The Hiroshima Carp announced that Koya Takahashi had surgery on his left elbow (medial collateral ligament reconstructive surgery and ulnar neurolysis) on February 14. He will most likely miss the entire 2019 season.0 Comments
Shosei Nakamura was examined at a hospital after developing pain in the right side of his back during batting practice. The Hiroshima Carp announced today that he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the first rib on his right side. He will be reassigned to San-gun for rehab and treatment.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Kris Johnson through to 2020. Johnson will be in the final year of a three-year contract this season. The new contract is a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars plus incentives. The deal also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
January 8 – Takahashi (24) filed marriage papers in Hiroshima with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Gifu on December 25, 2018.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp announced that thirty-four-year-old Hisayoshi Chono will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a compensation package for losing Yoshihiro Maru to the Giants via free agency. The Carp will also get fifty percent of Maru’s salary from 2018 (an estimated 150 million yen).
[UPDATE 1/10 @ 6:18pm]
The Carp announced that Chono was assigned the uniform number 5. He was also offered the number 9, but turned it down because he feels it will look better on Takayoshi Noma in the future. The uniform 9 was worn by Yoshihiro Maru between 2014 and 2018.0 Comments
Relationships and Family
January 6 – Iida filed marriage papers with a woman from Hiroshima on November 28, 2018.0 Comments
Twenty-eight-year-old Ryosuke Kikuchi agreed to an estimated salary of 240 million yen in 2019 (up 50 million yen from this season). During a press conference on December 21, Kikuchi told reporters that he informed the Hiroshima Carp that he wanted to play in the Majors and hoped to be posted before he earns his international free agent option.
Kikuchi is slated to earn his domestic free agent option next year. Assuming no injuries, he should be on track to earn his international free agent option two years after that (some time in 2021).One Comment
The Hiroshima Carp announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Casey Lawrence. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to Daily Sports and Nikkan Sports, Lawrence agreed to a salary worth an estimated 520,000 US dollars plus incentives and a signing bonus worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles and Hiroshima Carp announced that they agreed on a one-for-one trade. Rakuten will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for thirty-year-old Yuya Fukui.
[UPDATE 12/6 @ 3:47pm]
The Eagles held a press conference for Fukui earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 31.
[UPDATE 12/14 @ 2:17pm]
The Carp held a press conference for Kikuchi today. He was assigned the uniform number 59.0 Comments