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[3/20/2017] Daisuke Iida fractures two fingers

Daisuke Iida took a pitch off his right index and middle fingers when he pulled his bat back from a bunt during a Kyoiku League game against Hiroshima on March 15. The media learned on March 19 that he suffered fractures in both fingers. He will have to keep the digits immobilized for about a month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2017

[UPDATE 3/25 @ 9:53pm]

The Buffaloes announced today that Iida had surgery to treat a fracture in his right middle finger at a hospital in Kobe on March 24.

Iida suffered fractures in his index finger (distal phalanx) and middle finger (intermediate phalanx) when he was hit by a pitch during a Kyoiku League game on March 15. He will require about three to four months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2017, Daily Sports 3/25/2017

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[3/20/2017] Taishi Hirooka missed pre-game practices on March 19

Taishi Hirooka developed a fever after the Rakuten game on March 18. He visited a hospital the following morning and a test for the flu came back negative. He was unable to participate in practices before the Hanshin game later in the day, but was able to rejoin the team partway through the game because he was feeling better.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2017

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89th Spring Koshien: Day 2 (March 20, 2017)

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Takaoka Shogyo (Toyama) 2 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 9 12 3
Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku (Iwate) 2 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 2X 10 15 1

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hotoku Gakuen (Hyogo) 2 0 8 0 0 2 4 0 5 21 21 0
Tajimi (Gifu) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5

Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nakamura (Kochi) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
Maebashi Ikuei (Gunma) 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 5 9 2

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Box scores will be posted a little later.

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89th Spring Koshien: Day 1 (March 19, 2017)

Game 1

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Kure (Hiroshima) 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 14 1
Shigakukan (Aichi) 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 3

Game 2

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Riseisha (Osaka) 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 7 12 11 0
Nihon Daigaku DaiSan (Tokyo) 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 13 2

Game 3

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chiben Gakuen (Nara) 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 1 2 9 11 2
Kumamoto Kogyo (Kumamoto) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5

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Box scores will be posted a little later.

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Attendance for the opening ceremony was announced at 44,000 (up 2,000 from last year). Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

There was a mix-up with substitutions in the Riseisha vs NichiDaiSan game: Shuto Sakurai was sent to center field after he walked the first batter in the ninth inning. He remained in center for three batters then returned to the mound. He was sent back to center after he gave up three consecutive hits. According to the rule book, a pitcher can only move to a different position once in a the same inning. When they return to the mound for a second time in the same inning, they can finish the inning or be replaced Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

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[3/19/2017] Kenshin Kawakami to retire

Forty-one-year-old Kenshin Kawakami has decided to retire. He has not played for a team since he left the Chunichi Dragons in 2015. He was attempting to make a comeback from reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder, but things did not work out as planned for the forty-one-year-old pitcher.

Kawakami was drafted by the Chunichi in 1997. He exercised his international free agent option in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He returned to the Dragons in 2012 and remained in the organization until his departure in October 2015.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 3/26 @ 10:08pm]

Kawakami is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Hiroshima vs Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on April 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/2017, Sponichi 3/25/2017

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[3/18/2017] 89th Spring Koshien: some players to watch

I put together a brief list of players to keep an eye on during the Spring Koshien.

Are there any players you are keeping an eye on? Post them in the comments below.

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[3/18/2017] Sho Nakata to earn domestic FA option this season

According to a report by Sponichi, twenty-seven-year-old Sho Nakata is scheduled to earn his domestic free agent option this year and international free agent option next year. Additionally, they mention that the Cardinals and Red Sox might be interested in him.

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2017

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[3/18/2017] Hirokazu Sawamura might not be ready for opening day

Hirokazu Sawamura has not pitched in a game since he was tossed from a Nippon Ham exhibition game on March 4 (he threw a dangerous pitch; it was his first and only pitch of the game). He was allowed to leave an exhibition game against Lotte at Zozo Marine early because he was not feeling well. The Yomiuri Giants will wait to see how he is feeling in four to five days. If there is a no improvement, he could end up missing the start of the season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017, Sponichi 3/18/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:16pm]

According to reports filed today, Sawamura has been having problems with his right shoulder since late-February. There is a good chance he will not be on the opening day roster. He was reassigned to San-gun for rehab.

Source: Chunichi Sports 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017Sponichi 3/19/2017

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[3/18/2017] Orix Buffaloes: Ryoichi Adachi, Stefen Romero, Taisuke Kondo

Ryoichi Adachi felt pain in his lower back during batting practice and was scratched from today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.

There are conflicting reports on Stefen Romero. Sponichi mentions enteritis, while Sanspo reports that he fouled a ball off his left leg.

Taisuke Kondo was reassigned to Ni-gun after he develop discomfort in his right shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2017, Sanspo 3/18/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:43pm]

Adachi did not play in today’s game against Chunichi and returned to Osaka. This was the second game in a row he missed with lower back pain. He will rejoin the team on March 22.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 11:46pm]

Kondo reported to Ni-gun on March 18. He is expected to visit a hospital for tests soon.

Source: Sanspo 3/19/2017

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[3/18/2017] Seigi Tanaka to start the year at Ni-gun

The media learned on March 18 that Seigi Tanaka will start the year at Ni-gun. He had some difficulty with fatigue toward the end of spring camp and never really managed to get into a groove. The Softbank Hawks want to give him extra time to work through any remaining issues he might have and get a fresh start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/18/2017, Sponichi 3/18/2017

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