The Yakult Swallows announced that thirty-three-year-old Tetsuya Yamamoto and thirty-six-year-old Kenichi Matsuoka will be retiring at the end of the season. They posted the following comments from the players.
To the fans, thank you for supporting for nine years. Even though I missed a full season with a year of rehab, the support from many people allowed me to end my career with no regrets. Please continue to root and cheer for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
A very big thank you to the fans that supported me for fourteen years. I was able to get through the good and the bad because of your support. I am nothing but grateful. Thank you.
Source: Yakult 9/30/20180 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa was expected to start a game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome on September 24, but was replaced by Yuma Oshita. Ogawa’s last two starts were rained out (September 20 and 21). He played catch and ran short dashes during pre-game practices today, but will not get a start tomorrow because of tightness in his lower back. Junji Ogawa told reporters there was nothing he could say today.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/23/2018
[UPDATE 9/24 @ 11:26am]
The Yakult Swallows are not planning to take Ogawa off the active roster and will wait to see if his condition improves.0 Comments
September 23 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Ishiyama notched his thirtieth save of the year and became the sixth Swallow in franchise history to save at least thirty games in a season. The other five: Shingo Takatsu (thirty in 1999, thirty-seven in 2001, thirty-two in 2002, thirty-four in 2003), Chang-Yong Lim (thirty-three in 2008, thirty-five in 2010, thirty-two in 2011), Tony Barnette (thirty-three in 2012, forty-one in 2015), Ryota Igarashi (thirty-seven in 2004) and Hirotoshi Ishii (thirty-seven in 2005).0 Comments
September 15 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Kondo notched his fortieth save point of the year and set a new Swallows record. The previous record of thirty-nine was set by Josh Lueke in 2016.
September 23 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Kondo recorded his thirty-fifth hold and set a new Swallows record. The previous record of thirty-four was set by Kenichi Matsuoka in 2010.
October 9 vs Yokohama at Jingu Stadium – Kondo pitched in his seventy-fourth game of the season and tied Ryo Akiyoshi’s 2015 Swallows record for games in a season by a pitcher.
Source: Sponichi 10/9/20180 Comments
Norichika Aoki felt some tightness during practices before a Yokohama on September 7. The tightness turned to discomfort after he grounded out to third in his first at bat in the first inning. He was replaced on defense in the third inning as a precaution and left out of the starting line-up on September 8. He is considered day-to-day.0 Comments
The media learned recently that Junji Ogawa will return as manager of the Yakult Swallows in 2019. Ogawa met Team Owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa on August 2 and accepted the team’s request to finish out the final year of a two-year contract.0 Comments
September 4 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium – Ueda blasted the first walk-off home run of his career (eleventh inning, off Katsuki Matayoshi).0 Comments
Wladimir Balentien went deep against Shota Imanaga in the third inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium on August 26. The home run made Balentien the sixty-second player in NPB history (eighth foreign player in NPB history) to hit 250 home runs. He recorded the milestone home run in his 869th game, second fastest in NPB history, behind Alex Cabrera and Ralph Bryant’s 733 games.0 Comments
Thirty-four-year-old Masayoshi Miwa earned his domestic free agent option on July 30 with seven years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
The Yakult Swallows announced that they added Masato Furuno to their seventy-man roster on July 30. Furuno’s uniform number will change from 118 to 40.
Furuno went 2-3 with an ERA of 2.43 in eleven Ni-gun games.0 Comments