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[9/30/2017] Hiroki Uemoto leaves after taking pitch off face

Seishu Hatake was ejected from tonight’s Hanshin-Yomiuri game at Tokyo Dome for throwing a dangerous pitch to Hiroki Uemoto. The incident took place in the top of the first inning. Uemoto stepped into the batter’s box with a runner on second and no out. Hakate’s first pitch was up and in and struck Uemoto in the face, near his left cheek.



[9/8/2017] Takashi Toritani notches his 2,000th career hit

Takashi Toritani started tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars with 1,999 career hits. His first at bat came in the bottom of the second inning against Shoichi Ino. With a runner on first and one out, he hit a 2-0 pitch for an RBI double to right and became the fiftieth player in NPB history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone.



[8/23/2017] Seiya Suzuki leaves game after hurting right ankle

Seiya Suzuki hurt his right ankle while making a catch near the wall during tonight’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama.

The incident took place in the second inning. Yasutaka Tobashira hit a drive to right-center that Suzuki managed to make a leaping catch near the wall. As he came down, he landed on his ankle in an awkward manner and fell to the ground. He was unable to stand. Suzuki had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

Suzuki was taken to a hospital in Yokohama for tests and diagnosed with a chip fracture in his medial malleolus. He will be re-examined by the team doctor at a hospital in Hiroshima on August 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017, Daily Sports 8/23/2017

[UPDATE 8/25 @ 9:23pm]

Suzuki was re-examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on August 24. There was no change in his diagnosis. He will get more information about his injury early next week (things like the schedule and rehab program).

Source: Sanspo 8/25/2017, Sports Hochi 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/29 @ 11:05pm]

The Carp announced today that Suzuki had surgery on his right ankle at a hospital in Hiroshima and will remain hospitalized for about two weeks. He will require about three months for a full recovery.

Note: he also suffered an injury to the deltoid ligament.

Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2017

[UPDATE 9/9 @ 12:15am]

Suzuki was discharged from the hospital on September 6. He will begin a rehab program at San-gun on either Saturday (September 9) or Sunday (September 10). Most of his workouts will focus on his upper body.

Source: Sanspo 9/8/2017

[UPDATE 9/9 @ 4:37pm]

Suzuki has a cast on his right leg and needs crutches to get around. He worked out for about two hours at the Ono training facilities today. His rehab included moving his right toes and working his upper body.

Source: Daily Sports 9/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/15 @ 1:44pm]

Suzuki took light fielding practices on November 14 for the first time since his surgery. He does not have any major issues with hitting or throwing at this point.

Source: Sponichi 11/15/2017



[8/13/2017] Shinnosuke Abe notches 2,000th career hit

Shinnosuke Abe recorded his 2,000th career hit during tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Abe was 0-for-2 with a walk in his first three trips to the plate. With no one on, one out, and Takeru Imamura on the mound in the top of the ninth, Abe laced a 1-2 fork to right for his 2,000th career hit.


  • He is the forty-ninth player in NPB history to reach the 2000-hit milestone.
  • He reached the milestone in his seventeenth year.
  • He joins Tetsuharu Kawakami (on May 31, 1965), Shigeo Nagashima (on May 25, 1971), Sadaharu Oh (on August 4, 1974), and Isao Shibata (on August 7, 1980) as the only Yomiuri “lifers” to reach the milestone.
  • He is the first player to record his 2,000th hit at Mazda Stadium.
  • He notched his 2,000th hit in his fourth plate appearance after recording his 1,999th hit on August 12.
  • He recorded his 2,000th hit in his 2,056th game, eleventh slowest in NPB history, behind Sachio Kinugasa’s 2,106 games.
  • At thirty-eight years and four months, he is the twenty-sixth oldest player to reach the milestone. Out of the fourteen players that reached the milestone out of college, he is the third youngest, behind Koji Yamamoto (thirty-seven years and six months) and Kenichi Yazawa (thirty-eight years and one month).

Source: Daily Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/13/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/13/2017, Sponichi 8/14/2017, Sanspo 8/14/2017



[8/10/2017] Randy Messenger leaves start after taking batted ball off foot

Randy Messenger left tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants after a batted ball hit him near the right ankle. Shinnosuke Abe led off the seventh inning with a liner that hit Messenger in the right foot. Messenger was removed from the game and later taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests.

