Category: Injuries


[9/18/2017] Livan Moinelo leaves game with elbow tightness

Livan Moinelo left tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions with tightness in his left elbow.

Moinelo took the moun/d in the tenth inning and gave up a lead-off double to Sosuke Genda. He retired Hideto Asamura on a fly ball to left, then walked Ryo Sakata. Genda stole third to put runners on first and third. Moinelo allowed the game-tying run to score when he surrendered a single to right to Tomoya Mori. Moinelo was removed from the game as a precaution after throwing three pitches to the next batter, Yuji Kaneko.

Moinelo is scheduled to get the elbow checked out at a hospital in Sapporo tomorrow (September 19).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017

[UPDATE 9/19 @ 6:03pm]

Moinelo was taken off the active roster today with a tight left elbow. He was examined at a hospital in Sapporo. His condition does not appear to be serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/19/2017


[9/16/2017] Yasuhiro Ogawa leaves game with elbow tightness

Yasuhiro Ogawa developed tightness in his right elbow during today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. He told coaches he had discomfort in the elbow after he finished the fourth inning and was pulled from the game. He threw seventy-four pitches.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2017, Sanspo 9/16/2017

[UPDATE 9/17 @ 10:10pm]

Ogawa was taken off the active roster today.

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 3:57pm]

Ogawa was taken off the active roster because his condition did not improve. He will most likely be taken to a hospital for tests some time on or after September 18.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2017, Daily Sports 9/18/2017


[9/14/2017] Takuya Shimada has right knee surgery

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Takuya Shimada had surgery to remove bone fragments from his right knee at a hospital in Kobe on September 13.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/14/2017


[9/14/2017] Shohei Otani planning to have ankle surgery

The media learned on September 13 that Shohei Otani is expected to have surgery on his right ankle before the end of the year. The ankle will most likely require a month to three months for a full recovery. If he has the procedure in October, he might be ready to resume workouts in January. As mentioned elsewhere, the media also learned that there is a good chance he will ask the Nippon Ham Fighters to post him to the Majors during the upcoming off-season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2017, Sponichi 9/14/2017, Sanspo 9/14/2017

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[9/14/2017] Motohiro Shima leaves after fouling pitch off foot

Motohiro Shima fouled a pitch off his left foot during his at bat in the third inning of a game against the Seibu Lions at Kobo Park Miyagi on September 13. He was removed from the game on defense in the fourth inning and taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests where he was diagnosed with a bruise on his left big toe. He is considered day-to-day for the time being.

Source: Daily Sports 9/13/2017, Sports Hochi 9/13/2017, Sponichi 9/13/2017


[9/13/2017] Tsuyoshi Nishioka sits out game with back tightness

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not available to play in last night’s (September 12) game against the Yomiuri Giants because of tightness in his back. He was listed as available, but was unable to play. His status moving forward is uncertain.

Source: Sanspo 9/13/2017

[UPDATE 9/13 @ 5:05pm]

Nishioka was taken off the active roster today. He was examined at a hospital after pre-game practices on September 12. He rested at home today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017


[9/10/2017] Yomiuri Giants apologize to Hirokazu Sawamura

The media learned on September 10 that the Yomiuri Giants offered Hirokazu Sawamura an apology after they found out that there was a good chance his right shoulder issues from before the start of the season were caused by a team trainer when he made a mistake while giving him acupuncture treatment.

Giants’ President Kazuo Ishii, General Manager Yoshitaka Katori, and the trainer in question apologized to Sawamura at Giants Stadium on September 9. Katori told reporters Sawamura accepted their apology.

According to the Giants, Sawamura complained of problems with his right shoulder during spring camp on February 25 and received acupuncture treatment on February 27. He was examined by a number of doctors when his condition failed to improve and was diagnosed with long thoracic nerve palsy caused by an external factor. The Giants later determined that it was possible the acupuncture may have led to temporary serratus anterior muscle dysfunction.

Source: Sanspo 9/10/2017, Sponichi 9/10/2017, Daily Sports 9/10/2017


[9/10/2017] Sho Nakata sits out Sunday’s game

Sho Nakata was hit by a pitch on his left hand during a game against Rakuten on September 7. He was able to play on September 8 and 9, but sat out Sunday’s (September 10) game against Seibu at MetLife Dome because he still had some lingering pain. He was in the dugout for the game.

The Nippon Ham Fighters decided to give Nakata some extra rest because he suffered a fissure fracture under similar circumstances on the same hand in 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2017, Sanspo 9/10/2017


[9/9/2017] Alex Guerrero leaves after getting hit by pitch

Alex Guerrero was hit by a pitch during today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Nagoya Dome.

Guerrero stepped up to bat with a runner on first and two out in the fourth inning. Akitake Okada threw a pitch that hit Guerrero on the right shoulder as he swung and missed. He left the field for treatment, but did not return.

Yusuke Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Guerrero and grounded back to the pitcher for final out of the inning.

Source: Sponichi 9/9//2017Nikkan Sports 9/9/2017

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 12:29am]

Guerrero was left out of the starting line-up against Hiroshima on Sunday (September 10). He told reporters he was still in pain and that there was no chance he was going to play.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/10/2017

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 9:30pm]

Guerrero participated in practices at Nagoya Dome today. He told reporters he still felt some pain when swinging the bat and throwing the ball. He said his status moving forward would depend on how he felt tomorrow morning.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/11/2017


[9/9/2017] Yuya Kubo taken off active roster

Yuya Kubo was taken off the active roster today because he might have a blood circulation problem in his right fingers. He is expected to get tested at a hospital shortly.

Kubo complained of numbness in his right fingers after his last outing on September 7 against Nippon Ham at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/9/2017

[UPDATE 9/14 @ 8:03am]

Kubo was examined at a hospital and diagnosed with decreased blood flow in the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand. Since the condition is temporary, there will be no need for surgery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017