Ogawa, Yasuhiro 小川 泰弘 (おがわ・やすひろ)
Yakult Swallows | #29 | P
Born: 05/15/1990 (age 29)
Height: 171cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Aichi
Draft: 2012, 2nd Round
History: 成章高(甲)-創価大
Roster Changes: removed 06/26/2016, added 07/19/2016

[9/23/2018] Yasuhiro Ogawa scratched from start with tight lower back

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2018, Sponichi 9/24/2018, Sanspo 9/24/2018


[9/21/2017] Yasuhiro Ogawa out with stress fracture in elbow

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Yasuhiro Ogawa was examined at a hospital in Yokohama on September 20 and diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right elbow. He will not be allowed to do anything throwing for a while. There is currently no timetable for his recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2017, Sponichi 9/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2017

[UPDATE 9/26 @ 8:04pm]

The Swallows announced today that Ogawa will have surgery at a hospital in Yokohama on October 2.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2017, Sponichi 9/26/2017

[UPDATE 10/4 @ 12:43am]

The Swallows announced that Ogawa had surgery on his elbow at a hospital in Yokohama on October 2.

Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2017

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:14am]

Ogawa will not do anything throwing for the rest of the year. He did resume his training on October 14. He is planning to take his time, with the ultimate goal of being ready for opening day.

Source: Sanspo 10/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/14/2017

[UPDATE 10/15 @ 10:59pm]

Ogawa will not be able to do anything throwing practices for about three months.

Source: Sponichi 10/15/2017

[UPDATE 1/11/2018 @ 11:40am]

Ogawa resumed throwing exercises on January 10. He threw about sixty baseballs into a net fifteen meters away from him. He is hoping to toss a bullpen session some time in February. This was the first time he threw a ball in about three months.

Source: Sanspo 1/10/2018, Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2018

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 9:58pm]

Ogawa played catch on January 16 for the first time since he went under the knife in October last year. He threw the ball around for around fifteen minutes at a distance of about twenty meters.

Source: Daily Sports 1/16/2018

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[9/16/2017] Yasuhiro Ogawa leaves game with elbow tightness

Yasuhiro Ogawa developed tightness in his right elbow during today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. He told coaches he had discomfort in the elbow after he finished the fourth inning and was pulled from the game. He threw seventy-four pitches.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/16/2017, Sanspo 9/16/2017

[UPDATE 9/17 @ 10:10pm]

Ogawa was taken off the active roster today.

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 3:57pm]

Ogawa was taken off the active roster because his condition did not improve. He will most likely be taken to a hospital for tests some time on or after September 18.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2017, Daily Sports 9/18/2017


Yasuhiro Ogawa: Did You Know



September 11 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Ogawa extended his winning streak against the Giants to seven. He has not lost a game to them since he recorded a win on April 30, 2016. He joined Masaichi Kaneda (ten-game winning streak from June 19, 1957 to June 13, 1958), Terry Bross (seven-game winning streak from April 9, 1995 to May 5, 1996), and Kenjiro Kawasaki (seven-game winning streak from May 15, 1998 to April 29, 1999) as the only pitchers in Swallows history to record winning streaks of seven or more against the Giants.

Source: Sanspo 9/12/2018

October 1 vs Yomiuri at Jingu Stadium – Ogawa extended his winning streak against the Yomiuri Giants to eight. The streak started on April 30, 2016. The last Yakult pitcher to record a winning streak of at least eight was ten by Masaichi Kaneda between 1957 and 1958.

Source: Daily Sports 10/1/2018, Sponichi 10/2/2018

Relationships and Family

Ogawa is rumored be in a relationship with Fuji TV reporter Mana Mikami. The two are said to have met in March 2016.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/14/2017


[5/27/2017] Yasuhiro Ogawa leaves start with back pain

Yasuhiro Ogawa left tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome with tightness in his back. He was removed in the sixth inning with runners on first and second and no out. He first started feeling some pain while pitching in the fifth inning. The Yakult Swallows are planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 5/27/2017

[UPDATE 6/1 @ 9:15pm]

Ogawa was examined (MRI) at a hospital in Tokyo on May 29 and diagnosed with a strain in his left internal oblique muscle.