Source: Sanspo 8/10/2017, Sanspo 8/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2017, Sponichi 8/10/2017, Daily Sports 8/10/2017

[UPDATE 8/11 @ 8:58pm]

The Tigers announced earlier today that Messenger was diagnosed with a left fibula fracture. He was taken off the active roster on the same day. There is a chance he could end up missing the rest of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2017, Daily Sports 8/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2017, Sponichi 8/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/11/2017

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 10:22pm]

The Tigers announced that today that Messenger temporarily returned to the United States for a second opinion and treatment on his fractured fibula. There is no timetable for his return at this point in time, though he is expected to use the Naruohama facilities for rehab.

Source: Daily Sports 8/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2017, Daily Sports 8/16/2017

[UPDATE 8/26 @ 10:45am]

The media learned on August 25 that Messenger had surgery to treat his fractured fibula. He is expected to return to Japan soon to begin a rehab program. If he has a smooth and fast recovery, he might be able to pitch in the post-season (should the team make it that far).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/26/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 9:19pm]

Messenger returned to Japan on August 27. He is slated to begin a rehab program at the Naruohama facilities on August 29.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/27/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/27/2017

[UPDATE 8/29 @ 5:32pm]

Messenger started his rehab today at the Naruohama training facilities. He appeared on the field after 11:00pm and spent about ten minutes playing a light game of catch. He threw the ball fifty-four times and maxed out the distance at about thirty-five meters. He left the facilities after 1:00pm.

Before leaving, he spoke to reporters and said he decided to go under the knife after he was told it would take about three months for his leg to heal without surgery. Assuming no setbacks, he thinks he might be able to pitch in about two games before the end of the regular season.

Source: Sanspo 8/29/2017, Sanspo 8/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017, Daily Sports 8/29/2017, Tokyo Sports 8/29/2017

[UPDATE 8/31 @ 2:33pm]

Messenger played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on August 31.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2017

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 12:38am]

Messenger worked out at the Naruohama facilities on September 9 for the first time without a cast on his leg.

Source: Sanspo 9/10/2017

[UPDATE 9/12 @ 3:35pm]

Messenger could sit down with coaches on September 13 to discuss his progress. He has already started playing catch with cleats. The Tigers are beginning to consider the very real possibility that he might be ready to pitch before the end of the regular season.

Source: Daily Sports 9/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/12/2017

[UPDATE 9/17 @ 10:39pm]

Messenger played catch for about ten minutes on September 16. He is currently waiting for the okay to place more weight on his right (back) leg. He is scheduled for an examination on September 20.

The two Chunichi games this weekend were rained out. Due to scheduling issues, the make-up games will be scheduled on or after October 5. The extended schedule could work to Messenger’s advantage: it will most likely give him at least one chance to pitch at the Ichi-gun level before the start of the post-season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2017, Daily Sports 9/17/2017, Sponichi 9/17/2017, Sanspo 9/17/2017

[UPDATE 9/20 @ 9:56pm]

Messenger was able to play catch at a distance of about forty meters on September 19. He will be re-examined at a hospital soon. He should be able to start throwing in the bullpen if there are no issues.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017

[UPDATE 9/21 @ 4:49pm]

Messenger is scheduled to toss a bullpen session today. He apparently received the green light after a check-up at the hospital on September 20.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2017

[UPDATE 9/21 @ 5:14pm]

Messenger did some running, stretching, and playing catch before tossing a bullpen session today. He threw ten pitches to a standing catcher, then forty-four to a squatting catcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2017

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 2:01am]

Messenger might be ready to pitch in an Ichi-gun game on either October 5 or 6. The season was extended to October 6 due to two rain outs earlier this month.

Messenger mixed in curveballs, forkballs, and sliders during his bullpen session on September 21.

Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2017

[UPDATE 9/24 @ 3:52pm]

Messenger threw forty pitches in bullpen session on September 23. He is expected to toss one more session before he moves on to the next step.

Assuming no setbacks, he could pitch in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Koshien on September 27.

Source: Nikkan Spots 9/24/2017, Daily Sports 9/24/2017, Sanspo 9/24/2017

[UPDATE 9/25 @ 10:52pm]

Messenger tossed a bullpen session in front of Tomoaki Kanemoto at Koshien Stadium on September 25. Kanemoto was impressed and told reporters he thought Messenger’s pitches were at about ninety percent.

Messenger might be ready to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Hiroshima on September.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/25/2017, Sanspo 9/25/2017

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 3:32pm]

Messenger started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima earlier today. He tossed two shutout innings, threw thirty-seven pitches, allowed one hit, and topped out at 149km/h.

