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[4/30/2016] Shuhei Takahashi fractures hamate bone

Shuhei Takahashi felt some pain in his right hand before the start of today’s game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium, but told coaches he was fine after pre-game batting practice. He was pulled from the game after he fouled off a pitch and felt intense pain in his right hand during his at bat in the fourth inning. He was taken to a hospital in Hiroshima for tests and diagnosed with a fracture in his right hamate bone. He might require two to three months for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2016, Sponichi 4/30/2016, Sports Hochi 4/30/2016

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YOM

[4/30/2016] Soliman and Adames arrive in Japan

Manuel Soliman and Samuel Adames arrived at Narita Airport earlier today. They visited Giants Stadium and spent about twenty minutes doing some running and playing catch.

Source: Sanspo 4/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2016

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YAK

[4/30/2016] Tomotaka Sakaguchi earns international FA option

Tomotaka Sakaguchi earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 4/30/2016, Daily Sports 4/30/2016

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HIR

[4/29/2016] Daichi Osera throws forty-one pitches off flat ground

Daichi Osera (partial damage of the right elbow medial collateral ligament) threw off flat ground to a squatting catcher at a distance of about nineteen meters on April 29. He threw forty-one pitches. He threw at about ninety percent. Assuming no set backs, he could begin tossing bullpen sessions early next week.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2016

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YOM

[4/29/2016] Luis Cruz taken off active roster

Luis Cruz was taken off the active roster on April 29 after fouling a pitch off the area near his left ankle during an at bat in the first inning against Hanshin at Koshien on April 28. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2016

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YOK

[4/29/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo out with mild oblique strain

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hurt his right side when he struck out swinging during his at bat in the first inning against Chunichi at Yokohama Stadium on April 28. He was examined at a hospital in Yokohama today and diagnosed with a mild strain in his right internal oblique muscle. He was taken off the active roster on the same day.

Tsutsugo wanted to play through the injury, but the Bay Stars were concerned about long-term damage. He might be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/29/2016, Daily Sports 4/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016

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HAN

[4/29/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka resumes batting practice

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) started running dashes and playing catch on April 28 at the Naruohama facilities. He also did some training indoors. Nishioka add batting practice to his workouts on April 29. He took about sixty swings from both sides of the plate (he hit two over the fence from the right side).

Source: Sanspo 4/29/2016, Sports Hochi 4/29/2016

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YOM

[4/29/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano finishes April with 0.00 ERA

Tomoyuki Sugano will finish April with a 0.00 ERA over thirty-three innings of work (one unearned run). Since 1950, only three other pitchers have recorded 0.00 ERAs in a month while pitching at least thirty innings: Etsuo Nakai (September 1963), Minoru Murayama (October 1970), and Kazuhisa Ishii (June 2001).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016

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YAK

[4/29/2016] Yakult Swallows to add Shogo Nakashima to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Shogo Nakashima to their seventy-man roster. The Swallows’ pitching staff is running a little thin and Nakashima could help provide some help in the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2016

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SOF

[4/29/2016] Possible Softbank six-man rotation

The Softbank Hawks could go with the following six pitchers during their six-game stretch that begins on May 3 (assuming starts on six-days of rest):

  • Rick van den Hurk
  • Tsuyoshi Wada
  • Nao Higashihama
  • Kenichi Nakata
  • Kodai Senga
  • Shota Takeda

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016

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