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Nishioka, Tsuyoshi 西岡 剛 (にしおか・つよし)
Hanshin Tigers | #5 | INF
Born: 07/26/1984 (age 33)
Height: 182cm
Weight: 84kg
Bats: B
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 2002, 1st Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高(甲)-ロッテ-ツインズ-3Aロチェスター
Roster Changes: removed 04/23/2016, added 06/01/2016, removed 07/20/2016
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[9/13/2017] Tsuyoshi Nishioka sits out game with back tightness

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not available to play in last night’s (September 12) game against the Yomiuri Giants because of tightness in his back. He was listed as available, but was unable to play. His status moving forward is uncertain.

Source: Sanspo 9/13/2017

[UPDATE 9/13 @ 5:05pm]

Nishioka was taken off the active roster today. He was examined at a hospital after pre-game practices on September 12. He rested at home today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017

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[9/5/2017] Tigers want Fukudome, Nishioka to return next year

Forty-year-old Kosuke Fukudome and thirty-three-year-old Tsuyoshi Nishioka signed one-year agreements before the start of the season. The Hanshin Tigers have determined that will still be functional and necessary next year. They are planning to offer them contracts for the 2018 season.

Source: Sponichi 9/5/2017

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[8/24/2017] Tsuyoshi Nishioka taken off active roster with bruised heel

Tsuyoshi Nishioka tried to score from third base on a grounder to third in the fifth inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on August 23 and hurt his left leg. He was removed from the game in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution.

The Hanshin Tigers took Nishioka off the active roster on August 24 with a minor bruise on his left heel. He is slated to begin a rehab program at Naruohama on August 25. The injury is not considered serious, but the Tigers are playing it safe because it is the same leg he hurt last year (Achilles tendon).

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2017, Sanspo 8/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/24/2017, Sponichi 8/24/2017, Daily Sports 8/24/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/24/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:21pm]

Nishioka could begin playing in rehab games on September 1.

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017

[UPDATE 8/30 @ 1:10pm]

Nishioka joined Ni-gun warm-ups at Naruohama on August 29. He resumed playing catch. He no longer has problems running. His schedule will be set and expanded based on his condition in the morning.

Source: Sanspo 8/30/2017

[UPDATE 9/1 @ 4:54pm]

Nishioka played in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on September 1. He started at first and batted third. He went 2-for-2 with a stolen base and an RBI. He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the third.

Nishioka recorded an RBI single to right in the first inning and stole second. He hit a single to left in the third inning and was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2017, Daily Sports 9/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017

[UPDATE 9/4 @ 11:40pm]

Nishioka went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in two Ni-gun rehab games and is expected to return to the active roster on September 5.

Source: Sanspo 9/4/2017

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[5/16/2017] Tsuyoshi Nishioka joins Ni-gun general practices

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left Achilles tendon) joined Ni-gun general practices at Naruohama today. Masayuki Kakefu told reporters that based on his current condition, Nishioka might be able to play in his first rehab game at designated hitter later this month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2017, Daily Sports 5/16/2017, Sports Hochi 5/16/2017

[UPDATE 5/18 @ 12:01am]

Nishioka did not participate in general practices on May 17. The Hanshin Tigers are still having him take things slow. He could be ready to play during a three-game series against Softbank that begins on May 30.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2017, Sanspo 5/17/2017

[UPDATE 5/24 @ 9:33pm]

Nishioka is expected to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on May 30.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/24/2017

[UPDATE 5/27 @ 3:43pm]

Nishioka participated in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama today. He went 3-for-5 against Daichi Takeyasu and Ryoma Matsuda.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2017, Daily Sports 5/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/27/2017

[UPDATE 5/31 @ 1:57am]

Nishioka played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on May 30 (it was his first game in general since July 20, 2016). He got the start at designated hitter and batted clean-up against Softbank at Chikugo. He recorded two at bats: G5 in the second inning, 1B9 in the fourth inning.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/30/2017

[UPDATE 6/1 @ 1:46pm]

Nishioka played in his second rehab game on May 31. He started at designated hitter and batted clean-up against Ni-gun Softbank. He went 1-for-3 and recorded a single to center in the sixth inning.

Added some additional game performance information on June 1 @ 9:22pm.

Source: Daily Sports 5/31/2017, Sanspo 6/1/2017

[UPDATE 6/1 @ 9:22pm]

Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Softbank today. He was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-2: flied out to left in his first at bat in the second inning and hit a two-out single to left in his second at bat in the fourth inning.

Added some additional game performance information on June 2 @ 11:46am.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2017, Sanspo 6/2/2017

[UPDATE 6/7 @ 12:20am]

Nishioka has been limited to designated hitter. He could begin playing some defense during a Ni-gun Softbank series that begins on June 9. If he continues to make smooth progress, he might be ready to join the Ichi-gun team after Inter-league play.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2017

[UPDATE 6/9 @ 7:19pm]

Nishioka got the start at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Softbank earlier today. He went 1-for-3 and recorded a two-out, two-run single to center in the third inning.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2017, Sports Hochi 6/9/2017, Daily Sports 6/9/2017

[UPDATE 6/11 @ 12:36am]

Nishioka took some fielding practice at first during Ni-gun workouts at Naruohama on June 8. Depending on his condition, he could begin playing some short during a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Koshien Stadium on June 11.

