Yoshihisa Hirano notched his 100th career save on April 24 against Lotte and joined Kyuji Fujikawa and Hisashi Takeda as the only players in NPB with at least 100 holds and 100 saves.
Raul Valdes developed left shoulder pain during spring camp. He believes it was because he did not play baseball last winter for the first time in his career. He no longer feels any pain and is at 100 percent.
Valdes tossed five shutout innings against Orix during his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 22. He is slated to throw about 100 pitches during his next rehab game against Softbank on April 28. He could be ready to join the active roster in early-May.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/20160 Comments
Dai-Kang Yoh earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of services time on the active roster.
Source: Daily Sports 4/25/20162 Comments
Dai-Kang Yoh may have re-injured his left foot as he rounded first base on a double to left in the second inning against Softbank on April 24. He received treatment after the play and was able to return to the field, but later told reporters he started feeling pain while running.
Yoh had only resumed fielding practice during pre-game workouts on the same day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/20160 Comments
Louis Okoye made an appearance as a pinch-hitter during a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on April 24. The media learned on the same day that the rookie was out with right elbow pain the previous day. He is expected to get the elbow examined.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/25/2016
[UPDATE 4/26 @ 7:30am]
Trainers were told that Okoye started feeling pain in his right elbow on April 22. The rookie could head to a hospital today for tests.
Source: Sponichi 4/26/20160 Comments
April 23 at Kobe Sports Park Secondary Baseball Field – 13:00
WP: Ayami Sato (4 G, 4-0)
LP: Yukari Isozaki (3 G, 0-3)
Game Time: 1h41m
April 24 at Sumoto Baseball Field – 13:00
WP: Mizuki Bando (2 G, 1-0)
Sv: Mai Yamazaki (5 G, 0-0, 2 Sv)
LP: Shiho Murata (4 G, 1-1)
Game Time: 2h25m
Kyohei Iwasaki was taken off the active roster today with an injury to his left knee.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/20160 Comments
Shoichi Ino has two shutouts to his name: May 23, 2014 against Nippon Ham and April 23, 2016 against Yomiuri. Ino became the first Yokohama pitcher to record a shutout victory against the Yomiuri Giants on April 23 since Stephen Randolph on October 2, 2009, and the first Japanese Yokohama pitcher since Yoshihiro Doi on June 22, 2005.
Ino’s shutout on April 23 came at Tokyo Dome. Only four other Yokohama pitchers have tossed shutout victories against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome: Mitsunori Kakehata on August 16, 1989, Takashi Saito on May 14, 1999, Chris Holt on July 16, 2002, and Randolph on October 2, 2009.0 Comments
Masataka Yoshida was taken off the active roster today with pain in his lower back. Yoshida left a game against Lotte on April 23 early because of pain near his waist. This was not a recent develop: he had been playing through the pain for some time now.
[UPDATE 4/25 @ 7:17pm]
Yoshida was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with lumbar disc disease. He will require about ten days before his first rehab game.
Source: Daily Sports 4/25/20160 Comments
Jason Standridge logged his 1,000th career inning after recording the first out in the first inning of his start against the Orix Buffaloes at QVC Marine today. He is the 343rd player to reach the milestone. He pitched in his first NPB game on June 23, 2007 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.0 Comments