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[6/20/2014] Injury Reports: Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri), Yasuhiro Ogawa (Yault)

by on Jun.21, 2014 @ 12:16 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Tetsuya Utsumi (left shoulder) tossed a bullpen session on Thursday, his third since he was taken off the active roster.  He threw fastballs and all his breaking pitches.  Assuming no setbacks, he will most likely pitch in two batting practice scrimmages before pitching in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yakult on the 29th. Source: Sponichi 6/20/2014 ... Utsumi pitching in a batting practice scrimmage on Friday.  He faced twelve hitters, threw forty-five pitches, walked three, and allowed two could-be hits. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi (right elbow) left his last Ni-gun rehab start on the 18th with a cramp in the back of his right knee (he pitched three innings and gave up three runs).  He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya on Thursday.  No abnormalities were found.  "I got a cramp in my leg and the outing didn't go as planned, but I felt good throwing the ball.  I just have to get used to facing hitters," said Yoshimi.  He will probably pitch in one or two more Ni-gun games and could be added to active roster some time in early July. Source: Sponichi 6/20/2014 ... According to Tokyo Sports, early July does not seem likely because Yoshimi may need more time. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/20/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yasuhiro Ogawa (right hand) tossed batting practices at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda, Saitama on Friday.  He faced Ryota Yachi and Jun Matsui.  He threw fifty-one pitches and allowed eight could-be hits.  This was his first session as a batting practice pitcher since his injury. Source: Sponichi 6/20/2014 ... Ogawa told reporters he was throwing at sixty to seventy percent.  He topped out at 142km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 6/20/2014
  • 1st round draft pick Toshihiro Sugiura (right elbow) tossed batting practice on Friday.  He faced Nariaki Kawasaki and threw thirty pitches, all fastballs.  He topped out at 139km/h.  It was his first outing as a batting practice pitcher since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/2014