Tag:Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:42 pm
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Nishioka suffers broken fibula

Tsuyoshi Nishioka
UPDATED (5:55 p.m. EST)
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees' Nick Swisher not only broke up a double play on his take-out slide of Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka in Thursday's Yankee victory, but also broke Nishioka's left fibula.

Nishioka has been placed on the disabled list and Luke Hughes has been recalled to take his roster spot, according to a press release from the Twins. There's no timetable for Nishioka's return yet. He will see the team's doctors tomorrow, Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press tweets .

The slide, coming on a grounder by Mark Teixeira, appeared to be clean, and no Twins player objected to it, USA Today 's Bob Nightengale tweets . Swisher talked to Nishioka, but Nishioka said it wasn't necessary, that it was a completely clean play.

"The first thing I said was, ‘I’m sorry, man. I thought you were going to jump,” Swisher told reporters, including Christensen . “And he said, ‘It was my fault. I should have gotten out of the way.’ I was just trying to break up a double play. I didn't  mean to do that. Especially with a guy like that, just trying to make his mark over here.”

It looked for a minute that Nishioka would stay in the game, but he was then helped off the field with his arms around a trainer and his interpreter, putting little-to-no weight on his leg.

Nishioka is hitting .217/.280/.261 in his first year with the Twins. The Twins won with a bid in excess of $5 million in posting and signed him to a three-year, $9.25 million contract. Nishioka, 26, led Japan's Pacific League with a .346 average. 

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 9:45 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/6: Walk-off edition

Tsuyoshi Nishioka

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

1. D.J. LeMahieu, Cubs. Yes, it's just spring training, but an extra-innings, pinch-hit, walk-off home run is always special. LeMahieu was the Cubs' second-round pick in the 2009 draft and had a solid 2010 in Class A Daytona, hitting .314/.346/.386 with 73 RBI and 15 stolen bases, playing second, third and short. LeMahieu had just two home runs as a pro, so this one may have been even more unlikely.

2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Twins. The newly-minted Twins second baseman went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBI on Sunday against the Orioles. As impressive as his triple was, a third-inning hit-and-run got his manager's attention. With Alexi Casilla on first, Nishioka, batting left-handed, noticed the second baseman going to cover second and hit the ball in the vacated spot, allowing Casilla to advance to third.

3. Tim Lincecum, Giants. This skinny little kid for the Giants may end up being someone to watch. Lincecum was a little wild on Sunday, walking three and giving up three hits in 3 2/3 inning, but he also struck out seven batters.

3 DOWN

1. Mat Latos, Padres. I don't like to make much of early-March numbers, but after his outing on Sunday he  went back to the dugout and fired his glove up against a wall. Latos allowed three runs on two hits and two walks before being lifted after just 2/3 of an inning, when he was scheduled to throw three. He struggled with his command, just 21 strikes among his 38 pitches. In his first start, he went just 1 1/3 innings and walked four batters, with 15 of his 34 pitches called strikes.

2. Mark Buehrle, White Sox. Buehrle was the first White Sox pitcher to go three innings this spring, yet it didn't do too well, allowing nine hits and five runs against the Royals on Sunday. It could have been worse -- the Gold Glover snared a Lorenzo Cain liner that appeared to be headed for a hit in the third inning, which was followed by a double.

3. Alcides Escobar, Royals. My mother always told me not to scratch bug bites or they'd get infected, and I never believed her. Sorry mom, you were right. The Royals shortstop was -- pardon the pun -- scratched from the team's lineup on Sunday following the infection of a bed bug on his right wrist. He'll miss Monday's split-squad games, but is expected back later this week.


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Posted on: December 20, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 5:39 pm
 

Gardy, Nishioka and the Sluggie

Tsuyoshi Nishioka
As if Tsuyoshi Nishioka didn't have enough culture shock to absorb the day of his introductory news conference with the Twins, he got to experience the Sluggie.

The Sluggie is the "blanket with sleeves" being marketed by Twins slugger Justin Morneau, featuring him swinging a bat in the middle of a maple leaf from his native Canada. It is NOT to be confused with that other million-selling product whose name is just one letter different (at least, Morneau hopes Snuggie lawyers don't think so).

A Twins employee snapped this picture of Nishioka with manager Ron Gardenhire just before the Japanese infielder was introduced at Target Field. Don't you wish you could have been inside Nishioka's head?

"So, American ballplayers walk around wearing backwards bathrobes in the clubhouse?"

"Have I signed on with a cult?"

"I had heard it was cold here, but I don't think these new uniforms are going to be easy to run in."


I wish I could tell you that Sluggies are available to take care of all your last-minute holiday shopping needs, but they appear to be sold out on Morneau's website.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:42 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Nishioka deal with Twins done

The expected deal between Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the Twins is now official, according to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com. Nishioka gets $9 million for three years, with a club option for a fourth year.

The Twins will also pay a $5 million posting fee to Nishioka's Japanese team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, with whom the 26-year-old just won the Pacific League batting title. He's won Gold Gloves at both second base and shortstop, and it looks like he'll be at short for the Twins.

UPDATE: Check out this amusing video of Nishioka, his interpreter and Twins officials trying to sort out the specs of his bats and his shoe size.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Hudson headed to San Diego

Orlando Hudson Orlando Hudson said on MLB Network Radio that he will "end up going to San Diego."

"Great place, great atmosphere, unbelievable ballpark," Hudson said.

All this is from the MLB Network Radio twitter feed .

Hudson said five teams had been calling him, with two-year and three-year deals.

Still, he said he expects the deal with the Padres to be announced later on Friday.

