|Status||Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes|
|–||丸佳浩||Yoshihiro Maru||[10/13] Domestic free agent option. Lotte is interested and could offer a multi-year deal if Maru decides to use his option. One possibility is four years at around two billion yen. Maru is from Chiba and went to a high school in Chiba. Nikkan Sports 10/13/2018, Sanspo 10/13/2018, Sports Hochi 10/13/2018, Sponichi 10/13/2018|
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG|
|P||加藤 拓也||Takuya Kato|
|P||薮田 和樹||Kazuki Yabuta|
|P||床田 寛樹||Hiroki Tokoda|
|P||ケムナ 誠||Makoto Kemna|
|P||藤井 皓哉||Koya Fujii|
|P||高橋 樹也||Mikiya Takahashi|
|P||山口 翔||Sho Yamaguchi|
|P||遠藤 淳志||Atsushi Endo|
|P||中村 祐太||Yuta Nakamura|
|P||平岡 敬人||Takato Hiraoka|
|P||岡林 飛翔||Tsubasa Okabayashi|
|P||藤井 黎來||Reira Fujii|
|P||佐々木 健||Ken Sasaki|
|C||中村 奨成||Shosei Nakamura|
|C||磯村 嘉孝||Yoshitaka Isomura|
|C||坂倉 将吾||Shogo Sakakura|
|INF||桒原 樹||Tatsuki Kuwahara|
|INF||青木 陸||Riku Aoki|
|INF||木村 聡司||Satoshi Kimura|
|OF||堂林 翔太||Shota Dobayashi|
|OF||下水流 昂||Ko Shimozuru|
|OF||高橋 大樹||Hiroki Takahashi|
|OF||永井 敦士||Atsushi Nagai|
Source: Hiroshima 10/5/20180 Comments
Shoichi Ino felt some tightness in his right elbow after a start against the Yomiuri Giants on September 14. The Yokohama Bay Stars did not think it was serious at the time, but tests later revealed a bone spur. They opted for early surgery with hopes that he will be 100 percent for the 2019 season.
The Bay Stars announced today that Ino had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. There were no complications during the procedure.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced that Brad Eldred will temporarily return to the United States for additional tests on his neck. There is no timetable for when he will rejoin the team.
[UPDATE 9/29 @ 5:24pm]
Eldred first started having problems with his neck during a three-game series against Ni-gun Orix that started on September 7. He still felt pain a few days later and it got worse when he fielded a grounder during a game. He will set a schedule after he gets the neck checked out.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp announced on September 27 that this will be Soichiro Amaya’s last year. The thirty-four-year-old approached the Carp about retiring and they accepted. A press conference is scheduled for October 4.0 Comments
The Hiroshima Carp blanked the Yakult Swallows tonight at Mazda Stadium 10-0 and picked up their third consecutive, ninth overall (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016, 2017, 2018), Central League pennant. The Carp clinched at home for the first time since 1991.
Source: Sanspo 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018
Notes from 9/27 @ 1:29pm:
The Hiroshima Carp hit two million in attendance for the fourth year in a row.
Source: Hiroshima 9/25/20180 Comments
Forty-one-year-old Takahiro Arai held a press conference at Mazda Stadium earlier today to announce his plans to retire after the season. Points taken from his press conference:
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/5/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/5/2018, Sports Hochi 9/5/2018, Sports Hochi 9/5/2018, Sponichi 9/5/2018, Sponichi 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/2018, Daily Sports 9/5/20180 Comments
September 29 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Kikuchi recorded the 250th sac hit of his career in the third inning and became the twentieth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He joined Kozo Shoda and Akihiro Higashide as the only players in Carp history to record 250 sac hits.
Kikuchi is a Ghibli fan. He likes to unwind and watch Ghibli films on his day off.
Source: ZakZak 9/3/20180 Comments
August 29 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Franzua pitched in his seventeenth game of the month and set a new Carp record for appearances in a month. The seventeen appearances also tied the Central League record.
Source: Daily Sports 8/29/2018
August 30 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Franzua pitched the eighth and set a new CL record with eighteen appearances in one month. He also tied the NPB record for appearances in a month by a pitcher, held by Kazuhisa Inao (September 1956) and Naoya Masuda (May 2013).0 Comments