First baseman Sho Nakata, suspended indefinitely by the Nippon Ham Fighters a week after assaulting a teammate on Aug. 4, has been assigned to the Central League’s Yomiuri Giants, Hochi Shimbun reported.
According to the Nikkan Sports, Nakata worked out with the Giants Friday afternoon at Tokyo Dome ahead of their home game against the DeNA BayStars.
A former cleanup hitter for Japan’s national team, the 32-year-old Nakata has had a frustrating season in which frustrated with his play, he injured his eye after throwing his bat in the dugout and had been relegated to the farm team due to lower back trouble.
The Fighters received nothing in exchange for Nakata’s transfer, an unusual but not unique occurrence.
Sho Nakata had ANOTHER spaz on Aug. 4, and a week later, was suspended indefinitely for it the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters announced Wednesday, Kyodo News reported.
The 32-year-old Nakata, who’s had a very difficult season that has included a tiff with manager Hideki Kuriyama over the first baseman’s injuring his own eye by throwing a bat in April.
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Nakata, the story said, assaulted a teammate prior to an exhibition game in the Hokkaido port city of Hakodate, and ordered to leave the ballpark. He’s also been dealing with lower back pain and was for a time banished to the farm team for unexplained reasons.