The Padres will be Hudson's fifth team overall, and fourth in the last four seasons. Hudson hit .268/.338/.372 with six home runs, 37 RBI and 10 stolen bases for the Twins last season. He turned 33 this week and was expendable with the Twins' impending signing of Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

How does Hudson fit in with the Padres? Well, a quick look at their official site tells you about all you need to know -- the team's depth chart has Everth Cabrera as the starter at both second base and shortstop (even though everyone assumes Jason Bartlett is coming to San Diego, that's still not done, so there's no telling what's going to happen with that). There's no backup listed at shortstop, and at second, it's recently-acquired Eric Patterson. Patterson was acquired Thursday as the player to be named to complete the Adrian Gonzalez deal, so there's a story about him on the front page. The picture accompanying the story is of Patterson dropping a ball. Not quite something that gets the fanbase too excited about buying tickets.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets Hudson's deal is for two years, worth $11.5 million.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: December 16, 2010 9:43 am
 

Twins, Nishioka appear close

Signs point to the Twins closing in on a deal with Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, as the Pioneer-Press reports he is scheduled to be in Minneapolis on Thursday morning, presumably for a physical. General manager Bill Smith would not confirm the report.

"I'm not commenting on any of that," Smith said. "We're still in discussions and negotiations. As I've been saying, we think he can help us, and I'm very optimistic we can sign him."

The Twins won the posting for Nishioka, 26, the 2010 Japanese batting champion, for a reported $5 million. They have until December 26 to negotiate a deal with him, and previous reports have had him around three years at $10 million. The Twins traded last year's starting shortstop, J.J. Hardy, to the Orioles last week, which seems to indicate they're confident the Nishioka deal is going to get done.

Nishioka has won Gold Gloves at both shortstop and second base, and could play either for the Twins. It seems most likely he'll play shortstop, with Alexi Casilla manning second.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 11, 2010 9:30 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2010 9:33 pm
 

Report: Twins target Cards' Ryan

Brendan Ryan Seeking to bolster their middle infield -- and perhaps covering their bets in case they can't reach agreement with Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- the Twins are attempting to trade for the Cardinals' Brendan Ryan, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Minnesota just traded shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Orioles, and has Alexi Casilla as its best current option. The Twins are expected to bring in Nishioka, who they are negotiating with through Japan's posting system, but Ryan would add depth at shortstop and second base. He was displaced when the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot as their everyday shortstop.

Ryan, 28, had a terrible 2010 at the plate, perhaps related to offseason wrist surgery, seeing his average drop 69 points to .223. But his real value is in the field, where he is as good as they get.

No word on what the Cardinals want in return for Ryan.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 8:02 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 8:49 pm
 

Monday night Winter Meetings notes

Winter Meetings Day 1 of the Winter Meetings is quieting down as most media are either posting their end-of-day wraps or schmoozing in the lobby.

While many prepare for dinner and drinks, here's the latest...
  • It's a done deal: J.J. Putz has signed to close for the Diamondbacks at two years and $10 million. In one day, GM Kevin Towers has acquired three relievers. Sounds just like him.
  • Twelve -- count 'em, 12 -- have inquired on reliever Taylor Buchholz as the Providence Journal reports. The righty was one of the better relief pitchers in 2008 but has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. Buchholz was shipped from Colorado to Toronto late in 2010 and then to the Red Sox after the season. Boston then non-tendered him and would like to bring him back but the Sox will have quite the competition to work against.
  • Rays GM Andrew Friedman had a busy first day behind the scenes, even if he didn't get anything done. But enough groundwork has been laid, as he "wouldn't be surprised" to swing a trade or two by the end of the Winter Meetings, as the St. Petersburg Times relays. He needs to rebuild a bullpen and complement the offense.
  • Speaking of rebuilding the bullpen, Friedman believes he can convince reliever J.P. Howell to rejoin the Rays on a contract by the end of the week as the Times adds.
  • AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price notes that six to eight teams are interested in reliever D.J. Carrasco, who has been among the most underrated relievers the last two seasons in this humble scribe's opinion. The Mets are one such team interested.
  • Edgar Renteria appears in an Associated Press story out of Columbia and via MLB Trade Rumors , is saying there are "three options" for a 2011 deal. All options are in the NL and one of the teams is the Giants, who are thought to be interested in Renteria as a backup infielder. Renteria has said previously that he would like to end his career playing for the Cardinals or Marlins, so those could be the other clubs in play.
  • Braves GM Frank Wren says some things have caught his attention and he would like to explore these avenues as the meetings evolve. There's no indication what those avenues are, but one such avenue in Lorenzo Cain from the Brewers is probably not happening as Milwaukee is not as interested in moving Cain as the Braves were led to believe, as MLB.com notes.
  • The Reds want Miguel Cairo back and expect things to be wrapped up by the end of the week with a big-league deal as MLB.com reports.
  • The Indians are interested in talking long-term extension with Shin-Soo Choo now that Choo has received his military exemption from South Korea. He is coming off back-to-back 20-20 seasons and is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason as MLB.com relays.
  • Cleveland wants to find a defense-first third baseman to help take the pressure off the rotation that is built around groundballers. However, if a deal makes sense for the Indians for a defensively-challenged third baseman (like Edwin Encarnacion), GM Chris Antonetti wouldn't rule out such a move, says MLB.com .
  • The Twins have offered Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka a three-year deal worth $9 to $10 million. This is on top of the $5 million posting fee to be paid to Nishioka's Japanese team as AOL Fanhouse reports.
  • Doug Melvin refused to comment on Carl Pavano as Adam McCalvy of MLB.com tweets. "I'd rather not get into that," Melvin said. "I'll leave that to the rumors. You don't want to tip your hand." Sounds like Melvin just tipped his hand.

-- Evan Brunell

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