[4/20/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka gives up two runs in two innings

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a rehab game at Ni-gun today. He started the game against Chunichi at Chikugo and gave up two runs on four hits and three walks over two innings of work. He threw fifty-two pitches and topped out at 144km/h.

Matsuzaka’s next rehab game could come about a week later during a Chunichi series at Nagoya Stadium. The next hurdle will be about sixty pitches.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/20/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Takayuki Terauchi as emergency back-up catcher

Yoshinobu Takahashi would like the option of Takayuki Terauchi as an emergency back-up catcher. Terauchi joined catcher practices at Giants Stadium on April 19.

The Giants currently have two catchers on the active roster: Seiji Kobayashi and Ryoji Aikawa. Kobayashi has become the main catcher with Aikawa playing the back-up role. Aikawa has a decent bat and could also be used as a pinch-hitter. Terauchi would give Takahashi a little more insurance if something were to happen to Kobayashi or Aikawa.

Ideally, Shinnosuke Abe would be an option, but he is still working his way back from right shoulder issues.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Garrett Jones returns to practices

Garrett Jones missed the Yakult game on April 14 because he was not feeling well. He played in games after that, but was never fully recovered. He did not attend workouts on April 18, but was feeling better and rejoined the team for practices on April 19.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2016


[4/19/2016] Rick van den Hurk extends winning streak to twelve games

Rick van den Hurk extended his winning streak to twelve games with seven solid innings in 2-1 victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 19. He is now one victory away from joining Tsuneo Horiuchi as the only pitchers since 1950 to start their careers with a thirteen-game winning streak.

Interesting note: hitters are 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position against van den Hurk this season.

Source: Daily Sports 4/19/2016, Sponichi 4/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016


[4/19/2016] Yudai Ono could resume throwing on April 20

Yudai Ono told reporters after workouts at Nagoya Stadium on April 19 that he no longer feels pain in his left elbow. He has yet to resume throwing because his doctor advised him not to for one week. He could start a throwing program after a re-evaluation on April 20.

Source: Sanspo 4/19/2016


[4/19/2016] Hector Luna out one to two weeks

Hector Luna was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima. The Carp announced on April 19 that he was diagnosed with a contusion on his right biceps femoris. He will require one to two weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Daily Sports 4/19/2016


[4/19/2016] Yanagita on By

Yuki Yanagita tied Sadaharu Oh’s 1970 NPB record with a walk in his eighteenth straight game.

He now has twenty-five walks in eighteen games.

Nikkan Sports and Sanspo have a couple interesting facts about the two streaks:

  • Oh recorded twenty-seven walks during his streak (June 17-July 15, 1970). Fifteen were walks on four pitches (includes six intentional walks). Oh was 20-for-51 with eleven home runs during the streak.
  • Yanagita has so far recorded twenty-five walks during his streak. Only three were on four pitches (including one intentional walk). Fifteen were walks after the count went full. Yanagita was 16-for-60 with two home runs during the streak.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016, Sanspo 4/20/2016


[4/19/2016] Jason Pridie fined for Ni-gun ejection

Jason Pridie was ejected from a Ni-gun game against Softbank on April 16 for insulting an umpire during an argument. The NPB gave Pridie a stern warning and a 50,000 yen fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2016


[4/19/2016] Ryota Yachi has a fractured left ulna

Ryota Yachi was hit by a pitch from Shintaro Fujinami during his at bat in the third inning against Hanshin at Koshien on April 19. The ball hit Yachi on the left wrist. He left the game on defense in the fourth inning and was taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya for tests. He was diagnosed with a left ulna fracture.

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2016, Sports Hochi 4/19/2016


[4/19/2016] Mike Zagurski tosses shutout inning at Ni-gun

Mike Zagurski pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Yokohama today. He entered the game in the sixth inning and retired the side in order (Ks, Ks, F7). He topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/2016

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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