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[5/18/2016] Motohiro Shima leaves game after taking foul tip off left wrist area

Motohiro Shima hurt his left hand/wrist while attempting to catch a foul tip off Yoshio Itoi’s bat in the first inning with two out. He left the field for treatment and was unable to return. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sponichi 5/18/2016

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RAK

[5/18/2016] Japhet Amador goes 0-for-2 in rehab game

Japhet Amador (left wrist) played in a rehab game at Ni-gun today against Seibu at kobo Stadium. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 0-for-2 in two trips to the plate: F4, K. Amador was replaced by pinch-hitter Kenta Kurihara in the seventh inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016

Other players that also made appearances in the game:

  • Kenta Kurihara entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Amador in the seventh inning. He flied out to left and remained in the game as the new designated hitter. He flied out to right in his at bat in the ninth. Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2016
  • Kenji Tomura entered the game in the eighth inning and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over two innings of work. This was his first game since April 27 (Ichi-gun against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome). Tomura has experienced some pain in his right elbow this year. He was taken off the active roster on April 28 for about two weeks of rest and re-conditioning. He did not feel any pain today. Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2016
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SOF

[5/18/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka works out with the rehab group

Daisuke Matsuzaka (right shoulder) did not report to Ni-gun today and instead worked out with the rehab group at the indoor Chikugo facilities. The rehab coach told reporters they wanted to lighten the load on his shoulder by having him work with the rehab group. His workouts today included riding a stationary bike and trunk muscle training.

Source: Daily Sports 5/18/2016, Tokyo Sports 5/18/2016

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HIR

[5/18/2016] Daichi Osera scratched from scrimmage due to lower back discomfort

Daichi Osera was scratched from a batting practice scrimmage today because of discomfort in his lower back.

Osera has been working his way back from right elbow pain. He resumed bullpen sessions on May 1 and tossed batting practice on May 14. He was scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage today, but was scratched from the outing because of discomfort in his lower back. He was also scratched from a Ni-gun Inter-league game on May 21. He is lower back is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Daily Sports 5/18/2016

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YAK

[5/18/2016] Shingo Kawabata left out of the starting line-up

Shingo Kawabata visited a hospital in Hiroshima earlier today because he was not feeling well. He did not participate in pre-game practices and was left out of the starting line-up for the first time since May 13, 2014.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sports Hochi 5/18/2016

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YOM

[5/18/2016] Aaron Poreda to return to US for second opinion

Aaron Poreda has had some tightness in his upper left arm. He returned to the United States for a second opinion and should be back in about a week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016Sponichi 5/18/2016

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[5/17/2016] Shinji Tajima extends scoreless games streak

Shinji Tajima extended his scoreless games streak to twenty-four games from the start of the season on May 17 during a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium and tied the Central League record set by Kazuhiro Sasaki in 1998 and Tetsuya Yamaguchi in 2012. The Pacific League record of twenty-six was set by Hideki Okajima in 2012.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2016, Mainichi Shimbun 5/17/2016, Sports Hochi 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:35am]

Tajima set a new Central League record on May 18 with his twenty-fifth straight scoreless appearance. He is one game away from tying the NPB record.

The NPB record for consecutive scoreless appearances that begins at any point during a season is thirty-eight, set by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2006. The franchise record is thirty-one, set by Akifumi Takahashi in 2005.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sponichi 5/18/2016

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 11:23pm]

Tajima tied the NPB record on May 20bwith his twenty-sixth straight scoreless game from the start of the season.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2016

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HAN

[5/17/2016] Marcos Mateo having problems with left hip

The media learned on May 16 that Marcos Mateo was in the hospital with pain in his left hip. He could be taken off the active roster depending on his condition.

Mateo first started feeling discomfort in the area about a week ago. He was able to pitch through it, but his condition did not improve and he was taken to a hospital after his outing against Yokohama on May 15 for tests. He is currently considered day-to-day. If his condition does not improve with a couple days of rest, the Tigers could opt to take him off the active roster.

If Mateo is taken off the active roster, Rafael Dolis could take over as closer. The move would also open a spot on the active roster for Matt Hague.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2016

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[5/17/2016] Nagisa Arakaki records 100th wild pitch

Nagisa Arakaki recorded his 100th career wild pitch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium earlier today and became just the third player in NPB history to reach the milestone. The wild pitch came in the fourth inning with Brad Eldred up to bat.

Pitchers with 100 or more wild pitches:

  • Choji Murata – 148
  • Kazuhisa Ishii – 115
  • Nagisa Arakaki – 100

Incidentally, Arakaki also holds the Pacific League record for most wild pitches in a game (five set in 2008) and tied the Central League record (four) in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016, Sponichi 5/17/2016

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SOF

[5/17/2016] Nothing wrong with Daisuke Mastuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka visited a hospital in the Kanto region for a routine examination and to run tests on his right hand (he had difficulty gripping the ball during his last outing on May 14). No abnormalities were discovered.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:30am]

To clarify: Matsuzaka was at the hospital for a routine examination. While specific tests were not performed on the hand, tests from the routine examination did not reveal any concerning abnormalities.

Source: ZakZak 5/18/2016

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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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