The NPB announced that they issued Japhet Amador a six-month suspension for violating their performance-enhancing drug policy.
Amador was part of a group of players that was tested at Rakuten Seimei Park on June 13, 2018. His results tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide. The drugs are listed under WADA’s prohibited diuretics and masking agents. Amador denied intentionally taking the drugs during an interview with Rakuten personnel on July 30. His samples were retested on August 1 with no change in results.
The Rakuten Eagles notified the NPB of the results and the NPB’s Anti Doping Committee finalized their ruling on August 8.
Amador’s was given a six-month suspension (August 9, 2018 until February 8, 2019). Rakuten is currently awaiting the results of more recent tests to see if there are any changes.
The Eagles released the following statement from Amador:
I have never used performance-enhancing drugs. I have also never intentionally taken any banned substances.
I have never used stimulants or muscle enhancing agents and have never considered using diuretics or masking agents.
I have taken many tests in the past and they were all negative.
I am very surprised at the positive results from this recent test. I am concerned because I have no recollection of taking the drugs.
I am fully cooperating with investigations to discover the cause.
I apologize for worrying everyone.
[UPDATE 8/22 @ 10:40pm]
The media learned today that the Eagles filed an appeal with the NPB because they need more time to complete their investigation (today was the deadline to file). They are in the process of putting together a time line and re-testing Amador to see if they can figure out what exactly happened. The Eagles will have until September 4 to make a case.
[UPDATE 9/22 @ 11:02pm]
The NPB announced that they are going to stick to their original ruling because, bottom line, he tested positive for chlortalidone and furosemide.0 Comments
Japhet Amador was taken off the active roster on August 3 with pain/discomfort in his right side.0 Comments
Japhet Amador was taken off the active roster today. Rakuten officials told the media he was having problems with his left knee and was diagnosed with pes anserine bursitis in his left knee on May 12. The Eagles do not think it will too long to heal.
Source: Sanspo 5/13/20180 Comments
Japhet Amador felt discomfort in his left knee during a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars on March 13. He was examined at a hospital in Shizuoka on March 14 and diagnosed with mild inflammation in the pes anserinus.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/20180 Comments
July 28 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Amador blasted his eleventh home run of the month and set a new Eagles franchise record for more home runs hit in one month by a foreign player. The previous record of ten was set by Zelous Wheeler in May 2017. Takeshi Yamasaki holds the franchise record of twelve, set in May 2007.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/28/2018
Amador is apparently good with hair. He likes to maintain his own hair style, and sometimes likes to style the hair of his teammates.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/6/20170 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles took Japhet Amador off the active roster on October 4 because of fatigue. The Eagles decided to play it safe and gave Amador some time to rest.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/20170 Comments
According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Rakuten Eagles are expected to offer thirty-year-old Zelous Wheeler, thirty-year-old Carlos Peguero, thirty-year-old Japhet Amador, and thirty-three-year-old Frank Herrmann new contracts for the 2018 season. With regards to Wheeler, they will most likely sign him to a two-year deal.
It is unclear what the Eagles plans are with twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Corrales and thirty-three-year-old Luis Cruz.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/23/2017
[UPDATE 10/23 @ 11:23pm]
Wheeler, Peguero, Amador, and Herrmann are expected to return next year, as is Chia-Hao Sung.
The Eagles will most likely part ways with Corrales and Cruz.
[UPDATE 10/25 @ 3:05am]
Peguero and Herrmann left for the US out of Narita Airport via Sendai Airport on October 24.
[UPDATE 10/25 @ 11:44pm]
Wheeler and Amador returned to their countries out of Narita Airport on October 25, Wheeler to the United States and Amador to Mexico.
Source: Sanspo 10/25/20170 Comments
The NPB announced today that Japhet Amador was fined 100,000 yen and issued a stern warning for his ejection during a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku on September 1. Amador charged the mound after Nao Higashihama threw two pitches up and in. He was ejected for threatening behavior.
Source: NPB 9/4/20170 Comments
Japhet Amador blasted three home runs during today’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kobo Park Miyagi.
Amador is the fourth player in the NPB to hit three homers in a game this season. He joined Takeshi Yamasaki (May 17, 2007 against Nippon Ham: HR, HR, 2B, HR) as the only players in Rakuten Eagles’ history to hit three homes in a game. Amador is the first in Rakuten history to accomplish the feat in consecutive trips to the plate.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Japhet Amador and Yuichi Adachi were diagnosed with the flu (influenza B). Amador was diagnosed with the flu after yesterday’s Yokohama game and Adachi earlier this morning. They both missed today’s Yakult game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/23/20170 Comments