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[7/11/2018] Keizo Kawashima earns international FA option

Thirty-four-year-old Keizo Kawashima earned his international free agent option on July 11 with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2018, Sanspo 7/11/2018

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[7/6/2018] Softbank Hawks reach agreement with Ariel Miranda

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Ariel Miranda (a final contract is pending a physical).

Source: Softbank 7/6/2018, Sports Hochi 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 3:52pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Miranda at YafuOku Dome on July 17. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, Miranda agreed to a one-year deal (good for the rest of the current season) worth an estimated forty million yen.

Source: Softbank 7/17/2018, Daily Sports 7/17/2018, Sports Hochi 7/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2018

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Shota Takeda: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 29 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Takeda made an appearance in relief, the first of his career. He started 111 games before the relief appearance.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018

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[6/14/2018] Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance

The Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance during their game against the Yomiuri Giants last night. They set a new Pacific League milestone by hitting the milestone in their twenty-ninth home game of the year. The previous record of thirty games was set by Softbank in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Sanspo 6/13/2018, NHK 6/14/2018

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[6/14/2018] Kenta Imamiya taken off active roster

Kenta Imamiya was taken off the active roster on June 13 with inflammation in his right elbow. He was playing threw the injury, but it was beginning to affect not only his fielding, but also his hitting. He will begin rehab today and may require more than the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Mainichi 6/13/2018, Nishi Nippon 6/13/2018

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[6/11/2018] Yuki Yanagita’s right leg not 100 percent

Yuki Yanagita tweaked his right thigh during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on June 8. The Softbank Hawks are giving him starts in left (instead of center) in an attempt to lessen the strain on his leg.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018, Sports Hochi 6/11/2018, Daily Sports 6/11/2018

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Richard Sunagawa: Did You Know

Family

Sunagawa’s brother, Joey O’Brien, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2018

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[5/26/2018] Nao Higashihama leaves start with shoulder discomfort

Nao Higashihama started a game against the Rakuten Eaglse at YafuOku Dome on May 25 and left after three innings because of discomfort in his right shoulder.

Source: Sanspo 5/26/2018, Sponichi 5/26/2018

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 10:18pm]

Higashihama was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with right shoulder dysfunction. There was no inflammation or muscle damage. Higashihama was having problems with the shoulder since earlier in the season. It finally got to a point where he started having difficulty moving his arm. The Softbank Hawks are uncertain how much time Higashihama will need for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/26/2018, Sponichi 5/26/2018, Sponichi 5/26/2018

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[5/26/2018] Yurisbel Gracial diagnosed with finger fracture

Yurisbel Gracial hurt his left hand while returning to first on a pick-off play during a game against the Seibu Lions at YafuOku Dome on May 24. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on May 25 and diagnosed with a proximal phalanx fracture in his left ring finger. He will most likely need about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2018, Sponichi 5/25/2018

[UPDATE 6/29 @ 10:47pm]

Gracial is slated to return to Cuba temporarily for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in July. He will rejoin the team in August.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/29/2018

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[5/22/2018] Kenta Imamiya bumped from starting line-up because of elbow discomfort

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu at YafuOku Dome on May 22 because of discomfort in his elbow. He was slated to make the starting line-up, but complained of discomfort in his elbow after participating in pre-game practices. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Daily Sports 5/22/2018

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