[4/21/2016] Shinji Tajima’s wife gives birth to second child

The Chunichi Dragons announced on April 20 that Shinji Tajima’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl weighing 2,600 grams, at a hospital in Nagoya.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2016, Sponichi 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Yuki Yanagita’s walk streak comes to an end

Yuki Yanagita’s streak of consecutive games with a walk ended at eighteen on April 20.

  • first inning, none on, two out, ground out to short against Kota Futaki (B, B, B, Kl, F, G)
  • fourth inning, none on, two out, ground out to short against Kota Futaki (G)
  • sixth inning, none on, two out, strike out looking against Kota Futaki (Kl, B, B, F, Kl)
  • ninth inning, lead-off batter, single to center off Masaki Minami (H)

[4/20/2016] Kazunari Abe to miss four weeks with ankle injury

Kazunari Abe complained of pain in his right ankle after Tuesday’s game against Softbank. He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with an injury to his right deltoid ligament. He will require about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Lotte announcement


[4/20/2016] Shohei Tateyama has surgery to clean out right elbow

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shohei Tateyama had surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow. He will most likely require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Yakult announcement

[UPDATE 4/21 @ 7:34pm]

It might take Tateyama about three months before he is ready to rejoin the active roster (six weeks for a full recovery plus six weeks of rehab). He has now had five operations on his right elbow.

Source: Sanspo 4/21/2016


[4/20/2016] Naoto Watanabe earns international FA option

Naoto Watanabe earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Chunichi Sports 4/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Kenshi Sugiya to miss about two months

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Kenshi Sugiya had surgery to remove hamate bone fragments from his right hand. There were no complications during the procedure. Sugiya will most likely require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham announcement,


[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

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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