He gave up lead-off single in the first and two walks, but did not allow a run to score. He tired the side in order in the second inning.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2017, Daily Sports 9/27/2017, Sponichi 9/27/2017

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 2:14am]

Messenger is slated to start a practice game against Minoshima Baseball Club on October 1 at Naruohama. He is scheduled to pitch three to four innings.

Source: Sanspo 9/30/2017

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 11:31pm]

Messenger started a Ni-gun practice game against Minoshima Baseball Club today. He pitched five shutout innings, threw sixty-two pitches, allowed two hits, struck out four, and topped out at 151km/h.

Added additional performance information on 10/2 @ 5:35pm.

Source: Nikakn Sports 10/1/2017, Daily Sports 10/2/2017

[UPDATE 10/3 @ 10:40pm]

Messenger joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today. He could make an appearance against Chunichi at Koshien on October 6. If everything goes well, he could get a start during the First Stage of the Climax Series.

Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/3/2017


[7/17/2017] Yoshio Itoi hurts right side on swing

Yoshio Itoi hurt his right side during an at bat in the fifth inning of tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. Itoi swung and missed at a 2-1 pitch and grabbed his right side. A Hanshin trainer popped out of the dugout to check on the veteran. Itoi left the field for treatment but did not return. He was replaced by Shun Takayama.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2017, Daily Sports 7/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017



[6/3/2017] Masahiro Araki reaches 2000-hit milestone

Masahiro Araki recorded the 2,000th hit of his career during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Nagoya Dome. The hit came in the fourth inning off Manabu Mima. Araki is the forty-eighth player in NPB history to reach the 2,000-hit milestone. Senichi Hoshino (manager when Araki first entered the organization) presented the thirty-nine-year-old with flowers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2017, Daily Sports 6/3/2017, Sports Hochi 6/3/2017



[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani hit by pitch on face

Mitsuo Yoshikawa hit Takashi Toritani in the face with a 144km/h fastball in the fifth inning of tonight’s (May 24) game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. A stretcher was prepared, but Toritani was able to get up and walk off the field on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he thought the ball hit Toritani on the nose.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017


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[5/5/2017] Hiroki Uemoto hurts right ankle in the first inning

Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right ankle while playing defense in today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. The incident took place in the first inning with one out. Uemoto fielded a ball to his left and tumbled as he gloved it. He managed to complete the play with a quick throw to first, but the batter-runner was safe.

Uemoto could not get up after the play and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. His status is uncertain. The Hanshin Tigers are planning to wait and see how he feels tomorrow before making any decisions on what steps to take next.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2017, Daily Sports 5/5/2017, Sponichi 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/6 @ 5:49pm]

Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Amagasaki on May 5 and diagnosed with a mild right ankle sprain. The Tigers are planning wait two to three days before deciding what steps to take next.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2017, Daily Sports 5/6/2017, Daily Sports 5/6/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 6:01pm]

Uemoto made it into last night’s (May 10) game against Yomiuri as a pinch-hitter. He might be able to return to the starting line-up on May 12.

Source: Sanspo 5/11/2017



[4/22/2017] Stefen Romero leaves after hurting knee

Stefen Romero crashed into the wall padding in foul territory while attempting to catch a ball in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the process, he slammed his left knee in the base of the wall. He had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2017, Daily Sports 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 10:52pm]

Romero had x-rays and an MRI. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his left knee. He is considered day-to-day for the time being.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 6:43pm]

Romero did not play today and returned to Kobe. He will be re-examined at a hospital in Kobe on April 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017, Sanspo 4/23/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 12:48am]

The Buffaloes announced on April 24 that Romero was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with bone contusion in his left femur (knee).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2017, Daily Sports 4/24/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:55pm]

Romero was taken off the active today. He will most likely require about four to five weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017Daily Sports 4/25/2017

[UPDATE 5/5 @ 5:29pm]

Romero started taking batting practice against a pitching machine on May 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 5:52pm]

The media learned on May 15 that the Buffaloes still have no timetable on Romero’s recovery. Based on original estimates, he should be getting ready to play in his first rehab game soon, but his workouts are still being set/closely monitored by team trainers.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2017

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 6:51pm]

The Buffaloes might leave it up to Romero to decide whether he needs to play in any rehab games at Ni-gun before he returns to the active roster. They feel his presence on the active roster alone (so long as he can either be a designated hitter or a bat off the bench) might help give the team a boost in the right direction.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Sanspo 5/23/2017