Kotaro Kiyomiya hurt his right hand during rookie workouts at the Kamagaya facilities on January 18 — he felt tightness on the outer portion of his right thumb during weight training exercises. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today (x-rays and MRI) and diagnosed with a bone contusion on his right thumb.
Kiyomiya’s workouts will be limited for about a week. He will be re-examined on January 26. He should be okay to attend Ichi-gun spring camp.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Ryosuke Kishisato had a procedure to treat a left inguinal hernia at a hospital in Tokyo. There were no complications during the surgery.
Kishisato will require about two months for a full recovery. He is expected to start a rehab program at the Kamagaya facilities after he is discharged from the hospital on January 20.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments today:
Source: Nippon Ham 1/15/20180 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-seven-year-old Nick Martinez. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen plus incentives. The Fighters believe Martinez will be able to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.One Comment
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they signed a partnership agreement with the Texas Rangers. Through the agreement, the two teams will be able to share various information, like scouting reports and coaching methods. They will also be able to set up a personnel exchange program for coaches and staff.0 Comments
Asia Friendship Series in Hokkaido
Source: Nippon Ham 12/21/20170 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on December 18 that they reached an agreement with thirty-six-year-old Shinya Tsuruoka. He was assigned the uniform number 22. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal with a yearly salary of thirty million yen plus incentives.
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The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on December 15 that they reached an agreement with twenty-six-year-old Oswaldo Arcia. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 130 million yen plus incentives.
The Fighters released the following statement from Arcia:
My family and I are happy about my signing with the Fighters. I am a little nervous about playing in a country that I have never been to, but after hearing position things from the Fighters scout, I am excited. I am really looking forward to putting on the Fighters uniform. I will first get ready for spring camp so that I can make sure I am ready to use my power during scoring opportunities.
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that they will hold a farewell press conference for Shohei Otani at Sapporo Dome on December 25. Details are below:
December 25 (Mon), 18:00 – 18:30 (planned)
Gates will open at 17:00. North Gate 2 and South Gates 2 and 3.
Venue: Sapporo Dome field, special stage
Source: Nippon Ham 12/16/2017
[UPDATE 12/27 @ 10:13am]
About 13,000 fans attended Otani’s press conference at Sapporo Dome on December 25. Below are TV ratings for the press conference for the Hokkaido region:
Source: Sports Hochi 12/27/20170 Comments
Toshihiro Sugiura tossed a bullpen session at the Kamagaya facilities on December 15. He threw forty pitches to a standing catcher, then fifteen to a squatting catcher.
Sugiura had problems with his right shoulder earlier this year and had not tossed a session since April. He was then traded to the Nippon Ham Fighters in July.0 Comments