Yomiuri Giants issue stern warning and fine to Suiguchi for meeting with a woman during WBC mini-camp
According to a number of reporters, the Yomiuri Giants issued a warning and a fine to Toshiya Sugiuchi after a story broke about him meeting a woman during WBC mini-camp in February.
GM/team rep Atsushi Harasawa held a press conference at the team offices today and said, "A player the Giants sent out caused a stir at this important time of year. A stern warning is not enough."
He continued, "It was a private meeting, but it created a distraction for the team. It goes without saying that he has a lot of responsibilities."
With regards to the fine, he said that it was not an insignificant amount.
Harasawa called WBC manager Koji Yamamoto to apologize for the incident. He also spoke to Suiguchi over the phone and said, "He is feeling really bad for what happened and told me he was very sorry and would accept whatever disciplinary action was handed out. He was ready to accept the consequences."
Sugiuchi worked out with the team at Tokyo Dome as scheduled on Thursday. He will be available for today's game.
UPDATE @ 10:24pm -
Hideaki Wakui was also named in the article. The Seibu Lions have given him a warning and will investigate the incident further after the WBC ends. A team official has already issued an apology to Yamamoto over the phone.
Source: Sanspo 3/8/2013
UPDATE 3/9 @ 2:49pm -
The Lions issued their warning when Wakui called them on Friday. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/9/2013