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[6/29/2013] Injury Updates: Utsumi (YOM), Kubo, Enokida (HAN), Matsui (RAK), Iguchi (LOT)

by on Jun.29, 2013 @ 11:43 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi sprained his right ankle during practices on the 25th.  He resumed outdoor workouts on Friday and should be ok to make a start on July 3 against Hanshin at Koshien.

Source: Sanspo 6/29/2013, Daily Sports 6/29/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yasutomo Kubo hurt his right hamstring while running on Thursday.  He was examined at a hospital on Friday and diagnosed with a muscle strain.  He began his rehab today.

Source: Nikkan Sorts 6/29/2013

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Daiki Enokida felt some discomfort in his left elbow while pitching in a Ni-gun game on the 27th.  The injury does not appear to be serious -- he tossed thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Friday and was able to throw the ball normally.  He told reporters that he left his last start early because the mound was slippery from the rain.

Enokida will most likely be scratched from his next start on July 3.  Depending on his condition, he could get a start on July 6.

Source: Sanspo 6/29/2013, Daily Sports 6/29/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Kazuo Matsui hurt his right hamstring while running the bases in a game against Softbank on the 22nd.  He sat out four straight games and returned to the line-up on Friday and went 2-for-3 with a home run.  He told reporters after the game that he was now fine.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/29/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Tadahito Iguchi was replaced by a pinch-hitter for his at bat in the 2nd inning of tonight's game against the Softbank Hawks after he took an HBP off his left arm during his first at bat in the 1st inning.  He did not go to the hospital but did receive treatment (like ice).

"There was some swelling.  He should be fine for tomorrow," said Tsutomu Ito to reporters.

Source: Sponichi 6/29/2013

[6/26/2013] Injury Updates: Utsumi (YOM), Oshima, Bergesen (CHU), Nomi (HAN), Hayasaka (LOT)

by on Jun.26, 2013 @ 9:09 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi's right ankle sprain was not as bad as the team initially feared.  He will continue to travel with the team and might be ok to make his next start during a Hanshin series that begins on July 2.  The team will continue to monitor his ankle and will make a decision on his status based on how he feels over the next few days.

Source: Daily Sports 6/26/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Yohei Oshima was feeling better after getting electro-therapy treatment on his left elbow in Gifu on Tuesday.  He rejoined the team in Kanazawa today and was able to play catch at a distance of about thirty meters.  He also took some batting practice and managed to get through a regular practice schedule.  While the elbow may be feeling ok, he most likely would not have played in tonight's game had it not been rained out.

"I started feeling something around the evening of the 24th.  But it is fine.  I am at about eighty percent today," said Oshima.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013

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Brad Bergesen had his right index finger examined at a hospital in Kanzawa today.  According to the team trainer, the swelling was caused by an infected hangnail.  He was given antibiotics and should see improvement over the next two to three days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Atsushi Nomi was removed from Tuesday night's Chunichi game after taking a batted ball off his left ankle in the 9th inning.  He was walking around without any difficultly today and told reporters he felt fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Keisuke Hayasaka was taken off the active roster today with a sprained right ankle.  He suffered the injury during pre-game fielding practice on Tuesday.  It will most likely take three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/26/2013

Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 3, 2013

by on Feb.03, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Shinnosuke Abe: 147 swings, one over the fence (188 swings, one over the fence in all)
  • Shuichi Murata: fifty-eight swings, five home runs, extra batting practice 150 swings, eleven over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013, Daily Sports 2/3/2013Sponichi 2/3/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano: bullpen, seventy-six pitches, squatting catcher
  • Tetsuya Utsumi: bullpen, 111 pitches
  • Hirokazu Sawamura: bullpen, seventy-one pitches
  • Scott Mathieson: bullpen, twenty-nine pitches, including off-speed pitches

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013, Daily Sports 2/3/2013, Daily Sports 2/3/2013, Sanspo 2/3/2013

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Tetsuya Utsumi is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 5th.

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2013

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Nikkan Sports notes that Shuichi Murata topped out at 106 decibels during batting practice on Saturday.  For reference, Shinnosuke Abe topped out at 104 and Hayato Sakamoto and Hisayoshi Chono at ninety-nine.  The levels were measured using a sound meter set up about twenty meters away from home plate.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013

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Sakamoto stayed back after general workouts on Saturday and took about an hour of extra fielding practice with Daisuke Fujimura and Daisuke Nakai.  After that, he spent about thirty minutes taking extra batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

Sakamoto and Chono stayed back after workouts today and spent about thirty minutes taking extra batting practice.

