Nomura, Yusuke 野村 祐輔 (のむら・ゆうすけ)
Hiroshima Carp | #19 | P
Born: 06/23/1989 (age 29)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 82kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Okayama
Draft: 2011, 1st Round
History: 広陵高(甲)-明大
Roster Changes: removed 06/16/2016, added 06/27/2016, removed 09/24/2016, added 10/12/2016

[4/27/2018] Yusuke Nomura taken off active roster with back tightness

Yusuke Nomura developed tightness in his back during his last start on April 26 against Yokohama at Yokohama and was removed after four innings. He was taken off the active roster on April 27.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2018, Sanspo 4/27/2018

[UPDATE 4/29 @ 12:19am]

The Hiroshima Carp announced on April 28 that Nomura was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with a strained back. His condition is not considered serious (he was taken off the active roster more as a precaution).

Source: Sanspo 4/28/2018, Sponichi 4/28/2018, Daily Sports 4/28/2018


[5/23/2017] Yusuke Nomura leaves game after only three innings

Yusuke Nomura left tonight’s (May 23) game against the Yakult Swallows at Mazda Stadium after three innings because of tightness in his lower back. The Hiroshima Carp will wait to see how he is feeling on May 24 to decide whether or not to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/23/2017

[UPDATE 5/24 @ 9:36pm]

Nomura was taken off the active roster today. He was examined by a team doctor at the stadium after he was pulled from last night’s game. He will be re-examined at a hospital. He was reassigned to the San-gun rehab group.

Source: Daily Sports 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017


[10/8/2016] Yusuke Nomura resumes playing catch

Yusuke Nomura started a practice game against JR Nishi Nihon on October 6 and took a batted ball off his neck while facing his first batter of the day in relief. He participated in practices at Mazda Stadium on October 8 and resumed playing catch. He also did some long distance throwing (up to about sixty meters). He told reporters he still felt pain, but had no problems throwing the ball.

Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2016, Daily Sports 10/8/2016


[8/26/2016] Yusuke Nomura twists left ankle

Yusuke Nomura hurt his left ankle when he attempted to field a bunt in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome. With runners on first and third and two out in the sixth, Masahiro Araki hit a bunt toward third. Nomura tried to field the ball, but twisted his left ankle in the process. He left the field for treatment and was unable to return. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 8/26/2016, Daily Sports 8/26/2016Sanspo 8/26/2016, Sponichi 8/26/2016

[UPDATE 8/27/2016 @ 9:56pm]

The Carp are hopeful that Nomura will be okay to make his next start on September 2 against Yakult at Jingu Stadium. He did not participate in practices today and was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/27/2016, Daily Sports 8/27/2016

[UPDATE 8/30 @ 12:56am]

Nomura got an MRI on August 28. No abnormalities were discovered. He is currently expected to make his next start on September 2.

Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2016


[7/6/2016] Yusuke Nomura: first to ten wins this season

Yusuke Nomura won his start against the Chunichi Dragons on July 5 and became the first pitcher in either leagues to win ten games this season. Only five other Hiroshima pitchers have been first to win ten games in both leagues: Ryohei Hasegawa (1953), Manabu Kitabeppu (1982), Yasuyuki Yamauchi (1995), Colby Lewis (2008), and Kenta Maeda (2012).

Nomura is in the middle of a six-game winning streak. He is the first Hiroshima pitcher to record a winning streak of six or more since Kenta Maeda’s nine and Bryan Bullington seven in 2013. Nomura is the first Hiroshima pitcher to win six in six games since Hiroki Kuroda in 2006 (July 2 – August 11).

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2016


[7/6/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for June

Central League


Yusuke Nomura, Hiroshima (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 25.0 IP, 1.44 ERA, 13 SO, 4 ER

Nomura picked up his first MVP of the Month award. He pitched in four games in June and recorded at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in each. He notched a victory in all four starts. He played a big role in the team’s current eleven-game winning streak. He is the first Hiroshima pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award since Bryan Bullington in September 2013 and first Japanese Hiroshima pitcher since Kenta Maeda in June 2012.


Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult (Fifth Time)
23 G, .346 AVG, 28 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB

Yamada picked up his fifth MVP of the Month award, first since September 2015. He led the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. He became the first player to hit a home run against eleven different teams in the same season since Inter-league play lasted eighteen games.

Pacific League


Shohei Otani, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 CG, 41 SO, 1 ER

Otani pitched in sixteen games in May and set a new Pacific League record for saves in one month with twelve. He recorded holds after entering games in the ninth inning with the score tied on May 4 against Nippon Ham and May 14 against Orix. He recorded six consecutive perfect saves between May 22 and May 31. He notched his 150th career save on May 31.


Tatsuhiro Tamura, Lotte (First Time)
22 G, .400 AVG, 32 H, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB

Tamura played in twenty-two games in June and led the league with a .400 batting average. His on base percentage (.444) was good for second and his hits for third. He recorded five consecutive multi-hit games between June 24 and 29 and four games with three or more his in June. He is the first catcher in the Pacific League to win an MVP of the Month award since Kenji Jojima in June 2004 and first Lotte catcher since Susumu Aoyagi in April 1992.


Yusuke Nomura: Did You Know

Yusuke Nomura has stayed with the same basic glove he used when he played for Koryo High School about ten years ago. He is particular with the insoles in his cleats and running shoes. He gets his feet measured every off-season to make sure he gets a good fit.

Source: Daily Sports 6/29/2016



[5/5/2016] Yusuke Nomura records two timely hits in one game

Yusuke Nomura recorded two timely hits in yesterday’s (May 4) game against the Yomiuri Giants (second inning and fourth inning). He is the first pitcher to record two timely hits in one game since Randy Messenger on August 5, 2014, and the first Hiroshima pitcher since Makoto Kito on June 28, 1999.

Of the nine timely hits recorded by a pitcher this season (including home runs), five have come against the Yomiuri Giants: Messenger on April 7, Yudai Ono on April 8, Juri Hara on May 1, and Nomura (two) on May 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2016