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[8/23/2017] Seiya Suzuki leaves game after hurting right ankle

Seiya Suzuki hurt his right ankle while making a catch near the wall during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama.

The incident took place in the second inning. Yasutaka Tobashira hit a drive to right-center that Suzuki managed to make a leaping catch near the wall. As he came down, he landed on his ankle in an awkward manner and fell to the ground. He was unable to stand. Suzuki had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

Suzuki was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests and diagnosed with a chip fracture in his medial malleolus. He will be re-examined by the team doctor at a hospital in Hiroshima on August 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017, Daily Sports 8/23/2017



[8/13/2017] Shinnosuke Abe notches 2,000th career hit

Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 2,000th career hit during tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Abe was 0-for-2 with a walk in his first three trips to the plate. With no one on, one out, and Takeru Imamura on the mound in the top of the ninth, Abe laced a 1-2 fork to right for his 2,000th career hit.


  • He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the 2000-hit milestone.
  • He reached the milestone in his seventeenth year.
  • He joins Tetsuharu Kawakami (on May 31, 1965), Shigeo Nagashima (on May 25, 1971), Sadaharu Oh (on August 4, 1974), and Isao Shibata (on August 7, 1980) as the only Yomiuri “lifers” to reach the milestone.
  • He is the first player to record his 2,000th hit at Mazda Stadium.
  • He notched his 2,000th hit in his fourth plate appearance after recording his 1,999th hit on August 12.
  • He recorded his 2,000th hit in his 2,056th game, eleventh slowest in NPB history, behind Sachio Kinugasa’s 2,106 games.
  • At thirty-eight years and four months, he is the twenty-sixth oldest player to reach the milestone. Out of the fourteen players that reached the milestone out of college, he is the third youngest, behind Koji Yamamoto (thirty-seven years and six months) and Kenichi Yazawa (thirty-eight years and one month).

Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/14/2017, Sanspo 8/14/2017



[8/10/2017] Randy Messenger leaves start after taking batted ball off foot

Randy Messenger left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants after a batted ball hit him near the right ankle. Shinnosuke Abe led off the seventh inning with a liner that hit Messenger in the right foot. Messenger was removed from the game and later taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests.

Source: Sanspo 8/10/2017, Sanspo 8/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2017, Sponichi 8/10/2017, Daily Sports 8/10/2017

[UPDATE 8/11 @ 8:58pm]

The Tigers announced earlier today that Messenger was diagnosed with a left fibula fracture. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is a chance he could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2017, Daily Sports 8/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2017, Sponichi 8/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/11/2017

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 10:22pm]

The Tigers announced that today that Messenger temporarily returned to the United States for a second opinion and treatment on his fractured fibula. There is no timetable for his return at this point in time, though he is expected to use the Naruohama facilities for rehab.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Daily Sports 8/16/2017



[7/17/2017] Yoshio Itoi hurts right side on swing

Yoshio Itoi hurt his right side during an at bat in the fifth inning of tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. Itoi swung and missed at a 2-1 pitch and grabbed his right side. A Hanshin trainer popped out of the dugout to check on the veteran. Itoi left the field for treatment but did not return. He was replaced by Shun Takayama.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2017, Daily Sports 7/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017



[6/3/2017] Masahiro Araki reaches 2000-hit milestone

Masahiro Araki recorded the 2,000th hit of his career during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome. The hit came in the fourth inning off Manabu Mima. Araki is the forty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone. Senichi Hoshino (manager when Araki first entered the organization) presented the thirty-nine-year-old with flowers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2017, Daily Sports 6/3/2017, Sports Hochi 6/3/2017



[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani hit by pitch on face

Mitsuo Yoshikawa hit Takashi Toritani in the face with a 144km/h fastball in the fifth inning of tonight’s (May 24) game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. A stretcher was prepared, but Toritani was able to get up and walk off the field on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he thought the ball hit Toritani on the nose.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017


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[5/5/2017] Hiroki Uemoto hurts right ankle in the first inning

Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right ankle while playing defense in today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. The incident took place in the first inning with one out. Uemoto fielded a ball to his left and tumbled as he gloved it. He managed to complete the play with a quick throw to first, but the batter-runner was safe.

