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.0 Comments
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.
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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.
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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.
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that their San-gun team will be visiting Taiwan to play seven exhibition games against local teams.
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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.
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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 5/26/20160 Comments
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).0 Comments
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.
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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.
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