Imamiya, Kenta 今宮 健太 (いまみや・けんた)
Softbank Hawks | #2 | INF
Born: 07/14/1991 (age 27)
Height: 172cm
Weight: 76kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Oita
Draft: 2009, 1st Round
History: 明豊高(甲)

[6/14/2018] Kenta Imamiya taken off active roster

Kenta Imamiya was taken off the active roster on June 13 with inflammation in his right elbow. He was playing threw the injury, but it was beginning to affect not only his fielding, but also his hitting. He will begin rehab today and may require more than the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Mainichi 6/13/2018, Nishi Nippon 6/13/2018

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[5/22/2018] Kenta Imamiya bumped from starting line-up because of elbow discomfort

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu at YafuOku Dome on May 22 because of discomfort in his elbow. He was slated to make the starting line-up, but complained of discomfort in his elbow after participating in pre-game practices. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Daily Sports 5/22/2018


[3/23/2018] Kenta Imamiya out with viral gastroenteritis

Kenta Imamiya visited a hospital in Fukuoka on March 23 and was diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. He will get some rest at home until March 25. He is expected to miss the remaining exhibition games on the schedule.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2018, Sponichi 3/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2018


[2/24/2018] Kenta Imamiya has right elbow synovitis

Kenta Imamiya developed pain in his right elbow on February 23. He visited a hospital in Fukuoka on February 24 and was diagnosed with elbow synovitis. Imamiya believes he will be fine for opening day, but it is unclear if he will be okay for the Samurai Japan games against Australia on March 2 and 3.

Source: Sanspo 2/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2018, Sponichi 2/24/2018


[7/8/2017] Kenta Imamiya left out of the starting line-up

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome because of fatigue related lower back pain. He was taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests during pre-game practices. This was the first time he did not make the starting line-up this season.

Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters the turf at Sapporo Dome was hard and that now was not the time to push players.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2017

[UPDATE 7/11 @ 6:56pm]

Imamiya missed two games because of lower back pain and a fever. He was again left out of the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2017


Kenta Imamiya: Did You Know

Charitable Work

Imamiya hit the Fukuoka Bank sign on the wall in right during a game against Lotte on July 22 and earned a one million yen reward. He donated the entire sum to relief efforts for the Kyushu Heavy Rainfall Disaster earlier this year in July.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017



July 5 vs Orix at YafuOku Dome – Imamiya recorded the 250th sac hit of his career and became the nineteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. At twenty-five years and eleven months, he is the youngest player to record 250 sac hits. The previous record of twenty-eight years and ten months was held by Masahiro Kawai.

Imamiya notched his 250th sac hit in his 788th game. Only Kawai, at 723 games, managed to reach 250 in fewer games.

Source: Sponichi 7/6/2017


June 5 vs Yakult at Jingu Stadium – Imamiya blasted Softbank’s 8,500th franchise home run. The milestone home run came off Masanori Ishikawa in the second inning. The Hawks are the fourth team in the NPB, behind the Yomiuri Giants, Seibu Lions, and Chunichi Dragons, to reach 8,500 home runs.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2018, Sports Hochi 6/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/5/2018

Major League

Imamiya is interested in playing in the Majors. He is currently set to earn his international free agent option in 2020.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/2o18


The Hawks announced on June 6 that Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 3,192 grams, at a hospital in Oita.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2018


[1/28/2017] Kenta Imamiya’s wife give birth to baby boy

Kenta Imamiya’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,200 grams, at a hospital in Oita earlier today. Imamiya had ended his workouts in Kitakyushu on January 27 to be with his wife.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/28/2017


[10/27/2016] Kenta Imamiya filed marriage papers in June

The media learned on October 26 that Kenta Imamiya (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman from Oita earlier this year in June. They are currently living in Fukuoka and are expecting their first child next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/27/2016


[10/18/2016] Kenta Imamiya to have elbow surgery

The media learned on October 17 that Kenta Imamiya will have surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. The loose bodies were discovered during the off-season last year. He skipped surgery and was fine until the pain got worse toward the end of the season. He will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery. He should be fine for the start of the season next year.

Source: Sponichi 10/18/2016, Daily Sports 10/18/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 1:26am]

Imamiya will go under the knife at a hospital in Fukuoka on October 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016


[9/27/2016] Kenta Imamiya to get elbow checked out

Kenta Imamiya did not participate in practices and did not play in tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines because of pain in his right elbow. He may have suffered the injury during yesterday’s game against Lotte. He told coaches that he had difficulty throwing the ball.

Imamiya returned to Fukuoka and will be examined at a hospital tomorrow.

Source: Sponichi 9/27/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2016