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2013

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Jose Lopez is using an SSK bat.  The barrel is 6.6 centimeters and the bat weighs 880 to 890 grams.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013

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Yoshiyuki Kamei hurt his left leg during workouts and was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain on Saturday.  Ryuichi Kajimae also started feeling pain near his left ankle.  Dennis Houlton ended workouts early on Saturday because of tightness in his back.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013, Sponichi 2/3/2013

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Yoshinobu Takahashi will be captain while Shinnosuke Abe is away at the WBC.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

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Abe caught parts of 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano's bullpen session today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013

Sugano threw to a squatting catcher for the first time since December.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2013

Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 1, 2013

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Tetsuya Utsumi: bullpen, seventy-four pitches
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi: bullpen, fifty-five pitches, squatting catcher, also threw two kinds of sliders
  • 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano: bullpen, forty-five pitches, standing catcher, he mixed in curves, cutters, sliders, and one-seamers

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013, Sanspo 2/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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The Giants visited Aoshima Jinja before practices this morning to pray for a successful season.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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Ichi-gun and Ni-gun players practiced bunts after general workouts today.  Head coach Masahiro Kawai was in charge of the session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Of the eighteen pitchers at Ichi-gun camp, fifteen tossed bullpen sessions.  Tetsuya Utsumi was the first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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The Giants are being cautious and do not plan on letting 1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano pitch in a game until at least the 14th (intra-squad game in Okinawa).

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

Another possibility is on or after a practice game against Samsung (KBO) on the 19th.

Source: Sponichi 2/1/2013

Yomiuri Giants: Tetsuya Utsumi signs four-year deal worth 1.6 billion yen

by on Dec.25, 2012 @ 6:39 pm, under NPB
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Tetsuya Utsumi met with the Yomiuri Giants and signed a four-year deal.  Nikkan Sports is reporting that the deal is worth a total of two billion yen while Sponichi and Sanspo put the total at 1.6 billion.

Said Utsumi, "Putting the value of the contract aside, I signed a four-year deal.  I am extremely satisfied   I wanted to be a Yomiuri lifer, so this makes me happy."

Source: Sponichi 12/25/2012, Sanspo 12/25/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2012

11/14/2012: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Michihiro Ogasawara, Tetsuya Utsumi, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Nov.14, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants' GM Atsushi Harasawa denied interest in Tsuyoshi Nishioka but did tell reporters the team was looking to improve their second base situation.  Harasawa also added that they were in talks with Michihiro Ogasawara and that they planned to leave a spot open for him.

Source: Sanspo 11/14/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/14/2012

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Tetsuya Utsumi contacted the Yomiuri Giants on Tuesday to let them know he was not going to exercise his domestic FA option.  Source: Sanspo 11/14/2012

The Giants could be preparing a major four-year deal worth 2B yen.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2012

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Hanshin Tigers' team president Nobuo Minami is willing to wait on Kosuke Fukudome until after the New Year passes.  Source: Sanspo 11/14/2012

The Tigers also willing to sweeten the deal by adding a section about a future as a Hanshin coach.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/14/2012

11/13/2012: Tetsuya Utsumi, Kohei Oda

by on Nov.13, 2012 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB
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Tetsuya Utsumi did not exercise his domestic FA option and will remain with the Yomiuri Giants for at least one more year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/13/2012

The Giants may be preparing to offer Utsumi a four-year deal worth 1.4B yen.  Source: Sponichi 11/13/2012, Sponichi 11/13/2012

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Kohei Oda met with the Chunichi Dragons on Monday and was disappointed by negotiations.  He was offered 32.4M yen (down 3.6M yen) for the 2013 season.

Sports Hochi:

"I have my rights as well.  What time is the deadline tomorrow? ... They spoke to me as if they did not need me.  If they want me to stay, there should be something they can say or do that makes me feel valuable. ... I am not trying to turn this into a money game."

Sponichi:

"If they are thinking, 'We need you,' then there must be words or a value they can use to express it.  There was none of that during our conversation. ... I have rights."

Nikkan Sports:

"What time is the deadline [tomorrow]? ... I am not satisfied.  Our concepts for my salary next year were different, everything was off.  I felt as if they did not need me.  It really did not seem like they wanted me to stay. ... I do not think of free agency as a way to get teams to pay more, but I do not know what will happen..."

Oda met with the Dragons again today and signed a deal for 36M yen (no change).  Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2012, Nikkan Sports 11/13/2012