Tag Archive: Rakuten Eagles


Kazuki Tanaka: Did You Knows



July 21 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Tanaka blasted the first grand slam of his career (sixth inning off Shota Takekuma).

Source: Sports Hochi 7/21/2018, Sponichi 7/21/2018


[7/18/2018] Manabu Mima taken off active roster

Manabu Mima was taken off the active roster with tightness in his right elbow on July 18. Mima is coming off a start on July 17 in which he allowed a run on five hits over five innings and ninety-three pitches. The Rakuten Eagles are playing it safe because he has had surgery on the same elbow in the past. However, they believe his condition is not serious. They are planning to skip him at least once in the starting rotation.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2018, Sanspo 7/18/2018

[UPDATE 7/21 @ 6:16am]

Mima was diagnosed with inflammation in his right flexor pronator. He will travel with the Ichi-gun team and is expected to resume throwing once the pain goes away. The Eagles do not think Mima’s condition is serious.

Source: Sponichi 7/20/2018, Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/20/2018


[7/6/2018] Rakuten talking to Kazuhisa Ishii about GM job

The Rakuten Eagles are interested in offering forty-four-year-old Kazuhisa Ishii a job as general manager. Team President Yozo Tachibana told reporters an offer was made and that he felt discussions were moving in a positive direction.

Source: Sponichi 7/6/2018, Daily Sports 7/6/2018, Sports Hochi 7/6/2018, Sponichi 7/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/6/2018


[6/28/2018] Yoshinao Kamata has shoulder and elbow surgery

The Rakuten Eagles announced on June 27 that Yoshinao Kamata had right shoulder (Bennett ossification resection, dissection) and elbow (cleaning) surgery at a hospital in Kanagawa on June 25. He will need about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Rakuten 6/27/2018, Sponichi 6/27/2018


[6/22/2018] Wataru Karashima struck by batted ball

Wataru Karashima took a batted ball off the area near his left thumb during his start against the Nippon Ham Fighters on June 22.

With two out in the bottom of the first inning, Kensuke Kondo hit a ball back up the middle that struck Karashima near the base of his left thumb. Karashima left the field for treatment and was unable to return. He was later taken to a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise (no abnormalities to the bone).

Source: Daily Sports 6/22/2018, Sponichi 6/22/2018, Sports Hochi 6/22/2018, Jiji 6/23/2018, Sanspo 6/23/2018


[6/16/2018] Masataka Nashida steps down as Rakuten manager

The Rakuten Eagles announced on June 16 that Masataka Nashida stepped down as manager. Nashida submitted his resignation after the Eagles dropped their game against the Hanshin Tigers and fell twenty games under 500. Ichi-gun head coach/batting coach Yosuke Hiraishi will take over as interim manager on June 17.

Nashida took over as manager of the Eagles in 2016 and went 160-182-7 in 349 games (fifth place in 2016, third place in 2017, last place so far this year).

Source: Rakuten 6/16/2018, Daily Sports 6/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2018, Sanspo 6/16/2018

[UPDATE 6/18 @ 2:29am]

A number of other changes were made to the coaching staff (no change in official titles):

  • Yoshinori Sato = pitching coach, dugout → pitching coach, bullpen
  • Ryoji Moriyama = pitching coach, bullpen → pitching coach, dugout
  • Yasunaga Makishi = infield coach, first base coach → infield coach, interim manager’s assistant
  • Tatsuya Shiokawa = strategy/infielder’s coach → strategy/infielder’s coach, first base coach

Source: Sports Hochi 6/17/2018


[6/15/2018] Zelous Wheeler out eight weeks

Zelous Wheeler hurt his left index finger (base of the intermediate phalanx) while attempting to steal second during a game against Hanshin at Rakuten Seimei on June 15. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests and was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture. He could require about eight weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2018, Daily Sports 6/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2018, Sports Hochi 6/15/2018


[5/26/2018] Masataka Nashida notches 800th managerial win

Masataka Nashida notched the 800th victory of his managerial career last night. He is the sixteenth manager in NPB history to reach 800 wins. He recorded his first victory on April 6, 2000.

Source: Sponichi 5/26/2018, Sports Hochi 5/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2018



[5/22/2018] Louis Okoye leaves game with tightness in right leg

Louis Okoye was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hit a double to left-center in the sixth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22. He was removed from the game as a precaution because of tightness in his right thigh.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 9:48pm]

Okoye was examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with an injury to his right biceps femoris that will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Okoye was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018, Sanspo 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018


[5/22/2018] Kenji Tomura leaves game after taking batted ball off chin

Kenji Tomura took a batted ball off his face during a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22.

Tomura surrendered a home run to Yuya Oda to lead-off the eighth inning. The next batter, Masahiro Nishino, hit a line drive back up the middle that stuck Tomura in the face, near the right side of his chin. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Tomura was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. He was conscious.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2018, Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 9:40pm]

Tomura was re-examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with a right mandibular angle fracture. He could require three to four months for a full recovery.

Tomura was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 5/23/2018, Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018

[UPDATE 5/31 @ 10:44am]

The Rakuten Eagles announced on May 30 that Tomura had surgery on his chin at a hospital in Sendai on May 28. He will most likely need three to four months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/30/2018, Sports Hochi 5/30/2018