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Otani sees real pitches for first time this spring

Feb 8, 2017

Otani sees real pitches for first time this spring

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star Shohei Otani, who is nursing an ankle injury, on Tuesday faced a batting practice pitcher for the first time since spring training in Arizona opened a week ago, showing further signs of recovery. Otani spent 20 minutes swinging ...

Feb 7, 2017

Fighters' Otani happy with progress of ankle

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace Shohei Otani said Monday he is making progress with the tender right ankle that is keeping him out of the World Baseball Classic. Following Sunday’s day off, Otani began picking up the volume of his running and the intensity ...

Feb 4, 2017

Fighters' Otani laments not being able to play in WBC

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani is shell-shocked by his injury withdrawal from the World Baseball Classic, saying on Friday he is sorry and is struggling to stay motivated. The slugging ace, currently at spring trainingwith the Japan Series champions Fighters, has had ...

Otani to be dropped from Samurai Japan's WBC roster

Feb 3, 2017

Otani to be dropped from Samurai Japan's WBC roster

Shohei Otani will be taken off the 28-man roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Samurai Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo said Friday. Otani will be replaced with another starting pitcher on the final roster, which must be submitted by Monday’s deadline. “The condition (of ...

Feb 2, 2017

Carp finalize one-year deal with infielder Pena

The Hiroshima Carp have signed utility infielder Ramiro Pena to a one-year contract, the Central League club announced Thursday. The 31-year-old Pena played in 30 games last season for the San Francisco Giants, and has 701 plate appearances over seven big league seasons with ...

Otani sidelined by fever

Jan 30, 2017

Otani sidelined by fever

Japan’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani rung up a fever of 38.5 that forced him out of Sunday’s workout with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and there is growing concern about what kind of shape the sweet-hitting fireballer will be in when the World Baseball ...