Takaya, Hiroaki 髙谷 裕亮 (たかや・ひろあき)
Softbank Hawks | #12 | C
Born: 11/12/1981 (age 37)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 84kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Tochigi
Draft: 2006, 3rd Round
History: 小山北桜高-富士重工-白鴎大
Roster Changes: removed 06/18/2016, added 09/09/2016

[2/20/2018] Hiroaki Takaya reassigned to rehab group with elbow inflammation

Hiroaki Takaya was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on February 19 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. He was reassigned to the rehab group on February 20.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2018, Full Count 2/20/2018

[UPDATE 2/22 @ 1:46am]

If the recovery process takes too long, surgery might become an option.

Source: Sanspo 2/21/2018

[UPDATE 2/24 @ 3:41am]

Takaya has decided to undergo surgery to treat the elbow and will most likely miss the start of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2018, Sanspo 2/23/2018

[UPDATE 2/27 @ 9:18pm]

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Takaya had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2018


Hiroaki Takaya: Did You Know


October 31, 2017 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Takaya threw out two runners (Masayuki Kuwahara and Takayuki Kajitani) trying to second base in the first inning. He joined Toru Hosokawa (2014 Nippon Series, Game 5, 3rd inning, Matt Murton and Hiroki Uemoto) as the only catchers in NPB history to throw out two runners trying to steal a base in one Nippon Series inning.

Source: Sponichi 11/1/2017, Daily Sports 11/1/2017


[7/24/2017] Hiroaki Takaya taken off active roster with concussion

Hiroaki Takaya suffered a concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask. He was taken off the active roster today under the special concussion rule.

Source: NHK 7/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/24/2017

[UPDATE 7/31 @ 4:16pm]

Takaya is expected to return to the active roster on August 1. He was taken off the active roster with a concussion caused by taking four foul tips off his mask over a period of two games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2017

[UPDATE 8/2 @ 4:00pm]

Takaya was added to the active roster today. He took an NPB six-level concussion test without any problems.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2017


[6/10/2017] Hiroaki Takaya fractures middle finger

Hiroaki Takaya fractured his right middle finger while attempting to catch a foul-tip during the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at YafuOku Dome.

Hanshin’s Shunsuke Fujikawa hit a foul-tip during his at bat in the seventh inning. Takaya dropped his glove hand down to block a possible ball in the dirt and brought his right hand over the top. The foul-tip struck his right middle finger and broke the fingernail. He received treatment and remained in the game, but was replaced on defense in the ninth inning.

After the game, Takaya was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for tests. He was diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx. The Softbank Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling tomorrow before deciding what steps to take next.

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

[UPDATE 6/11 @ 10:33pm]

Takaya was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2017


[11/7/2016] Hiroaki Takaya decides to stay with Softbank

Thirty-four-year-old Hiroaki Takaya earned his domestic free agent option this season. He visited YafuOku Dome on November 7 and informed the team that he was not going to use the option.

Takaya told reporters he never really thought about using his option and that the Softbank Hawks considered him a part of their plans next year, even though he did not have a good season (he hurt his left knee and needed surgery).

Source: Sponichi 11/7/2016, Tokyo Sports 11/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2016


[7/4/2016] Hiroaki Takaya to have surgery on left knee

The Softbank Hawks announced that Hiroaki Takaya will have surgery to treat a meniscus injury in his left knee on July 6. He will be hospitalized for about a week and will require roughly two months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2016


[6/22/2016] Hiroaki Takaya may have suffered left knee injury

Hiroaki Takaya was taken off the active roster on June 19. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on June 21 and was diagnosed with possible injuries to two areas of his left knee: the medial condyle of the femur and the meniscus.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2016, Sponichi 6/22/2016


[6/20/2016] Hiroaki Takaya out with left knee discomfort

Hiroaki Takaya was taken off the active roster on June 19 because of discomfort in his left knee. Takaya was able to participate in practices on the same day, but returned to Fukuoka before the start of the Hanshin game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2016