Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス)
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[5/22/2018] Louis Okoye leaves game with tightness in right leg

Louis Okoye was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hit a double to left-center in the sixth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22. He was removed from the game as a precaution because of tightness in his right thigh.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 9:48pm]

Okoye was examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with an injury to his right biceps femoris that will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Okoye was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018, Sanspo 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018

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[5/22/2018] Kenji Tomura leaves game after taking batted ball off chin

Kenji Tomura took a batted ball off his face during a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22.

Tomura surrendered a home run to Yuya Oda to lead-off the eighth inning. The next batter, Masahiro Nishino, hit a line drive back up the middle that stuck Tomura in the face, near the right side of his chin. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Tomura was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. He was conscious.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2018, Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 9:40pm]

Tomura was re-examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with a right mandibular angle fracture. He could require three to four months for a full recovery.

Tomura was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 5/23/2018, Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018

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[5/13/2018] Japhet Amador taken off active roster

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 5/13/2018

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[5/5/2018] Rakuten Eagles add Yuya Kubo to seventy-man roster

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Yuya Kubo to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 091 to 91. His salary will not change (fifteen million yen).

Kubo pitched in twelve Ni-gun games this season and was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA over 11.2 innings of work.

Source: Rakuten 5/5/2018, Sanspo 5/5/2018, Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018, Sports Hochi 5/5/2018

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[4/30/2018] Rakuten Eagles to make coaching staff changes

The Rakuten Eagles announced the following coaching staff changes:

The Eagles are currently in the middle of a seven-game losing streak. They have the worst record in baseball so far this year: 6-19-1 after twenty-nine games.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2018

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Toshiaki Imae: Did You Know

Milestones

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

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[4/21/2018] Hiroaki Shimauchi to miss four weeks with oblique injury

Hiroaki Shimauchi was taken off the active roster after he suffered an injury while running the bases in the ninth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on April 19. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai on April 20 and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018

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[3/26/2018] Rakuten Eagles to retire Senichi Hoshino’s number 77

Senichi Hoshino passed away earlier this year in January. The Rakuten Eagles announced on March 26 that they decided to honor him by retiring the uniform number (77) he wore while he managed the team. The number will also be added to all team uniforms (left chest area) for the duration of the 2018 season. For the home opener, the number will appear on the mound.

Hoshino’s number 77 joins the number 10 as the only two numbers to be retired by the Eagles (the number 10 was set aside for the fans). The Eagles are the first team in NPB history to retire a manager’s number.

Source: Rakuten 3/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/26/2018

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[3/16/2018] Japhet Amador slowed by mild knee inflammation

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 3/16/2018

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[3/7/2018] Kohei Morihara to miss four months with elbow cleaning

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Kohei Morihara had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on March 5. Morihara was earlier diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the elbow. He will most likely require about four months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2018, Sanspo 3/7/2018

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