[5/17/2016] Nothing wrong with Daisuke Mastuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka visited a hospital in the Kanto region for a routine examination and to run tests on his right hand (he had difficulty gripping the ball during his last outing on May 14). No abnormalities were discovered.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016

[UPDATE 5/19 @ 3:30am]

To clarify: Matsuzaka was at the hospital for a routine examination. While specific tests were not performed on the hand, tests from the routine examination did not reveal any concerning abnormalities.

Source: ZakZak 5/18/2016


[5/17/2016] Shohei Otani homers in fifth straight game

Shohei Otani blasted the second pitch he saw from Rick van den Hurk for his fifth home run in as many games as a position player.

Otani is the first player in the NPB to homer in five consecutive games since Tony Blanco in 2013 and the first player in franchise history since Tony Solaita in 1981. The NPB record for home runs in consecutive games is seven, set by Sadaharu Oh in 1972 and Randy Bass in 1986. Otani is now also the youngest player to achieve the feat at twenty-one years and ten months. The previous record of twenty-two years and nine months was set by Tomio Tashiro in 1977.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/18/2016


[5/17/2016] Yudai Ono pitches two innings in scrimmage

Yudai Ono (left elbow) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium earlier today. It was his first scrimmage since his injury. He pitched two perfect innings and threw twenty-one pitches. He needed just eight pitches to get through the first inning.

Ono is set to throw about seventy pitches in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 21 against Orix. He would like to make it back to the active roster in time for the Yakult at Nagoya Dome series that begins on May 27.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely remain in the bullpen

There are currently no plans to move Kyuji Fujikawa back to the starting rotation. When pitching coach Isao Koda was asked about the possibility of Fujikawa returning to the rotation on May 16, he said it was possible, since it was something he started out doing this year, but wondered if it was the best thing to do. He then said that unless the team needed a starter, he would rather see the thirty-five-year-old keep his current role since bouncing back and forth was not a good thing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Hiroki Kuroda next start could come on May 20

Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) will most likely return to the active roster in time for a start against Hanshin at Koshien on May 20. He worked out at Mazda Stadium on May 16 and threw thirteen pitches (fastballs, cutters, and two-seamers) off an incline for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016, Daily Sports 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Japhet Amador could be ready to make active roster on May 21

Japhet Amador hurt his left wrist in March. He is set to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun today. He is expected to play in about five rehab games. If everything is okay, he could make the active roster in time for the Nippon Ham series that begins on May 21.

Source: Sponichi 5/17/2016


[5/17/2016] Seibu Lions: possible starters for next two series

According to Daily Sports, the Seibu Lions could go with the following starters over their next two series.

Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine Field (May 17-19)

  • Isamu Sato
  • Yusei Kikuchi
  • Kona Takahashi

Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome (May 21-22)

  • Shinsaburo Tawata
  • Ryoma Nogami

Source: Daily Sports 5/17/2016


Victoria Series: Kyoto Flora at Hyogo Dione – May 14,15

May 14 at Awaji Sano Stadium 1 – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kyoto Flora 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 8 1
Hyogo Dione 4 0 2 0 0 0 x 6 10 2

WP: Yuki Izumi (4 G, 1-0)
Sv: Mika Miyahara (5 G, 1-0, 1 Sv)
LP: Minako Uemura (8 G, 1-3)

Game Time: 2h01m
Attendance: 4444

Hero Interview

  • Chizuru Ishizuka = 3-for-3: 2B8/9 three RBI, 1B7 one RBI, 1B5. Recorded three hits and four RBI.

Game Page | Highlights


May 15 at Hotto Motto Field Kobe – 16:50

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kyoto Flora 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0   2 8 0
Hyogo Dione 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1x   3 6 0

WP: Ayami Sato (5 G, 5-0)
LP: Mika Konishi (8 G, 1-3)

Game Time: 2h1m
Attendance: 7823

Hero Interview

  • Ayumi Terabe = 1-for-3: G4, F9, 1B7, SF9 one RBI. Recorded a walk-off sac fly to right.
  • Ayami Sato = 8.0 IP, 100 NP, 35 BF, 8 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 R, 2 ER. Fifth straight complete game victory this season.

Game Page | Highlights



[5/16/2016] JPBPA meets with NPB, wishes to start 2017 season after March

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met with the NPB earlier today in Tokyo to discuss a number of issues, including when to start the 2017 season.

The NPB suggested starting the season on March 31, but the JPBPA was concerned that might not give some players enough time to rest and prepare for the season if Japan makes it to the final round of the World Baseball Classic. The players association would like to see the season start on either April 4 or 7, with April 7 being the best case scenario.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2016, Sponichi 5/16/2016


[5/16/2016] Leyson Septimo tosses bullpen session in front of GM

Leyson Septimo worked out at Nagoya Dome today. He tossed a bullpen session in front of General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai. The Chunichi Dragons appear to be satisfied with Septimo so far and could sign him if he passes his medical. He has been practicing with the team on a trial basis since May 14.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/16/2016