If Shohei Otani makes the World Baseball Classic roster, Hideki Kuriyama might not give him the opening day start. There is enough time in the schedule for Otani to prepare (he would get at least seven days of rest if Samurai Japan makes it to the finals), but there are other factors to consider on top of possible fatigue, like having to readjust to the NPB baseball after working with the WBC baseball.
Extra rest might be beneficial for Otani. Masahiro Tanaka followed a similar path in 2013 (the opening day start went to Takahiro Norimoto) and went on to go 24-0 before heading off to the Majors.
Kohei Arihara and Hirotoshi Takanashi are possible alternate opening day starters, if Kuriyama decides not to go with Otani.0 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
Kohei Arihara was taken off the active roster on September 3 because he is not scheduled to get another start for at least ten days. Including today, the Nippon Ham Fighters are slated to play seven games in the next ten days and no more than three games in a row. In fact, they will not play more than three games in a row until an eight game stretch to close out the end of the season (from September 21 until September 28).
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/4/20160 Comments
Kazuto Taguchi, Yomiuri (First Time)
4 G, 3-0, 23.2 IP, 1.14 ERA, 19 SO, 3 ER
Taguchi recorded his first MVP of the month. He started four games in July. He led the league in wins (tied) and ERA and did not allow more than a run in each of his four starts. He is the first left-handed Yomiuri pitcher to win the award since Toshiya Sugiuchi in March/April 2013.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Second Time)
24 G, .249 AVG, 36 H, 16 HR, 31 RBI
Tsutsugo picked up his second MVP of the Month award, first since May 2015. He led the league in home runs and RBI. His sixteen home runs tied an NPB record for Japanese players and he tied a Yokohama franchise record with thirty-one RBI. He set a new NPB record by recorded three consecutive games with two home runs.
Kohei Arihara, Nippon Ham (First Time)
4 G, 3-1, 30.2 IP, 1.47 ERA, 0 CG, 21 SO, 5 ER
Arihara pitched in four games in July and led the league in wins (tied). His ERA was good for third. He pitched eight shutout innings against Softbank on July 2 and Lotte on July 9 and seven shutout innings against Orix on July 22. He lost his start on July 29 against Softbank, but still played a big part in helping his team finished 17-4 in July.
Ryoichi Adachi, Orix (First Time)
22 G, .380 AVG, 30 H, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB
Adachi batted second in most of the games he played in July (twenty-one of twenty-two games) and recorded a hit in eighteen games. He led the league in batting average and hits and his on base percentage (.430) came in third. He recorded a go-ahead hit against Nippon Ham on July 12, a game-tying hit against Lotte on July 28, and a go-ahead double against Seibu on July 29.0 Comments
Kohei Arihara (back strain) pitched in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 20. He got the start against the Futures and tossed two shutout innings. He could return to the active roster for his next start if there are no lingering problems with his back. His next start could either come against Rakuten (two-game series at Sapporo Dome beginning on April 26) or Lotte (three-game series at QVC Marine beginning on April 29).
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/20160 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Kohei Arihara was diagnosed with a back strain. He will require about ten days for a full recovery. He was taken off the active roster on April 6.
Arihara first started feeling pain in his back on the evening of April 5. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo earlier today.0 Comments