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May 27, 2020 07:04 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Participates in Peoria workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano was present for the re-start of workouts at the Mariners' spring facility in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday, Greg Johns of reports.

The 36-year-old right-hander joined several of his teammates for informal workouts that were conducted in groups no larger than three. Hirano was able to engage in his throwing program under staff supervision, and he and his fellow hurlers should soon have access to bullpen mounds at the facility. The veteran only got five innings of Cactus League work in before spring training was suspended, but he put together impressive performances in both Japan and his 2018 MLB debut campaign with the Diamondbacks before scuffling some last season on the way to a 4.75 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.

April 10, 2020 04:48 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Projected to make roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano is likely to make the Opening Day roster, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

The 36-year-old didn't exactly make a strong case with his overall numbers during Cactus League play, as he posted a 5.40 ERA across five innings over five appearances before spring training was suspended. However, Hirano was identified by manager Scott Servais early in camp as a reliever he'd be comfortable utilizing frequently in high-leverage situations, even as the right-hander's 48:4 hold-to-save ratio over his first two big-league seasons underscores he's played much more of a setup role thus far in the majors.

February 27, 2020 04:00 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Set for high-leverage work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano has been identified by manager Scott Servais as someone who will get the ball at the end of games and in late-inning, high-leverage situations to start the year, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. "We don't want to take opportunities away from our young players but understanding the games we have leads, early in the season let's give it to the veteran guy, let's try to hang on and win those games. I think Hirano is an important pickup for us," Servais said.

He logged a 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 120:45 K:BB in 119.1 innings across the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he was better in 2018 (2.44 ERA) than in 2019 (4.75 ERA). Seattle gave him a one-year, $1.6 million deal this offseason. Matt Magill, who is currently dealing with shoulder soreness, would seem to be Hirano's top competition for save opportunities. The Mariners figure to be one of the worst teams in the American League, so there may not be many opportunities for saves, but Hirano seems like as good of a bet as anyone in this bullpen to offer fantasy value.

January 31, 2020 01:20 PM
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Signs with Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Thursday.

Hirano spent the past two seasons with the Diamondbacks, posting a combined 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 120:45 K:BB across 119.1 innings. While the Mariners don't necessarily have a proven endgame option, the veteran right-hander seems more likely to fill a setup role for Seattle. Ricardo Sanchez was designated for assignment to free up a roster spot for Hirano.

September 8, 2019 12:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Back from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday.

Hirano had been out with elbow inflammation since mid-August. He'll serve as bullpen depth for the Diamondbacks down the stretch, though he hasn't been particularly good this season, posting a 4.89 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 46 innings of work.

September 2, 2019 07:04 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Throws bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (elbow) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

It's been more than two weeks since Hirano was placed on the injured list. With time running out in minor-league seasons for rehab stints, Hirano may need to get his work in via bullpen sessions or simulated games. In the meantime, the Diamondbacks added a couple of relievers Sunday with roster expansion and could give Hirano whatever time he needs to get back on form.

August 27, 2019 05:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Starts throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (elbow) threw out to 90 feet Monday, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

Hirano was placed on the injured list last week with inflammation in his right elbow. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has not provided a timeline for when to expect Hirano's return. At this time of the year, managers often wait for the calendar to flip to September, when rosters expand, to bring back injured players.

August 17, 2019 09:20 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Lands on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right-elbow inflammation.

Hirano gave up a long ball Friday, his second straight outing allowing a homer after he allowed a total of three home runs in his first 53 appearances of the season. This elbow issue likely played a part in his recent struggles. He will be eligible to return Aug. 27 should he prove ready.

June 2, 2019 08:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Picks up extra-innings win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (2-3) pitched a scoreless 11th inning, allowing a walk and striking out one, to earn the win in against the Mets on Saturday.

Hirano was the pitcher of record when Tim Locastro provided a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th. Hirano has a 5.48 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 27 appearances spanning 21.1 innings this season, with his typical usage coming as a middle reliever or setup man.

May 18, 2019 09:20 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Squelches threat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings to grab his fourth hold in Friday's 7-0 win over the Giants.

Hirano entered the game in the sixth inning with one out and the bases loaded. He struck out Brandon Crawford on a steady diet of splitters and then got Kevin Pillar to pop out. The 35-year-old reliever has not allowed an inherited runner to score since April 3.

April 18, 2019 08:12 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Grabs save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Braves.

With Greg Holland pitching three times in the past four days, Hirano was called upon to secure the win Thursday against the Braves. He proved up to the task, earning his first save of the season. With Holland pitching well, Hirano's chances to close games don't figure to be frequent, though he appears to be second in line in scenarios where Holland is unavailable.

April 18, 2019 01:40 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Picks up relief win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Braves.

