[5/18/2016] Youth baseball manager forced players to catch balls with bare hands

A Muya Sports Youth Baseball Division manager in his forties instructed elementary-school-aged players to catch balls with their bare hands. One fifth-year elementary-school-aged player suffered a ruptured tendon during the drill.

According to the Naruto, Tokushima Board of Education, the manager was upset because players could not catch fly balls hit to the outfield during practices on May 5. He instructed the players to catch the balls with their bare hands since they were not going to use their gloves. One player attempted to catch a ball and suffered a ruptured tendon in his left middle finger. His parents contacted the Board and reported the incident.

The team is currently made up of nine second-year to sixth-year elementary-school-aged boys and girls. The manager had over ten years of experience as a volunteer coach. He was also said to have thrown baseballs at players as punishment. When questioned about the incident, he said he went too far and apologized.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Jumpei Takahashi pitches in scrimmage

Jumpei Takahashi (left shin) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Chikugo on May 18. He faced Kenji Akashi (rehabbing right shoulder) and threw fifty pitches, including some off-speed pitches. He allowed one could-be hit and walked two.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Ryuma Kidokoro prepares for emergency catcher role

Ryuma Kidokoro added catcher practices to his workouts on May 18. The Softbank Hawks switched to two catchers on the active roster on May 12. Kimiyasu Kudo asked Kidokoro during a Nippon Ham game on May 17 if he could catch in an emergency. The outfield did a little catching when he was in elementary/junior high school.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sponichi 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Masataka Nashida fined for ejection

Masataka Nashida was given a stern warning and fined 50,000 yen for his ejection due to delay of game on May 17.

With a runner on second and two out in the sixth inning against Orix on May 17, Kazuya Fujita hit a grounder to short and was called out at first base for the final out of the inning. Nashida felt first baseman Brent Morel’s foot came off the bag when he stretched out to catch the throw from Ryoichi Adachi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Motohiro Shima leaves game after taking foul tip off left wrist area

Motohiro Shima hurt his left hand/wrist while attempting to catch a foul tip off Yoshio Itoi’s bat in the first inning with two out. He left the field for treatment and was unable to return. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sponichi 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Japhet Amador goes 0-for-2 in rehab game

Japhet Amador (left wrist) played in a rehab game at Ni-gun today against Seibu at kobo Stadium. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 0-for-2 in two trips to the plate: F4, K. Amador was replaced by pinch-hitter Kenta Kurihara in the seventh inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016

Other players that also made appearances in the game:

  • Kenta Kurihara entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Amador in the seventh inning. He flied out to left and remained in the game as the new designated hitter. He flied out to right in his at bat in the ninth. Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2016
  • Kenji Tomura entered the game in the eighth inning and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over two innings of work. This was his first game since April 27 (Ichi-gun against Nippon Ham at Sapporo Dome). Tomura has experienced some pain in his right elbow this year. He was taken off the active roster on April 28 for about two weeks of rest and re-conditioning. He did not feel any pain today. Source: Sports Hochi 5/18/2016
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[5/18/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka works out with the rehab group

Daisuke Matsuzaka (right shoulder) did not report to Ni-gun today and instead worked out with the rehab group at the indoor Chikugo facilities. The rehab coach told reporters they wanted to lighten the load on his shoulder by having him work with the rehab group. His workouts today included riding a stationary bike and trunk muscle training.

Source: Daily Sports 5/18/2016, Tokyo Sports 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Daichi Osera scratched from scrimmage due to lower back discomfort

Daichi Osera was scratched from a batting practice scrimmage today because of discomfort in his lower back.

Osera has been working his way back from right elbow pain. He resumed bullpen sessions on May 1 and tossed batting practice on May 14. He was scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage today, but was scratched from the outing because of discomfort in his lower back. He was also scratched from a Ni-gun Inter-league game on May 21. He is lower back is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Daily Sports 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Shingo Kawabata left out of the starting line-up

Shingo Kawabata visited a hospital in Hiroshima earlier today because he was not feeling well. He did not participate in pre-game practices and was left out of the starting line-up for the first time since May 13, 2014.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016, Sports Hochi 5/18/2016

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[5/18/2016] Aaron Poreda to return to US for second opinion

Aaron Poreda has had some tightness in his upper left arm. He returned to the United States for a second opinion and should be back in about a week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016Sponichi 5/18/2016

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