[6/16/2016] Hanshin Tigers eleven games without a home run

The Hanshin Tigers have gone eleven straight games, for 443 plate appearances, without a home run (through June 15). This is their longest homerless streak since they went twelve games without a long ball in 2012 (July 1 – 16). The franchise record of forty-one games was set in 1941. The post-1950 record of fifteen was set in 2012.

Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Samurai Japan Women’s Team Mini-Camp Roster

Samurai Japan and the Women’s Baseball Federation of Japan (WBFJ) released a list of twenty-eight players that will be attending a two-day mini camp in Niigata later this month (June 25-26) in preparation for the Seventh WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in September.

Source: Samurai Japan announcement



[6/16/2016] Masato Furuno hurts right shoulder

Masato Furuno hurt his right shoulder when he fell while trying to field a grounder in the fourth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at Jingu Stadium on June 15. He will undergo tests at a hospital on June 16. The Yakult Swallows are expected to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/16/2016


[6/16/2016] Gabriel Garcia scheduled to start Ni-gun game on June 18

Gabriel Garcia participated in Ichi-gun workouts at Tokyo Dome on June 15 and threw thirty-three pitches in the bullpen. He is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Seibu on June 18.

Source: Sanspo 6/16/2016


[6/15/2016] Seibu Lions to take Takeya Nakamura off active roster

Takeya Nakamura hurt his left hip while playing in a game against the Hiroshima carp at Mazda Stadium on June 15. He most likely suffered the injury in the fifth inning when he banged his left knee as he tagged Yoshihiro Maru out and fell. He remained in the game and batted for himself in the sixth, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth because he started feeling pain in his hip.

The Seibu Lions are planning to take Nakamura off the active roster on June 16.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/16/2016, Sponichi 6/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016


[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

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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