Nakata, Sho 中田 翔 (なかた・しょう)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #6 | INF
Born: 04/21/1989 (age 28)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 104kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Hiroshima
Draft: 2007, High School 1st Round
History: 大阪桐蔭高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 09/30/2016, added 10/11/2016

[5/25/2017] Sho Nakata hit by baseball during practices

Sho Nakata was hit by a baseball during practices on May 24. Nakata was waiting for his turn during batting practice when a ball thrown toward home plate by Kensuke Kondo took one bounce on the ground then hit Nakata on the right side of his chin. He was treated with ice after he finished his workouts.

Source: Sponichi 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017


[4/20/2017] Ni-gun game notes for Yuki Saito, Sho Nakata, Taishi Ota

The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017


[4/12/2017] Sho Nakata diagnosed with adductor muscle contusion

Sho Nakata felt pain near the base of his right leg after flying out to second in the fourth inning and was later replaced on defense in the fifth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes on April 9.

Nakata first started feeling the pain when he swung the bat during his last plate appearance against the Buffaloes on April 8. He was examined (MRI) at a hospital in Sapporo on April 10 and diagnosed with a first degree adductor muscle contusion. He is considered day-to-day. He missed yesterday’s (April 11) and today’s Softbank games.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/9/2017, Sports Hochi 4/10/2017, Sports Hochi 4/10/2017, Daily Sports 4/10/2017, Daily Sports 4/10/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2017Sponichi 4/10/2017, Sponichi 4/10/2017, Sponichi 4/11/2017

[UPDATE 4/13 @ 5:23pm]

The Fighters decided to take Nakata off the active roster today as a precaution. He was able to take light pain-free swings today, but coaches were concerned about rushing his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2017, Sponichi 4/13/2017, Daily Sports 4/13/2017, Sports Hochi 4/13/2017

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 10:20pm]

Nakata started a rehab program at Kamagaya today. His workouts included some light running, a game of catch, and soft-toss batting practice. Assuming no setbacks, he could join general Ni-gun practices on April 16. Beyond that, he might be able to play in a Ni-gun three-game series against Yakult that begins on April 18.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2017, Sponichi 4/15/2017, Sanspo 4/15/2017

[UPDATE 4/17 @ 5:24pm]

Nakata participate in practices at Kamagaya today. During live batting practice, he took twenty-four swings and hit eight over the fence. He told reporters his leg felt fine and that he was only thinking about taking full swings of the bat.

Nakata took twenty-two swings during live batting practice yesterday and hit four over the fence.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/17/2017, Daily Sports 4/17/2017

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 5:43pm]

Nakata is set to play in a rehab game at Ni-gun on April 19 against Yakult at Toda. It will be his first Ni-gun game since 2010.

Assuming no problems, Nakata could return to the active roster on April 23.

Source: Daily Sports 4/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2017

[UPDATE 4/19 @ 3:59pm]

Nakata played in a Ni-gun rehab game today against Yakult. He started at designated hitter and batted clean-up. He recorded two plate appearances: foul out to third and a walk. He told reporters he felt fine and was able to swing the bat better than expected.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/19/2017


Sho Nakata: Did You Know

Nakata batted third on June 10, 2017 for the first time in his NPB career. Breakdown of spots in the line-up (through June 10, 2017): first – no games, second – no games, third – 1 game, fourth – 794 games, fifth – 4 games, sixth – 54 games, seventh – 69 games, eighth – 7 games, ninth – no games.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2017



[3/18/2017] Sho Nakata to earn domestic FA option this season

According to a report by Sponichi, twenty-seven-year-old Sho Nakata is scheduled to earn his domestic free agent option this year and international free agent option next year. Additionally, they mention that the Cardinals and Red Sox might be interested in him.

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2017


[2/9/2017] Sho Nakata slowed by left wrist pain

Sho Nakata canceled his afternoon batting practice sessions on February 8 because of pain in his left wrist. He may have started feeling something in his wrist during an evening practice session on February 7. His condition does not appear to be serious. He resumed light batting practices today (about fifty soft-toss and nineteen against a batting practice pitcher).

Nakata has been pushing himself hard so far during spring camp. He has swung the bat over 2,000 times so far during spring camp and has been participating in evening practice sessions almost every day. He has had problems with his wrist in the past (it has not been the same since he fractured the hamate bone in June 2008), but never this earlier in the year.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2017, Sports Hochi 2/9/2017Nikkan Sports 2/9/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/9/2017, Sponichi 2/9/2017


[12/29/2016] Sho Nakata to attend Ni-gun spring camp

Five Nippon Ham Fighter players were selected to the World Baseball Classic roster. Shohei Otani and Shota Ono are currently scheduled to attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona next year. Sho Nakata, Naoki Miyanishi, and Hirotoshi Masui are currently slated to attend Ni-gun spring camp in Kunigami, Okinawa.

Nakata told reporters he was going to stay in Japan because it would allow him to maximize his time. He would also be able to work out with Miyanishi and Masui. He jokingly said that he might consider going to Arizona if they had washlets.

Source: Sponichi 12/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2016, Sports Hochi 12/29/2016


[7/1/2016] Sho Nakata returns to the starting line-up

Sho Nakata returned to the starting line-up tonight against the Softbank Hawks after missing the last few games with tightness in his lower back.

Nakata participated in pre-game workouts on June 28 and 29. He was available off the bench for both games, but did not see any playing time. He was able to rest on June 30 and was okay to play today. He made the starting line-up at first base and batted fourth. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/1/2016


[6/28/2016] Sho Nakata: slump, lower back tightness

Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Seibu Lions at Sapporo Dome. Hideki Kuriyama told reporters he went with a pinch hitter because Nakata developed some tightness in his lower back. However, it may have also had something to do with his current slump: 13-for-74 with twenty-five strikeouts in twenty games so far this month.

Nakata was not in the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2016, Daily Sports 6/28/2016Nikkan Sports 6/28/2016, Sports Hochi 6/28/2016, Sponichi 6/28/2016, Sanspo 6/28/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:51pm]

Nakata was able to take pre-game batting practice today. He told reporters he was worried he might not be able to swing the bat.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2016

[UPDATE 6/29 @ 12:00pm]

Nakata’s consecutive games streak, which started on October 4, 2013, ended at 361.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2016


[5/13/2016] Sho Nakata tweaks right leg

Sho Nakata tweaked his right leg when his foot slipped on the the first base bag while playing defense in the ninth inning against Seibu at Sapporo Dome.

With a runner on first and one out in the ninth inning, Nakata fielded a grounder off Shogo Akiyama’s bat and threw over to second for the force. He then ran to first base to finish a double play attempt but slipped on the bag and fell. He was removed from the game after the play.

Nippon Ham’s media relations representative informed the media that Nakata was taken out of the game because he extended his right hip. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/13/2016, Sponichi 5/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/13/2016, Daily Sports 5/13/2016