Imae, Toshiaki 今江 年晶 (いまえ・としあき)
Rakuten Eagles | #8 | INF
Born: 08/25/1983 (age 36)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 89kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 2001, 3rd Round
History: PL学園高(甲)-ロッテ
Roster Changes: removed 04/14/2016, added 05/02/2016, removed 05/26/2016, added 07/02/2016

[1/31/2019] Toshiaki Imae diagnosed with central serous chorioretinopathy

Toshiaki Imae was examined at a hospital in Sendai on January 29 after complaining of problems with his right eye. He was later diagnosed with central serous chorioretinopathy. Imae will remain in Sendai until he is ready to join the others in Okinawa.

Source: Sanspo 1/30/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/30/2019, Sponichi 1/30/2019, Daily Sports 1/30/2019


Toshiaki Imae: Did You Know


April 21 vs Orix at Rakuten Seimei Park – Imae recorded the 100th home run of his career off Hirotoshi Masui in the ninth inning. He became the 286th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Imae hit his first home run off Yasushi Kamiuchi during the second inning of a game against Daiei at Chiba Marine on August 21, 2004.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018


[7/27/2017] Toshiaki Imae hurts left forearm

Toshiaki Imae got the start at first and batted eighth against the Softbank Hawks at Kobo Park Miyagi earlier today. While playing defense in the sixth inning, he collided into batter-runner Nobuhiro Matsuda and hurt the area new his left wrist.

Imae was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests and diagnosed with fractured left ulna. The Rakuten Eagles will have a better idea of how much time the veteran will miss after a secondary examination.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2017Sports Hochi 7/27/2017, Sanspo 7/27/2017

[UPDATE 7/29 @ 1:35am]

The Eagles announced on July 28 that Imae had surgery to insert a plate into his left forearm. He will most likely require about two and a half months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 7/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/28/2017


[4/7/2017] Toshiaki Imae taken off active roster

Toshiaki Imae was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right thigh. He felt pain near his right knee during yesterday’s game against the Softbank Hawks and was pulled on defense in the sixth inning. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai for tests and diagnosed with inflammation in the semitendinosus muscle.

Source: Sanspo 4/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2017, Sports Hochi 4/7/2017

[UPDATE 4/21 @ 6:03pm]

Imae rejoined the Ichi-gun team for practices on April 20. He was added to the active roster today. He went 4-for-6 (all singles) in two Ni-gun rehab games.


[11/17/2016] Rakuten Eagles: name changes and uniform number change

The Rakuten Eagles announced two name changes and one uniform number change today.

Source: Rakuten announcement (name change), Rakuten announcement (number change)


[10/28/2016] Toshiaki Imae has elbow cleaned out

Toshiaki Imae had surgery at a hospital in Yokohama to clean his right elbow on October 27. He should be able to resume throwing in about a month. He will not be able attend fall camp in November, but is not expected to miss spring camp next year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/28/2016, Sponichi 10/28/2016


[9/9/2016] Toshiaki Imae leaves after getting hit by pitch

Toshiaki Imae was hit by a pitch on his left arm during his at bat in the first inning. He remained in the game, but was later replaced on defense in the third. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with a bruise on his left forearm. Imae is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 9/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/9/2016


[6/14/2016] Toshiaki Imae homers in Ni-gun game

Toshiaki Imae played in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham earlier today and collected two hits: a single to enter in the fifth inning and a solo home run to left in the eighth inning.

Imae was taken off the active roster on May 27 because of his struggles at the plate. He also developed lower back pain and played in his first rehab game on June 11.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/14/2016


[6/11/2016] Toshiaki Imae goes 1-for-3 in rehab game

Toshiaki Imae (lower back) played in a rehab game against Yakult at Tendo on June 11. He got the start at third and batted third. He went 1-for-3 and hit a double to right in the fifth inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2016


[6/3/2016] Toshiaki Imae’s return delayed by lower back pain

Toshiaki Imae was taken off the active roster on May 27 because he was struggling at the plate. He then developed lower back pain and only recently (June 1) resumed light practices.

Imae was slated to play in a few games at Ni-gun, beginning on about June 6, but the schedule has since been pushed back until he is ready.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2016