The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:
Taishi Ota hurt his left side during tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Sapporo Dome. Ota suffered the injury when he grounded out to second in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter. He will be taken to a hospital for tests on March 6. He will be sent down to Ni-gun to recover.
Ota had been feeling some discomfort in his left side since spring camp and was being careful not to aggravate it.
[UPDATE 3/6 @ 11:14pm]
Ota was examined at a hospital in Sapporo today. An MRI revealed a contusion on his left abdominal oblique muscle. He will probably need about four weeks for a full recovery.
[UPDATE 3/11 @ 2:27am]
Ota resumed light workouts at the Kamagaya facilities on March 10.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/10/2017
[UPDATE 4/5 @ 7:15pm]
Ota is set to join regular practices on April 15. Assuming no setbacks, he might be ready to play in a Ni-gun rehab game some time before the end of the month.
[UPDATE 4/19 @ 6:27pm]
Ota is slated to play in his first Ni-gun a rehab game on April 20 against Yakult at Toda.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/19/20170 Comments
Taishi Ota did not play in the Rakuten practice game on February 21 because the Nippon Ham Fighters wanted to rest him. He is expected to play in a practice game against Hanwha on February 23.
Source: Sanspo 2/22/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments today:
Source: Nippon Ham announcement0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants included Taishi Ota in a trade with the Nippon Ham Fighters on November 2. But did you know that the Giants once tried to include Ota in a trade for Hiroshima’s Tomohiro Abe? There were also talks about a trade to Yokohama in 2013 that included Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.0 Comments
The media learned today that the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters agree on a two-for-two player trade. The Giants will send twenty-six-year-old Taishi Ota and twenty-four-year-old Katsuhiko Kumon to the Fighters for twenty-eight-year-old Mitsuo Yoshikawa and twenty-three-year-old Shingo Ishikawa.
[UPDATE 11/2 @ 5:43pm]
Both teams posted official announcements about the trade.
According to Tokyo Sports, the Giants have already assigned uniform numbers and made adjustments to current assignments.
Taishi Ota was diagnosed with influenza B and was taken off the active roster. Ota traveled with the team to Kobe on April 25 for the Hanshin series, but developed a fever today and was examined at a hospital in Ashiya, Hyogo.0 Comments