Azuma likes to eat bananas while waiting in the dugout for his turn to pitch.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants dropped their game against the Hiroshima Carp 5-4 on April 15 and became the first team in the Central League to lose ten games this season. The last time the Giants dropped ten within their first fifteen games of the season was when they went 4-10 in fourteen games in 1947. They have now been the first to ten losses in the CL four times (1947, 1975, 2004, 2018).
The Yokohama Bay Stars beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-1 on April 15 and extended their winning streak to eight. The last time the Bay Stars recorded an eight-game winning streak was when they won nine in a row between July 15 and August 2, 2001. This was the first time the team put together an eight-game winning streak in April.
The Bay Stars also set a new franchise record by scoring the first run of the game in all eight games of their winning streak. Their previous record was seven in October 1950.0 Comments
Yamasaki notched the 100th save of his career during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on April 10, 2018. The save came in Yamasaki’s 189th game, second only to Takahiro Mahara’s 178 games.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on April 2 that Kakeru Ayabe had surgery to clean his right shoulder at a hospital in Yokohama on the same day.0 Comments
Shota Imanaga is having problems with his left shoulder. He started complaining of discomfort after he pitched in a Ni-gun game on March 10. He is considered day-to-day and could still pitch in the opening series.
[UPDATE 3/26 @ 2:36am]
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on March 25 that Imanaga will report to Ni-gun on March 27.0 Comments
Joe Wieland started having problems with his right elbow earlier this month. His condition is not considered serious, but he is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation because the Yokohama Bay Stars do not want to risk further injury.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/20180 Comments
Haruhiro Hamaguchi was scratched from the Samurai Japan roster on March 2 because of discomfort in his left shoulder. Samurai Japan manager Atsunori Inaba later told reporters he made the call because he did not want to risk Hamaguchi’s future by keeping him on the roster.
[UPDATE 3/17 @ 2:19pm]
Hamaguchi is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation because his left shoulder is still not fully healed.0 Comments
The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on February 22 that Koya Mizuno had surgery to clean his right shoulder at a hospital in Yokohama. There were no complications during the procedure.
[UPDATE 2/23 @ 1:14pm]
Mizuno could require about six months for a full recovery. He wanted to avoid surgery and spent the off-season rehabbing the shoulder, but decided to go under the knife because he still felt pain while throwing bullpen sessions in January.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/20180 Comments
Motoharu Fukuchi was reassigned to Ni-gun Kadena camp on February 21 because of pain in his left elbow.
Source: Sanspo 2/21/20180 Comments
Asuma has two images stitched on the inside of all of his gloves: a pile of poo in gold thread and a star in white thread. The pile of golden poo represents kin-un (financial luck) and the white star represents shiroboshi (victories).
Source: Sanspo 2/15/20180 Comments