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3 Hiroyuki Nakajima SS
Height/Weight: 5-11/198 | Birthdate: 7/31/1982 | Birthplace: Itami, Hyogo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: | MLB Experience: Rookie | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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Hiroyuki Nakajima outrighted to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) The Athletics have outrighted infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima to Triple-A.

Nakajima has been removed from the team's 40-man roster, and will begin the year in the minors. Nakajima looked like an impact signing in 2012, but failed to make an impact in the majors. 


Athletics send Hiroyuki Nakajima down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Athletics have sent infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima down to Triple-A.

Nakajima hasn't contributed much since signing with the club in 2012. He'll try and work his way onto the major-league roster at some point this year. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima in minor-league camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima is in minor-league camp this spring, according to MLB.com.

Nakajima was one of the team's key free-agent signings in 2012, but has failed to make an impact in the majors. The fact that he's not in major-league camp shows how far he's fallen on the team's depth chart. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima sent outright to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) The Athletics sent  infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima outright to Triple-A Sacramento Friday. Nakajima batted .282/.336/.368 with four homers and 26 RBI in 291 at-bats at Triple-A this season.

Hiroyuki Nakajima on his way?


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima may be close to coming up for Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday.

Manager Bob Melvin said "his results are starting to get pretty impressive."

Nakajima is batting .383 with two homers and five RBI in his last 10 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He was activated off the disabled list in late May and optioned to Sacramento. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima optioned after activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) The Athletics activated infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento, where he was on a rehab assignment. Nakajima is batting .265 (13 for 49) with four doubles and five RBI in 13 games for Sacramento.

Hiroyuki Nakajima adding to versatility


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima played second base Monday with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, MLB.com reports. He'll see some time at third base going forward as well and started there Tuesday. 

Manager Bob Melvin wants Nakajima to play as many positions as possible in order to make him more versatile at the major-league level in the future. His 20-day rehab assignment is up Wednesday and the A's will make a decision on him at that time. Nakajima is batting .250 at Triple-A with five RBI over 40 at-bats. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima running pain-free


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Saturday that shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is finally running pain-free, the Oakland Tribune reports.

"He's going down the line 100 percent and moving good on defense," Melvin said. "Next up for him is to get multiple-hit games back-to-back."

Nakajima's rehab assignment can only last until May 23, at which point he'll either have to be placed on the active roster or assigned to the minor leagues. He's recovering from a left hamstring injury.


Hiroyuki Nakajima getting comfortable in rehab


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) went 1 for 5 on Tuesday for Triple-A Sacramento in a rehab assignment game, MLB.com reports. It was his third straight day playing in a game for the River Cats.

Nakajima will take Wednesday off and then play four games in a row. He's gone 7 for 29 (.241) overall with the River Cats. 

"From everything that I hear, he's getting more and more comfortable, not only in the field but at the plate," manager Bob Melvin said. "We want to make sure he gets plenty of at-bats and plays plenty of games to where he doesn't have to feel the hamstring."


Hiroyuki Nakajima plays on consecutive days


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima was in the lineup for the second day in a row Friday, the first time he has done so since beginning his minor-league rehab stint. Nakajima is at Triple-A Sacramento while recovering from a hamstring injury.

The team expects Nakajima to need a few more days of work before it considers activating him. He is likely to work as a utility play upon returning to the majors. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima to return as utility player


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) The Athletics expect to use Hiroyuki Nakajima as a utility player if he has a chance to return to the big league roster, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Tuesday. 

Nakajima is expected to play nine innings for Triple-A Memphis on his rehab assignment Tuesday. He had missed the previous three days due to tightness in his injured hamstring. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima returning to rehab Tuesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who experienced tightness in his injured hamstring and had to halt his rehab assignment, was feeling better Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. 

He is expected to head to Triple-A Memphis to play nine innings for the River Cats Tuesday. Nakajima missed the last three days with the issue. 

Nakajima went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI in his only rehab game. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima has hamstring tightness


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima experienced some tightness in his hamstring on Friday and was off Saturday during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento, MLB.com reports. 