Source: Sanspo 6/9/2017

[UPDATE 6/11 @ 10:36pm]

Nishioka got the start at short and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Softbank today. He went 1-for-3. He hit a timely double in the fifth inning.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2017, Sponichi 6/11/2017

[UPDATE 6/13 @ 2:24pm]

Nishioka is scheduled to play in the three-game Ni-gun series against Chunichi that begins on June 13. He is slated to get starts at designated hitter on June 13 and 14. He could play the outfield on June 15.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/13/2017

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 1:02am]

Nishioka started at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Chunichi on June 13. He recorded a double to right in the fifth inning.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2017

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 5:36pm]

Nishioka started at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Chunichi on June 14. He went 0-for-2.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 6:15pm]

Nishioka got the start at center against Ni-gun Chunichi today. He went 1-for-3 with a single to left in the fifth inning. He handled four chances in center.

Source: Daily Sports 6/15/2017, Sponichi 6/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 7:00pm]

Nishioka started at designated hitter and batted third against Ni-gun Orix today. He went 1-for-3: 1B8 (succeeded in a double-steal), Kl, G4. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

Added additional performance details on 6/17 @ 4:13pm

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2017, Sanspo 6/17/2017

[UPDATE 6/23 @ 5:10pm]

Nishioka played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima today. He got the start at short, batted lead-off, and went 0-for-4. He reached on an error in the first inning and later stole third. He handled seven chances at short without any problems.

Source: Daily Sports 6/23/2017

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:13pm]

Nishioka started in center and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Hiroshima today. He went 2-for-2: He reached on a bunt in the first and hit a single to center in the second. He was replaced after two at bats (as planned). He is now 10-for-30 in eleven games.

Added additional performance information on 6/25 @ 12:51pm.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/25/2017

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 8:39pm]

Nishioka got the start at first and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Orix today. He went 3-for-3: 1B6, BB, 1B6, 1B7. He played first for the first time in his professional career. He handled two grounders without any problems.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2017

[UPDATE 7/3 @ 6:54pm]

Nishioka started at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Chunichi on July 2. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI: he hit an RBI double to left in his second at bat and a single to left in his third at bat. He is now 16-for-40 in fourteen Ni-gun games.

Source: Sanspo 7/3/2017

[UPDATE 7/5 @ 10:27pm]

Nishioka got the start at short and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Softbank Hawks today. He hit a home run to right to start off the eighth inning. He also recorded a single to left in his first at bat. He went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two stolen bases (he stole second and third in the first inning). He committed one fielding error.

Source: Daily Sports 7/5/2017

[UPDATE 7/10 @ 7:38pm]

Nishioka will play in a three-game series against Ni-gun Hiroshima that begins today at Naruohama. If everything checks out, he will join the Ichi-gun team on July 15.

Tomoaki Kanemoto was at today’s game until the end of the fifth inning. Nishioka got the start at short and batted lead-off. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI and recorded an RBI double in the fourth inning.

Through July 9, he was 21-for-55 with seven stolen bases in eighteen Ni-gun games.

Added additional performance information on 7/11 @ 3:28pm.

Source: Sponichi 7/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2017, Daily Sports 7/10/2017, Sponichi 7/11/2017, Sanspo 7/11/2017

[UPDATE 7/11 @ 6:49pm]

Nishioka started in left and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Hiroshima earlier today. He flied out to center in his first at bat, walked in his second at bat, and singled to right in his third at bat. He left the game on defense in the seventh. He handled three chances in left without any problems.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2017

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[11/22/2016] Hanshin Tigers: uniform number change

The Hanshin Tigers announced the following uniform number change today:

Source: Hanshin announcement

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[8/5/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka begins rehab at Naruohama

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left Achilles tendon) began his rehab at the Naruohama facilities on July 5. He spent about two hours working on his upper body and hamstrings.

Nishioka was using crutches to move around. It was the first time he was seen in public after he had surgery on his left Achilles tendon.

Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2016, Sports Hochi 8/5/2016

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[7/26/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka to have surgery

Tsuyoshi Nishioka told fans through his Facebook page that he was going to have surgery to treat his Achilles tendon on July 26. It came down to two options: either let the injury heal naturally or have surgery. He seriously considered letting the injury heal naturally, while also thinking that his career might be over, but team officials pushed surgery with a focus to return healthy in 2017.

Nishioka thanked fans for their support and understanding. He also explained that their comments helped play a role in his decision to have surgery.

Source: Facebook post

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[7/20/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka ruptures Achilles tendon

Tsuyoshi Nishioka hurt his left leg when he slipped while running to first on a single to left during his second at bat in the second inning of a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium earlier today. He could not get up on his own and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was later taken to a hospital in Amagasaki and diagnosed with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

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Source: Sanspo 7/20/2016, Sponichi 7/20/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/20/2016, Daily Sports 7/20/2016

[UPDATE 7/23 @ 8:10am]

Nishioka was re-examined at a hospital in Osaka on July 21 and diagnosed with a complete tear of the Achilles tendon. He could go under the knife early next week. The Tigers are currently planning to offer him a contract for the 2017 season.

Source: Daily Sports 7/22/2016, Sponichi 7/22/2016

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[6/2/2016] Hiroki Uemoto out, Tsuyoshi Nishioka in

Hiroki Uemoto complained of lower back pain during pre-game practices on June 1. He will be taken off the active roster and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) will be called up.

Nishioka may still have some difficulty running, but should not have any problems swinging the bat. If he is unable to play defense, he could still be used as a designated hitter or a bat off the bench.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2016, Daily Sports 6/2/2016

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[6/1/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka goes 0-for-4 in rehab game

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left hamstring) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima at Naruohama today. He was the starting designated hitter and batted lead-off. He went 0-for-4: F7, G4, G6, F7.

Source: Daily Sports 6/1/2016

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