Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (北海道日本ハムファイターズ)

[4/18/2018] Tomoya Ichikawa heads to Softbank in cash trade

The Softbank Hawks and Nippon Ham Fighters announced on April 18 that they reached an agreement on a trade. The Fighters will send thirty-two-year-old Tomoya Ichikawa to the Hawks for cash considerations.

Softbank assigned Ichikawa the uniform number 30.

Source: Softbank 4/18/2018, Nippon Ham 4/18/2018


[4/10/2018] Oswaldo Arcia day-to-day after taking pitch near right elbow

Oswaldo Arcia was hit by a pitch near his right elbow during an at bat in the first inning against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on April 10. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital for tests. He was diagnosed with a bruise. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/10/2018, Sponichi 4/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/10/2018


Kotaro Kiyomiya: Did You Know


Kiyomiya played in his first Eastern League game on April 10, 2018. He got the start at designated hitter and batted fifth against Seibu. He struck out swinging on five pitches against Tadasuke Minamikawa. He left the game after the at bat (coming off injury).

Source: Sponichi 4/10/2018, Sports Hochi 4/10/2018


[4/9/2018] Naoki Miyanishi diagnosed with inflammation in his back

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Naoki Miyanishi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with inflammation in the left side of his back. The Fighters are not planning to take him off the active roster for the time being.

Miyanishi was pulled from an outing against Lotte on April 8 because of some time tightness in his back.

Source: Sanspo 4/9/2018, Sponichi 4/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2018, Daily Sports 4/9/2018


[3/27/2018] Nippon Ham Fighters select Kitahiroshima for their new stadium

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced that they selected Kitahiroshima Sogo Sports Park, located in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, as the primary candidate site for their new stadium. They are also preparing to establish a company that will handle all decisions moving forward.

Source: Nippon Ham 3/26/2018, Sponichi 3/26/2018, Nippon Ham Fighters 3/26/2018, Daily Sports 3/26/2018


[3/20/2018] Tatsuya Morimoto out two months with hand surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Tatsuya Morimoto had surgery on his left hand (hamate) at a hospital in Tokyo. He will require about two months for a full recovery. He will report to Kamagaya after he leaves the hospital on March 21.

Source: Nippon Ham 3/20/2018, Sanspo 3/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2018


[3/16/2018] Yohei Kagiya out with inner forearm strain

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on March 16 that Yohei Kagiya was examined at a hospital on March 15 and diagnosed with strain in his right flexor carpi ulnaris muscle. He will most likely require about three weeks for a full recovery. Kagiya will begin his rehab at Kamagaya on March 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2018, Sanspo 3/16/2018, Sports Hochi 3/16/2018


[3/16/2018] Sho Nakata gets injection for back pain

Sho Nakata tweaked his lower back during an exhibition game on March 13. He did not play on March 14 and was examined at a hospital and given a shot to deal with the pain.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2018


[3/13/2018] Kotaro Kiyomiya diagnosed with localized peritonitis

Kotaro Kiyomiya left the Ichi-gun team in Hiroshima and returned to Tokyo on the evening of March 12 because he was feeling pain and malaise in his abdominal region over the last few days. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on March 13 that Kiyomiya was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with localized peritonitis. He will remain in the hospital for treatment until March 15. The Fighters will re-evaluate their plans for him once he returns to the team.

Kiyomiya had been struggling at the plate. In seven exhibition games, he was 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts.

Source: Sanspo 3/13/2018, Sponichi 3/13/2018, Sports Hochi 3/13/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/13/2018, Daily Sports 3/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2018

[UPDATE 3/15 @ 12:17am]

Kiyomiya is apparently feeling better and will not require surgery. He is slated to leave the hospital in March 15 and could rejoin practices as early as March 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/14/2018, Sanspo 3/14/2018, Sponichi 3/14/2018

[UPDATE 3/16 @ 1:14pm]

Kiyomiya was re-evaluated at the hospital on March 15. The Fighters announced on the same day that they are going to delay his return to the team so that he can continue to receive treatment for his condition. He is improving, but needs more time to heal. He will continue to receive treatment at the hospital after his release on March 16. He will be re-evaluated again some time after March 18.

Source: Daily Sports 3/16/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/16/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018, Sports Hochi 3/16/2018

[UPDATE 3/20 @ 10:08pm]

Kiyomiya has decided to go with conservative treatment because his condition continues to improve. He is still in the hospital and might be able to check out completely some time this weekend. He started eating and resumed light workouts today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/20/2018, Sponichi 3/20/2018, Sponichi 3/20/2018

[UPDATE 3/25 @ 5:19am]

The Fighters announced on March 24 that Kiyomiya was discharged from the hospital. He will begin workouts at Kamagaya on March 25.

Source: Daily Sports 3/24/2018, Sponichi 3/24/2018

[UPDATE 3/27 @ 5:50am]

Kiyomiya dropped six kilograms while he was in the hospital. He could be ready to play in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on April 6.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/26/2018, Daily Sports 3/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/26/2018


[2/22/2018] Kotaro Kiyomiya leaves practices early

Kotaro Kiyomiya ended practices early on February 22 because he was not feeling well. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa and diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2018, Sports Hochi 2/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2018, Sponichi 2/22/2018