Rick van den Hurk is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation. He was scratched from a batting practice pitcher assignment on March 9 because of lower back pain. van den Hurk struggled with a similar condition during spring camp. He will begin a rehab assignment on March 12.0 Comments
All of the main everyday foreign players are expected to return to the Softbank Hawks next year.
Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017
[UPDATE 11/5 @ 10:40pm]
Sarfate and van den Hurk left Japan on November 5.
[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:29pm]
Despaigne, Moinelo, and Colas returned to Cuba out of Fukuoka Airport on November 7.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017
[UPDATE 11/10 @ 2:32am]
The Hawks announced on November 9 that the following players are signed to contracts for the 2018 season: Despaigne, van den Hurk, Moinelo, Sarfate, Suarez, and Colas.
The Hawks also announced that they will not offer Jensen a contract for the 2018 season.0 Comments
van den Hurk was undefeated at YafuOku Dome (14-0 in eighteen games) until he lost a start against the Orix Buffaloes on September 13, 2017.
Source: Sponichi 9/14/2017
September 9 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – van den Hurk notched his tenth victory of the year and joined Joe Stanka (1960-61, 1963-65) and Jason Standridge (2014-15) as the only pitchers in Hawks history to record at least ten wins in two or more consecutive seasons. van den Hurk won thirteen games in 2017.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/20180 Comments
Rick van den Hurk was slated for a start on April 1 against Lotte, but may have been scratched because of a blister on his right index finger. He might be pushed back to April 6 against Rakuten. Kenichi Nakata was originally set for the start on April 6, but his tune-up appearance at Ni-gun on March 30 was canceled. He might be getting ready for the start on April 1.
The media also learned that van den Hurk suffered a broken nail on his right index finger during the World Baseball Classic. The incident occurred while pitching against Japan on March 12.0 Comments
Rick van den Hurk participated in Ichi-gun practices at YafuOku Dome today. He threw forty-six pitches in the bullpen. He is currently scheduled to return to the active roster in time for a start on September 18 against Orix at YafuOku Dome.
[UPDATE 9/16 @ 3:42pm]
Daily Sports is reporting that van den Hurk is scheduled to pitch in tomorrow’s game (September 17) against Orix. Tsuyoshi Wada has already been announced as the starter.
Source: Daily Sports 9/16/20160 Comments
Shohei Otani was announced to get the Nippon Ham Fighters’ start tonight against the Orix Buffaloes at Sapporo Dome. Kohei Arihara will most likely get tomorrow’s start. The two could get starts during the final Softbank series next week that begins on September 21 (two games).
In Fukuoka, the Softbank Hawks could be lining up Shota Takeda and Tsuyoshi Wada for the Nippon Ham series — Takeda was announced for tonight’s start against Rakuten and Wada will most likely get tomorrow’s start. Rick van den Hurk is also expected to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on September 15.0 Comments
Rick van den Hurk started a Ni-gun game against Orix on September 9. He tossed five shutout innings and scattered three hits. He did not walk a batter, struck out six, and topped out at 152km/h.0 Comments
Rick van den Hurk and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Beppu Municipal Baseball Stadium on September 3.
Rick van den Hurk (fatigue, neck) was scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun game on August 17 against Hanshin. He was scratched from the start after he spoke to Kimiyasu Kudo on August 15 and indicated that he had some concerns about his condition/progress. He will be reassessed after a week to ten days. He may not be able to return to the active roster until some time in early-September.0 Comments
Rick van den Hurk (fatigue, neck) started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at Tama Home Stadium Chikuko earlier today. He pitched three shutout innings, threw thirty-seven pitches, allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out four.
Source: Sponichi 8/10/20160 Comments