Nakamura, Yuhei 中村 悠平 (なかむら・ゆうへい)
Yakult Swallows | #52 | C
Born: 06/16/1990 (age 28)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 83kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Fukui
Draft: 2008, 3rd Round
History: 福井商高(甲)

[6/12/2018] Yuhei Nakamura takes HBP off head

Yuhei Nakamura took a pitch off his head during his at bat in the fourth inning of a game against the Seibu Lions earlier today.

Seibu starter Fabio Castillo threw a pitch that struck Nakamura on the left side of the head. Nakamura had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Castillo was tossed from the game for throwing a dangerous pitch.

Nakamura was taken to a hospital in Saitama for tests. No abnormalities were discovered.

Source: Daily Sports 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 10:46am]

Castillo met Nakamura during pre-game practices on June 13 to apologize for his errant pitch.

Source: Sponichi 6/13/2018, Sponichi 6/13/2018


[10/10/2017] Yuhei Nakamura to be named next Swallows’ chief player rep

The media learned on October 9 that twenty-seven-year-old Yuhei Nakamura is slated to become the Swallows’ next chief player representative. He will be taking over for twenty-nine-year-old Shingo Kawabata (2016-2017). An official announcement will be made during Fan Appreciation Day on November 23.

Source: Sanspo 10/10/2017


[6/14/2017] Yuhei Nakamura takes foul tip off right knee

Yuhei Nakamura took a foul tip off his right knee during last night’s game against the Rakuten Eagles. The incident took place in the top of the eighth inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2017

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 1:08am]

Nakamura was examined (MRI) at a hospital in Tokyo on June 14 and was diagnosed with a bone contusion on his right femur. He might also have a fracture in his right patella. He will be taken off the active roster on June 15.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2017, Sanspo 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 12:37am]

Nakamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 15. No abnormalities were discovered in his right patella.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:59am]

Nakamura is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on July 1 (vs Yomiuri at Giants Stadium). Assuming no major issues, he could return to the active roster in time for the Chunichi series at Nagoya Dome that begins on July 4.

Source: Sanspo 6/30/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 11:00pm]

Nakamura got the start at catcher and batted sixth against Ni-gun Yomiuri today. He was his first game since June 13. He went 1-for-2: fouled out to first in the second inning, singled to center in the fifth inning and replaced by a pinch-runner. He threw out Luis Cruz trying to steal second in the second inning.

Source: Sanspo 7/1/2017


[3/25/2017] Yuhei Nakamura misses exhibition game against Nippon Ham

Yuhei Nakamura missed today’s exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome because he was not feeling well.

Source: Sanspo 3/25/2017


Yuhei Nakamura: Did You Know



Nakamura was given the nickname Mucho after bullpen catcher Jun Otsuka saw him eating a bag of Kara Mucho chips. He does not actually like Kara Mucho chips that much. His favorite is Kata Age Potato, black pepper flavor.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/7/2017


Nakamura will be named captain of the Yakult Swallows in 2018. He will be the first team captain since Hiroyasu Tanaka in 2013.

Source: Sanspo 1/15/2018


Nakamura is thinking about using a blue catcher’s mitt in 2018. He has been testing one since the fall. He believes pitchers will find it easier to see the blue. Nakamura used a brown and black glove at the start of the 2017 season. He switched over to a reddish glove partway through the year because one color was easier to see than two colors. The move to blue might also help calm pitchers down (instead of the red).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/5/2018


[7/19/2016] Yuhei Nakamura leaves games with dizziness

Yuhei Nakamura left last night’s (July 19) game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium after four innings because of dizziness. Nakamura was a little shaken up after he took a foul ball off his chin while playing defense in the first inning. He remained in the game because he felt alright at the time. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 7/19/2016