Tag Archive: Yakult Swallows

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[5/5/2018] Norichika Aoki leaves after taking pitch off left knee

Norichika Aoki took a pitch near his left knee while facing Daichi Osera during the first inning of today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium. He had difficulty getting up and had to be helped off the field. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests (x-rays, CT scan). He was diagnosed with a bruise.

Aoki has been hit a league-high six times so far this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Sanspo 5/5/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018

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Takahiro Araki: Did You Know

Grand Slams

  • May 14, 2017 vs Chunichi at Matsuyama, walk-off
  • May 5, 2018 vs Hiroshima at Jingu Stadium, eighth inning (pinch hitter)

Source: Sanspo 5/4/2018, Daily Sports 5/4/2018

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[4/28/2018] Jordan Armengot returns to US for second opinion

Jordan Armengot had issues with his upper body during spring camp and may have developed lower body problems while working out at Ni-gun. The Yakult Swallows announced on April 28 that Armengot returned to the United States for additional tests. There is no timetable for his return.

Source: Sponichi 4/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/28/2018

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[4/16/2018] Shingo Kawabata earns international FA option

Thirty-year-old Shingo Kawabata earned his international free agent option on April 14 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the third year of a four-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2018, Sponichi 4/14/2018, Daily Sports 4/14/2018, Sanspo 4/14/2018

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[4/3/2018] Shingo Kawabata leaves game after taking pitch off head

Shingo Kawabata was hit by a pitch on his head during his at bat in the seventh inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on April 3. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. No abnormalities were discovered. The Yakult Swallows will reassess his condition on April 4.

Takeru Imamura was tossed from the game for throwing the pitch.

Source: Sponichi 4/3/2018, Daily Sports 4/3/2018, Sanspo 4/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2018

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[4/3/2018] Ryota Fujii taken off active roster with injury to right side

Ryota Fujii hurt his right side when he fouled off a pitch during an at bat against the Yokohama Bay Stars on April 1. He was taken off the active roster the following day.

Source: Sanspo 4/1/2018, Sponichi 4/1/2018

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David Buchanan: Did You Know

Family

Buchanan’s wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child (due in October 2018).

Source: Sponichi 3/30/2018

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Ryota Yachi: Did You Know

Relationships

Yachi (27) filed marriage papers with a woman in Tokyo in February 2018.

Source: Sanspo 3/23/2018

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[3/20/2018] Yakult adds Tagawa, Omura to the seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows announced today that they added Ikusei players Kengo Tagawa and Hajime Omura to their seventy-man roster. Tagawa’s uniform number will change from 117 to 62, Omura from 120 to 59. They each agreed to contracts worth an estimated five million yen.

Source: Yakult 3/20/2018, Daily Sports 3/20/2018, Sponichi 3/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2018

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[3/16/2018] Takahiro Araki hit by pitch on head

Yakult’s Takahiro Araki was hit by a pitch on the left side of his head during an exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp on March 16. Hiroshima’s Jay Jackson was ejected from the game for throwing the dangerous pitch.

Araki did not lose consciousness. He was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2018, Daily Sports 3/16/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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