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[4/17/2016] Injury Update: Ryosuke Hirata

Ryosuke Hirata visited a hospital in Chiba on April 17 to meet a former AC Milan soccer trainer for advice on workouts that help prevent groin pain syndrome. He also participated in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium and recorded one hit in four trips to the plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016

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CHU

[4/17/2016] Yudai Ono could resume playing catch in about a week

Yudai Ono was taken off the active roster on April 15 with inflammation in his left elbow. He is resting his arm and is expected to resume playing catch in about a week. His workouts at Nagoya Stadium on April 16 included running and fielding practice.

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016

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ORI

[4/17/2016] Chihiro Kaneko continues to struggle

Chihiro Kaneko has allowed fifteen runs (fourteen earned) in his last two starts. He had never allowed more than thirteen runs in two games in the past (thirteen in 2008 and thirteen in 2010). He is still looking for his first win after four starts. The last time he went four starts without a win was in 2013, between May and June. He went six starts without a win in 2008 and 2009, but never more than two games since the start of a season (2015). He had also never lost two starts in a row without at least one win.

Potential trivia: according to Sports Hochi, Kaneko had gone seventy-four consecutive starts since October 5, 2012 with Hikaru Ito behind the plate. Katsuki Yamazaki broke the streak on April 16.

Source: Sponichi 4/17/2016, Sports Hochi 4/17/2016

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ORI

[4/17/2016] Buffaloes make another coaching staff change

The Orix Buffaloes made another change to their coaching staff on April 17:

  • Tsutomu Sakai – Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach to Ni-gun Ikusei pitching coach
  • Nobuyuki Hoshino – Ni-gun Ikusei pitching coach to Ichi-gun bullpen pitching coach

Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/17/2016, Sponichi 4/17/2016

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SOF

[4/17/2016] These Yanagita were made for walking

Count another walk for Yuki Yanagita. He is now one away from tying Sadaharu Oh’s 1970 record of walks in eighteen consecutive games.

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HIR

[4/17/2016] Hector Luna taken off active roster with hamstring injury

Hector Luna tweaked his right hamstring as he rounded third for home plate in the third inning against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on April 16. The Carp decided to take him off the active roster on April 17 after his hamstring showed little sign of improvement.

Luna returned to Hiroshima for rest. He will be re-evaluated by the team doctor.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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ORI

[4/17/2016] Hiroyuki Nakajima taken off active roster

Hiroyuki Nakajima hurt his right calf while running the bases in the second inning against Seibu at Kyocera Dome on April 15. He did not play on April 16 and was taken off the active roster on April 17.

Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2016

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HAN

[4/17/2016] Kosuke Fukudome resumes batting practice

Kosuke Fukudome (left hamstring) took pre-game batting practice for the first time in three days. He played some catch, but mostly did his own thing away from the rest of the team. He was left out of the starting line-up for the third straight game.

Source: Daily Sports 4/17/2016

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HIR

[4/16/2016] Injury Update: Ryuji Ichioka

Ryuji Ichioka suffered a contusion on his right flexor digitorum superficialis muscle during spring camp. He has been rehabbing at San-gun. He has already started playing catch and could be ready to pitch in games in May.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016

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SOF

[4/16/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka could get a Ni-gun start on April 20

Daisuke Matsuzaka will most likely start a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Chikugo on April 20. He made his first appearance in about a month on April 14 and pitched a shutout inning in relief. He played catch on April 15 and felt fine. Softbank is planning to have Matsuzaka pitch in a game at least once a week.

Source: Sanspo 4/16/2016

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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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