Nakajima has been rehabbing his hamstring injury and this should only be considered a slight bump in the road. 

He has appeared in one rehab game and went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima starts rehab assignment


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2013) As expected, Athletics shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima started a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento Friday. Nakajima, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, went 2 for 4 with a RBI for the Rivercats.

Nakajima is expected to be used primarily at shortstop during his rehab stint, but manager Bob Melvin not offer a timetable on how long he would stay in the minors.

"We want him to have some success before we bring him here," Melvin said.

Hiroyuki Nakajima ready for rehab assignment


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2013) Athletics shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento Friday, MLB.com reports.

Manager Bob Melvin did not offer a timetable on how long Nakajima would remain on his rehab assignment.

"We want him to have some success before we bring him here," Melvin said.

Nakajima is expected to be used primarily at shortstop during his stint with the Rivercats.

Hiroyuki Nakajima almost ready to rehab


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2013) Oakland manager Bob Melvin updated Hiroyuki Nakajima's injury status and reported that he went 1 for 3 over five innings in an extended spring training game Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. 

Nakajima is expected to play six innings on Wednesday and might begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento following that. 

Nakajima is dealing with a hamstring injury and has yet to play for the Athletics this season. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima inching toward rehab assignment


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2013) Athletics shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, was able to take four at-bats at extended spring training Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Manager Bob Melvin said Nakajima will "do a few more days of this" before being sent on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Hiroyuki Nakajima close to playing in extended spring training


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2013) Athletics shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima worked out and ran the bases Monday.

Nakajima is almost ready to start playing in extended spring training games, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Nakajima strained his hamstring before the season and has yet to make his A's debut. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima heading to extended spring training


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, is expected to report to extended spring training in Arizona on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. 

Manager Bob Melvin told the paper that Nakajima will likely get some work at shortstop but added the first order of business is to get him healthy.


Hiroyuki Nakajima still needs healing time


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who is on the DL with a hamstring injury, is not close to beginning a rehab assignment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. 

Manager Bob Melvin said the infielder may begin a rehab assignment when Oakland returns home for the next homestand, beginning April 25. 

Nakajima will have to run the bases before he can progress. 


Hiroyuki Nakajima must run bases before rehab


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2013) Athletics infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, could be nearing a rehab assignment, MLB.com reported Monday.

That said, Nakajima must first prove he can run the bases before he returns to any game.

"If he runs the bases this weekend, then maybe we're closer with him as well," manager Bob Melvin said Monday. "You have good days and bad days, and there are days he hasn't felt great. When we were on the road trip, I think there were a couple days he wasn't making progress, but here recently he's said he feels very good, so I think we're on the verge of getting him on the bases. We'll have a better indication of where he is once he does that."

A's haven't discussed using Hiroyuki Nakajima at second


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Wednesday that the team hasn't discussed using shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima at second base once he returns.

"We haven’t discussed it yet, but he’s most comfortable at shortstop," Melvin told MLB.com

The A's are searching for a long-term answer at second base after Scott Sizemore was lost for the season with a torn ACL.


Hiroyuki Nakajima making progress from injury


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2013) A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been making progress as he recovers from a strained left hamstring, MLB.com reports.

Nakajima has begun swinging in the batting cage and has also done some 40-yard sprints.

"He’s starting to feel that much better," manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, "so my guess is that once we get home he might be able to get out on the field with us and do all the normal pre-game activities."

Hiroyuki Nakajima gets some work in


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2013) A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima did some light field work on Tuesday as he continues to recover from a strained left hamstring, MLB.com reports. He is eligible to come off the disabled list April 11 but the club may elect to keep him on a rehab assignment longer.

Oakland heads out on a six-game road trip Thursday.

"It depends on how close we think he is," manager Bob Melvin said. "If we feel like he's close enough to where we want to watch him doing game activities, then we'll take him on the road."

Hiroyuki Nakajima lands on the DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2013) The Athletics have placed shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained left hamstring.

Nakajima suffered the injury in a spring training game Tuesday and should be eligible to return April 11, barring setbacks. The 30-year-old finished spring training with a .167/.286/.190 slash line.