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[4/20/2018] Naomichi Donoue earns domestic FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Naomichi Donoue earned his domestic free agent option on April 19 with eight years of service time on the active roster. He told reporters he was both happy and frustrated with the option — happy to earn the option, but frustrated he was unable to do more with his time.

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

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[4/19/2018] Dayan Viciedo returns to US for citizenship

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Dayan Viciedo returned to the United States earlier in the day. Viciedo is in the process of acquiring US citizenship. He is expected to return as soon as everything is complete (he missed parts of the season last year for the same reason, but was unable to finalize the process).

Source: Sponichi 4/19/2018, Daily Sports 4/19/2018, Sanspo 4/19/2018

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[4/19/2018] Chunichi Dragons add Raidel Martinez to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added twenty-one-year-old Ikusei pitcher Raidel Martinez to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 211 to 97. His salary will increase from ten million yen to fifteen million yen (estimates).

Source: Chunichi 4/19/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/19/2018, Sports Hochi 4/19/2018, Sponichi 4/19/2018

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[4/13/2018] Takahito Kudo earns domestic FA option

Thirty-seven-year-old Takahito Kudo earned his domestic free agent option on April 13 with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 4/13/2018, Sponichi 4/13/2018, Sports Hochi 4/13/2018

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[4/12/2018] Sho Ishikawa has surgery on both ankles

The Chunichi Dragons announced on April 11 that Sho Ishikawa had surgery to remove the os trigonum in both ankles at a hospital in Nagoya. He was having problems with his ankle before he turned pro. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Sports Hochi 4/11/2018

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[4/12/2018] Shota Ono taken off active roster with possible concussion

Shota Ono was hit by a pitch on the left side of his head during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on April 8. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with a bruise. He later developed symptoms of a concussion and was taken off the active roster on April 11.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2018, Sponichi 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Sanspo 4/11/2018

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[4/7/2018] Daisuke Matsuzaka taken off active roster

Daisuke Matsuzaka got a start against the Yomiuri Giants on April 5. He gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings of work and took a loss. He faced twenty-six hitters, threw ninety-six pitches, and struck out five. It was his first regular season start on Japanese soil since September 26, 2006.

The Chunichi Dragons removed Matsuzaka from the active roster on April 6, most likely because he is not scheduled to pitch within the next ten days.

Source: Sanspo 4/6/2018, Sponichi 4/6/2018

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[3/23/2018] Chunichi adds Yusuke Kinoshita to seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they added Ikusei pitcher Yusuke Kinoshita to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 201 to 98. His salary will be an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Source: Chunichi 3/23/2018, Sanspo 3/23/2018, Daily Sports 3/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/23/2018

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[3/16/2018] Hitoki Iwase, Masahiro Araki lose coaching titles

The Chunichi Dragons announced on March 16 that pitcher/pitching coach Hitoki Iwase and infielder/infield coach Masahiro Araki will no longer be coaches. The team made the decision because the Central League agreement only allows up to eight coaches in the dugout. Iwase and Araki will maintain their duties as coaches.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/16/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018

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[3/14/2018] Yusuke Matsui leaves game after HBP to head

Yusuke Matsui was hit by a pitch thrown by Sho Ito during an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 14. Matsui was taken to a hospital in Nagoya for an examination. Tests did not reveal any abnormalities. Matsui later returned to Nagoya Dome and appeared fine.

Source: Sponichi 3/14/2018

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