[5/27/2016] Kensuke Kondo to resume workouts at catcher

Kensuke Kondo was taken off the active roster today because of performance issues. He will also resume workouts as a catcher. The Nippon Ham Fighters used Kondo in right last season to keep his bat in the line-up. His numbers have not been very good this season, making it difficult for the team to continue sending him out to right. Catching would give the Fighters additional options.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2016, Sponichi 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Takayuki Kishi to pitch in Ni-gun rehab game on June 1

Takayuki Kishi (right adductor) is currently slated to pitch in his first Ni-gun rehab game on June 1 against Yokohama at Seibu Prince Dome. The Seibu Lions are leaving it up to Kishi to decide when he is ready to return to the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Brandon Laird gets start at DH due to shoulder discomfort

Brandon Laird skipped pre-game fielding practices today because of discomfort in the area near his right shoulder. He was still okay to play and made the starting line-up against Rakuten at kobo Stadium as a designated hitter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Soichiro Tateoka taken off active roster with left side strain

Soichiro Tateoka left yesterday’s game against Hiroshima on defense in the fourth inning because he hurt his left side while swinging the bat. He was taken off the active roster today with a strain in his left side. There is currently no time table on his return.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016

[UPDATE 5/28 @ 12:02pm]

Tateoka started feeling discomfort in his left side after he flied out to left and stepped on first in his first at bat.

Source: Sponichi 5/28/2016


[5/27/2016] San-gun Giants to visit Taiwan for seven games

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that their San-gun team will be visiting Taiwan to play seven exhibition games against local teams.


  • June 20 (Mon) – Arrive in Taiwan
  • June 21 (Tue) – Chinese Culture University at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium – 18:30
  • June 22 (Wed) – Chinese Culture University at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium – 18:30
  • June 23 (Thu) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Baseball Field – 18:30
  • June 24 (Fri) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Baseball Field – 18:30
  • June 25 (Sat) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium – 17:00
  • June 26 (Sun) – Chinese Taipei at Taichung Baseball Field – 17:00
  • June 27 (Mon) – Ni-gun Lamigo Monkeys at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium – 14:00
  • June 28 (Tue) – Return to Japan

Source: Yomiuri announcement


[5/27/2016] Rafael Dolis to pitch in a Ni-gun game on May 29

Rafael Dolis (fatigue) is set to pitch an inning in a Ni-gun inter-league game against the BC League’s Fukui Miracle Elephants on May 29. The Hanshin Tigers could consider him ready to rejoin the Ichi-gun team depending on his performance during and condition after the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Matt Clark goes 1-for-2 in Ni-gun game

Matt Clark made his Ni-gun debut with the Orix Buffaloes on May 26. He got the start at first and batted fifth against Hiroshima and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a double.

Junichi Fukura told reporters he was going to wait to see how Clark progressed since he already had Hiroyuki Nakajima and Brent Morel at first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2016


[5/27/2016] NPB discussing possibility of suspending season during 2020 Olympics

The NPB and six teams met in Tokyo on May 26 to discuss the 2020 schedule in relation to the Olympics. The league would like to cooperate with Olympic organizers and are exploring a variety of options, including the possibility of suspending the season. The issue will be discussed during executive committee meetings in June and July. The league will attempt to make a final decision during an owner meeting on July 11.

If the league does not suspend the season during the 2020 Olympics, it will most likely have to find alternate home venues for Yakult (Jingu Stadium), Yokohama (Yokohama Stadium), Lotte (QVC Marine Field), and Seibu (Seibu Prince Dome). They may also have to coordinate efforts with displaced amateur leagues (particularly high school and college).

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016, ZakZak 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Shinnosuke Shigenobu hits two triples in one game

Shinnosuke Shigenobu hit two triples against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium on May 26. He is the first rookie in franchise history to record two triples in one game since Shigeru Takada in 1968.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses batting practice scrimmage

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) pitching in a batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on May 26. All hitters started with the count 1-1. He faced nine hitters, threw twenty-nine pitches, did not allow a hit, struck out three, walked two, and topped out at 145km/h.

Aaron Poreda (upper left arm) resumed practices at Giants Stadium on May 26.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016

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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