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[4/5/2016] Takehiro Ishikawa might still need about two more weeks at Ni-gun

Takehiro Ishikawa had surgery to clean out his right elbow in November last year. He played in a rehab game on April 5, but left early after he took an HBP off his right calf. The Bay Stars believe he suffered nothing more than bruise. Assuming the calf is fine, he still might need about two more weeks at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016

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YOK

[4/5/2016] Takayuki Kajitani still has pain in his right side

Takayuki Kajitani hurt his right side during spring camp in February. He can swing the bat, but is still having problems throwing the ball due to lingering pain. He might be ready to play in rehab games in about a month. That could mean a return to the active roster some time around the start of Inter-league play.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016

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SOF

[4/5/2016] Ryota Igarashi records 141st hold

Ryota Igarashi recorded his 141st career hold on April 5 and moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

Name JPN Name ENG Holds Activity Appearances
1 山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya 254 2007-2016 566
2 浅尾 拓也 Asao, Takuya 199 2007-2015 402
3 宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki 193 2008-2015 465
4 ウィリアムス Williams, Jeff 141 2003-2009 371
5 五十嵐 亮太 Igarashi, Ryota 141 1999-2016 677
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HIR

[4/5/2016] Jun Hirose suffers a broken nose

Jun Hirose was hit in the face by a baseball before a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Naruohama on April 5. The accident took place when Hirose was fielding balls off the outfield wall. An errant throw by a pitcher playing catch hit him in the face. He was able to walk on his own. There was swelling around his right cheek and blood on his pants. He was taken to a hospital in Hyogo via ambulance for tests.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:59pm]

Hirose was diagnosed with a nasal fracture.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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[4/5/2016] Hirotaka Egusa earns domestic FA option

Hirotaka Egusa (35) earned his domestic FA option on April 5 with eight years of service time.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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YAK

[4/5/2016] Kyle Davies out with pain back

Kyle Davies complained of back pains this morning and was later taken off the active roster. He was scratched from his start against Hiroshima on April 6.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2016

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 3:59am]

Tetsuya Terada is scheduled to get Davies start on April 6.

Source: Sanspo 4/5/2016

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Seigi Tanaka – Soka University

Seigi Tanaka – Soka University

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Tanaka recorded a complete game victory against Kyorin University on April 5. He threw 109 pitches, allowed four hits, gave up three runs (two earned), and struck out twelve. He topped out at 151km/h. His scoreless inning streak ended at fifty-six.

Scouts from all twelve NPB teams were spotted at the game.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/5/2016, Daily Sports 4/5/2016

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YOM

[4/5/2016] Shinnosuke Abe checks in with the Ichi-gun team

Shinnosuke Abe visited Tokyo Dome before the Ichi-gun’s team against Hanshin on April 5. He was most likely there to give coaches an update on his condition. When reporters tried to speak to him, he invited them to watch his workouts at the Ni-gun facilities. There is currently no timeline on his return.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/5/2016

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LOT

[4/5/2016] Kakeru Narita makes Ni-gun debut

Third round draft pick Kakeru Narita made his Ni-gun debut on April 5. He started a game against the Futures and gave up a run on two hits over three innings.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/2016

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CHU

[4/5/2016] Ryosuke Hirata taken off active roster with left hip pain

Ryosuke Hirata has had problems with his left hip since the end of March. He was taken off the active roster on April 5. He is in pain and has trouble walking. He will spend the next few days resting.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:18pm]

Hirata had difficult walking due to pain on April 4. He felt better this morning and believed he could play through the pain, but when he actually started moving around on the field during practices, he realized the pain was too much.

Hirata had similar problems last May and missed ten games. He was told it was groin pain syndrome.

Source: Tokyo Spots 4/5/2016

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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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