Maeda, Yamato 大和 (やまと)
Hanshin Tigers | #0 | INF
Born: 11/04/1987 (age 31)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 69kg
Bats: B
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kagoshima
Draft: 2005, High School 4th Round
History: 樟南高(甲)

[10/24/2018] Yamato to have ankle surgery

The media learned on October 21 that Yamato will have surgery on his left ankle. He is expected to be ready for spring camp next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2018

[UPDATE 10/31 @ 11:23am]

The Bay Stars announced that Yamato had surgery to clean his left ankle at a hospital in Yokohama on October 30. There were no complications during the procedure.

Yamato originally hurt the ankle during practices before a Yakult game at Yokohama on September 8.

Source: Yokohama 10/30/2018, Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018


[9/8/2018] Yamato sits out game with ankle discomfort

Yamato was left out of the starting line-up against Yakult on September 8 because he felt discomfort in his left ankle during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 9/8/2018, Sanspo 9/8/2018, Sponichi 9/8/2018


[7/5/2018] Yamato taken off active roster

Yamato sat out yesterday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome because of tightness in his back (or pain in his left side). He was taken off the active roster today after discussing his condition with team staff. The Yokohama Bay Stars are hoping Yamato will be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/5/2018


[6/12/2018] Yamato gets hit by batted ball during pre-game practices

Yamato was hit in the head by a batted ball during pre-game practices at ZOZO Marine Stadium today. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests. There were no abnormalities. Yamato later returned to the stadium after the start of the game and told reporters he was fine. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow.

Yamato was penciled in to get the start at short against Lotte today. While chasing after a fly ball hit behind him, a batted ball hit him near the back of the head and neck.

Source: Sanspo 6/12/2018, Daily Sports 6/12/2018, Daily Sports 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/12/2018

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 10:42am]

Yamato was re-examined at a hospital in Yokohama on June 13. No abnormalities were discovered. He was able to participate in regular practices later in the day. He could return to the starting line-up today.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Daily Sports 6/13/2018


[10/5/2017] Yamato leaves game after hurting leg

Yamato may have hurt his right leg while making a defensive play in the top of the second inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2017, Daily Sports 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 10:40pm]

Yamato was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a mild sprain in his left ankle. The Hanshin Tigers are not planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/2017, Daily Sports 10/6/2017


[8/17/2017] Yamato taken off active roster with tightness in right side

Yamato hurt his right side during yesterday’s (August 16) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Kyocera Dome. He recorded an infield single in his first at bat in the second inning and replaced on defense before the start of the third inning. The Hanshin Tigers told the press after the game that Yamato was removed from the game as a precaution because he felt some tightness in his right side. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests.

Yamato was removed from the active roster today.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2017, Daily Sports 8/17/2017Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017

[UPDATE 8/25 @ 12:39am]

Yamato resumed playing catch on August 23. He also started running on the same day (he was up to jogging on August 22).

Source: Sanspo 8/24/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:20pm]

Yamato started taking grounders outdoors on August 26.

Source: Sanspo 8/27/2017

[UPDATE 9/3 @ 1:17pm]

Yamato resumed outdoor live batting practice on September 2. He took a total 101 swings from both sides of the plate.

Source: Sanspo 9/3/2017


[10/26/2016] Yamato to miss fall camp with muscle strain

Yamato was taken to a hospital in Amagasaki, Hyogo after fall practices on October 25 and diagnosed with a strain in his right side. He will not attend fall camp and will instead rehab at the Naruohama facilities.

Yamato had been working on hitting from both sides of the plate as a way to increase his playing time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016