Tetsuto Yamada hit for the cycle during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Shizuoka on July 9.
Yamada became the sixty-sixth player (accomplished seventy-one times) in NPB history, thirty-third player (accomplished thirty-six times) in the Central League, to hit for the cycle. He is the first player to hit for the cycle since Yuki Yanagita on April 31 and the first Yakult Swallow since Atsunori Inaba on July 1, 2003.0 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada was left out of the starting line-up against Seibu on June 13 because of a bruise near his left elbow. Yamada suffered the bruise when he collided with Sosuke Genda while fielding a grounder at second base during the first inning against Seibu on June 12. He was examined at a hospital on June 13 and did not participate in practices later in the day.0 Comments
Kazuo Matsui asked Tetsuto Yamada if he was interested in the Majors during an NHK Sunday Sports’ segment on October 30. Yamada said he was not. He also said he tended to change his mind and that he might feel differently about things in two to three years. He then added that for the time being, he wanted to live in Japan.
Source: Daily Sports 10/30/20160 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada pushed his RBI total to 100 during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on September 17. In doing so, he became just the fourth Yakult Swallow to drive in 100 runs in two or more seasons. The other three: Roberto Petagine with 112 in 1999 and 127 in 2001; Alex Ramirez with 124 in 2003, 110 in 2004, 104 in 2005, 112 in 2006, and 122 in 2007; and Akinori Iwamura with 103 in 2004 and 102 in 2005.
Yamada also became just the third player in NPB history to record two 100 RBI seasons by the year they turned twenty-four. The other two: Sadaharu Oh with 106 in 1963 at twenty-three and 119 in 1964 at twenty-four; and Hideki Matsui with 102 in 1997 at twenty-three and 100 in 1998 at twenty-four.0 Comments
Wladimir Balentien got treatment for his right hamstring pain at the team facilities on his day off on September 12. He told reporters the pain was at a level he could play through and that he did not want to miss the next two games on the schedule, both against Yokohama.
Tetsuto Yamada was examined by the team doctor after he took a pitch off his left side on September 11. His condition is not serious and does not require a visit to the hospital. He is not expected to miss any games, though he is not 100 percent.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/20160 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada (left side, rib) could be ready to rejoin the active roster as early as August 24 (Chunichi at Jingu), although August 26 (Hanshin at Koshien) seems more likely. The Yakult Swallows will determine the schedule after observing him during workouts today.
[UPDATE @ 9:45pm]
Yamada is slated to join the Ichi-gun team for work outs on August 24. Assuming no issues, he could be added to the active roster in time for the Chunichi game in the evening.
Source: Tokyo Sports 8/23/20160 Comments
Mitsuru Manaka told reporters on August 18 that he does not think Tetsuto Yamada (left side, rib) will be ready to return to the active roster on August 20. He also said he plans to call Yamada up as soon as he is ready to play (no rehab games).
Yamada worked out at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda, Saitama on August 18. He still feels pain when taking grounders and batting practice, but not when running, full speed or otherwise.
Source: Daily Sports 8/19/20160 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada (left side) resumed practices today at Toda Stadium. He played some light catch at a distance of about twenty meters and took some soft-toss batting practice (hit around twenty baseballs). He made sure not to push too hard.
[UPDATE 8/17 @ 1:18pm]
Mitsuru Manaka told reporters on August 16 that he plans to bring Yamada back when he is fully ready to return, and not just as a bat off the bench.
Source: Daily Sports 8/17/20160 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada was taken off the active roster today. He had an MRI at a hospital in Nagoya and was diagnosed with a bone bruise on his eighth left rib. He will require some rest. No timetable has his been set, although he might be able to return to the active roster in ten days.0 Comments
Tetsuto Yamada left tonight’s (August 9) game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome in the second inning on defense because of pain in his back.
Yamada made the starting line-up at second and batted third. He grounded out to third in his first trip to the plate and was replaced on defense in the second inning. He complained of back pain and was taken to a Nagoya hospital for tests during the game. CT scans did not reveal any problems. He is scheduled for an MRI on August 10.
The pain may have first started when he was hit by a pitch on the left side of his back during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on July 30.
Yamada’s consecutive “full inning” games streak ended at 316.0 Comments