Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (福岡ソフトバンクホークス)
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[6/14/2018] Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance

The Softbank Hawks hit one million in attendance during their game against the Yomiuri Giants last night. They set a new Pacific League milestone by hitting the milestone in their twenty-ninth home game of the year. The previous record of thirty games was set by Softbank in 2014.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Sanspo 6/13/2018, NHK 6/14/2018

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[6/14/2018] Kenta Imamiya taken off active roster

Kenta Imamiya was taken off the active roster on June 13 with inflammation in his right elbow. He was playing threw the injury, but it was beginning to affect not only his fielding, but also his hitting. He will begin rehab today and may require more than the minimum ten days.

Source: Daily Sports 6/13/2018, Mainichi 6/13/2018, Nishi Nippon 6/13/2018

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[6/11/2018] Yuki Yanagita’s right leg not 100 percent

Yuki Yanagita tweaked his right thigh during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on June 8. The Softbank Hawks are giving him starts in left (instead of center) in an attempt to lessen the strain on his leg.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018, Sports Hochi 6/11/2018, Daily Sports 6/11/2018

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Richard Sunagawa: Did You Know

Family

Sunagawa’s brother, Joey O’Brien, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2018

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[5/26/2018] Nao Higashihama leaves start with shoulder discomfort

Nao Higashihama started a game against the Rakuten Eaglse at YafuOku Dome on May 25 and left after three innings because of discomfort in his right shoulder.

Source: Sanspo 5/26/2018, Sponichi 5/26/2018

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 10:18pm]

Higashihama was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with right shoulder dysfunction. There was no inflammation or muscle damage. Higashihama was having problems with the shoulder since earlier in the season. It finally got to a point where he started having difficulty moving his arm. The Softbank Hawks are uncertain how much time Higashihama will need for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/26/2018, Sponichi 5/26/2018, Sponichi 5/26/2018

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[5/26/2018] Yurisbel Gracial diagnosed with finger fracture

Yurisbel Gracial hurt his left hand while returning to first on a pick-off play during a game against the Seibu Lions at YafuOku Dome on May 24. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on May 25 and diagnosed with a proximal phalanx fracture in his left ring finger. He will most likely need about two weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2018, Sponichi 5/25/2018

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[5/22/2018] Kenta Imamiya bumped from starting line-up because of elbow discomfort

Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu at YafuOku Dome on May 22 because of discomfort in his elbow. He was slated to make the starting line-up, but complained of discomfort in his elbow after participating in pre-game practices. He was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for an examination.

Source: Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Daily Sports 5/22/2018

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[5/19/2018] Kodai Senga taken off active roster for second time this season

Kodai Senga was taken off the active roster today with tightness in his right forearm. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters Senga’s condition was not serious and that it was just taking a little longer for the tightness to go away. Kudo does not think Senga will have to miss more than one start.

Source: Daily Sports 5/19/2018, Sports Hochi 5/19/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/19/2018, Sanspo 5/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/19/2018

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Livan Moinelo: Did You Know

2018

May 17 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Moinelo struck out three in a row, each on three pitches, and became the seventh player in Pacific League history (eighteenth in the NPB) to accomplish the feat, first since Yuki Matsui against Lotte on April 25, 2017.

Source: Daily Sports 5/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018

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[5/15/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves game after fouling ball off leg

Seiichi Uchikawa fouled a ball off his left leg during his second at bat in the third inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 15. He was then replaced on defense with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution.

Uchikawa was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on his left medial malleolus. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018, Sanspo 5/15/2018, Daily Sports 5/15/2018

[UPDATE 5/18 @ 1:26am]

Uchikawa was taken off the active roster on May 17. The Softbank Hawks decided to give the veteran some time to recover. Uchikawa was also apparently still feeling the effects of an HBP to the right knee in April. He is expected to return to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2018, Sponichi 5/17/2018, Daily Sports 5/17/2018

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