Relationships and Family
March 15 – The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Kondo (25) filed marriage papers with a woman in her twenties from Sapporo on March 14.0 Comments
Kotaro Kiyomiya hurt his right wrist while fouling a pitch off during his at bat in the ninth inning of an exhibition game against Yokohama at Sapporo Dome on March 3. He was pulled from the game as a precaution. Kiyomiya also hurt he same wrist last fall and had additional problems with it last month.
[UPDATE @ 10:37pm]
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Kiyomiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today and diagnosed with a fracture in his right hamate bone. A timeline for his recovery has not yet been released. Surgery could be an option.
The NPB also announced that Kiyomiya will not participate in the Japan vs Mexico exhibition games later this month. No one will be taking his spot on the roster.
[UPDATE 3/5 @ 2:36pm]
According to the latest reports, Kiyomiya will have (or may have already had) surgery on his wrist today.
[UPDATE 3/6 @ 10:11am]
Kiyomiya had surgery on his wrist at a hospital in Tokyo on March 5. There were no complications. He will begin a rehab program at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya on March 12 and will most likely need about three weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
Ryo Watanabe developed discomfort in his right side during a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 17. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Watanabe was examined at a hospital in Nago on February 18 and diagnosed with a strain in his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need four to five weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
February 19 – Hakumura will be making the switch to position player from pitcher. Team officials made the suggestion to the twenty-seven-year-old during a meeting on February 18. Hakumura was surprised, but accepted the change because the Nippon Ham Fighters were trying to provide him with another path to success.0 Comments
Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
February 2 – The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Hancock’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl weighing 2,665 grams, at a hospital in Indiana on January 31 (US time).0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that Yushi Shimizu had surgery to treat a lumbar herniated disc and to remove a cyst at a hospital in Tokushima. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments:
Source: Nippon Ham 12/27/20180 Comments
Thirty-seven-year-old Kensuke Tanaka spoke to the media today after meeting the Nippon Ham Fighters to finalize his contract for the 2019 season and announced his plan to retire after the season. He told reporters that he decided to make the announcement early because he wanted to make it easier on everyone. The Fighters asked him to reconsider because he might feel differently later on, but his mind was set: there was a growing gap between what he thought he could do and what he could actually do.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they signed twenty-six-year-old Johnny Barbato to a contract.
Source: Nippon Ham 12/20/2018
[UPDATE 12/21 @ 11:26am]
According to at least two media reports, Barbato agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.0 Comments