Tomoya Mori suffered a bruise on his left wrist while playing defense in the first inning against the Softbank Hawks on October 20. Mori was pulled from the game after Alfredo Despaigne’s back swing struck him on the wrist. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a bruise. The Seibu Lions will decide on his status after they see how he is feeling on October 21.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced on December 12 that Tomoya Mori will return to Japan after he hurt his left knee. Mori felt discomfort in the knee while running out an infield grounder during a Melbourne Aces game three to four days ago.
Mori’s condition does not seem to be serious, but the Lions did not want to take any chances and decided to call him back from Australia. He will undergo tests after he returns to Japan.
Source: Tokyo Sports 12/12/2017
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Mori was invited to be a part of the Samurai Japan top team for the Asia Pro Yakyu Championship, but Seibu turned down the invite because they want him to focus on improving his skills as a catcher. Mori is set to play winter ball in Australia.
Source: ZakZak 11/10/2017
Mori moved out of the Seibu Lions dormitory and started living on his own about a year ago. He relied on gyudon for weight gain and overdid it a bit — his weight went up to eighty-six kilograms. Mori is planning to cut back the gyudon and focus on vegetables to lose about three kilograms during the winter. The weight loss should help take some of the strain off his knees.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/20170 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that the following three players will play winter ball in Australia with the Melbourne Aces.
The three players will leave Japan on November 13 (Mon). Additional schedule information will be released at a later date.
Source: Seibu 10/27/20170 Comments
Tomoya Mori left a game against WBC Cuba on March 5 early because he took a pitch off his left elbow during his at bat in the fourth inning. He left the field for treatment and did not return. He told reporters after the game that he was okay.
Mori was examined at a hospital in Osaka today and a fracture was discovered in his left olecranon. He is scheduled to return to Tokyo for additional tests with the team doctor.
[UPDATE 3/29 @ 11:29pm]
Surgery was a possibility, but Mori and the Lions opted for non-surgical treatment. He is slated to begin a rehab program in April. He will most likely require more than two months for a full recovery.
Source: Daily Sports 3/29/2017
[UPDATE 5/6 @ 5:41pm]
Mori tossed batting practice at Seibu 2 Stadium earlier today. He spent about thirty minutes throwing over 150 pitches to Yuji Kaneko and Aito Takeda. Based on his current progress, he might not be ready to return to the active roster until some time after Inter-league play.
Source: Tokyo Sports 5/6/2017
[UPDATE 6/14 @ 2:39pm]
Mori is making slow progress. An examination revealed that the fracture in his left elbow was still not fully healed. There is also a difference in size of two to three centimeters between his arms. He might not be ready to play in rehab games until some time in late-August.
One big reason for the slow progress might have something to do with Mori’s decision to go with non-surgical treatment.
Source: Tokyo Sports 6/14/2017
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 7:09pm]
Mori is taking batting practice against pitching machines and catching Ni-gun pitchers in the bullpen, but has not yet participated in team batting practice sessions. He might still need another half-a-month to a month before he is ready to take the next step. At this point, his focus is most likely the 2018 season.
Source: Tokyo Sports 7/29/2017
[UPDATE 8/8 @ 10:30pm]
Mori entered a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and grounded out to third. It was his first game in about five months.
[UPDATE 8/9 @ 4:58pm]
Mori entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the third against Nippon Ham today. He hit a grounder to second and reached on an error in his first at bat in the third inning and hit a two-out solo home run to left in his second trip to the plate in the fifth inning. He took over at catcher in the fourth and worked two innings.
Added additional performance information on 8/9 @ 8:48pm.
[UPDATE 8/11 @ 11:48pm]
Mori hit a two-run homer against Ni-gun Rakuten earlier today.
Source: Sponichi 8/11/2017
[UPDATE 8/15 @ 8:22am]
There is a good chance the Lions will add Mori to the active roster today. He will most likely be used as either a designated hitter or pinch-hitter, since he has only played one full Ni-gun game at catcher.
Mori went 4-for-12 with two home runs in four Ni-gun rehab games.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced today that Tomoya Mori will start the year at Ni-gun spring camp because he has some tightness in his right shoulder blade. He will be swapped out with Tatsuyuki Uemoto.
[UPDATE 2/23 @ 12:12am]
Mori went 1-for-2 (1B9, BB, L3) in a Ni-gun practice game against Hanwha on February 21. He also played in a Ni-gun practice game against Hanshin on February 18. He participated in joint Ichi-gun/Ni-gun practices on February 22 and will play in a Ni-gun game against Hanshin at catcher on February 23. Assuming no issues, he will most likely join the Ichi-gun team on February 24.0 Comments
Ryota Wakiya, Yomiuri (First Time)
August 23 against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome. No score, bottom of the tenth inning. With no one on and no out, Wakiya hit a walk-off solo home run to right. It was the first walk-off home run of his career.
Tomoya Mori, Seibu (First Time)
August 31 against Softbank at Seibu Prince Dome. Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning. With runners on first and second and two out, Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to left-center. It was the first walk-off of his career.0 Comments
Tomoya Mori is slated to get a start at catcher on July 29 against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome. It was be his first start at catcher since October 1, 2014.
The Lions are planning to use Mori as a catcher on July 29 because they want his bat in the line-up. Takeya Nakamura has spent a lot of time as a designated hitter since mid-May and Yuji Kaneko has started getting more starts in right (and third). The Lions can have a much deeper offense if Mori can catch.
Source: Sponichi 7/26/20160 Comments
Tomoya Mori could return to the active roster in time for the start of an Inter-league series against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 3. He will most likely be used a bat off the bench.
Mori is 25-for-79 with a slash line of .316/.419/.633 in twenty-one Ni-gun games since he was taken off the active roster on May 23. Four of the eight hits he has recorded in his last five games have been home runs.
Source: Daily Sports 5/28/20160 Comments
Tomoya Mori was sent down to Ni-gun on April 23 for an adjustment and extra playing time.
Source: Sponichi 4/23/2016