Yuki Saito is set to join the Ichi-gun team on May 30. He has not allowed a run in his last two Ni-gun outings. He could get a start either during the Yokohama series at Sapporo Dome that begins on May 30, or during the Hanshin series at Koshien Stadium that begins on June 2.
Source: Sponichi 5/27/20170 Comments
Yuki Saito was scheduled to pitch a couple of innings during a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya earlier today. He took the mound in the sixth inning and promptly surrendered a home run to Takumaru Yaoita. He then took a line drive off his right shin/ankle. He temporarily left the field for treatment and returned to finish the inning (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R), but was replaced in the seventh as a precaution. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.
[UPDATE 5/12 @ 6:04pm]
Saito did not require a visit to the hospital. There is some swelling and a little internal bleeding on the outer side of his right shin.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/20170 Comments
Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Giants Stadium today. He gave up three runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-two hitters, walked one, and struck out two.
Saito allowed two runs on three hits (including two doubles) in the first, retired the side in order in the third, gave up a solo home run in the fourth, and put runners on first and second and two out in the fifth (infield single and walk) before getting Kazuma Okamoto to end the inning on a grounder to short.
Source: Sponichi 5/3/20170 Comments
Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya today. He gave up seven runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw eighty-six pitches, walked/hit three, and struck out five. He struggled in the first inning: he faced ten batters and gave up seven runs on four hits. Two of the hits came in two separate bases loaded situations: a two-run double to Taishi Nakagawa and a grand slam to Tadashi Ishimine.0 Comments
The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments on December 21:
Source: Nippon Ham announcement0 Comments
Yuki Saito’s uniform number will change from 18 to 1 next year. He met with the Nippon Ham Fighters after the season and told them that he wanted to return his uniform number 18 due to lack of performance. The Fighters in turn offered Saito the uniform number 1 because they want him to remember how things were before he turned pro (he wore the number in high school and college).
Source: Sponichi 12/20/20160 Comments
Yuki Saito joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts in Sapporo on August 6. The Nippon Ham Fighters are planning to add Saito to the active roster on September 7. They will most likely him as a long man out of the bullpen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/20160 Comments
Yuki Saito is currently slated to make his next Ichi-gun start on July 28 against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/20160 Comments