Kawabata, Shingo 川端 慎吾 (かわばた・しんご)
Yakult Swallows | #5 | INF
Born: 10/15/1987 (age 32)
Height: 185cm
Weight: 86kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 2005, High School 3rd Round
History: 市和歌山商高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 07/18/2016, added 09/05/2016

Shingo Kawabata: Did You Know


Walk-off Hits

Source: Sanspo 7/22/2018


July 21 vs Chunichi at Jingu – Kawabata blasted the first walk-off home run of his career — with the score tied at five, he hit a two-run home run to right off Hiroshi Suzuki.

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


[4/16/2018] Shingo Kawabata earns international FA option

Thirty-year-old Shingo Kawabata earned his international free agent option on April 14 with nine years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the third year of a four-year contract.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2018, Sponichi 4/14/2018, Daily Sports 4/14/2018, Sanspo 4/14/2018


[4/3/2018] Shingo Kawabata leaves game after taking pitch off head

Shingo Kawabata was hit by a pitch on his head during his at bat in the seventh inning of a game against the Hiroshima Carp on April 3. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. No abnormalities were discovered. The Yakult Swallows will reassess his condition on April 4.

Takeru Imamura was tossed from the game for throwing the pitch.

Source: Sponichi 4/3/2018, Daily Sports 4/3/2018, Sanspo 4/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2018


[8/31/2017] Shingo Kawabata has surgery to treat herniated disc

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shingo Kawabata had surgery at a hospital in Tokyo to treat his lumbar herniated disc.

Source: Sanspo 8/31/2017, Sports Hochi 8/31/2017

[UPDATE 9/1 @ 2:34pm]

Kawabata might be able to resume practices in November.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2017

[UPDATE 9/5 @ 12:33am]

Kawabata had surgery on August 31 and was able to check out of the hospital on September 3.

Source: Daily Sports 9/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:35pm]

Kawabata hopes to be ready for Ichi-gun spring camp next year. He feels it will be possible so long as he is able to begin regular drills next month.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017

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[8/17/2017] Shingo Kawabata to have surgery this month

The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shingo Kawabata will have surgery to treat a herniated disc some time this month. He developed the condition during spring camp this year and was hoping to avoid going under the knife.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2017, Sponichi 8/17/2017

[UPDATE 8/18 @ 12:55am]

A neck injury during a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 23 kept Kawabata out of addition rehab games until August 6. He decided to have surgery when he then developed pain near his lower back while throwing the ball during fielding practices.

Source: Sanspo 8/17/2017

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[8/1/2017] Shingo Kawabata suffers setback with neck injury

Shingo Kawabata hurt his neck when he bumped into a batter-runner while playing first base during a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 23. Kawabata has been working his way back from a herniated disc and was hoping to make it to the active roster some time between late-July and early-August, but will most likely need a little more time.

Source: Sanspo 8/1/2017

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[2/14/2017] Shingo Kawabata diagnosed with herniated disc

Shingo Kawabata felt pain in his buttocks after practices on February 13. He was given an MRI at a hospital in Naha today and diagnosed with a herniated disc. The Yakult Swallows are planning to re-evaluate his status after seeing how he handles practices on February 16.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2017

[UPDATE 2/17 @ 12:16pm]

Kawabata is currently taking medicine to deal with the pain. There is improvement in his condition. He is not thinking about surgery at this point in time. His workouts on February 16 including walking, light jogging, and playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2017, Sponichi 2/17/2017

[UPDATE 2/19 @ 12:03am]

Kawabata will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on February 20 because he is also experiencing some numbness. He feels he is okay, but the Swallows want more details to make sure he gets the right treatment.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2017, Daily Sports 2/18/2017

[UPDATE 2/22 @ 12:28am]

Kawabata was examined at a hospital in Tokyo. He does not need surgery. He will continue his training at Ni-gun camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2017

[UPDATE 3/15 @ 1:40am]

Kawabata is currently able to play catch at a distance of about thirty meters. He is also able to take light swings against a pitching machine. He told reporters he could throw at full strength and felt no pain when swinging the bat.

Source: Sanspo 3/14/2017

[UPDATE 3/25 @ 10:04pm]

Kawabata is slated to play in a Ni-gun game at designated hitter on March 28. Mitsuru Manaka told reporters he could still make the opening day roster, but only if he is also capable of playing defense.

Source: Sponichi 3/25/2017

[UPDATE 3/26 @ 10:26pm]

Depending on how things go on March 28, Kawabata might be able to make the active roster some time in early April.

Source: Sponichi 3/26/2017

[UPDATE 3/29 @ 6:53pm]

Kawabata batted second as designated hitter against Ni-gun Lotte on March 28. He went 0-for-3: G1, Ks, F7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2017

[UPDATE 4/4 @ 5:53pm]

Kawabata might be ready to make the active roster on April 11.

Source: Sponichi 4/4/2017

[UPDATE 4/12 @ 10:19pm]

The clock on Kawabata’s return was reset after the Swallows determined he needed more time. There is no timetable on his return.

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2017, Sanspo 4/8/2017

[UPDATE 5/2 @ 10:29pm]

Kawabata has hit a roadblock in his rehab. He started feeling a tingling sensation in his left leg while jogging and will be re-examined at some time this month. Surgery is a possibility. If he goes under the knife, it could take three to six months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/2/2017

[UPDATE 5/17 @ 9:44pm]

Kawabata might be able to avoid going under the knife. He was re-examined at a hospital on May 15 and was told his condition was gradually improving.

Source: Sanspo 5/17/2017

[UPDATE 6/20 @ 9:32pm]

Kawabata would like to make it to the active roster before the All-Star break. He no longer feels any tingling in his leg and he is close to running at full speed. He is slated to return to regular Ni-gun workouts this week and might be able to play in a rehab game/scrimmage some time next week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2017, Sponichi 6/20/2017

[UPDATE 7/10 @ 10:11pm]

Kawabata played in a rehab game against Ni-gun Lotte earlier today. He got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He went 0-for-1: with runners on first and third and no out in the first inning, he reached on an error and managed to score all the way from first on a hit to right-center. This was his first game in about three months.

Source: Sanspo 7/10/2017

[UPDATE 7/15 @ 4:55pm]

Kawabata is scheduled to play in another Ni-gun rehab game on July 20 against Rakuten at Toda. He will get the start at designated hitter.

Assuming no major issues, he might be ready to return to the active roster some time before the end of the month.

Source: Sanspo 7/15/2017, Sponichi 7/15/2017


[9/3/2016] Shingo Kawabata goes 1-for-3 in Ni-gun rehab game

Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) played in a Ni-gun game against against Yokohama on September 3. He got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-3: Ks, 1B9, G3.

Source: Sanspo 9/3/2016


[9/2/2016] Shingo Kawabata could return to the active roster on September 6

Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) could return to the active roster in time for the Yokohama series that begins on September 6. He is taking batting and fielding practice without any problems and is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun within the next few days.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/2/2016, Daily Sports 9/2/2016, Sponichi 9/2/2016


[8/30/2016] Injury Updates: Shingo Kawabata, Juri Hara

Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) will play in his first Ni-gun rehab game some time this week. Assuming no setbacks, he could rejoin the active roster some time next week.

Juri Hara (right subscapularis) is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Lotte on September 1. He is slated to pitch three innings and throw about fifty pitches.

Source: Sanspo 8/30/2016