Twenty-nine-year-old Naomichi Donoue earned his domestic free agent option on April 19 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was both happy and frustrated with the option — happy to earn the option, but frustrated he was unable to do more with his time.0 Comments
Naomichi Donoue hurt his left hand when he struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter during a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Nagoya Dome on September 8. He was examined at a hospital in Noagya and diagnosed with a fracture in his left hamate bone. He could miss two to three months.
Donoue released a statement through the Dragons informing fans that he planned to focus on treatment and prepare for next year.
Added a few minor details on 9/9 @ 10:45pm.
[UPDATE 9/13 @ 8:08pm]
The Dragons announced today that Donoue had surgery to treat his fracture at a hospital in Nagoya.0 Comments
Naomichi Donoue was scheduled to play in today’s exhibition game against the Seibu Lions, but was a late scratch because he felt discomfort in his right shoulder during pre-game fielding practice.
Alex Guerrero also missed today’s game — he felt mild pain in his left wrist during pre-game batting practice. He initially hurt the wrist while sliding into second during a game at Nagoya Dome last week.
[UPDATE 3/25 @ 9:48pm]
Guerrero told reporters on March 24 that the wrist was feeling better, though there was still some pain. He was able to swing the bat at about ninety percent during batting practice.
Donoue was able to participate in practices as usual on March 24.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/25/20170 Comments
The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Naomichi Donoue’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, a boy weighing 2,908 grams, at a hospital in Toyoake, Aichi.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/20160 Comments