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[4/15/2016] Kazuhiro Hatakeyama will continue rehabbing back at Ni-gun

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (back tightness) resumed batting practice indoors on April 13. He took thirty-two swings and hit one over the fence during outdoor batting practice on April 14. The Swallows are planning to take Hatakeyama off the active roster because they want to avoid rushing him back to the line-up.

Shinichi Takeuchi will most likely take Hatakeyama’s spot on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2016, Sponichi 4/14/2016

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HIR

[4/14/2016] Hector Luna sets new CL record for errors by third baseman

Hector Luna committed four errors tonight against his former team the Chunichi Dragons:

  • failed to catch a pop fly in foul territory in the first inning
  • misplayed grounders to third in the third and fourth innings
  • made a bad throw to first in the sixth inning

Luna tied the Central League record for most errors in a game by a third baseman in the fourth inning and set a new record in the sixth.

The Pacific League record of four was set by Shoji Hozan in 1951.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2016, Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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YOM

[4/14/2016] Garrett Jones was unavailable for tonight’s game

Garrett Jones was not available for tonight’s game against Yakult at Jingu Stadium because he was not feeling well. He left the stadium and returned home before the start of the game.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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HAN

[4/14/2016] Shun Takayama extends hitting streak to ten games

Shun Takayama extended his hitting streak to ten games during a game against Yokohama earlier tonight. He joined Tomochika Tsuboi (ten in 1998) and Norihiro Akahoshi (twelve in 2001) as the only Hanshin rookies to record hits in ten or more consecutive games.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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HAN

[4/14/2016] Kosuke Fukduome leaves game with possible leg injury

Kosuke Fukduome may have tweaked his left leg when he hit a single to left in the fourth inning against Yokohama at Koshien Stadium earlier tonight. He appeared to be concerned with his left hamstring and was ultimately replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 2:41pm]

Fukudome will be with the team for its road series against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome that begins on April 15. He might miss one or two games with tightness in his hamstring.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 10:11pm]

Fukudome was left out of the starting line-up on April 15.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2016

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RAK

[4/14/2016] Injury Updates: Takero Okajima and Toshiaki Imae

Takero Okajima left yesterday’s game against Lotte early because of discomfort in his lower back. He was examined at a hospital in Fukushima and diagnosed with intervertebral inflammation. He was taken off the active roster today. The Eagles will re-evaluate Okajima after two days of rest.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

Toshiaki Imae took an HBP of his left arm against Lotte yesterday. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai after the game and diagnosed with a bruise. He did not make the starting line-up against Lotte today because of swelling in the area.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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HAM

[4/14/2016] Kenshi Sugiya will have surgery on his right hand

The Fighters announced today that Kenshi Sugiya will have surgery to remove hamate bone fragments from his right hand on April 20. The organization will know more about how much time he will require for a full recovery after the procedure, but it could take six to eight weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/14/2016, Daily Sports 4/14/2016, Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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SOF

[4/14/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka tosses a shutout inning at Ni-gun

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun against Hanshin at Naruohama on April 14. He entered the game in the seventh inning and did not allow a run over an inning of work. He threw fourteen pitches, gave up one hit, and topped out at 143km/h. It was his first outing an exhibition game against Seibu on March 16.

  • Shinji Komiyama – F9
  • Katsuhiko Saka – F8
  • Hiroki Uemoto – 2B7
  • Shunsuke Fujikawa – F4

Source: ZakZak 4/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/14/2016, Sponichi 4/14/2016

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YOM

[4/14/2016] Hayato Sakamoto left out of the starting line-up with leg problems

Hayato Sakamoto was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on April 13 because of problems with his legs. He still managed to make it into the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning (timely single to left). His status moving forward is uncertain.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2016

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HAN

[4/14/2016] What Hanshin could be looking for in this year’s draft

According to a report by Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers are primarily looking at three types of players for the 2016 draft:

  • immediate help, right-handed pitcher – someone to complement Shintaro Fujinami in the starting rotation
  • left-handed hitting short stop – someone to take over after Takashi Toritani
  • high school, left-handed pitcher – the next Atsushi Nomi

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

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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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