Okajima, Takero 岡島 豪郎 (おかじま・たけろう)
Rakuten Eagles | #4 | OF
Born: 09/06/1989 (age 29)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 82kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Gunma
Draft: 2011, 4th Round
History: 関東学園大付高-白鴎大
Roster Changes: removed 04/13/2016, added 04/25/2016

[2/8/2019] Takero Okaijma to have shoulder surgery

Takero Okaijma is planning to have surgery on his left shoulder some time earlier next week. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.

Okajima was examined at a hospital in Chiba on February 6 and joined Ni-gun camp in Kumejima on February 8. He has had problems with his shoulder since he dislocated it during a game against Orix on July 23, 2017.

Source: Sanspo 2/8/2019

[UPDATE 2/13 @ 10:46am]

Okajima went under the knife at a hospital in Chiba on February 12. The procedure lasted about two hours and was complete in the morning. He will most likely require over six months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 2/13/2019. (added additional sources on 2/14 @ 1:17am)


[12/5/2018] Rakuten Eagles uniform number assignments

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following uniform numbers assignments:

Source: Rakuten 12/4/2018


Takero Okajima: Did You Know



The Rakuten Eagles are thinking about using Okajima as an emergency back-up catcher in 2018. Okajima was drafted as a catcher in 2011 and started playing the outfield in 2013. His registered position was changed to outfielder in January 2014.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017, Sanspo 11/22/2017


November 9 – Okajima will be registered as a catcher next season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018



May 18 vs Softbank at Rakuten Seimei – Okajima recorded the fifth walk-off (including non-hits like sac flies, walks, and ground outs) of his career, first since May 3, 2016.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/18/2018


[11/22/2017] Takero Okajima to become next Rakuten Chief Player Rep

The media learned on November 21 that Takero Okajima will be named the next Rakuten Eagles’ Chief Player Representative. An announcement will most likely be made during a meeting on November 29. He will be taking over for Ginji Akaminai.

Source: Sanspo 11/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017


[7/23/2017] Takero Okajima hurts left shoulder

Takero Okajima hurt his left shoulder while playing defense in the eighth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kobo Park Miyagi on July 23. He was later diagnosed with a labrum injury caused by a shoulder dislocation. He will require about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2017, Sanspo 7/23/2017


[11/28/2016] Takero Okajima filed marriage papers in November

Takero Okajima (27) filed marriage papers with former Fukuoka talento Mayu Okamura (25). The two first met during the summer of 2014. They started dating in January last year and he proposed in December with seventy-seven roses. They started living together in Sendai this March and filed marriage papers on November 27. They are planning to hold a ceremony next month.

Source: Daily Sports 11/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016


[11/17/2016] Rakuten Eagles: name changes and uniform number change

The Rakuten Eagles announced two name changes and one uniform number change today.

Source: Rakuten announcement (name change), Rakuten announcement (number change)


[11/13/2016] Rakuten Eagles bumps and bruises

Takero Okajima — developed back pain (from neck) on November 11, left fall camp on November 12.

Yasunori Kikuchi — scratched from an intra-squad game start on November 12 due to a strained back.

Yuichi Adachi — hurt his left Achilles tendon and ended practices early on November 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2016, Sponichi 11/13/2016


[4/14/2016] Injury Updates: Takero Okajima and Toshiaki Imae

Takero Okajima left yesterday’s game against Lotte early because of discomfort in his lower back. He was examined at a hospital in Fukushima and diagnosed with intervertebral inflammation. He was taken off the active roster today. The Eagles will re-evaluate Okajima after two days of rest.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016

Toshiaki Imae took an HBP of his left arm against Lotte yesterday. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai after the game and diagnosed with a bruise. He did not make the starting line-up against Lotte today because of swelling in the area.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2016


[4/13/2016] Takero Okajima leaves game with lower back discomfort

Takero Okajima tweaked his lower back while swinging the bat in the fourth inning against Lotte at kobo Stadium on April 13. He was replaced after the at bat as a precaution. The Eagles will decide what to do next after they see how he is feeling on April 14.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2016