/ Apr 15, 2017

Hawks' Takeda out with shoulder pain

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks deactivated right-hander Shota Takeda on Friday due to shoulder inflammation, while announcing that Venezuelan setup man Robert Suarez has had Tommy John surgery. Takeda's deactivation comes three days after veteran lefty Tsuyoshi Wada was deactivated with stiffness in his elbow. The ...

/ Apr 14, 2017

Hawks pitcher Takeda deactivated

Right-hander Shota Takeda was deactivated by the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Friday due to concerns over his shoulder. The move comes three days after veteran lefty Tsuyoshi Wada was deactivated with stiffness in his elbow. The 24-year-old Takeda has not worked past the sixth inning ...

/ Dec 2, 2016

Matsuzaka to pitch for Puerto Rico winter ball team

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Gigantes de Carolina this week to play in Puerto Rico's winter league. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, is scheduled to play in the winter league for ...

/ Nov 20, 2016

Matsuzaka poised for winter ball in Puerto Rico

Fukuoka SoftBank pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has come to terms on a deal that will allow him to play in Puerto Rico's winter league, a Hawks source said Sunday. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, will ...

/ Oct 24, 2016

Matsuzaka to play winter ball in Puerto Rico

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to play in the winter leagues in Puerto Rico, manager Kimiyasu Kudo said Monday. "I've been told it's Puerto Rico," Kudo said at Yafuoku Dome, where Matsuzaka and the Hawks began fall training. "He may be close ...

Matsuzaka flops in long-awaited Hawks debut

/ Oct 2, 2016

Matsuzaka flops in long-awaited Hawks debut

Daisuke Matsuzaka auditioned for a spot in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' postseason but flubbed his lines in 7-0 loss to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Sunday. Pitching in a first-team game in Japan for the first time since 2006, the former major leaguer allowed ...

/ Oct 1, 2016

Matsuzaka slated to pitch in finale

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been penciled in to pitch in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' final game of the regular season on Sunday. "I've heard his condition is improving. I'd like to give him a chance of an inning or two (in relief)," Hawks skipper Kimiyasu Kudo ...