Hirata, Ryosuke 平田 良介 (ひらた・りょうすけ)
Chunichi Dragons | #6 | OF
Born: 03/22/1988 (age 31)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 88kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 2005, High School 1st Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 04/04/2016, added 04/21/2016, removed 09/13/2016

[7/28/2018] Ryosuke Hirata has a bruised left pinky

Ryosuke Hirata got the start in right against the Yomiuri Giants on July 28. He was hit by a pitch on his left pinky during his first at bat in the first inning. He was helped off the field for treatment and ultimately replaced by a pinch-runner.

Hirata was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for test and was diagnosed with a bruise.

Source: Sponichi 7/28/2018, Sports Hochi 7/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2018


[6/24/2018] Ryosuke Hirata sits out a game

Ryosuke Hirata was hit by a pitch on near his right knee during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on June 23. He did not participate in pre-game practices and was left out of the starting line-up on June 24.

The Chunichi Dragons did not want to push Hirata because he had problems with his right knee last year. Hirata is hoping to return to the starting line-up on June 26.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sports Hochi 6/24/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018


[6/18/2017] Ryosuke Hirata taken off active roster

Ryosuke Hirata was taken off the active roster today. The Chunichi Dragons told the media it was due to discomfort in his right knee. He has not been examined at a hospital.

Added additional information on 6/19 @ 1:41pm

Source: Sanpso 6/18/2017, Sponichi 6/19/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 11:55am]

Hirata was examined at a hospital on June 20. He wore a brace when he visited Nagoya Stadium after his examination. He told reporters he still felt some pain when moving his right knee in certain directions, but was otherwise okay. He also told reporters he had his knee drained and need to keep the brace on for a couple weeks. He could end up missing the first-half of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/21/2017, Daily Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 9:29pm]

Hirata hurt his right knee when he slid head-first into home plate during a game against Seibu on June 17. He has been good about avoiding head-first slides because he hurt his right shoulder three or four times. He had to be told by Hiromitsu Ochiai not to do it. But in the game against Seibu, he let his emotions get the better of him. He has no regrets, since it happened in the heat of the moment, but he also never wants to do another head-first slide again.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 8/22 @ 3:46pm]

Hirata’s knee is taking longer to heal than expected. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya today and was told that he does not need surgery. He will get a second opinion at a hospital in Osaka on August 24. Surgery could still be an option, depending on results from his second opinion.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/22/2017, Sports Hochi 8/22/2017


[1/30/2017] Ryosuke Hirata gets checked out at hospital

Ryosuke Hirata did not participate in joint workouts at Chatan on January 30 because he was not feeling well. He worked out on his own after he was examined at a hospital. He told reporters there were no problems. He was able to attend the uniform press conference after practices.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/30/2017


[9/16/2016] Ryosuke Hirata resumes hitting practices

Ryosuke Hirata (right shoulder) resumed soft-toss batting practice today at Nagoya Stadium. He told reporters there were no problems when he swung the bat and that he might be able to take batting practice against a pitching machine tomorrow. It is unlikely that he will be able to return to the active roster before the end of the regular season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/16/2016


[9/13/2016] Ryosuke Hirata leaves game with shoulder injury

Ryosuke Hirata hurt his right shoulder while chasing after a baseball in the fifth inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Nagoya Dome on September 13. He was replaced on defense in the 6th inning.

Hirata was taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests and diagnosed with a minor right shoulder labrum injury. He later told reporters that he first started feeling pain in his shoulder about half a month ago. He was able to play through the pain, but it got worse, to the point where it was throbbing when he stood. He will most likely be taken off the active roster on September 14 and will be shut down for about a week. He might end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/13/2016, Sponichi 9/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/13/2016

[UPDATE 9/14 @ 7:41pm]

Hirata told reporters that he suffered the same injury during his third year in high school (September 2005). He also admitted that the injury affected his swing.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2016


[7/31/2016] Ryosuke Hirata out of starting line-up with lower back discomfort

Ryosuke Hirata left last night’s game on defense in the eighth inning because of discomfort in his lower back. He was left out of the starting line-up tonight as a precaution (he worked through back issues earlier this year in June and missed two games). He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2016, Sponichi 7/31/2016


[6/17/2016] Ryosuke Hirata’s left leg appears to be fine

A day after missing a game because of discomfort in his left leg, Ryosuke Hirata made the starting line-up in right and batted third. He did not have any problems during pre-game practices and told reporters he was fine.

Hirata drove in a run with a double to left in tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Nagoya Dome. It ended up being the only run of the game for either team.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2016


[6/16/2016] Ryosuke Hirata has pain in left leg

Ryosuke Hirata was left out of the starting line-up tonight against Lotte at Nagoya Dome because of discomfort in his leg. He visited a hospital for tests during practices and returned to crutches (he was dragging his left leg). The Chunichi Dragons could end up taking him off the active roster tomorrow.

Hirata had problems with his left hip in April. He more recently complained of lower back pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016, Sports Hochi 6/16/2016


[6/10/2016] Ryosuke Hirata left out of the starting line-up

Ryosuke Hirata was left out of the starting line-up today against Seibu at Seibu Prince Dome because of pain in his lower back. He kept his workouts light since today was a travel day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/10/2016