[6/18/2017] Shinnosuke Abe leaves game after hurting knee

Shinnosuke Abe hurt his right knee when he fell backwards while trying to get out of the way of an inside 3-2 pitch during his at bat in the sixth inning. He was able to walk off the field on his own and was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/18/2017

[UPDATE 6/19 @ 9:50pm]

Abe was taken off the active roster today.

[UPDATE 6/20 @ 5:54pm]

The Yomiuri Giants have not revealed any specific information regarding Abe’s injury, but media reports from this morning mention the possibility that he might end up missing the rest of the first-half of the season.

Source: Sponichi 6/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/20/2017, Daily Sports 6/20/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:15pm]

Abe visited Giants Stadium on June 20 to get treatment for his knee. He told reporters he would begin a rehab training program as soon as the pain receded.

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

[UPDATE 6/28 @ 4:03pm]

Abe starting taking outdoor batting practice and fielding practice (grounders at first base) with cleats at Giants Stadium on June 27. He also ran some dashes.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/28/2017

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:55am]

Abe might be able to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on July 1. He was able to taking batting practice and fielding practice at Giants Stadium on June 29. He also did some sliding during base-running practices. He is set to play in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yakult today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2017, Sponichi 6/30/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 4:49pm]

Abe did not play on June 30 because he was not feeling well. He did play in a Ni-gun game against Yakult today and got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-3 (G1, G5, 1B9) and recorded a two-out RBI single to right off Ross Ohlendorf in the sixth.

Added additional performance information on 7/2 @ 4:30pm.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/1/2017, Sponichi 7/2/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 10:59pm]

The Giants added Abe to the active roster today. He also made a pinch-hit appearance in tonight’s game against the Bay Stars and grounded out to first.

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