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.One Comment
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.
[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.
[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 5/11/20170 Comments
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.
[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.
[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).
[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.
[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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.
Shima was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital for tests.
[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.0 Comments
Shohei Otani drilled a ball high up into the air at Tokyo Dome during tonight’s exhibition game against the Netherlands. The ball disappeared in between the roof membranes and was ultimately ruled a double.
[UPDATE 11/28 @ 9:55pm]
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo announced today that the ball Otani hit will go on display at the museum beginning on November 29.
Source: HoF announcement
[UPDATE 12/13 @ 12:11am]
Nikkan Sports asked Tokyo University manager Kazushi Hamada for insight into the distance the ball traveled when Otani hit it into the roof at Tokyo Dome. Hamada came up with two numbers:
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/20160 Comments
Haruki Nishikawa blasted a walk-off grand slam to give the Nippon Ham Fighters a 5-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Thursday.
Nishikawa is the eighteenth player (accomplished eighteen times) to hit a grand slam during a Nippon Series game, first since Kazuya Fukuura in 2005 (Game 3). He is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
He is the fifteenth player (accomplished sixteen times) to hit a walk-off home run during a Nippon Series game, first since Akira Nakamura in 2014 (Game 4). He joins Koichi Iwashita (1962, Game 5) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
He is the second player to hit a walk-off grand slam during a Nippon Series game. The other player was Toru Sugiura in 1992 (Game 1).
He hit five home runs during the regular season this year. Only three other players have hit a walk-off during a Nippon Series in the same year they recorded five or less home runs during the regular season: Kazuhisa Inao in 1958 (Game 5, four home runs), Koichi Iwashita in 1962 (Game 5, four home runs), and Hector Cruz in 1983 (Game 5, four home runs).
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/20160 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp successfully stole home on a double-steal during the first game of the Nippon Series on Saturday.
The play came after Yoshiyuki Ishihara failed two bunt attempts with runners on first and third and one out in the second inning. Seiya Suzuki came around to score as Nippon Ham’s Shota Ono made a throw that Shohei Otani was supposed to cut.
This was the fifth time in Nippon Series history a team successfully stole home, all on double steals with a runner on first. The other four occasions: 1951, Game 4, third inning, Kazuo Kageyama; 1962, Game 6, first inning, Katsutoshi Yoshida; 1968, Game 5, third inning, Shozo Doi; and 1969, Game 4, fourth inning, Shozo Doi.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/23/20160 Comments
Shohei Otani closed out tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks and helped the Nippon Ham Fighters advance to their seventh Nippon Series, first in four years. He also broke his own velocity record by topping 165km/h three times.
|Matsuda, Nobuhiro||1||Fastball||163km/h||Fouled off||0 1 0|
|2||Slider||141km/h||Fouled off||0 2 0|
|3||Fastball||164km/h||Fouled off||0 2 0|
|4||Slider||143km/h||Ball||1 2 0|
(in the dirt)
|1 3 1|
|Yoshimura, Yuki||6||Fastball||-km/h||Strike swinging||0 1 1|
|7||Fastball||164km/h||Fouled off||0 2 1|
|8||Slider||143km/h||Strike swinging||0 3 2|
|Honda, Yuichi||9||Fastball||164km/h||Strike looking||0 1 2|
(in the dirt)
|0 2 2|
|11||Fastball||165km/h||Fouled off||0 2 2|
|12||Fastball||163km/h||Fouled off||0 2 2|
|13||Forkball||148km/h||Ball||1 2 2|
|14||Fastball||165km/h||Fouled off||1 2 2|
|15||Forkball||149km/h||G6||1 2 3|
Side note: Sapporo Dome made adjustments to their display systems to allow for velocities above 164km/h. Their radar gun can read speeds above that, but their display systems were capped at 164km/h. They made the adjustments after Otani hit 163km/h in June. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/17/20160 Comments
Takehiro Ishikawa hurt his right arm/elbow when he crashed into a wall while catching a ball in foul territory during the eighth inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium on October 14. He was removed from the game after the play.