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[2/13/2019] Daisuke Matsuzaka diagnosed with shoulder inflammation

Daisuke Matsuzaka developed discomfort in his right shoulder after a fan yanked his arm during an informal high-five session a few days ago. The Chunichi Dragons announced on February 11th that they decided to shut down Matsuzaka’s throwing arm to avoid further complications. The veteran was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 12 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He could end up traveling to Nagoya or the Kanto area for additional tests.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Sports Hochi 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019

[UPDATE 2/15 @ 12:59am]

Matsuzaka left Okinawa on February 14. The Dragons announced that he will get additional tests and treatment for his shoulder on February 15. He is slated to provide Chunichi officials with a report on his status on February 16. Daily Sports is also reporting that Matszuaka’s throwing arm might be shut down for at least two weeks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Sanspo 2/14/2019

[UPDATE 2/17 @ 11:34am]

Matsuzaka is not expected to rejoin the team in Okinawa this month. He will instead spend most of his time in Nagoya for rehab and treatment. Assuming no issues, he might be able to resume throwing some time in early March and be ready to join the Ichi-gun team in May.

Source: Sanspo 2/16/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/16/2019, Sponichi 2/16/2019, Sports Hochi 2/16/2019, Daily Sports 2/16/2019

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[2/8/2019] Michihiro Ogasawara suffers orbital floor fracture

Chunichi Dragons’ Ni-gun Manager Michihiro Ogasawara struck his face when he fell from his bed at his hotel room on February 7. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests after attending a pre-practice meeting. The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Ogasawara was diagnosed with a right orbital floor fracture. He did not suffer any other damages and is expected to resume his managerial duties on February 9.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2019, Sports Hochi 2/8/2019, Sponichi 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019

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[1/31/2019] Chunichi Dragons unveil 2019 uniforms

The Chunichi Dragons unveiled slightly revamped uniforms for the 2019 season on January 30. In the picture found at the Chunichi link down below, first round draft pick Akira Neo is wearing the alternate uniform, Shuhei Takahashi the home uniform, Yota Kyoda the road uniform, and second round draft pick Kodai Umetsu the fan club uniform.

The home uniform returns with simple classic Dragons blue lines. The road uniforms are the reverse of the home uniforms with CHUNICHI across the chest. The alternate uniforms are based on their slogan for this season, 昇竜復活!WITH BLUE (Shoryu Fukkatsu! With Blue). The captain symbol C, in the shape of a dragon, also returns this season.

Source: Chunichi 1/30/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2019, Sponichi 1/30/2019, Daily Sports 1/30/2019

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[1/26/2019] Kento Fujishima might have blood circulation problems in his right hand

Kento Fujishima skipped workouts at Nagoya Stadium on January 25 and visited a hospital for tests on his right hand after complaining about cold hands. The Chunichi Dragons are concerned he might be having problems with blood circulation in the hand. Fujishima was set to attend the Okinawa workouts that start today, but will stay in Nagoya for additional tests by specialists.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2019, Sponichi 1/26/2019, Sports Hochi 1/25/2019, Daily Sports 1/25/2019

[UPDATE 2/8 @ 11:31pm]

The Dragons announced that Fujishima went under the knife at a hospital in Aichi on February 8. Doctors were able to confirm improved blood flow in the finger after the procedure. He will have to stay in the hospital for about two weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2019, Sponichi 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019

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[1/24/2019] Akira Neo reassigned to Ni-gun camp with mild leg strain

First round draft pick Akira Neo felt discomfort in his legs during workouts on January 23. He was later taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests and diagnosed with a mild strain in his right gastrocnemius muscle. He participated in workouts at Nagoya Stadium today, but in limited capacity. The Chunichi Dragons also decided to re-assign him to Ni-gun camp.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Sports Hochi 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019

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Hiroshi Suzuki (Chunichi): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 23 – Suzuki filed marriage papers with a woman from Fukuoka on January 11.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/23/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/23/2019

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Chunichi Dragons: 2019 Spring Camp

Ichi-gun


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Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019

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[1/15/2019] Chunichi Dragons to give Sandy Brito a look during spring camp

The Chunichi Dragons are planning to give twenty-two-year-old Sandy Brito a look during spring camp in February. Brito is slated to arrive in Japan later this month and will attend Okinawa camp from February 1. He will be a candidate for an Ikusei contract.

Source: Sponichi 1/15/2019, Sanspo 1/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2019

[UPDATE 2/6 @ 1:40am]

Brito pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on February 4. He faced four batters, walked the first three, and got the fourth to fly out to left. He threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, and topped out at 151km/h. Fifteen of the twenty pitches he threw were balls.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2019, Sponichi 2/4/2019

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[1/11/2019] Kodai Umetsu diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome

The Chunichi Dragons announced that second round draft pick Kodai Umetsu was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with a minor case of impingement syndrome in his right shoulder. Umetsu started feeling discomfort in the shoulder during rookie training workouts on January 8.

Source: Sanspo 1/10/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2019

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Ryosuke Oguma (Chunichi): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 8 – Oguma (28) filed marriage papers with a woman in October 2018.

Source: Sanspo 1/8/2019, Sports Hochi 1/8/2019

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