NPB Wrap 5-17-21

Kikuchi 2 other Carp test positive

Hiroshima Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi has a reputation for catching everything, but on Monday, the Central League club announced he had caught the coronavirus as well.

Kikuchi, the CL Batter of the Month for March and April, and two teammates have tested positive, the club announced Monday, Kyodo News (Japanese) reported.

The 31-year-old Kikuchi, an eight-time Golden Glove Award winner at second base, 20-year-old Kaito Kozono and 25-year-old reserve outfielder Yuya Shozui, have all tested Sunday. Contract tracing within the team in coordination with local health authorities revealed that no one else on the club was considered a close contact.

According to the team, Kikuchi tested positive after developing a fever. Two more positive tests were returned after 74 first-team players and staff were tested. The Carp will swap out players using the coronavirus activation rule that allows fit players to be activated at any time following infections. The team is scheduled to start a two-game series at Tokyo Dome against the Yomiuri Giants from Tuesday.

Starting pitchers

Pacific League

Eagles vs Fighters: Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Takayuki Kishi (2-3, 4.24) vs Chihiro Kaneko (0-2, 4.58)

Lions vs Hawks: MetLife Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Matt Dermody (0-0, 2.70) vs Shota Takeda (2-2, 2.93)

Buffaloes vs Marines: Kyocera Dome (Osaka) 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Hiroya Miyagi (4-0, 1.45) vs Kota Futaki (2-2, 2.68)

Central League

Giants vs Carp: Tokyo Dome 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shosei Togo (2-2, 3.63) vs Daichi Osera (2-0, 0.89)

BayStars vs Dragons: Yokohama Stadium 5:45 pm, 4:45 am EDT

Shinichi Onuki (1-3, 6.44) vs Shinnosuke Ogasawara (2-2, 3.12)

Tigers vs Swallows: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Yuki Nishi (3-2, 2.93) vs Cy Sneed (0-0, 6.75)

Active roster moves 5/17/2021

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 5/27

Central League




GiantsP11Ryuta Heinai
GiantsIF0Daiki Masuda
DragonsOF99Mike Gerber
BayStarsC10Yasutaka Tobashira
SwallowsP11Yasunobu Okugawa

Pacific League




HawksP13Akira Niho
HawksOF30Naoki Sato
MarinesP17Roki Sasaki
MarinesP47Yasuhiro Tanaka
MarinesOF38Akito Takabe
EaglesOF51Yuya Ogo
FightersIF6Sho Nakata
BuffaloesIF31Ryo Ota

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