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[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.

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



[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


[11/13/2016] Shohei Otani hits one through the roof for a double

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.

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[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:

  • initial velocity – 223km/h
  • travel distance – 137 meters, plus/minus 15 meters

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2016


[10/16/2016] Shohei Otani tops 165km/h

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.

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Pitch Breakdown

Batter Pitch Type Velocity Result BSO
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
  5 Slider 145km/h Strike swinging
(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
  10 Forkball 151km/h Strike swinging
(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 10/17/2016


[9/24/2016] Kota Suda hurts left hamstring

Kota Suda left today’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Stadium after throwing one pitch to Shinnosuke Abe in the seventh inning.

Suda was called into the game in the seventh inning with a runner on first and two out. He walked the first batter he faced, Hayato Sakamoto, then tweaked his left hamstring while throwing the first pitch to the next batter, Abe.

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Suda appeared to be in too much pain to put weight on his left leg and had to be helped off the field.

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Suda is slated to go to a hospital in Yokohama on September 26. He could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2016, Sponichi 9/24/2016

[UPDATE 9/26 @ 3:12pm]

Suda was taken off the active roster on September 25. He will be examined at a hospital on September 26.

Source: Daily Sports 9/26/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 6:29pm]

The Bay Stars announced today that Suda was diagnosed with a strain in his left hamstring.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016


[9/21/2016] Ikuhiro Kiyota gets hit in the head again

Ikuhiro Kiyota took a pitch off the left side of his game during tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at QVC Marine.

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Kiyota was visibly upset after the incident and had to be held back by teammates.

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Kiyota was most likely upset and frustrated because this was his second pitch to the head this month and he only recently made it back to the active roster on September 15. He was able to walk off the field on his own and was taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests where he was diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his head.

Source: Sanspo 9/21/2016

[UPDATE 9/22 @ 3:37pm]

Lotte decided to leave Kiyota on the active roster for the time being. He never lost consciousness and was diagnosed with a bruise. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2016

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 5:46am]

Kiyota is expected to return to the starting line-up on September 24 against Orix.

Source: Sanpso 9/23/2016


[9/8/2016] Ryosuke Kikuchi has bruise on right knee

Ryosuke Kikuchi banged his right knee against the base of a fence while trying to catch a ball in foul territory in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment, but returned and played through to the end of the game.

Kikuchi was taken to the hospital after the game for tests as a precaution and was diagnosed with a bruise on his right knee.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2016



[9/6/2016] Tetsuto Yamada steals thirtieth base of the season

Tetsuto Yamada stole his thirtieth base of the year in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium and is now one step closer to becoming the first player in NPB history to record Triple Threes (.300 batting average, thirty home runs, thirty stolen bases) in back-to-back seasons.

Through September 5, Yamada was batting .323 with thirty-three home runs.

Source: Sponichi 9/6/2016

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[9/1/2016] Yuki Yanagita fractures finger in sliding catch

Yuki Yanagita hurt his right ring finger while playing defense in the third inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome on September 1.

Seibu’s Ginjiro Sumitani led off the third inning with a fly ball to center field. Yanagita made a nice sliding catch for the first out of the inning. In doing so, he hurt his right ring finger — the ball hit the finger before it went into the glove. He remained in the game and struck out looking during his at bat in the fourth inning. He was replaced on defense in the bottom half of the inning and taken to a hospital for tests.

CT scans and x-rays revealed a fracture in his fourth (ring finger) distal phalanx. He will require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2016Tokyo Sports 9/1/2016, Sports Hochi 9/1/2016, Daily Sports 9/1/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 24 15 8 1
Hanshin 21 12 9 0
Yomiuri 22 12 10 0
Yokohama 22 9 11 2
Chunichi 23 8 12 3
Yakult 22 8 14 0
Rakuten 19 15 4 0
Orix 20 14 6 0
Seibu 20 11 9 0
Softbank 23 12 11 0
Lotte 21 6 15 0
Nippon Ham 23 5 18 0
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