Masahiro Araki played in his 2,000th career game on April 9.
Araki was presented with flowers after the fifth inning. He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the milestone and fourth in franchise history, behind Morimichi Takagi, Tatsuhiko Kimata, and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Araki played in his first game on May 31, 1997.0 Comments
Hiroki Kuroda outing against Hanshin was cut short today. In the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that struck Kuroda near the left ankle. The ball ricocheted toward Hector Luna, who fielded it and threw out Gomez at first for the final out of the inning. Kuroda was slow in returning to the dugout and was later replaced by a pinch-hitter.
There are currently no plans to send Kuroda to the hospital for tests. Hiroshima will take a wait-and-see approach.
[UPDATE @ 10:46pm]
The Carp announced that Kuroda has a bruise on his right lower leg. He is considered day-to-day.
After the game, Kuroda told reporters the ball hit him near the top of the Achilles tendon.
Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:02pm]
Kuroda is currently scheduled to make his next start, as planned, on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He focused on getting treatment for the leg today and will have the day off on Monday.
Source: Daily Sports 4/10/20160 Comments
Dai-Kang Yoh hurt his left ankle while running the bases in a game against Rakuten at kobo Stadium today.
Down by three runs with runners on first and second and no out in the fifth inning, Yoh hit an RBI single to center. An out later, he was at second when Kensuke Tanaka hit a sac fly to center to score the runner from third. Yoh twisted his left ankle when he tagged up and slid into third base. He was replaced by a pinch-runner and had to be helped off the field.
[UPDATE @ 9:33pm]
Yoh was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a left ankle sprain that will take about a week for a full recovery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016
[UPDATE 4/11 @ 2:12pm]
Yoh did not play in the Rakuten game on April 10 because of his sprained ankle. The Fighters are not expected to take him off the active roster. He will be traveling with the team for the Orix series that begins tomorrow. He will resume practices as soon as he is able to.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/11/20160 Comments
Shinsaburo Tawata (right shoulder) pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He pitched three shutout innings against Yakult and gave up two hits and two walks. He threw fifty-seven pitches, struck out three, and topped out at 145km/h. This was his first game since May 23, 2015.0 Comments
Taiga Egoshi hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate, spanning three different games: April 3 against Yokohama, April 7 against Yomiuri, and April 8 against Hiroshima.
The last Hanshin player to hit home runs in three consecutive trips to the plate was Craig Brazell on June 29, 2010 (first at bat to third at bat) against Chunichi. The last Japanese Hanshin player was Tomoaki Kanemoto on April 10, 2009 (second at bat to fourth at bat) against Yomiuri.
Sadaaki Yoshimura and Morimichi Takagi have hit home runs in three or more consecutive trips to the plate, spanning three different games. Yoshimura: three home runs in 1983 between June 29 and July 1. Takagi: four home runs in 1977 between June 12 and 14.0 Comments
Ryosuke Hirata (left hip pain due to groin pain syndrome) resumed practices on April 8 at Nagoya Stadium. He is feeling better and was able to take soft-toss batting practice without pain.
Source: Sponichi 4/9/20160 Comments
Kenji Tomura’s first start, on April 7 against Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe, was canceled because of rain. His rescheduled start at Ni-gun, on April 8 against Lotte at Rifu, was canceled because of poor field conditions. He did get to pitch in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage at the Izumi Baseball Training Field on April 8: he faced ten hitters and gave up three hits, including a solo home run.
Tomura is scheduled to re-join the Ichi-gun team for practices on April 9. He is slated to get a start on April 14 against Lotte at kobo Stadium.
Tomura’s first starts of the year in 2013 and 2015 were also rained out.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/9/20160 Comments
The Softbank Hawks sent Edison Barrios down to Ni-gun on April 8 and called up Robert Suarez today.
Ken Okamoto was also called up today. He will take Tadashi Settsu’s spot on the active roster.
Atsushi Nomi notched the nineteenth double-digit strikeout game of his career on April 8 against Hiroshima. Only four other pitchers in franchise history have more double-digit strikeout games: Yutaka Enatsu (69), Minoru Murayama (32), Masaaki Koyama (27), and Kei Igawa (24).
Source: Daily Sports 4/8/20160 Comments
Takahiro Norimoto won his start against Nippon Ham on April 8 and struck out eleven in eight innings. He joined Hideo Nomo (1994, three games) and Yu Darvish (2010, five games) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record ten or more strikeouts in three consecutive outings, beginning on opening day. He also became the only pitcher in NPB history to win three straight, beginning with the opening day game, and strike out ten or more in each game.0 Comments