Thirty-two-year-old Hiroki Uemoto spoke to the media today after working out at the Naruohama facilities and said that he decided not to exercise his domestic free agent option. He will remain with the Hanshin Tigers for at least one more year. He was also offered a multi-year deal, but he opted for the one-year deal because he felt it was more appropriate based on his current status (he is working his way back from left knee surgery).0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced on June 15 that Hiroki Uemoto was discharged from a hospital in Osaka after successful reconstructive surgery on his left knee (anterior cruciate ligament) and some rehab. Uemoto hurt his knee when he slid into second base during a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium on May 5. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
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May 4 vs Chunichi at Koshien Stadium – Uemoto recorded a modasho in his third straight game. He is the first Hanshin Tiger to get modasho in three consecutive games since Matt Murton in 2013. Murton also set the franchise record of four in 2013. The Central League record of five was set by Michio Nishizawa in 1954.0 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto hurt his left leg while sliding into second base during a stolen base attempt in the first inning of today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium. He could not get up and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki for tests.
[UPDATE 5/6 @ 11:59pm]
Uemoto was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium clubhouse and diagnosed with a possible anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is scheduled to undergo additional tests.
[UPDATE 5/9 @ 1:19am]
The Tigers announced on May 8 that Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an ACL injury. There is no timetable on his recovery.0 Comments
The media learned on November 6 that Hiroki Uemoto will have surgery on his right ankle. He is not expected to miss any portion of the 2018 season.
Uemoto has had problems with his ankle since he sprained it during a game against Hiroshima earlier this year on May 5.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017
[UPDATE 11/9 @ 11:54pm]
The Tigers announced today that Uemoto had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Tokyo. There were no complications and he was discharged on the same day.
Source: Sanspo 11/9/2017
[UPDATE 11/14 @ 3:15pm]
Uemoto is getting around with crutches. He started moving his body around on November 10, the day after he was discharged from the hospital.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2017
[UPDATE 12/24 @ 2:18pm]
Uemoto is making good progress in his recovery. His workouts on December 23 included around thirty minutes of jogging and playing catch at a distance of about twenty meters. Uemoto’s goal is to be ready for spring camp.0 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto developed pain in his neck from sleeping on it the wrong way and did not participate in general team practices at Koshien Stadium on October 9. He instead worked out indoors under a different schedule. His absence from the line-up against Chunichi likely had something to do with the neck pain.
Source: Sanpso 10/10/20170 Comments
Seishu Hatake was ejected from tonight’s Hanshin-Yomiuri game at Tokyo Dome for throwing a dangerous pitch to Hiroki Uemoto. The incident took place in the top of the first inning. Uemoto stepped into the batter’s box with a runner on second and no out. Hakate’s first pitch was up and in and struck Uemoto in the face, near his left cheek.0 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right ankle while playing defense in today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. The incident took place in the first inning with one out. Uemoto fielded a ball to his left and tumbled as he gloved it. He managed to complete the play with a quick throw to first, but the batter-runner was safe.
Uemoto could not get up after the play and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. His status is uncertain. The Hanshin Tigers are planning to wait and see how he feels tomorrow before making any decisions on what steps to take next.
[UPDATE 5/6 @ 5:49pm]
Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Amagasaki on May 5 and diagnosed with a mild right ankle sprain. The Tigers are planning wait two to three days before deciding what steps to take next.
[UPDATE 5/11 @ 6:01pm]
Uemoto made it into last night’s (May 10) game against Yomiuri as a pinch-hitter. He might be able to return to the starting line-up on May 12.
Source: Sanspo 5/11/20170 Comments
Hiroki Uemoto was hit by a batted ball during a Yakult exhibition game on March 7. The incident took place in the second inning when Uemoto was on deck and Shunsuke Fujikawa hit him with a foul ball. He tried to get out of the way, but could not. He was removed from the game as a precaution and later taken to a hospital in Amagasaki. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his left forearm.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced four uniform number changes today.
Source: Hanshin announcement0 Comments