Igarashi, Ryota 五十嵐 亮太 (いがらし・りょうた)
Softbank Hawks | #53 | P
Born: 05/27/1979 (age 40)
Height: 178cm
Weight: 94kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 1997, 2nd Round
History: 敬愛学園高-ヤクルト-メッツ-パイレーツ-ブルージェイズ-ヤンキース-3Aスクラントン
Roster Changes: removed 04/21/2016, added 06/23/2016, removed 09/22/2016

[1/24/2019] Ryota Igarashi returns to the Yakult Swallows

The Yakult Swallows held a press conference to formally announce the return of thirty-nine-year-old Ryota Igarashi. He was assigned the uniform number 53. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a salary of twenty million yen plus incentives.

Igarashi began his NPB career when the Swallows selected him in the second round of the 1997 draft. He left the Swallows after the 2009 season through free agency and spent the next three seasons in the Majors. He returned to Japan in 2013 and signed with the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Yakult 1/24/2019, Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019


[2/1/2018] Ryota Igarashi might have a herniated disc

The Softbank Hawks announced on February 1 that thirty-eight-year-old Ryota Igarashi will not attend spring camp in Miyazaki because of a possible herniated disc in his back.

Igarashi worked out in the United States this winter. He attended a team function in Fukuoka on January 30, but did not travel with the team to Miyazaki.

Source: Daily Sports 2/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2018

[UPDATE 2/5 @ 3:03pm]

Igarashi has decided not to go under the knife and will most likely require about two months for a full recovery. He may have pushed himself a little too hard during his workouts in Hawaii. He is currently resting.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2018


[11/9/2017] Ryota Igarashi not expected to use FA option

Thirty-eight-year-old Ryota Igarashi joined fall camp on November 8. He finished off a two-year deal this season and holds a free agent option. He is not expected to use his option and will most likely stay with the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2017


[7/11/2017] Ryota Igarashi tweaks left leg

Ryota Igarashi left tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome after throwing just two pitches. Igarashi entered the game in the seventh inning with runners on second and third and two out. He cringed and grabbed the back of his left leg after throwing his second pitch of the game to Zelous Wheeler.

Igarashi called time and motioned to the catcher. He was then replaced by Sho Iwasaki.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2017

[UPDATE 7/12 @ 12:02am]

Igarashi was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka. An MRI revealed injuries to the left semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles (hamstring). He might need two to three months for a full recovery.

The veteran told reporters he hurt the hamstring when he threw the pitch and that he heard a sound.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2017

[UPDATE 8/20 @ 1:44am]

Igarashi pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on August 19. He entered the game in the sixth and tossed a perfect inning. He struck out two.

Source: Sanspo 8/19/2017

[UPDATE 9/8 @ 2:02am]

Igarashi is slated to return to the active roster on September 8.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2017


Ryota Igarashi: Did You Know

Ryota Igarashi has not recorded a single start during his professional career: 708 NPB games and 83 MLB games. He was mistaken for Hisanori Takahashi while playing winter ball in Mexico and his last five outings were starts.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2016


[10/25/2016] Matsuzaka, Igarashi looking to play winter ball

Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to play winter ball in Puerto Rico this off-season. The Softbank Hawks are expected to give him permission to play.

Ryota Igarashi is thinking about playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

Source: Daily Sports 10/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/30 @ 9:55pm]

Softbank announced on October 30 that Igarashi will play winter ball in Mexico. He will leave on October 31 and return in mid-December.

Source: Sanspo 10/30/2016

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 11:14pm]

The Hawks are expected to allow Matsuzaka to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. His agent is currently finalizing the paperwork with the Gigantes de Carolina.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/10/2016, Sports Hochi 11/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/10/2016

[UPDATE 11/19 @ 3:00am]

Igarashi’s last two appearances for the Tomateros de Culiacan have been as a starting pitcher. In his last outing on November 16, he pitched eight shutout innings and struck out twelve.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/18/2016

[UPDATE 11/20 @ 6:11pm]

Matsuzaka will be working with the Gigantes de Carolina. He is scheduled to arrive in Puerto Rico on November 29 and suit up on November 30. His contract is for one month, December. He could also stick around a bit longer.

