Yuki Yanagita was pulled on defense in the fifth of an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 15 because of some tightness in his right side. His condition is not considered serious. He is expected to remain with the Softbank Hawks when they begin a road stretch in Kanto on March 17.0 Comments
Yurisbel Gracial complained of pain in his left side on March 7. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 7 and diagnosed with an injury to his left intercostal and abdominal oblique muscles.
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Gracial was reassigned to the rehab group. He could require three to four weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
Seiichi Uchikawa missed two exhibition games over the weekend. He did not participate in practices at YafuOku Dome today and was instead at a hospital in Fukuoka, where he was diagnosed with mild fasciitis in his left calf.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced on March 1 that Rikuya Shimizu had surgery on his left thumb at a hospital in Fukuoka on February 28. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.0 Comments
Kenji Akashi was taken to a hospital in an ambulance on February 27 because of back pain. Akashi skipped workouts before a practice game against Lotte because of issues with his lower back. He was planning to leave the stadium during the game, but the condition of his back got worse and he was unable to walk. He was later taken to a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with acute lower back pain.
[UPDATE 3/3 @ 3:15am]
The Softbank Hawks announced on March 2 that Akashi was discharged from the hospital.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/2/20180 Comments
Kenta Imamiya developed pain in his right elbow on February 23. He visited a hospital in Fukuoka on February 24 and was diagnosed with elbow synovitis. Imamiya believes he will be fine for opening day, but it is unclear if he will be okay for the Samurai Japan games against Australia on March 2 and 3.0 Comments
Hiroaki Takaya was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on February 19 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. He was reassigned to the rehab group on February 20.
[UPDATE 2/22 @ 1:46am]
If the recovery process takes too long, surgery might become an option.
Source: Sanspo 2/21/2018
[UPDATE 2/24 @ 3:41am]
Takaya has decided to undergo surgery to treat the elbow and will most likely miss the start of the season.
[UPDATE 2/27 @ 9:18pm]
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Takaya had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.
Source: Sanspo 2/27/20180 Comments
Ryoya Kurihara headed to a hospital in Miyazaki after he hurt his left shoulder during fielding practice on February 20. He was later diagnosed with an anterior dislocation. He will report to the rehab group on February 21.
[UPDATE 2/26 @ 3:01pm]
Kurihara has the option of having surgery to help his recovery. However, going under the knife will most likely mean he will be out until around September. If he relies on therapy alone, he could be ready for a return around June.
[UPDATE 3/8 @ 11:52pm]
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Kurihara had surgery on his lfet shoulder at a hospital in Fukuoka. He will be hospitalized for two to three weeks and could require about six months for a full recovery.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-two-year-old Yurisbel Gracial Garcia. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
Gracial is set to arrive in Japan on February 17. The Hawks are scheduled to hold a press conference for him on February 18.
[UPDATE 2/13 @ 9:27pm]
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty-five million yen.
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Tsuyoshi Wada starting feeling discomfort in his left shoulder some time around February 7 or 9 (he canceled a bullpen session on February 7). He has not done much throwing since then and will be shut down for the rest of the third block of spring camp (the fourth block starts on February 15).
[UPDATE 2/16 @ 1:20am]
Wada resumed throwing with a light game of catch on February 15. He told reporters the shoulder was feeling better and that he felt good about how things were progressing.0 Comments