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 24.0 Comments
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.
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.
[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.
[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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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