[5/16/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be examined by team doctor

Tsuyoshi Nishioka did not participate in general workouts at Naruohama on May 14 and instead focused on his rehab (aggravated left hamstring). The media learned on May 15 that Nishioka will be checked out by the team doctor on May 18.

Source: Sanspo 5/15/2016, Sanspo 5/16/2016


[5/16/2016] Hanshin Tigers: possible starters for upcoming Chunichi series

According to Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers could go with the following three starters for their next two series:

Chunichi at Koshien

  • Randy Messenger on May 17 (five days of rest)
  • Yuya Yokoyama on May 18
  • Shintaro Fujinami on May 19 (five days of rest)

Hiroshima at Koshien

  • Yuta Iwasada on May 20 (five days of rest)
  • Atsushi Nomi on May 21 (five days of rest)
  • Messenger on May 22 (four days of rest)

Source: Sanspo 5/16/2016


[5/16/2016] Masato Kumashiro’s wife gives birth to second child

The Seibu Lions announced on May 15 that Masato Kumashiro’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,226 grams, at a hospital in Imabari, Ehime on May 2.

Source: Seibu announcementSanspo 5/16/2016


[5/15/2016] Shinnosuke Abe looking to make it back in time for Inter-league play

Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) is currently slated to participate in fielding practices at catcher during Ni-gun workouts on May 20. Assuming no problems, he will get the start at catcher during a Ni-gun rehab game on May 25 against Yokohama. The goal is to make it to the active roster in time for the start of Inter-league play on May 31.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses fifteen to squatting catcher

Toshiki Sakurai tossed a bullpen session today. He threw twenty fastballs to a squatting catcher. It was his second session in as many days, first to a squatting catcher. He told reporters he no longer felt discomfort in the elbow.

Sakurai is expected to add off-speed pitches during his next session after May 16. He is hoping to make it back to the active roster in June.

Source: Sponichi 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars: Star Night 2016 Uniforms

The Yokohama Bay Stars unveiled their Yokohama Star Night 2016 uniforms today. The uniforms will be worn during three Star Night games this season.

Star Night Games

  • August 5-7 against Chunichi Dragons

Source: Yokohama announcement


[5/15/2016] Hiroki Kuroda throws for the fourth straight day

Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) worked out at the indoor training facilities near Mazda Stadium today. He played catch at a distance of sixty meters. He also threw eighteen pitches off flat ground to a standing catcher — he threw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and cutters from the set position. This was the fourth straight he threw the ball and the first time he mixed in off-speed pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Daiki Enokida’s wife gives birth to second child

Daiki Enokida’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 3,460 grams, at a hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo on Saturday (May 14) morning.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2016, Sponichi 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Tadahito Iguchi picked up eleventh walk-off hit

Tadahito Iguchi notched the eleventh walk-off of his career on May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine. It was his first walk-off since June 13, 2010. At forty-one years and five months, Iguchi set a new franchise record for oldest player to record a walk-off hit. The previous record of thirty-eight years and nine months was set by Shosei Go on April 9, 1955.

The NPB record of forty-four years and six months was set by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto on October 4, 1956 and Takeshi Yamasaki on May 17, 2013.

Source: Sponichi 5/15/2016


[5/15/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars reach agreement with Elian Herrera

The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in thirty-one-year-old infielder Elian Herrera.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2016

[UPDATE @ 5:26pm]

The Bay Stars announced that they reached an agreement with Herrera.

Source: Yokohama announcement

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 9:14am]

The two sides may have agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated eighty million yen.

Source: Sponichi 5/16/2016

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 11:24am]

Herrera could arrive in Japan this week and will join the team as soon as he gets his work visa. He might be ready for Inter-league play.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2016


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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