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 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 ...

Jan 29, 2017

Otani might not throw in Arizona

In what could be a setback for major league scouts looking to gauge Shohei Otani’s arm, the chances are increasing that he may not pitch in Arizona next month. The slugging pitcher, who arrived in the Phoenix area on Saturday with his teammates for ...

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Jan 21, 2017

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Friday he is healthy and looking forward to the new season, but confirmed he will play no part in the World Baseball Classic in March with the Japan national team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing ...

Jan 11, 2017

Fighters acquire lefty Escobar

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have acquired lefty Edwin Escobar on a one-year deal, the Pacific League ballclub said Wednesday. The 24-year-old Venezuelan, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, pitching in 25 games including two starts, has signed for an estimated ¥90 ...