Nanita, Ricardo ナニータ (なにーた)
Born: 06/11/1981 (age 38)
Height: 182cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: O
History: フロリダインターナショナル大-3Aバッファロー-メキシコ・キンタナロー
Roster Changes: removed 07/27/2016, added 08/08/2016, removed 08/15/2016

[1/24/2017] Ricardo Nanita has TJ surgery, wants to return to NPB in 2018

The media learned today that former Chunichi Dragon Ricardo Nanita had Tommy John surgery on January 12. He is hoping to recover in time to play winter ball later this year with his eye on a possible return to the NPB in 2018.

Nanita signed with Chunichi in December 2014. Injuries limited him to fifty-two games in 2015 (lower back, left elbow). He played in ninety-two games in 2016 and recorded a twenty game hitting streak between April and May. He was let go after the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/24/2017


[9/17/2016] Ricardo Nanita goes 1-for-2 in Ni-gun game

Ricardo Nanita (left elbow) played in a Ni-gun game against Softbank on September 17. He got the start in left and batted clean-up. It was his first game since August 13. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI: infield RBI single in the first inning and ground out to first in the third inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/17/2016


[9/10/2016] Injury Updates: Drew Naylor, Ricardo Nanita

The media learned on September 10 that Drew Naylor is again having problems with his right shoulder. The pain returned after his last appearance on September 3 against Ni-gun Orix. He is not expected to pitch in any more games this season.

Naylor would like to return to Chunichi next year. He is also looking forward to the possibility of playing for Australia during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2016

Ricardo Nanita (left elbow) may not be able to make it back to the active roster before the end of the season. He is still unable to swing the bat or throw the ball at full strength. He was hoping to play in his first rehab game on September 9, but will now most likely have to wait until the last series of the Ni-gun season on September 20. Assuming no problems, he might be able to make it back to the active roster in time for the last two home games of the season on September 24 and 25 (against Hanshin).

Nanita would also like to return to Chunichi next year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2016


[8/16/2016] Chunichi Dragons: Dayan Viciedo, Ricardo Nanita, Anderson Hernandez

Dayan Viciedo visited a hospital in Nagoya on August 16 to get his left ankle examined and treated. He was diagnosed with an ankle sprain. Viciedo later showed up at Nagoya Stadium with his ankle wrapped. He still feels pain due to inflammation, but the injury itself is not considered serious.

Viciedo could not get his ankle examined sooner because the team doctor was on vacation.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2016, Sports Hochi 8/16/2016


Ricardo Nanita was taken off the active roster today with discomfort in his left elbow. He has been examined by a doctor and was advised not to do any throwing for about two weeks.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2016


Anderson Hernandez took batting practice at Nagoya Stadium on August 16. His lower back has gotten better. He does not have any problems fielding the ball, but still needs a little more time.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/16/2016


[7/10/2016] Ricardo Nanita hurt after attempting diving catch

Ricardo Nanita suffered an injury (either his right or left side) when he dove for a baseball while playing defense in the fifth inning against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium earlier today. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital during the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016, Sports Hochi 7/10/2016, Sponichi 7/10/2016, Daily Sports 7/10/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:43pm]

Nanita was taken to a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a bruise on the right side of his chest.

Source: Sanspo 7/10/2016

[UPDATE 7/12 @ 12:28am]

Nanita was with the team but was not available to play in tonight’s game against Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium. He was able to do some light practices before the game (running is not a problem). The Bay Stars are not expected to take him off the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2016