[7/26/2018] BC League to expand to eleven teams in 2019

The BC League announced that they formally approved Ibaraki as an official member during a representatives meeting on July 24. The new team will be called the Ibaraki Astro Planets and will join the league in 2019. Other details will be released at a later date.

The BC League is also considering the addition of associate member Shizuoka for the 2019 season. They are planning to make a decision before the end of August.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018, BC League 7/24/2018, BC League 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Yomiuri Giants lose Taylor Jungmann to fractured hand

Taylor Jungmann took a batted ball off his left hand during the second inning of his last start on July 25 against Yakult. He stayed in the game and ended up with the loss after he allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits and two walks over five innings. He was later examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand. He was taken off the active roster on July 26. It is unknown how long he will be out.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sanspo 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Hanshin, Softbank agree on trade: Ryoma Matsuda for Yuya Iida

The Hanshin Tigers and Softbank Hawks announced on July 26 that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send twenty-four-year-old pitcher Ryoma Matsuda to the Hawks for twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Yuya Iida. Both teams were looking to improve their bullpens. The trade will also allow Matsuda (Nagasaki) and Iida (Hyogo) to move a little closer to home.

Source: Hanshin 7/26/2018, Softbank 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Lotte sends Takahiro Fujioka to Nippon Ham for Hiromi Oka

The Chiba Lotte Marines and Nippon Ham Fighters agreed on a one-for-one trade on July 26. The Marines will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Takahiro Fujioka to the Fighters for twenty-seven-year-old outfielder Hiromi Oka. The Marines were looking for a little more depth in the outfield after Takashi Ogino got hurt (finger fracture) and they liked Oka’s potential. The Fighters wanted to add another left-handed pitcher to their staff.

Source: Nippon Ham 7/26/2018, Lotte 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Seibu Lions reach agreement with Kyle Martin

The Seibu Lions announced on July 26 that they reached an agreement with Kyle Martin. They are hoping he can help bolster their bullpen. The twenty-seven-year-old will arrive in Japan on July 29. The Lions will hold a press conference for him on July 31.

Source: Seibu 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/26/2018, Sanspo 7/26/2018

[UPDATE 8/1 @ 4:50am]

The Lions held a press conference for Martin on July 31. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, he agreed to a contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Seibu 7/31/2o18, Sanspo 7/31/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2018

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[7/26/2018] Rakuten Eagles agree to add Ryota Ishibashi to seventy-man roster

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they are going to add twenty-seven-year-old Ikusei pitcher Ryota Ishibashi to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 028 to 94.

In seventeen Ni-gun games this year, Ishibashi went 1-3 with a 2.09 ERA and thirty-three strikeouts over 51.2 innings of work.

Source: Rakuten 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Yokohama to add Jo Tamura to seventy-man roster

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they will add twenty-five-year-old Ikusei pitcher Jo Tamura to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 103 to 92.

Tamura pitched in twenty-five Ni-gun games this year. He went 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA over 28.2 innings of work.

Source: Yokohama 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Norichika Aoki earns domestic FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Norichika Aoki earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Aoki signed a three-year contract before the season.

Source: Sanspo 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Yuki Yanagita slowed by cervical sprain

Yuki Yanagita slept on his neck wrong while the Softbank Hawks were on the road against the Nippon Ham Fighters (July 20-22). Things got worse during a Chiba Lotte Marines game on July 24. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on July 25 and diagnosed with a mild cervical sprain. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Naoya Ishikawa out with adductor strain

Naoya Ishikawa developed discomfort in his right leg during an outing against the Rakuten Eagles on July 24. He was taken off the active roster after he was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor muscle. He might need about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 7/25/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018, Daily Sports 7/25/2018

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