima’s wife gives birth to second child

The Chunichi Dragons announced on April 20 that Shinji Tajima’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 2,600 grams, at a hospital in Nagoya.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2016, Sponichi 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Yuki Yanagita’s walk streak comes to an end

Yuki Yanagita’s streak of consecutive games with a walk ended at eighteen on April 20.

  • first inning, none on, two out, ground out to short against Kota Futaki (B, B, B, Kl, F, G)
  • fourth inning, none on, two out, ground out to short against Kota Futaki (G)
  • sixth inning, none on, two out, strike out looking against Kota Futaki (Kl, B, B, F, Kl)
  • ninth inning, lead-off batter, single to center off Masaki Minami (H)

[4/20/2016] Kazunari Abe to miss four weeks with ankle injury

Kazunari Abe complained of pain in his right ankle after Tuesday’s game against Softbank. He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with an injury to his right deltoid ligament. He will require about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Lotte announcement


[4/20/2016] Shohei Tateyama has surgery to clean out right elbow

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shohei Tateyama had surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow. He will most likely require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Yakult announcement

[UPDATE 4/21 @ 7:34pm]

It might take Tateyama about three months before he is ready to rejoin the active roster (six weeks for a full recovery plus six weeks of rehab). He has now had five operations on his right elbow.

Source: Sanspo 4/21/2016

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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