Kazuya Fujita hurt his left chest during a game against Orix at Kyocera Dome on April 5. He was originally diagnosed with a bruise, but a follow-up examination revealed a fissure fracture in the fourth rib on his left side. He will require about three weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
The Buffaloes announced that they swapped their main and bullpen pitching coaches today.
The following additions were made to the Central League schedule.
Source: NPB announcement0 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada loves hitting at home.
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Shintaro Fujinami improved to 3-0 in three starts this season on April 12. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to win their first three games of the season since Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi went 4-0 in four starts and Scott Atchison went 3-0 in three games in 2008.
Fujinami also recorded his first career triple on April 12. He is the first Hanshin pitcher to hit a triple since Minoru Iwata on May 5, 2015 and the first right-handed hitting Hanshin pitcher to hit a triple since Keiichi Yabu on May 18, 1999.
Source: Sponichi 4/13/20160 Comments
According to a number of media reports, the Yomiuri Giants are close to signing twenty-six-year-old pitcher Manuel Soliman to what may be an Ikusei contract. They are also looking into twenty-one-year-old pitcher Samuel Adames. The Giants see both as players that might be able to help the team in the future. They currently have eight foreign players on the seventy-man roster with one under an Ikusei contract.
Yomiuri sent a scout to the Dominican Republic during the off-season to check on talent. They held a tryout in March to narrow down their options.
[UPDATE @ 4:40pm]
The Giants announced that they will sign Soliman to an Ikusei contract. He is expected to arrive in Japan before the end of the month.
Source: Sponichi 4/13/2016
[UPDATE @ 6:50pm]
Soliman’s contract is worth an estimated three million yen.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/13/20160 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw about seventy pitches in the bullpen at the Chikugo facilities on April 12. His workouts have gone smoothly, other than missing practices on April 7 with hay fever. He could pitch in a rehab game at Ni-gun some time this week.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/20160 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes extended their homerless streak to thirteen games from the start of the season and set a new NPB record for teams since 1950. They entered the day tied with Daiei (1953).
The NPB record prior to 1950 was twenty-eight games, set by Dai Tokyo in Fall 1936. The franchise record prior to 1950 was twenty-one games, set by Hankyu in 1946.
Source: Sponichi 4/12/20160 Comments
Yuki Yanagita walked in his fourteenth straight game tonight and tied Hiromitsu Ochiai (1986) for second on the Pacific League’s all-time list. Teruo Tabe set the PL record of fifteen in 1951.0 Comments
Jake Brigham started spring camp at Ichi-gun, but pain in his left side slowed him down. He was assigned to Ni-gun at the start of the season and went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts. He joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today for the first time this season. He could get the start against Lotte on April 14.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/20160 Comments