Hirano's off to a wobbly start, but manager Torey Lovullo is sticking by him as a high-leverage reliever. Since getting a vote of confidence from the manager, the 35-year-old has entered close games in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Four of his last five outings have been scoreless, and Hirano has struck out 10 over seven innings this season.

April 8, 2019 07:56 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: No role change planned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Torey Lovullo said he has no plan to stay away from Hirano in high-leverage situations, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.

The question of Hirano's role was raised because the reliever has allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings over four appearances. "I don't want to run away from anybody this quickly in the season," Lovullo said. "He's meant so much to us and done such a great job. I'm still going to give him opportunities to go out there and get big outs. It's just maybe one thing, one push, one good moment that's maybe going to get him over the hump." The right-hander has faced 19 batters, 10 of which reached base safely via a hit or a walk. Lovullo believes the reliever's fastball location is off, something that's supported by BrooksBaseball, which indicates fewer strikes thrown with the four-seamer.

April 1, 2019 07:40 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Tagged with loss, blown save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano (0-1) allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two and was credited with the loss in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Dodgers.

Hirano came on to preserve Arizona's two-run lead in the eighth inning after Archie Bradley held serve in the seventh, but the Diamondbacks' defense let him down. An inning-opening error by shortstop Nick Ahmed and miscue by right fielder Adam Jones fueled Los Angeles' three-run inning. It was Hirano's second appearance of the season, and the second time he's allowed runs. The right-handed reliever has allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over two innings.

March 24, 2019 10:16 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Doesn't win closer job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano will fill a setup role this season with Greg Holland announced as the Diamondbacks' closer.

Hirano tossed three scoreless spring innings while Holland allowed five runs in 3.2 frames, but Holland nevertheless got the job. Hirano always appeared to be a long shot, so the bigger surprise is that Holland also beat out Archie Bradley for the job. It's unclear whether Hirano or Bradley is next in line.

March 24, 2019 10:16 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: In closer mix
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano is being considered for the closer role along with Archie Bradley and Greg Holland, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

It was widely assumed that Bradley and Holland were the candidates, but Hirano has been added to mix. Manager Torey Lovullo said he and general manager Mike Hazen started discussions on the team's closer, and a decision is expected in the next few days.

March 9, 2019 09:24 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Makes second spring appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano walked one over a scoreless inning in Friday's game against the Brewers.

This was Hirano's second spring appearance -- both scoreless -- as manager Torey Lovullo has been taking it easy on his returning bullpen regulars. The 34-year-old right-hander is expected to fill a setup role in the bullpen and, at this stage is not being considered as a potential closer.

December 17, 2018 05:44 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Not frontrunner for saves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged last week that Hirano would likely rank behind Archie Bradley in the pecking order for saves heading into spring training, Steve Gilbert of reports. "Personally, I think if you were going to come up here and arm wrestle me and force me to give you a decision, I'll probably start with Archie Bradley as the extreme back end of the equation," Lovullo said.

Brad Boxberger served as the Diamondbacks' primary end-gamer in 2018 before a string of rough outings prompted Lovullo to turn to Hirano as the main ninth-inning man over the final few weeks of the season. Hirano, who had been an accomplished closer in Japan before signing with the Diamondbacks last December, converted three saves in four chances over the last month of the season and finished his first MLB campaign with a 2.44 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 66.1 innings. Despite his success, Hirano's lack of premium heat and reliance on inducing soft contact for outs makes him a rather non-traditional closing option at the major-league level, so it's perhaps unsurprising that Lovullo views the hard-throwing Bradley as a more worthy candidate for that role. There's still a chance that the Diamondbacks will look outside of the organization to bring in a more battle-tested closer, but in any case, Hirano is unlikely to be first in line for saves during the upcoming campaign.

September 30, 2018 09:56 AM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Records third save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to record the save against the Padres on Saturday.

Hirano entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and had little trouble racking up his third save of the season. He got his first save Sept. 11 but has only gotten three save chances since. The 34-year-old had an effective rookie season, recording 32 holds while posting a 2.44 ERA and 1.09 WHIP to along with 59 strikeouts across 66.1 innings.

September 25, 2018 03:04 PM
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: Roughed up in non-save situation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hirano retired only two of the six batters he faced in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Dodgers and was charged with three earned runs on two hits and two walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches.

Hirano appeared to unseat Brad Boxberger as the Diamondbacks' closer after going 2-for-3 in save chances between Sept. 11 and 14, but he hasn't had any additional opportunities to build up job security. Monday's loss was the Diamondbacks' eighth in the last nine games, resulting in Hirano making only two appearances over that span. While he was roughed up during his 27-pitch outing, Hirano entered the contest with the Diamondbacks already trailing 4-3, so it shouldn't affect his status as the leading candidate for saves over the final week of the regular season.

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