Source: Sponichi 11/20/2016

[UPDATE 12/2 @ 9:21pm]

Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his first start on December 3 (Japan time December 4) and throw about fifty pitches.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/2/2016

[UPDATE 12/4 @ 10:48pm]

Matsuzaka’s start on December 4: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 2 SO. He threw 75 pitches even though he was slated to throw 50. He topped out at about 143km/h.

Nikkan Sports posted the following breakdown by inning:

(Added a few more notes from newer updates: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2016, Sponichi 12/5/2016)

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 12:34pm]

Matsuzaka is slated to throw eighty to eighty-five pitches during his next start on December 13 (Japan time December 14). He will be making the start on nine days of rest.

Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2016

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 5:39pm]

Results from Matsuzaka’s second start: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 SO. He gave up a lead-off double to start the game, but did not allow any runs in the first inning. He retired the side in order in the second (K, F3, Fo5) and third (G6, G6, F7) innings. He allowed a run on a hit, walk, a wild pitch, and a sac fly in the fourth inning. He walked a batter in the fifth inning, but did not allow any runs. He threw seventy-seven pitches. There was a rain delay of about ten minutes during the fifth inning.

Nikkan Sports‘ inning breakdown:

Source: Sports Hochi 12/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2016

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 11:33am]

Of the seventy-seven pitches Matsuzaka threw during his last start, thirty-nine were two-seamers. His fastball topped out at 90 miles an hour and his two-seamer averaged about 86 miles per hour. He also moved to a no-wind delivery and improved his control: he walked six in four innings in his first start with a 47 percent strike rate and two in five innings in his second start with a 58 percent strike rate.

Source: Sponichi 12/15/2016

[UPDATE 12/16 @ 10:34pm]

Matsuzaka will probably get two more starts. His next start could come on December 22 (Japan time December 23).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/16/2016

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 9:51pm]

Matsuzaka got a start on December 20. He gave up two runs on six hits over four innings. He walked one and struck out three. He allowed a run on three hits in the second inning and a second run on a sac fly in the third.

Source: Daily Sports 12/21/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/21/2016, Sponichi 12/21/2016

[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:29pm]

Matsuzaka is slated to make his last start on December 28 (Japan time December 29). He threw fifty-two pitches during a bullpen session on December 26.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2016, Sponichi 12/27/2016

[UPDATE 12/29 @ 7:12pm]

Matsuzaka made his last start on December 28. He pitched seven innings and gave up a run on three hits and two walks. He three eighty-eight pitches and struck out three.

Nikkan Sports’ inning breakdown:

Source: Daily Sports 12/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2016


[6/22/2016] Softbank Hawks to add Ryota Igarashi to the active roster

Ryota Igarashi (left hamstring) is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on June 22. He pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on June 21 and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He threw fifteen pitches, faced five hitters, allowed one hit, walked one, and topped out at 151km/h. The Softbank Hawks are expected to add him to the active roster on June 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2016


[4/22/2016] Ryota Igarashi out with hamstring strain

Ryota Igarashi hurt his left hamstring during practices at QVC Marine on April 21. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a left hamstring strain. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is currently no timetable on his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2016, Daily Sports 4/22/2016


[4/5/2016] Ryota Igarashi records 141st hold

Ryota Igarashi recorded his 141st career hold on April 5 and moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time list.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2016

Name JPN Name ENG Holds Activity Appearances
1 山口 鉄也 Yamaguchi, Tetsuya 254 2007-2016 566
2 浅尾 拓也 Asao, Takuya 199 2007-2015 402
3 宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki 193 2008-2015 465
4 ウィリアムス Williams, Jeff 141 2003-2009 371
5 五十嵐 亮太 Igarashi, Ryota 141 1999-2016 677