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Yomiuri Giants: Daisuke Ochi to have surgery in June

by on May.30, 2012 @ 6:10 pm, under NPB
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Daisuke Ochi told reporters today that he will undergo surgical treatment for the ossification of the yellow ligament some time in June.

"I have not been feeling good [since about February]. ... Everything from the knee down feels numb and close to where I can not move," said Ochi to reporters.

There is currently no timetable on his return.

UPDATE 5/31 @ 11:24am - According to Sponichi, at least two other players in recent history suffered similar conditions: Tsutomu Sakai in 1993 and Daisuke Miyamoto in 2006.  Sakai attempted a comeback, but never managed to make it back to the Ichi-gun roster before retiring in 1996.  Miyamoto did manage to make it back to the Ichi-gun roster (played in two games) before retiring in 2009.

UPDATE 5/31 @ 11:46am - A couple of additional updates:

  • The Giants plan to keep Ochi under contract for the 2013 season. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2012
  • Ochi was diagnosed with ossification of the yellow ligament in early May.  He decided on the surgery after visiting a number of hospitals.  He was told by one doctor that he might be able to start practicing again in three months, at the earliest. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2012
  • Ochi does not feel any pain, but does have a hard time walking.  He fell once while using the stairs around the time he was taken off the active roster on April 19. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2012
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Yomiuri Giants: February 7, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Tuesday

  • Shinnosuke Abe faced Shun Tono during BP and collected one could-be hit on twenty-five pitches. (Nikkan Sports)

Tuesday

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Today was the end of the first block of spring camp for the Ni-gun Giants.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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Ichi-gun practices started indoors today because of the rain.

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Tetsuya Utsumi faced Kenji Yano and Daisuke Fujimura during batting practice today and allowed eight could-be hits on forty-eight pitches.

Shun Tono faced Shinnosuke Abe and Kazunari Sanematsu and allowed three could-be hits on forty-five pitches.

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Tomoya Inzen and Ryota Wada worked out with the Ichi-gun group today.

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Yuya Kubo could begin playing catch in the bullpen sometime during the second block of spring camp (begins February 9).

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Ryosuke Miyaguni could get to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 14.

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There is a change Toshiya Sugiuchi will get to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 16.  Incidentally, he does not like tossing batting practice because he feels it does nothing for him to throw pitches batters can hit.

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Yomiuri Giants: January 23, 2012

by on Jan.23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Giants posted their Ichi-gun spring camp player assignments today (the entire 2011 draft class will begin at Ni-gun).

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Hayato Sakamoto attended a fan meeting at a hotel in Tokyo today.  About 300 fans, mostly women, attended the event.

On Sunday, Sakamoto, Daisuke Fujimura, and Daisuke Nakai worked out together for about three hours.  Workouts included playing catch and catching/fielding practice.

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Daisuke Ochi returned from Hawaii on Sunday and was back at Giants Stadium working out today.

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Ryosuke Miyaguni worked out at Giants Stadium today and told reporters that his right ankle was now at about 70-80%.

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Shuichi Murata wants to be fully prepared to play whenever he is asked during spring camp.

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The media learned on Sunday that Shigeo Nagashima is planning to visit spring camp on February 17 and 18.  Nagashima push for a two day visit because he wants a chance to watch players at both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun camps.

Nagashima canceled his visit last year after catching a cold.

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The Giants will be selling special group ticket packages for 15 or more people.

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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: December 3, 2010

by on Dec.03, 2010 @ 12:45 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants' Ikusei winter camp got started on Thursday at Giants Stadium.  A total 13 players showed up for about 4 hours worth of practice that including fielding practice and BP.

Ikusei chief coach Kosuke Yoshihara said, "It was a good practice for a first day.  We'll find issues each player needs to address so that they'll be ready to show what they're capable of during spring camp."

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Hisayoshi Chono will be going to Guam with Shinnosuke Abe and Hayato Sakamoto in January for training.  Chono is hoping to learn a few things from both players and would like to hit at least 20 homers next season (he finished with 19 this year).

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Daisuke Ochi will be signing an advisory contract with Mizuno.  It seems the company is already planning on releasing an Ochi model glove.

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