Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (北海道日本ハムファイターズ)
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[8/6/2018] Sho Nakata earns international FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Sho Nakata earned his international free agent option on August 6 with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2018, Daily Sports 8/6/2018

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[8/5/2018] Kenshi Sugiya could miss two weeks with back strain

Kenshi Sugiya felt discomfort in his back during his at bat in the sixth inning of a game against Seibu at on August 3. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on August 5 and diagnosed with a strain in the left side of his back. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. He might require about two weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 8/5/2018, Sports Hochi 8/5/2018, Sanspo 8/5/2018, Sponichi 8/5/2018

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[7/26/2018] Lotte sends Takahiro Fujioka to Nippon Ham for Hiromi Oka

The Chiba Lotte Marines and Nippon Ham Fighters agreed on a one-for-one trade on July 26. The Marines will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Takahiro Fujioka to the Fighters for twenty-seven-year-old outfielder Hiromi Oka. The Marines were looking for a little more depth in the outfield after Takashi Ogino got hurt (finger fracture) and they liked Oka’s potential. The Fighters wanted to add another left-handed pitcher to their staff.

Source: Nippon Ham 7/26/2018, Lotte 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Daily Sports 7/26/2018

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[7/26/2018] Naoya Ishikawa out with adductor strain

Naoya Ishikawa developed discomfort in his right leg during an outing against the Rakuten Eagles on July 24. He was taken off the active roster after he was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor muscle. He might need about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 7/25/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/25/2018, Daily Sports 7/25/2018

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[7/25/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters, Yakult Swallows in search for alternate venues for 2020 season

The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows will have to find alternate venues for the 2020 season. Jingu Stadium and Sapporo Dome will be used for other purposes during the 2020 Olympics.

Sapporo City was not expecting to lose access to Sapporo Dome for more than a month and will approach Olympic committee organizers about shortening the period. The Yakult Swallows have already started exploring their options and have put together a list of candidate venues.

Source: Sanspo 7/24/2018, Daily Sports 7/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/24/2018

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[7/9/2018] Taishi Ota suffers fracture in left hand

Taishi Ota was hit by a pitch on his left hand during the sixth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine on July 8. He was taken out of the game and examined at a hospital in Tokyo on the same day. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on July 9 that Ota was diagnosed with a fracture in the fifth metacarpal on his left hand. He will most likely require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 7/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018, Sponichi 7/9/2018, Daily Sports 7/9/2018

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[7/2/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters top one million in attendance

The Nippon Ham Fighters topped one million in attendance during their thirty-sixth home game of the year on July 1. They needed thirty-five home games to reach the same milestone last year.

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[6/24/2018] Takuya Nakashima out ten days to two weeks

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on June 24 that Takuya Nakashima was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a strain in his left quadriceps muscle on June 23. He will most likely require ten days to two weeks for a full recovery. Nakashima will be taken off the active roster on June 25 and will report to the Kamagaya facilities on June 26.

Nakashima has not played in a game since he was pulled early against Rakuten on June 22.

Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/24/2018, Sponichi 6/24/2018, Sanspo 6/24/2018, Sports Hochi 6/24/2018

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[6/18/2018] Hayato Arakaki has elbow surgery

Hayato Arakaki had right elbow surgery to remove loose bodies at a hospital in Yokohama on June 18. He could require about three months for a full recovery. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and will begin a rehab program at the Kamagaya faculties as soon as he is cleared.

Source: Nippon Ham 6/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2018, Sponichi 6/18/2018, Sports Hochi 6/18/2018

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[6/16/2018] Toru Murata leaves game after getting hit by batted ball

Toru Murata took a batted ball off his right arm while pitching in the fourth inning of a game against Yakult at Sapporo Dome on June 16. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a bruise on his right forearm.

Source: Sponichi 6/16/2018, Sanspo 6/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2018

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