[3/18/2017] Hirokazu Sawamura might not be ready for opening day

Hirokazu Sawamura has not pitched in a game since he was tossed from a Nippon Ham exhibition game on March 4 (he threw a dangerous pitch; it was his first and only pitch of the game). He was allowed to leave an exhibition game against Lotte at Zozo Marine early because he was not feeling well. The Yomiuri Giants will wait to see how he is feeling in four to five days. If there is a no improvement, he could end up missing the start of the season.

Source: Tokyo Sports 3/18/2017, Sponichi 3/18/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:16pm]

According to reports filed today, Sawamura has been having problems with his right shoulder since late-February. There is a good chance he will not be on the opening day roster. He was reassigned to San-gun for rehab.

Source: Chunichi Sports 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017Sponichi 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:27pm]

Sawamura is currently at San-gun. He worked out at Giants Stadium on June 20.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2017, Daily Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 7/16 @ 3:06pm]

Sawamura could be ready to join the Ichi-gun team some time in August. He is already throwing bullpen sessions to a squatting catcher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/16/2017, Sponichi 7/16/2017

[UPDATE 7/17 @ 5:07pm]

Sawamura participate in Ni-gun practices at Giants Stadium on July 16. He threw forty-four pitches in the bullpen.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2017, Sanspo 7/17/2017

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