Source: Sanspo 6/1/2017

[UPDATE 6/23 @ 6:51pm]

Ogawa could return to the active roster in time for a start during a nine-game stretch that begins on July 4. He is set to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on June 24.

Source: Sanspo 6/23/2017Sports Hochi 6/23/2017Sponichi 6/23/2017

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 6:46pm]

Ogawa pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham today. He entered the game in the eighth inning and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work (E6, G4dp, Ks). He threw ten pitches and topped out at 144km/h. This was his first game since May 27.

Added additional performance information on 6/24 @ 6:52pm.

Source: Sanspo 6/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/24/2017

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 3:01pm]

The Swallows are thinking about bringing Ogawa back to the active roster as a reliever. Closing is also a possibility and will depend on how Ryo Akiyoshi’s condition.

Source: Sanspo 6/27/2017

[UPDATE 6/28 @ 4:00pm]

Ogawa is currently expected to return to the active roster on June 30. Mitsuru Manaka wants more stability in the eighth and ninth innings and is thinking about using him as a late-inning reliever. He pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten on June 27 and did not allow a run or a hit over an inning of work (he entered the game in the ninth inning).

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2017, Sponichi 6/28/2017

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:54am]

Ogawa could end up pitching out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2017


[9/22/2016] Yasuhiro Ogawa still has a chance to win ten games

Yasuhiro Ogawa has eight victories and could get two more starts if he manages to pick up a win in his next outing. He was set to start the rained out game on September 22, but is now slated to start the Hiroshima game on September 24. If he gets the win, he might also get the start on September 29 against Yokohama.

Source: Sanspo 9/22/2016


[9/8/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for August

Central League


Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yakult (First Time)
5 G, 4-0, 39.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 28 SO, 9 ER, 3 CG

Ogawa started five games in August and recorded four wins (tied for most in the Central League). He led the league in innings pitched and recorded three complete game victories, including one shutout. He was instrumental in the team’s 15-9 record in August. He is the first Yakult player to win an MVP of the Month since Tetsuto Yamada in June 2016 and first Yakult pitcher since Masanori Ishikawa in September 2015.


Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hiroshima (Second Time)
25 G, .358 AVG, 38 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI

Kikuchi was the mainstay at second base and batted second in every game in August. He led the league in hits and recorded a number of big hits, including a game-tying home run in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants on August 7. He won his first MVP of the Month in June 2014. He is the first Hiroshima player to win an MVP of the Month since Yusuke Nomura in June 2016 and the first hitter since Rainel Rosario in September 2014.

Pacific League


Yuki Matsui, Rakuten (First Time)
11 G, 0-0, 9 Sv, 13.0 IP, 0.69 ERA, 0 CG, 0 ShO, 17 SO, 1 ER

Matsui appeared in eleven games in August and led the league with nine saves. His eleven strikeouts were most for a reliever. He recorded holds on August 12 against Nippon Ham and August 21 against Orix. The Eagles were 10-0-1 in the eleven games he appeared in. At twenty years and ten months, he is the youngest left-handed pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award in the Pacific League. Yoshihisa Naruse was previously the youngest when he won the award at twenty-one years and nine months in July 2007.


Hideto Asamura, Seibu (Third Time)
24 G, .384 AVG, 34 H, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB

Asamura played in all twenty-four of his team’s games in August. He led the league in hits, doubles (14), total bases (64), RBI, and batting average with runners in scoring position (.500). His batting average was good for second and his slugging percentage (.646) was good for third. He recorded multiple hits in thirteen games and went hitless in only three. He has won the MVP of the Month Award two other times: October 2011 and July 2013. This is the seventieth time a Lion has won the award, most in the Pacific League (Nippon Ham and Orix are in second with sixty-nine).


[6/28/2016] Yasuhiro Ogawa has discomfort in lower back

Yasuhiro Ogawa developed discomfort in his lower back after his last start on June 24 against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium. He was taken off the active roster on June 26 as a precaution. Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu told reporters they wanted to skip his next start (June 30 against Hiroshima).

Source: Sports Hochi 6/28/2016, Daily Sports 6/28/2016, Sponichi 6/28/2016