Kazuki Sugiyama twisted his right ankle while fielding a bunt during workouts on February 21. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. Sugiyama was later examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a grade 1 sprain (right anterior tibiofibular ligament).0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Akashi had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his spine at a hospital in Tokushima on February 20. He will remain hospitalized for about a week and will then require about three months for a full recovery.0 Comments
Yoshihisa Naruse developed discomfort in his right thigh after pitching in an intra-squad game on February 17. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki on February 20 and diagnosed with a strain in his right hamstring. Naruse was reassigned to Ni-gun for rehab.0 Comments
Ryo Watanabe developed discomfort in his right side during a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers on February 17. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Watanabe was examined at a hospital in Nago on February 18 and diagnosed with a strain in his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need four to five weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
Yuki Yanagita developed discomfort in the back of his right thigh while running during workouts on February 14. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a mild injury to his right external hit rotator. His workouts will be adjusted over the next two to three days. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he could return to regular workouts on February 19.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that Koya Takahashi had surgery on his left elbow (medial collateral ligament reconstructive surgery and ulnar neurolysis) on February 14. He will most likely miss the entire 2019 season.0 Comments
Sho Nakata hurt his right leg during a practice game against the NC Dinos (KBO) on February 11. He was examined at a hospital on the same day and diagnosed with a strain in his right adductor. It might be about three weeks until he is ready to play in games again.0 Comments
Daisuke Matsuzaka developed discomfort in his right shoulder after a fan yanked his arm during an informal high-five session a few days ago. The Chunichi Dragons announced on February 11th that they decided to shut down Matsuzaka’s throwing arm to avoid further complications. The veteran was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 12 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He could end up traveling to Nagoya or the Kanto area for additional tests.
Source: Sanspo 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Daily Sports 2/12/2019, Sports Hochi 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019, Tokyo Sports 2/12/2019
[UPDATE 2/15 @ 12:59am]
Matsuzaka left Okinawa on February 14. The Dragons announced that he will get additional tests and treatment for his shoulder on February 15. He is slated to provide Chunichi officials with a report on his status on February 16. Daily Sports is also reporting that Matszuaka’s throwing arm might be shut down for at least two weeks.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sponichi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Sports Hochi 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Daily Sports 2/14/2019, Sanspo 2/14/2019
[UPDATE 2/17 @ 11:34am]
Matsuzaka is not expected to rejoin the team in Okinawa this month. He will instead spend most of his time in Nagoya for rehab and treatment. Assuming no issues, he might be able to resume throwing some time in early March and be ready to join the Ichi-gun team in May.
[UPDATE 2/19 @ 10:07pm]
The Dragons announced today that Matsuzaka’s right arm will be shut down for at least two more weeks after team doctors in Nagoya re-evaluated his condition.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced that they reassigned Makoto Aiuchi to Ni-gun. The media is reporting that the decision was made because Aiuchi developed pain in his left knee.0 Comments
Takero Okaijma is planning to have surgery on his left shoulder some time earlier next week. He will most likely require about six months for a full recovery.
Okajima was examined at a hospital in Chiba on February 6 and joined Ni-gun camp in Kumejima on February 8. He has had problems with his shoulder since he dislocated it during a game against Orix on July 23, 2017.
Source: Sanspo 2/8/2019
[UPDATE 2/13 @ 10:46am]
Okajima went under the knife at a hospital in Chiba on February 12. The procedure lasted about two hours and was complete in the morning. He will most likely require over six months for a full recovery.0 Comments