[4/29/2016] Daichi Osera throws forty-one pitches off flat ground

Daichi Osera (partial damage of the right elbow medial collateral ligament) threw off flat ground to a squatting catcher at a distance of about nineteen meters on April 29. He threw forty-one pitches. He threw at about ninety percent. Assuming no set backs, he could begin tossing bullpen sessions early next week.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Luis Cruz taken off active roster

Luis Cruz was taken off the active roster on April 29 after fouling a pitch off the area near his left ankle during an at bat in the first inning against Hanshin at Koshien on April 28. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Yoshitomo Tsutsugo out with mild oblique strain

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hurt his right side when he struck out swinging during his at bat in the first inning against Chunichi at Yokohama Stadium on April 28. He was examined at a hospital in Yokohama today and diagnosed with a mild strain in his right internal oblique muscle. He was taken off the active roster on the same day.

Tsutsugo wanted to play through the injury, but the Bay Stars were concerned about long-term damage. He might be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/29/2016, Daily Sports 4/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka resumes batting practice

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) started running dashes and playing catch on April 28 at the Naruohama facilities. He also did some training indoors. Nishioka add batting practice to his workouts on April 29. He took about sixty swings from both sides of the plate (he hit two over the fence from the right side).

Source: Sanspo 4/29/2016, Sports Hochi 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano finishes April with 0.00 ERA

Tomoyuki Sugano will finish April with a 0.00 ERA over thirty-three innings of work (one unearned run). Since 1950, only three other pitchers have recorded 0.00 ERAs in a month while pitching at least thirty innings: Etsuo Nakai (September 1963), Minoru Murayama (October 1970), and Kazuhisa Ishii (June 2001).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Yakult Swallows to add Shogo Nakashima to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows are planning to add Ikusei pitcher Shogo Nakashima to their seventy-man roster. The Swallows’ pitching staff is running a little thin and Nakashima could help provide some help in the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2016



[4/29/2016] Possible Softbank six-man rotation

The Softbank Hawks could go with the following six pitchers during their six-game stretch that begins on May 3 (assuming starts on six-days of rest):

  • Rick van den Hurk
  • Tsuyoshi Wada
  • Nao Higashihama
  • Kenichi Nakata
  • Kodai Senga
  • Shota Takeda

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2016


[4/29/2016] Hitoki Iwase asks to be sent down to Ni-gun

Hitoki Iwase was taken off the active roster on April 28 after giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits over a third of an inning of work against Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium on April 27. Iwase approached coaches after the game and asked to be sent down to Ni-gun. Motonobu Tanishige told reporters the veteran made the request because he was unsatisfied with his performance and wanted more time to work on his mechanics. There is no timetable on his return.

Source: Daily Sports 4/29/2016


[4/28/2016] Sides meet over Jingu Stadium status during 2020 Olympics

The four main organizations that use Jingu Stadium (Yakult, Tokyo Big 6, Tohto, and the Tokyo High School Baseball Federation) and Meiji Jingu Gaien (stadium owners) met with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Organizing Committee in Tokyo on April 26 and could not agree to the committee’s proposal to shut down the stadium for seven months.

The committee would like to use Jingu Stadium as a storage and multi-purpose facility. They are rumored to have offered Meiji Jingu Gaien twice the amount they usually receive in rental fees for use of the grounds between May and November 2020.

The four main organizations are against closing the stadium for seven months because it would mean rescheduling about 400 games. They are asking the committee to reconsider their proposal with a shorter time frame.

The two sides are scheduled to meet against in May.

Source: ZakZak 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/27/2016Nikkan Sports 4/27/2016


[4/28/2016] Yokohama Bay Stars to move Ni-gun facilities

The Yokokhama Bay Stars announced that they reached a deal with Yokosuka City that will allow the organization to move its entire Ni-gun facilities to Oppama Park. The park is also home to Yokosuka Stadium.

Summary of the move:

  • Oppama baseball fields two and three will be demolished to make room for practice facilities, built by Yokosuka City
  • A portion of the park will be de-zoned as a park for the player dormitories, built by the Yokohama Bay Stars
  • The practice facilities will be maintained by the Yokohama Bay Stars, for a period of twenty years
  • The practice facilities will be open to local use for a set number of days.
  • The Yokohama Bay Stars will have first priority usage rights to Yokosuka Stadium for up to 100 games a year.
  • Yokosuka City will invest about forty-two billion yen in the entire project (covers the move and construction).
  • The Yokohama Bay Stars will pay 180 million yen a year to Yokosuka City for use of the practice facilities. They will also spend several billion yen to build the player dormitories.

Construction will begin in the fall of 2017 and will be completed in February 2019.

Source: Yokohama announcement, Nikkan Sports 4/28/2016, Sponichi 4/28/2016, Sports Hochi 4/28/2016Sanspo 4/27/2016

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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