The Hanshin Tigers added Hiroaki Saiuchi to their seventy-man roster. They announced the move on July 30. Saiuchi’s uniform number will change from 126 to 97.
In seventeen Ni-gun games this year, Saiuchi recorded a 4.41 ERA (16.1 IP, 11 SO, 4 BB, 17 H, 8 ER).0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers and Softbank Hawks announced on July 26 that they agreed to a one-for-one player trade. The Tigers will send twenty-four-year-old pitcher Ryoma Matsuda to the Hawks for twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Yuya Iida. Both teams were looking to improve their bullpens. The trade will also allow Matsuda (Nagasaki) and Iida (Hyogo) to move a little closer to home.0 Comments
July 21 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Toshiro Miyazaki’s strikeout in the seventh inning became Fujikawa’s 1,000th strikeout in relief (1,093rd overall). Fujikawa is the first reliever in Tigers history to record 1,000 strikeouts.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2018
September 1 vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Fujikawa pitched in his 700th game and became the sixteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2018One Comment
The Hiroshima Carp announced on July 8 that they decided to cancel their three-game home series against the Hanshin Tigers at Mazda Stadium between July 9 (Mon) and 11 (Wed) due to the heavy western Japan rains. In a statement posted at the team website, the Carp explained that they decided to cancel the series after thinking about the many victims of the disaster. They offered their condolences and prayers to those affected by the rains.0 Comments
Today’s Yokohama-Hanshin game was rained out. It was the third consecutive rain out at Koshien Stadium (vs Chunichi on July 5, vs Yokohama on July 5, vs Yokohama on July 7). The last time three consecutive games were rained out at Koshien Stadium was a three-game series against Yokohama in July 1995.
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Source: Daily Sports 7/7/20180 Comments
Yoshio Itoi was hit by a pitch near his right shin in the eighth inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on June 30. He did not play on July 1 and was examined at a hospital in Osaka on July 2. The Hanshin Tigers announced on July 3 that Itoi was diagnosed with a right fibula fracture and was taken off the active roster.
The Tigers have not yet made an official decision regarding Itoi’s status for the All-Star series.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced on June 15 that Hiroki Uemoto was discharged from a hospital in Osaka after successful reconstructive surgery on his left knee (anterior cruciate ligament) and some rehab. Uemoto hurt his knee when he slid into second base during a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Koshien Stadium on May 5. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
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The Hanshin Tigers announced on June 15 that Tsuyoshi Ishizaki was discharged from a hospital in Osaka after having successful surgery to clean his right elbow.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro.
Source: Hanshin 6/15/2018
[UPDATE 6/18 @ 1:59am]
The Tigers held a press conference for Navarro on June 17. He was assigned the uniform number 99. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.
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According to a number of reports from this morning, the Hanshin Tigers are exploring the overseas market. Possible interests include thirty-two-year-old Efren Navarro (currently seems to be the front-runner), thirty-one-year-old Nick Buss, and twenty-seven-year-old Kennys Vargas.
The Tigers added Wilin Rosario during the winter with hopes that he would be enough to get them through the season, but he was taken off the active roster on June 3 because of his struggles at the plate. The front office is now considering other alternatives, including the possibility of finding someone that might be able to supplement Rosario, and not necessarily replace him.
[UPDATE 6/10 @ 1:06pm]
The Tigers may be close to finalizing a deal for Navarro, according to at least two media sources from this morning.0 Comments