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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
Buchanan’s wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child (due in October 2018).
Source: Sponichi 3/30/20180 Comments
Yachi (27) filed marriage papers with a woman in Tokyo in February 2018.
Source: Sanspo 3/23/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments