[5/27/2016] Tsuyoshi Ishizaki resumes pitching practices

Tsuyoshi Ishizaki (right elbow) resumed pitching practices at Naruohama on May 26. He played a light game of catch and did some shadow pitching. He still feels pain in his right elbow.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka continues to make progress

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) practiced at the Naruohama facilities on May 26. He took batting practice for the third straight day: twenty-two swings from the right side and one over the fence, seventeen swings from the left side and three over the fence. He also played catch and participated in fielding practice.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2016


[5/26/2016] Shinnosuke Abe goes 1-for-3 in rehab game

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in his second straight Ni-gun rehab game on May 26. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third against Yokohama. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2016

[UPDATE 5/27 @ 1:09pm]

Depending on Abe’s condition, he could make it into Ni-gun rehab games as a catcher during a two-game Seibu series that begins on May 28.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2016


[5/27/2016] Tadashi Ishimine to miss four weeks

Tadashi Ishimine was taken off the active roster on May 25 with an injury to his right hamstring. The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Ishimine was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with an injury to the biceps femoris. He will require about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 5/26/2016


[5/26/2016] Takeya Nakamura has now struck out 1,307 times

Takeya Nakamura started the day with 1,305 strike outs over his career. He struck out twice tonight against the Rakuten Eagles and tied, then moved past Masaru Uno (1,306) into sole possession of twentieth on the all-time strikeout list. Kazuhiro Kiyohara sits at the top of the list with 1,955 strikeouts.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/26/2016


[5/26/2016] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Jae-Hoon Ha

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they reached an agreement with Jae-Hoon Ha. He has been assigned the uniform number 00. A press conference will be held on May 30.

Source: Yakult announcement, Sponichi 5/26/2016

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[UPDATE 5/30 @ 7:07pm]

The Swallows held a press conference for Ha on May 30. He was assigned the uniform number 00. His name will be registered as Jae-Hoon. He is sated to join Ichi-gun practices on May 31.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a contract worth an estimated nine million yen plus incentives (good until the end of the current season).

Source: Yakult announcement, Sponichi 5/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/30/2016


[5/26/2016] Kenta Ishida notches fourth win of the month

Kenta Ishida picked up his fourth win of the month on May 25 against Chunichi. He is the first pitcher in franchise history to win four games in  one month since Yasutomo Kubo in July 2014 and the first left-hander since Hiroki Nomura since October 1993.

Source: Sponichi 5/26/2016

Some more:

  • Ishida is in the middle of a five-game winning streak. He is the first Yokohama pitcher to put together a five-game winning streak during one season since Daisuke Miura in 2014 (five-game, between July 13 and August 21) and first left-hander since Shugo Fujii in 2012 (six-game, between June 20 and August 15).
  • Ishida notched his fifth win of the season. He is the first Yokohama pitcher to win at least five games before the end of May since Shoichi Ino won seven in 2014 and the first left-hander since Yoshihiro Doi won five in 2007.

Source: Sanspo 5/26/2016


[5/26/2016] Former Rakuten Eagle Jonny Gomes not planning to retire

The MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo is reporting that Jonny Gomes is retiring.

Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes has decided to retire, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking. Gomes recently returned to the United States after a brief stint with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

MLB Daily Dish 5/25/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:06pm]

As mentioned by Ren below, Gomes is not planning to retire afterall.

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[5/25/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters ordered to pay damages in foul ball lawsuit

A woman was struck by a foul ball while watching a Seibu-Nippon Ham game with her family at Sapporo Dome on August 21, 2010. She suffered a ruptured right eyeball and facial fractures on the right side of her face. She filed a lawsuit claiming negligence against the Nippon Ham Fighters, Sapporo City, and Sapporo Dome.

The Sapporo District Court ruled in favor of the woman and ordered the three defendants to pay her about 41.9 million yen in damages last March. The three defendants appealed the decision.

On May 20, the Sapporo High Court once again ruled in favor of the woman, but reduced the damages to about 33.57 million yen and dismissed claims against Sapporo Dome and Sapporo City.

The claim against Sapporo Dome was dismissed because the High Court could not say that the stadium was lacking in safety since the walls were not lower than other stadiums. The claim against the Nippon Ham Fighters stuck because the High Court could not say that the organization did everything it could to prevent the accident (the woman had little knowledge of baseball and was only at the game as a parent of a child that was part of an event that invited elementary school children to the stadium).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/20/2016, Sponichi 5/20/2016Sponichi 5/21/2016

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[5/25/2016] Former Nippon Ham pitcher arrested on suspicion of fraud

Former Nippon Ham pitcher Mitsuru Tsunoda (49) and three other men were arrested by Osaka and Hyogo police on suspicion of fraud. According to reports, the group tricked seniors in Osaka into giving them 4.2 million yen last year with talk about a fictitious investment opportunity involving Ashikaga Holdings.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2016

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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