Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (福岡ソフトバンクホークス)
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[3/14/2019] Seiichi Uchikawa hurts left wrist

Seiichi Uchikawa hurt his left wrist while running the bases during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 13. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with a bone bruise on his left triquetrum. He will not travel with the team and will workout at the farm facilities in Chikugo. He might be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on March 20.

Source: Sponichi 3/14/2019, Daily Sports 3/14/2019, Sanspo 3/14/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2019

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[3/14/2019] Akira Nakamura out with contusion on right side

Akira Nakamura was taking a break from workouts and exhibition games after he developed discomfort in his right side on March 9. The Softbank Hawks announced that Nakamura was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on March 12 and diagnosed with a contusion in his right oblique muscle.

Source: Daily Sports 3/13/2019, Sports Hochi 3/13/2019, Sponichi 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019, Nishinippon Shimbun 3/13/2019

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[3/10/2019] Rick van den Hurk to miss opening day starting rotation

Rick van den Hurk is not expected to make the opening day starting rotation. He was scratched from a batting practice pitcher assignment on March 9 because of lower back pain. van den Hurk struggled with a similar condition during spring camp. He will begin a rehab assignment on March 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/10/2019, Sports Hochi 3/10/2019, Sanspo 3/10/2019, Nishi Nippon 3/10/2019

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[3/6/2019] Tomoaki Egawa has surgery on his lower back

The Softbank Hawks announced that Tomoaki Egawa had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his lower spine at a hospital in Tokushima. He will remain in the hospital for about ten days and will require around three months for a full recovery.

Egawa strained his back just before the start of spring camp on January 28. He opted for surgery after consulting with doctors.

Source: Sponichi 3/6/2019, Sanspo 3/6/2019

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[2/22/2019] Sho Iwasaki has some inflammation in his right elbow

Sho Iwasaki was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka after developing discomfort in his right elbow. He returned to Miyazaki on February 21 and told reporters there was some inflammation in the elbow. He also told reporters he should be able to resume playing catch in about a week.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019

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[2/21/2019] Kazuki Sugiyama sprains right ankle

Kazuki Sugiyama twisted his right ankle while fielding a bunt during workouts on February 21. He was unable to walk and had to be carried off the field. Sugiyama was later examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a grade 1 sprain (right anterior tibiofibular ligament).

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019, Sponichi 2/21/2019

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[2/21/2019] Kenji Akashi has back surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced that Kenji Akashi had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his spine at a hospital in Tokushima on February 20. He will remain hospitalized for about a week and will then require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2019

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[2/15/2019] Yuki Yanagita suffers mild leg injury

Yuki Yanagita developed discomfort in the back of his right thigh while running during workouts on February 14. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a mild injury to his right external hit rotator. His workouts will be adjusted over the next two to three days. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he could return to regular workouts on February 19.

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019, Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019

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[2/2/2019] YafuOku Dome capacity increases to 40,178

The Softbank Hawks announced that seating capacity at YafuOku Dome increased to 40,178 (up from 38,530). The increase is due to the addition of 1,594 outfield seats and 54 Yamaya Mentaiko Box seats. YafuOku Dome will be the fourth NPB stadium with over 40,000 seats.

40,000+ NPB Stadiums

  1. Koshien Stadium – 47,508
  2. Tokyo Dome – 45,600
  3. Sapporo Dome – 42,270
  4. YafuOku Dome – 40,178

(list according to Daily Sports)

Source: Softbank 1/31/2019, Daily Sports 1/31/2019

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[1/21/2019] Softbank Hawks sign Yurisbel Gracial to new contract

The Softbank Hawks announced that they reach an agreement to bring Yurisbel Gracia back for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 150 million yen. His uniform number will not change.

Source: Softbank 1/19/2019, Sponichi 1/20/2019, Daily Sports 1/20/2019

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