Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.0 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka developed discomfort in his right shoulder after a fan yanked his arm during an informal high-five session a few days ago. The Chunichi Dragons announced on February 11th that they decided to shut down Matsuzaka’s throwing arm to avoid further complications. The veteran was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 12 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He could end up traveling to Nagoya or the Kanto area for additional tests.
Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Sports Hochi 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019
[UPDATE 2/15 @ 12:59am]
Matsuzaka left Okinawa on February 14. The Dragons announced that he will get additional tests and treatment for his shoulder on February 15. He is slated to provide Chunichi officials with a report on his status on February 16. Daily Sports is also reporting that Matszuaka’s throwing arm might be shut down for at least two weeks.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Sanspo 2/14/2019
[UPDATE 2/17 @ 11:34am]
Matsuzaka is not expected to rejoin the team in Okinawa this month. He will instead spend most of his time in Nagoya for rehab and treatment. Assuming no issues, he might be able to resume throwing some time in early March and be ready to join the Ichi-gun team in May.
[UPDATE 2/19 @ 10:07pm]
The Dragons announced today that Matsuzaka’s right arm will be shut down for at least two more weeks after team doctors in Nagoya re-evaluated his condition.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they reassigned Makoto Aiuchi to Ni-gun. The media is reporting that the decision was made because Aiuchi developed pain in his left knee.0 Comments
Takero Okaijma is planning to have surgery on his left shoulder some time earlier next week. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.
Okajima was examined at a hospital in Chiba on February 6 and joined Ni-gun camp in Kumejima on February 8. He has had problems with his shoulder since he dislocated it during a game against Orix on July 23, 2017.
Source: Sanspo 2/8/2019
[UPDATE 2/13 @ 10:46am]
Okajima went under the knife at a hospital in Chiba on February 12. The procedure lasted about two hours and was complete in the morning. He will most likely require over six months for a full recovery.0 Comments
Chunichi Dragons’ Ni-gun Manager Michihiro Ogasawara struck his face when he fell from his bed at his hotel room on February 7. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests after attending a pre-practice meeting. The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Ogasawara was diagnosed with a right orbital floor fracture. He did not suffer any other damages and is expected to resume his managerial duties on February 9.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced that they are going to add the thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Naruse to their roster. He was assigned the uniform number 46. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary worth an estimated fifteen million yen plus incentives.
Naruse pitched in a practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced six batters, threw twenty-five pitches, gave up two could-be hits, and struck out one (K, 1B8, G6, F6, 1B8, F9). He topped out at 135km/h.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced that they are going to take a look at thirty-one-year-old Luis Jimenez during Kumejima spring camp. He joined Ni-gun camp on February 3 and will move to Ichi-gun for two days beginning on February 7. The Eagles see Jimenez as insurance for Zelous Wheeler and Jabari Blash.
[UPDATE 2/8 @ 11:36pm]
Jimenez’s tryout ended today. The Eagles are interested but still want more time to evaluate his talent and could offer him an Ikusei contract to start.0 Comments
Yuta Kuroki was taken to a hospital in Miyazaki after complaining of discomfort in his right elbow. An MRI revealed some ligament inflammation on the medial side of the elbow. His arm will be shut down as he begins a rehab program.0 Comments
Shosei Nakamura was examined at a hospital after developing pain in the right side of his back during batting practice. The Hiroshima Carp announced today that he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the first rib on his right side. He will be reassigned to San-gun for rehab and treatment.0 Comments
Shuto Takajo developed tightness in his left calf during the first day of spring camp on February 1. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki on February 2 and diagnosed with a grade 1 strain in his left gastrocnemius muscle.0 Comments