Mima, Manabu 美馬 学 (みま・まなぶ)
Rakuten Eagles | #31 | P
Born: 09/18/1986 (age 33)
Height: 169cm
Weight: 75kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Ibaraki
Draft: 2010, 2nd Round
History: 藤代高(甲)-中大-東京ガス
Roster Changes: added 03/29/2016, removed 05/11/2016, added 05/25/2016, removed 07/09/2016, added 07/21/2016, removed 10/04/2016

[8/3/2018] Manabu Mima taken off active roster with elbow tightness

Manabu Mima is still having problems with his right elbow.  He first developed some tightness in the elbow after a start against Lotte on July 17. His condition was not serious (some inflammation) and the Rakuten Eagles removed him from the active roster and skipped him once in the rotation. Mima’s next start came on August 2 against Orix. He pitched five innings and later complained of a different kind of tightness in the elbow.

The Eagles took Mima off the active roster again on August 3. He is expected to undergo additional tests as a precaution.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/3/2018, Jiji 8/3/2018, Sanspo 8/3/2018, Daily Sports 8/3/2018

[UPDATE 8/16 @ 8:20pm]

Thee Eagles announced today that Mima had his right elbow cleaned at a hospital in Kanagawa. He will require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Rakuten 8/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/16/2018, Sponichi 8/16/2018, Daily Sports 8/16/2018


[7/18/2018] Manabu Mima taken off active roster

Manabu Mima was taken off the active roster with tightness in his right elbow on July 18. Mima is coming off a start on July 17 in which he allowed a run on five hits over five innings and ninety-three pitches. The Rakuten Eagles are playing it safe because he has had surgery on the same elbow in the past. However, they believe his condition is not serious. They are planning to skip him at least once in the starting rotation.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2018, Sanspo 7/18/2018

[UPDATE 7/21 @ 6:16am]

Mima was diagnosed with inflammation in his right flexor pronator. He will travel with the Ichi-gun team and is expected to resume throwing once the pain goes away. The Eagles do not think Mima’s condition is serious.

Source: Sponichi 7/20/2018, Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/20/2018


[12/5/2017] Rakuten Eagles: uniform number changes

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following uniform number changes on December 5:

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2017


Manabu Mima: Did You Know


September 19, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at Kobo Park Miyagi – Mima notched his tenth victory of the year. It marked the first time he reached double-digits in wins during his career. He was 0-3 in four starts since he recorded his ninth victory.

Mima got to nine victories last year, but failed to reach ten after going 0-2 in three starts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017


[7/8/2017] Manabu Mima leaves game with leg cramp

Manabu Mima left today’s game against the Seibu Lions at Kobo Park Miyagi in the middle of warm-ups before the start of the seventh inning. He told reporters after the game he was fine and that he developed a cramp in his leg.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2017

[UPDATE 7/9 @ 3:35pm]

The cramp was in his right leg.

Source: Sponichi 7/9/2017


[3/27/2017] Rakuten Eagles: Manabu Mima to get opening day start

Masataka Nashida told reporters today that he decided to give Manabu Mima the opening day start. Takayuki Kishi was slated to get the start, but is currently out with the flu. Nashida decided to turn to Mima because of his nine wins last year and because of his past experiences.

Takahiro Norimoto was also under consideration, but Nashida did not want to make any large changes to the rotation. He was also a little worried because Norimoto is still fresh off the World Baseball Classic.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Sponichi 3/27/2017

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Injury Notes for Manabu Mima

Manabu Mima had surgery on his right elbow for the fourth (or fifth) time in his career last September. He had the elbow cleaned.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/31/2016, Sponichi 3/31/2016


[3/31/2016] Manabu Mina tosses ninety-six pitches in shutout

Manabu Mina recorded a complete game shutout victory against the Chiba Lotte Marines on March 30. It was his first shutout during a regular season game. At ninety-six pitches, it was the fewest numbers of pitches for a shutout in franchise history. The previous record of ninety-eight was set by Hiromichi Fujiwara on August 5, 2009 against Orix.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/31/2016