[6/15/2016] Daichi Osera pitches three innings in rehab game

Daichi Osera (right elbow) pitched three innings during a Ni-gun game on June 15 against the Hanshin Tigers. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and topped out at 145km/h. He was scheduled to throw about sixty pitches over three innings, but went up to seventy-six (he was already at fifty-seven through two innings).

This was Osera’s second Ni-gun outing of the year. He also pitched in an intra-squad game on June 8. He is slated to make his next appearance on six days of rest.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2016


[6/16/2016] Kazuhiro Hatakeyama out with bone bruise

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 15 and diagnosed with a bone bruise on his left hamate. He will require about two months for a full recovery. He suffered the injury during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on June 11.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2016, Daily Sports 6/15/2016


[6/15/2016] Tadashi Ishimine goes 1-for-2 in rehab game

Tadashi Ishimine (right biceps femoris) made the starting line-up at catcher for the first time since his injury early today against the Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI (with runners on first and third and one out in the second inning, he hit an RBI single to center). He also threw out Shota Hiranuma at second in the second inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2016


[6/15/2016] Brad Eldred leaves game with possible hamstring injury

Brad Eldred hurt his right leg, possibly his hamstring, as he ran to first on a grounder to third in the third inning of tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at Mazda Stadium (he ended up safe at first on a fielding error). He was immediately replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2016

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 5:52am]

Eldred did not go to the hospital after he was removed from the game. He instead received ice treatment. He will undergo tests at a hospital on June 16.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/15/2016


[6/15/2016] Atsushi Nomi tosses five shutout innings despite breathing problems

Atsushi Nomi had difficulty breathing just before throwing the first pitch of the game against the Orix Buffaloes at Koshien Stadium on June 14 (he needed to leave the field for a drink of water and delayed the start of the game by about two minutes). He still managed to toss five shutout innings with ninety-nine pitches.

Nomi danced around questions about the incident from the reporters after the game. Tomoaki Kanemoto was not fully aware of the problem, but said it had something to do with the pitcher’s breathing, or a lack of oxygen.

Incidentally, the Tigers have been keeping Nomi’s pitch count to around 100 pitches because of concerns about overworking his left elbow.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2016, Sponichi 6/15/2016, Sanspo 6/15/2016

[UPDATE @ 9:12pm]

Nomi was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2016


[6/15/2016] Hanshin planning to add Hayata Ito to the active roster

Hayata Ito suffered a labral tear in his right shoulder just before the start of spring camp this year. He played in his first rehab game on May 31. Since then, he has gone 7-for-27 with a double, two homers, three RBI, and a slash line of .259/.333/.519 in eight games.

The Hanshin Tigers are planning to add Ito to the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2016


[6/15/2016] Kazuhiro Hatakeyama to undergo more tests

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama is slated to undergo additional tests on his left wrist later today. The Yakult Swallows want to make sure nothing was missed during previous examinations.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2016


[6/14/2016] Rick van den Hurk to undergo tests

Rick van den Hurk is still feeling the effects of fatigue and will undergo tests at a hospital in the Kanto region this week. The Softbank Hawks are saying the fatigue is general and not located to any specific region, like the shoulder or elbow.

Source: Sponichi 6/14/2016

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 9:19pm]

Kimiyasu Kudo does not want van den Hurk to feel rushed and wants him to return when he is at full strength.

Source: Sponichi 6/15/2016


[6/14/2016] Luis Cruz in the US for a second opinion

The Yomiuri Giants announced that Luis Cruz left for the United States for medical tests, most likely for a second opinion on his left ankle. He is not expected to be gone for very long.

Source: Sponichi 6/14/2016

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 10:59am]

Cruz could end up missing a larger portion of the season than originally estimated. Surgery has not been completely ruled out. For now, the plan is for him to consult with doctors in the United States for a few days and return to Japan for rehab.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/15/2016, Sponichi 6/15/2016


[6/14/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016, latest voting results from June 14

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 129,062 0 129,062
Mobile Phone 243,187 0 243,187
Paper 230,568 1,983 232,551
Totals 602,817 1,983 604,800

Total number of votes: 10,170,544


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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