Yasuhiro Ogawa was expected to start a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome on September 24, but was replaced by Yuma Oshita. Ogawa’s last two starts were rained out (September 20 and 21). He played catch and ran short dashes during pre-game practices today, but will not get a start tomorrow because of tightness in his lower back. Junji Ogawa told reporters there was nothing he could say today.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2018
[UPDATE 9/24 @ 11:26am]
The Yakult Swallows are not planning to take Ogawa off the active roster and will wait to see if his condition improves.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced today that Yasuhiro Ogawa was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on September 20 and diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right elbow. He will not be allowed to do anything throwing for a while. There is currently no timetable for his recovery.
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 8:04pm]
The Swallows announced today that Ogawa will have surgery at a hospital in Yokohama on October 2.
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 12:43am]
The Swallows announced that Ogawa had surgery on his elbow at a hospital in Yokohama on October 2.
Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2017
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:14am]
Ogawa will not do anything throwing for the rest of the year. He did resume his training on October 14. He is planning to take his time, with the ultimate goal of being ready for opening day.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 10:59pm]
Ogawa will not be able to do anything throwing practices for about three months.
Source: Sponichi 10/15/2017
[UPDATE 1/11/2018 @ 11:40am]
Ogawa resumed throwing exercises on January 10. He threw about sixty baseballs into a net fifteen meters away from him. He is hoping to toss a bullpen session some time in February. This was the first time he threw a ball in about three months.
[UPDATE 1/16 @ 9:58pm]
Ogawa played catch on January 16 for the first time since he went under the knife in October last year. He threw the ball around for around fifteen minutes at a distance of about twenty meters.
Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2018
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Yasuhiro Ogawa developed tightness in his right elbow during today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. He told coaches he had discomfort in the elbow after he finished the fourth inning and was pulled from the game. He threw seventy-four pitches.
[UPDATE 9/17 @ 10:10pm]
Ogawa was taken off the active roster today.
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 3:57pm]
Ogawa was taken off the active roster because his condition did not improve. He will most likely be taken to a hospital for tests some time on or after September 18.0 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa left tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome with tightness in his back. He was removed in the sixth inning with runners on first and second and no out. He first started feeling some pain while pitching in the fifth inning. The Yakult Swallows are planning to take him off the active roster.
Source: Sanspo 5/27/2017
[UPDATE 6/1 @ 9:15pm]
Ogawa was examined (MRI) at a hospital in Tokyo on May 29 and diagnosed with a strain in his left internal oblique muscle.
Source: Sanspo 6/1/2017
[UPDATE 6/23 @ 6:51pm]
Ogawa could return to the active roster in time for a start during a nine-game stretch that begins on July 4. He is set to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on June 24.
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 6:46pm]
Ogawa pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham today. He entered the game in the eighth inning and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work (E6, G4dp, Ks). He threw ten pitches and topped out at 144km/h. This was his first game since May 27.
Added additional performance information on 6/24 @ 6:52pm.
[UPDATE 6/27 @ 3:01pm]
The Swallows are thinking about bringing Ogawa back to the active roster as a reliever. Closing is also a possibility and will depend on how Ryo Akiyoshi’s condition.
Source: Sanspo 6/27/2017
[UPDATE 6/28 @ 4:00pm]
Ogawa is currently expected to return to the active roster on June 30. Mitsuru Manaka wants more stability in the eighth and ninth innings and is thinking about using him as a late-inning reliever. He pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on June 27 and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work (he entered the game in the ninth inning).
[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:54am]
Ogawa could end up pitching out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.
Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/20170 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa developed discomfort in his lower back after his last start on June 24 against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium. He was taken off the active roster on June 26 as a precaution. Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu told reporters they wanted to skip his next start (June 30 against Hiroshima).0 Comments