Category: Injuries


[2/8/2019] Michihiro Ogasawara suffers orbital floor fracture

Chunichi Dragons’ Ni-gun Manager Michihiro Ogasawara struck his face when he fell from his bed at his hotel room on February 7. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests after attending a pre-practice meeting. The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Ogasawara was diagnosed with a right orbital floor fracture. He did not suffer any other damages and is expected to resume his managerial duties on February 9.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2019, Sports Hochi 2/8/2019, Sponichi 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019


[2/3/2019] Yuta Kuroki diagnosed with elbow inflammation

Yuta Kuroki was taken to a hospital in Miyazaki after complaining of discomfort in his right elbow. An MRI revealed some ligament inflammation on the medial side of the elbow. His arm will be shut down as he begins a rehab program.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2019, Daily Sports 2/3/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2019


[2/3/2019] Shosei Nakamura diagnosed with stress fracture in rib

Shosei Nakamura was examined at a hospital after developing pain in the right side of his back during batting practice. The Hiroshima Carp announced today that he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the first rib on his right side. He will be reassigned to San-gun for rehab and treatment.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2019, Daily Sports 2/3/2019


[2/3/2019] Shuto Takajo out with calf strain

Shuto Takajo developed tightness in his left calf during the first day of spring camp on February 1. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki on February 2 and diagnosed with a grade 1 strain in his left gastrocnemius muscle.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2019, Daily Sports 2/2/2019


[2/2/2019] Yudai Fujioka has inflammation in right knee

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that Yudai Fujioka was diagnosed with inflammation in his right popliteus muscle. He is expected to resume regular workouts during the second block of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2019


[1/31/2019] Toshiaki Imae diagnosed with central serous chorioretinopathy

Toshiaki Imae was examined at a hospital in Sendai on January 29 after complaining of problems with his right eye. He was later diagnosed with central serous chorioretinopathy. Imae will remain in Sendai until he is ready to join the others in Okinawa.

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2019, Sponichi 1/30/2019, Daily Sports 1/30/2019


[1/26/2019] Kento Fujishima might have blood circulation problems in his right hand

Kento Fujishima skipped workouts at Nagoya Stadium on January 25 and visited a hospital for tests on his right hand after complaining about cold hands. The Chunichi Dragons are concerned he might be having problems with blood circulation in the hand. Fujishima was set to attend the Okinawa workouts that start today, but will stay in Nagoya for additional tests by specialists.

Source: Sponichi 1/25/2019, Sponichi 1/26/2019, Sports Hochi 1/25/2019, Daily Sports 1/25/2019

[UPDATE 2/8 @ 11:31pm]

The Dragons announced that Fujishima went under the knife at a hospital in Aichi on February 8. Doctors were able to confirm improved blood flow in the finger after the procedure. He will have to stay in the hospital for about two weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2019, Sponichi 2/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/8/2019


[1/26/2019] Katsuki Azuma slowed by elbow discomfort

Katsuki Azuma might miss the start of the season due to discomfort in his left elbow. Azuma pulled out of the Japan All-Star Series in November last year due to inflammation in the same elbow. He will most likely start things out at Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/25/2019, Sports Hochi 1/26/2019, Sponichi 1/26/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/25/2019


[1/24/2019] Fumihito Haraguchi diagnosed with colon cancer

Fumihito Haraguchi posted a letter over Twitter announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He is planning to have surgery to treat the condition in the very near future and his goal is to make it back to the playing field as soon as possible.

Source: Twitter, Hanshin 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019, Tokyo Sports 1/24/2019, Daily Sports 1/24/2019

[UPDATE 2/1 @ 12:05am]

Haraguchi told fans over Twitter that went under the knife without any issues and was making good progress.

Source: Twitter, Daily Sports 1/31/2019, Sponichi 1/31/2019


[1/24/2019] Akira Neo reassigned to Ni-gun camp with mild leg strain

First round draft pick Akira Neo felt discomfort in his legs during workouts on January 23. He was later taken to a hospital in Nagoya for tests and diagnosed with a mild strain in his right gastrocnemius muscle. He participated in workouts at Nagoya Stadium today, but in limited capacity. The Chunichi Dragons also decided to re-assign him to Ni-gun camp.

Source: Daily Sports 1/24/2019, Sports Hochi 1/24/2019, Sponichi 1/24/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/24/2019

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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