Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (福岡ソフトバンクホークス)
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[8/18/2018] Alfredo Despaigne out with knee inflammation

Alfredo Despaigne was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right knee. He was taken off the active roster on August 17. He will be eligible to return on August 27.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2018, Sports Hochi 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018

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[8/16/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa taken off active roster with fatigue

Seiichi Uchikawa was taken off the active roster today because of fatigue. This was the second time the Softbank Hawks took Uchikawa off the active roster this year. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he wanted to give the veteran some time to recover.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/16/2018, Sports Hochi 8/16/2018, Daily Sports 8/16/2018

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[8/10/2018] Yuki Yanagita earns domestic FA option

Yuki Yanagita earned his domestic free agent option with seven years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the first year of a three-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 8/10/2018, Sanspo 8/10/2018

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Kotaro Otake: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 1 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Otake became the first Ikusei draft rookie to record a win in his first start and appearance. He started the game and held the Seibu Lions to two runs on five hits over eight innings of work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/2018, Sponichi 8/2/2018

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[7/29/2018] Softbank Hawks add Kotaro Otake to seventy-man roster

The Softbank Hawks announced that they added Ikusei pitcher Kotaro Otake to their seventy-man roster on July 29. His uniform number will change from 133 to 10. According to media reports, Otake’s new contract is worth an estimated six million yen.

Otake went 8-0 with a save in twenty-two appearances. He recorded a 1.87 ERA over 57.2 innings of work.

Source: Softbank 7/29/2018, Daily Sports 7/29/2018, Sports Hochi 7/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/29/2018, Sponichi 7/29/2018, Sanspo 7/29/2018

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[7/26/2018] Hanshin, Softbank agree on trade: Ryoma Matsuda for Yuya Iida

The Hanshin Tigers and Softbank Hawks announced on July 26 that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send twenty-four-year-old pitcher Ryoma Matsuda to the Hawks for twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Yuya Iida. Both teams were looking to improve their bullpens. The trade will also allow Matsuda (Nagasaki) and Iida (Hyogo) to move a little closer to home.

Source: Hanshin 7/26/2018, Softbank 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Yuki Yanagita slowed by cervical sprain

Yuki Yanagita slept on his neck wrong while the Softbank Hawks were on the road against the Nippon Ham Fighters (July 20-22). Things got worse during a Chiba Lotte Marines game on July 24. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on July 25 and diagnosed with a mild cervical sprain. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018

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[7/22/2018] Softbank sends Kaisei Sone to Yokohama in return for Yuki Mima

The Softbank Hawks and Hiroshima Carp announced today that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Hawks will send twenty-three-year-old Kaisei Sone to the Bay Stars for twenty-four-year-old Yuki Mima.

Source: Softbank 7/22/2018, Hiroshima 7/22/2018, Daily Sports 7/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2018, Sponichi 7/22/2018

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[7/11/2018] Keizo Kawashima earns international FA option

Thirty-four-year-old Keizo Kawashima earned his international free agent option on July 11 with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2018, Sanspo 7/11/2018

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[7/6/2018] Softbank Hawks reach agreement with Ariel Miranda

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Ariel Miranda (a final contract is pending a physical).

Source: Softbank 7/6/2018, Sports Hochi 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 3:52pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Miranda at YafuOku Dome on July 17. He was assigned the uniform number 19. According to media reports, Miranda agreed to a one-year deal (good for the rest of the current season) worth an estimated forty million yen.

Source: Softbank 7/17/2018, Daily Sports 7/17/2018, Sports Hochi 7/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2018

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