Uemoto could not get up after the play and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. His status is uncertain. The Hanshin Tigers are planning to wait and see how he feels tomorrow before making any decisions on what steps to take next.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2017, Daily Sports 5/5/2017, Sponichi 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/6 @ 5:49pm]

Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Amagasaki on May 5 and diagnosed with a mild right ankle sprain. The Tigers are planning wait two to three days before deciding what steps to take next.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2017, Daily Sports 5/6/2017, Daily Sports 5/6/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 6:01pm]

Uemoto made it into last night’s (May 10) game against Yomiuri as a pinch-hitter. He might be able to return to the starting line-up on May 12.

Source: Sanspo 5/11/2017



[4/22/2017] Stefen Romero leaves after hurting knee

Stefen Romero crashed into the wall padding in foul territory while attempting to catch a ball in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the process, he slammed his left knee in the base of the wall. He had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2017, Daily Sports 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 10:52pm]

Romero had x-rays and an MRI. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his left knee. He is considered day-to-day for the time being.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 6:43pm]

Romero did not play today and returned to Kobe. He will be re-examined at a hospital in Kobe on April 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017, Sanspo 4/23/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 12:48am]

The Buffaloes announced on April 24 that Romero was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with bone contusion in his left femur (knee).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2017, Daily Sports 4/24/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:55pm]

Romero was taken off the active today. He will most likely require about four to five weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017Daily Sports 4/25/2017

[UPDATE 5/5 @ 5:29pm]

Romero started taking batting practice against a pitching machine on May 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 5:52pm]

The media learned on May 15 that the Buffaloes still have no timetable on Romero’s recovery. Based on original estimates, he should be getting ready to play in his first rehab game soon, but his workouts are still being set/closely monitored by team trainers.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2017

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 6:51pm]

The Buffaloes might leave it up to Romero to decide whether he needs to play in any rehab games at Ni-gun before he returns to the active roster. They feel his presence on the active roster alone (so long as he can either be a designated hitter or a bat off the bench) might help give the team a boost in the right direction.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Sanspo 5/23/2017



[4/13/2017] Ryosuke Kikuchi safe at home

Ryosuke Kikuchi was originally called out safe when he slid into home plate in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants. Umpires reviewed the film and overturned the call after they saw his hand touch the plate before the tag.



[4/4/2017] Motohiro Shima leaves after getting hit by back swing

Motohiro Shima left after he took a blow to the back of the head during tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks at kobo Stadium.

With runners on first and second and no out in the sixth inning, Takahiro Norimoto got Alfredo Despaigne to swing at a fork ball in the dirt. Shima kept the ball in front of him and was moving toward the ball when Despaigne’s back swing clipped him in the back of the head.

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Shima was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital for tests.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017, Sponichi 4/4/2017Sponichi 4/4/2017, Daily Sports 4/4/2017

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 1:03am]

Shima was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his neck. The Eagles are planning to take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 6:34pm]

Shima participated in early practices today, then skipped pre-game batting practice for another evaluation at a hospital. He was apparently given the green light because he made the starting line-up at catcher and batted ninth.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/5/2017, Sports Hochi 4/5/2017, Daily Sports 4/5/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 115 69 42 4
Hanshin 111 61 49 1
Yokohama 111 56 51 4
Yomiuri 112 55 56 1
Chunichi 114 47 62 5
Yakult 113 39 72 2
Softbank 113 76 37 0
Rakuten 105 64 40 1
Seibu 111 64 45 2
Orix 109 49 59 1
Nippon Ham 109 40 69 0
Lotte 109 35 73 1
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