The Hanshin Tigers announced on September 28 that Eric Campbell will be returning to the United States within the next couple of days. He went 9-for-47 with a slash line of .191/.296/.298 over twenty-one Ichi-gun games this season.0 Comments
Eric Campbell may have hurt his left wrist during his at bat in the fourth inning of an intra-squad game on February 27. He was apparently taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests. No other information is currently known.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2017
[UPDATE 2/28 @ 4:06pm]
Campbell was diagnosed with inflammation in his left wrist. His status is still undecided.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2017
[UPDATE 3/1 @ 10:04pm]
Campbell is expected to remain with the Ichi-gun team as he recovers from the inflammation.
Source: Sanspo 3/1/2017
[UPDATE 3/4 @ 2:47am]
Campbell is still not quite ready to resume batting practice.
Source: Sanpso 3/3/2017
[UPDATE 3/5 @ 9:48pm]
Campbell is rehabbing at the Naruohama facilities. His workouts on March 4 included running dashes, throwing, and light one-on-one fielding practices. When playing catch, someone caught the ball for him. He also stood in on a bullpen session to help him get acclimated to live pitches.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/5/2017
[UPDATE 3/8 @ 12:45am]
The Tigers are not planning to rush Campbell back from the wrist inflammation. Tomoaki Kanemoto feels it might be a little while until he is ready for Ichi-gun, based on his own personal experiences. This could mean Campbell misses the start of the season.
[UPDATE 3/14 @ 2:33am]
Kanemoto told reporters he was not sure if Campbell would be ready for the start of the season. The Tigers have started exploring other options are third, just in case.
[UPDATE 3/15 @ 1:23am]
Campbell is close to resuming practices with a glove. He has done some throwing since he hurt his wrist, but no catching. He might be able to resume hitting practice some time after March 19. There is no set schedule for the time being.
[UPDATE 3/18 @ 6:22pm]
Campbell played catch at a distance of about seventy meters during workouts at Naruohama earlier today. He was able to catch the ball without any major problems. He could resume fielding practice on March 19.
[UPDATE 3/20 @ 8:42pm]
Campbell took about ten minutes of fielding practice on March 19. He fielded grounders and even made some throws to first. He told reporters he felt fine.
Source: Sanspo 3/20/2017
[UPDATE 3/22 @ 5:39pm]
Kanemoto does not think Campbell will be ready for the start of the season. He does not want to rush him and risk re-injury. This could be the seventh time the Tigers field a batting order on opening day with only Japanese players (currently six times: 1960, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1978).
[UPDATE 4/4 @ 5:22pm]
Campbell resumed batting practices on April 3 at the Naruohama facilities. He took outdoor batting practice for the first time since spring camp in February. He swung the bat thirty-five times and recorded fifteen could-be hits. He also took grounders at third and caught baseballs at first base during infield drills.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017
[UPDATE 4/5 @ 6:52pm]
Campbell hit three over the fence during batting practice at Naruohama today. He told reporters he felt fine and wanted to make the active roster as son as possible, but was also still a little concerned about re-injury.
Source: Sports Hochi 4/5/2017
[UPDATE 4/7 @ 10:11pm]
Campbell took forty swings during live outdoor batting practice Naruohama on April 6 and hit six over the fence. He told reporters he was making steady progress and that he had a pain-free session. He might be ready to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on April 11.
[UPDATE 4/12 @ 10:52pm]
Campbell’s wrist has fully healed. Based on how the Ichi-gun team is currently performing, he may have to wait a bit before he gets called up to the active roster. He was set to play in a rehab game at Ni-gun April 11, but it was rained out. He got the start at third and batted fifth against Ni-gun Softbank today. He went 1-for-2: strike out in his first at bat in the second inning and single to right in his second at bat in the fourth inning. He handled three chances without any problems.0 Comments
Eric Campbell missed practices today because he was not feeling well. He was taken to a hospital in Okinawa for tests and was diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. He rested at the team hotel and is considered day-to-day.
[UPDATE 2/17 @ 4:12pm]
Campbell did not participate in practices today because he was still not feeling well.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2017
[UPDATE 2/20 @ 1:33am]
Campbell resumed practices on February 18. He is slated to rejoin general practices when the fifth block of camp begins on February 21.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/20170 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Eric Campbell. He was assigned the uniform number 29. The Tigers released the following comment from Campbell:
After going back and forth between the Majors and minors, I wanted to try playing in Japan. I have faced Japanese pitchers in the Majors and I feel I have a good idea of what the level of play is like in Japan. The international scout told me to prepare myself for a lot of batting practice during [spring] camp. I want to do my best to adjust not only to the game, but also to the system, while listening to advice from others. I will do my best.
According to the media, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated seventy million yen.
[UPDATE 1/27 @ 7:06pm]
The Tigers held a press conference for Campbell today.0 Comments
According to report by Daily Sports, the Hanshin Tigers are talking to twenty-nine-year-old infielder Eric Campbell. They shifted their focus to Campbell after they decided to give up on Casey McGehee.
The Tigers have been looking for a bat that can play third base because they want to keep first base open in the event they also sign Yoshio Itoi and want to move Kosuke Fukudome to a less taxing position like first.
Source: Daily Sports 11/18/2016
[UPDATE 11/19 @ 4:50pm]
The Tigers may be close to finalizing an agreement with Campbell. An announcement could be made within the next few days.
Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2016
[UPDATE 11/20 @ 6:47pm]
The Tigers and Campbell have reportedly reached an agreement, though nothing is official yet.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/20160 Comments