Nao Higashihama started a game against the Rakuten Eaglse at YafuOku Dome on May 25 and left after three innings because of discomfort in his right shoulder.
[UPDATE 5/26 @ 10:18pm]
Higashihama was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with right shoulder dysfunction. There was no inflammation or muscle damage. Higashihama was having problems with the shoulder since earlier in the season. It finally got to a point where he started having difficulty moving his arm. The Softbank Hawks are uncertain how much time Higashihama will need for a full recovery.0 Comments
Nao Higashihama started feeling tightness/discomfort in his lower back before his start against Rakuten at YafuOku Dome on September 23. The tightness/discomfort increased after the game and saw no change a day later on September 24. The Softbank Hawks decided to play it safe and took him off the active roster today.
[UPDATE 9/24 @ 5:00pm]
Higashihama was taken off the active roster but will remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.
Source: Daily Sports 9/24/2017
[UPDATE 10/3 @ 10:45pm]
Higashihama resumed bullpen sessions today. He threw thirty pitches to a standing catcher.
Source: Daily Sports 10/3/2017
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 11:50pm]
Higashihama is set to pitch an inning during a Phoenix League game against Lotte on October 9. He threw thirty-four pitches in the bullpen on September 5.
[UPDATE 10/9 @ 9:08pm]
Higashihama pitched in a Phoenix League game against Lotte today. He started the game and pitched a perfect inning: F7, Ks, G6. He topped out at 146km/h.
Higashihama is scheduled to pitch about four innings in an intra-squad game on October 11.
Add additional information on 10/10 @ 1:47pm.0 Comments
Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fourth Time)
4 G, 4-0, 29.0 IP, 0.31 ERA, 30 SO, 1 ER
Sugano won the MVP of the Month Award for the second time this year (May and July). He led the league with four wins and a 0.31 ERA in July. He won all four of his starts. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to win two MVP of the Month Awards in one season since Masaki Saito in 1990 (May and July).
Masayuki Kuwahara, Yokohama (First Time)
21 G, .389 AVG, 35 H, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB
Kuwahara batted first in every game in July and led the league with a .389 batting average. He recorded a hit in seventeen of the twenty-one games he played. Of the seventeen, thirteen were multi-hit games; of the thirteen, five were modashos. He also led the league in on base percentage (.439) and his seventeen runs scored was good for a second place tie with two other players. On July 1, he recorded a lead-off home run and a come-from-behind grand slam in the ninth. Kuwahara is the first Yokohama player to win the award since Jose Lopez later year (September).
Nao Higashihama, Softbank (First Time)
3 G, 3-0, 20.1 IP, 1.33 ERA, 13 SO, 3 ER
Higashihama pitched in three games in July and led the league in wins (tied with five others). He gave up a run on four hits over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on July 7; a run on five hits over 7.2 innings against Seibu on July 17; and a run on five hits over 7.1 innings against Rakuten on July 27.
Shogo Akiyama, Seibu (Third Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 33 H, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB
Akiyama batted lead-off in all twenty-three of his team’s games in July. He led the league in hits (33), RBI (19), and total bases (52). His sixteen runs scored was tied for most with two other players. He recorded three hits and four RBI on July 6 against Nippon Ham, July 11 against Lotte, and July 23 against Nippon Ham. He also recorded four hits and two RBI against Orix on July 25. He put together an eleven-game hitting streak between July 18 and 30. Akiyama won the MVP of the Month Award two other times, both in 2015 (March/April and June). This is the seventy-second time a Seibu player won the award, most in the league.
Source: NPB 8/8/20170 Comments
Higashihama is donating ten coral seeds for every victory he records. In 2015, he donated ten coral seeds (one win). In 2016, ninety coral seeds (nine wins). Each seed costs about 3,500 yen. He is planning to double the amount he donates for each win in 2017.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2016
Higashihama added about 2.5 kilograms during his workouts in Hawaii (December 12-29). He now weighs around eighty kilograms. Source: Sponichi 12/30/2017
Higashihama weighed seventy-five kilograms during the 2017 season. As of December 18, 2017, he was around seventy-nine kilograms. He is hoping to push his weight to eighty-four to help him reach his goal of 200 innings in 2018. Source: Sponichi 12/18/20170 Comments