Kuroda, Hiroki 黒田 博樹 (くろだ・ひろき)
Born: 02/09/1975 (age 45)
Height: 185cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Osaka
Draft: 1996, 2nd Round
History: 上宮高-専大-広島-ドジャース-ヤンキース
Roster Changes: removed 05/07/2016, added 05/19/2016, removed 06/17/2016, added 06/28/2016, removed 09/10/2016, added 09/24/2016, removed 10/01/2016, added 10/13/2016, removed 10/14/2016

[10/25/2016] Hiroki Kuroda’s night ends after 5.2 innings

Hiroki Kuroda’s night ended a little early tonight. He appeared to be in pain after he got Shohei Otani to fly out to left with one out in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment and returned after about two minutes. He threw a few warm-up pitches before he was removed from the game.

Final line: 5.2 IP, 21 BF, 85 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 SH, 1 R, ER.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Daily Sports 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 4:13am]

Kuroda developed discomfort (cramps/tightness) in both legs. He decided to come out of the game because this was not a game the team could afford to lose.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/25/2016, Sports Hochi 10/25/2016

[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:59pm]

Kuroda first developed cramps in his calves at the start of the sixth inning. After he returned to the field, he threw three practice pitches and felt tightness in both his hamstrings. He felt it made more sense to pull himself out of the game with the bases empty rather than with a runner on (if it got that far).

Source: Sports Hochi 10/26/2016, Daily Sports 10/26/2016

[UPDATE 10/27 @ 5:37am]

Kuroda threw the ball about fifty times when he played catch during practices on October 26. He told reporters he felt fine and that he was able to throw the ball with authority. If the Nippon Series goes to seven games, there is a good chance he will get the start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016


[10/11/2016] Hiroki Kuroda might have some shoulder discomfort

Hiroki Kuroda may have developed some discomfort in his right shoulder while playing catch during practices at Mazda Stadium on October 10. He temporarily stopped playing catch for treatment (massage) and resumed by playing catch at a distance of about sixty meters.

Kuroda is projected to start the third game of the Final Stage. It is uncertain if the shoulder will keep him from the start. However, it should also be noted that he told reporters the discomfort was nothing new and not a problem.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2016, Daily Sports 10/11/2016


[5/17/2016] Hiroki Kuroda next start could come on May 20

Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) will most likely return to the active roster in time for a start against Hanshin at Koshien on May 20. He worked out at Mazda Stadium on May 16 and threw thirteen pitches (fastballs, cutters, and two-seamers) off an incline for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016, Daily Sports 5/17/2016


[5/15/2016] Hiroki Kuroda throws for the fourth straight day

Hiroki Kuroda (neck and right shoulder) worked out at the indoor training facilities near Mazda Stadium today. He played catch at a distance of sixty meters. He also threw eighteen pitches off flat ground to a standing catcher — he threw fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and cutters from the set position. This was the fourth straight he threw the ball and the first time he mixed in off-speed pitches.

Source: Daily Sports 5/15/2016


[5/12/2016] Hiroki Kuroda resumes playing catch

Hiroki Kuroda worked out at Mazda Stadium on May 12. He ran short dashes before he played some catch and maxed out the distance at about thirty meters. It was the first time he threw the ball since his last outing on May 7 against Yokohama at Mazda Stadium.

Kuroda’s day also included running (stairs, along the outfield fence) and time in the weight room.

Source: Nikkan Spots 5/12/2016


[5/10/2016] Hiroki Kuroda begins training at Mazda Stadium

Hiroki Kuroda reported to Mazda Stadium on May 10 for about two hours of treatment (right shoulder) and training. He also visited a hospital in Hiroshima to get pain relief for his neck and shoulder. He is still hoping to make it back to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/10/2016, Daily Sports 5/10/2016


[5/8/2016] Hiroki Kuroda taken off active roster

Hiroki Kuroda was taken off the active roster today with a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the neck, he developed the condition when he was hit in the head by a line drive off Rusty Ryal’s bat in 2009) and pain in his right shoulder. The problem in his neck made him overcompensate and messed with his mechanics, which led to pain in his shoulder. There is a chance he might be able to return in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sponichi 5/8/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2016


[5/1/2016] Hiroki Kuroda leads the Central League with four wins

Hiroki Kuroda picked up his fourth victory of the season on April 30 against Chunichi at Mazda Stadium. He is the thirteenth pitcher over forty-one (as of opening day) to win at least four games in a season, first since Daisuke Miura won six in 2015. He is the first to win four before the end of April. He is the third pitcher over forty to win four games before the end of April. The other two: Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi in 2008 and Kenny Ray in 2015.

He joined Yutaka Ono (five wins in 1996, nine wins in 1997) and Ken Takahashi (four wins in 2010) as the only pitchers in Hiroshima franchise history to win at least four games during or after the season they turned forty-one.

Source: Sponichi 5/1/2016, Sanspo 5/1/2016


[4/13/2016] Hiroki Kuroda tosses bullpen session

Hiroki Kuroda was diagnosed with a bruise after he took a batted ball off his lower left leg against Hanshin at Koshien on April 9. He threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen at Mazda Stadium on April 13. He is still slated to make his next start on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Daily Sports 4/13/2016


[4/9/2016] Hiroki Kuroda takes liner off left ankle

Hiroki Kuroda outing against Hanshin was cut short today. In the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that struck Kuroda near the left ankle. The ball ricocheted toward Hector Luna, who fielded it and threw out Gomez at first for the final out of the inning. Kuroda was slow in returning to the dugout and was later replaced by a pinch-hitter.

There are currently no plans to send Kuroda to the hospital for tests. Hiroshima will take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016, Sports Hochi 4/9/2016, Sponichi 4/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:46pm]

The Carp announced that Kuroda has a bruise on his right lower leg. He is considered day-to-day.

After the game, Kuroda told reporters the ball hit him near the top of the Achilles tendon.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:02pm]

Kuroda is currently scheduled to make his next start, as planned, on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He focused on getting treatment for the leg today and will have the day off on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2016