Tag Archive: Norichika Aoki


[10/2/2018] Norichika Aoki hurts left hamstring

Norichika Aoki was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hurt his left hamstring while running out a bunt single in the eighth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium on October 2. He will most likely be examined at a hospital on October 3. The Yakult Swallows are planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Daily Sports 10/2/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2018, Sanspo 10/2/2018


[7/26/2018] Norichika Aoki earns domestic FA option

Thirty-six-year-old Norichika Aoki earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Aoki signed a three-year contract before the season.

Source: Sanspo 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018


[6/30/2018] Norichika Aoki leaves after taking pitch off head

Norichika Aoki left yesterday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers are Jingu Stadium after a Yuta Iwasada fastball hit him on the right side of the head. Iwasada was ejected from the game for throwing a dangerous pitch. Aoki had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Aoki was able to get up and walk after he was taken off the field. He changed and took a taxi with staff to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. Aoki was diagnosed with a bruise on the side of his head.

The Yakult Swallows are concerned about Aoki because this is not his first HBP to the head (San Francisco Giants in 2015).

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2018, Daily Sports 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018, Sanspo 6/30/2018, Sponichi 6/30/2018

[UPDATE 7/5 @ 4:13pm]

Aoki was taken off the active roster today under the concussion exception rule. After getting hit on June 30, he missed games on July 1 and 4 (rain out July 3). He will be re-evaluated at a hospital in Tokyo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2018, Sponichi 7/5/2018, Daily Sports 7/5/2018


[6/20/2018] Norichika Aoki fined for ejection on June 20

Norichika Aoki was ejected for using offensive language during a game against Softbank at Jingu Stadium on June 20. The ejection took place in the seventh inning after Aoki struck out on a check-out. The NPB announced today that they issued Aoki a stern warning and a 100,000 yen fine.

Source: NPB 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018, Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2018


[5/5/2018] Norichika Aoki leaves after taking pitch off left knee

Norichika Aoki took a pitch near his left knee while facing Daichi Osera during the first inning of today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium. He had difficulty getting up and had to be helped off the field. He was removed from the game and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests (x-rays, CT scan). He was diagnosed with a bruise.

Aoki has been hit a league-high six times so far this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Sanspo 5/5/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018

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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