[9/10/2017] Yomiuri Giants apologize to Hirokazu Sawamura

The media learned on September 10 that the Yomiuri Giants offered Hirokazu Sawamura an apology after they found out that there was a good chance his right shoulder issues from before the start of the season were caused by a team trainer when he made a mistake while giving him acupuncture treatment.

Giants’ President Kazuo Ishii, General Manager Yoshitaka Katori, and the trainer in question apologized to Sawamura at Giants Stadium on September 9. Katori told reporters Sawamura accepted their apology.

According to the Giants, Sawamura complained of problems with his right shoulder during spring camp on February 25 and received acupuncture treatment on February 27. He was examined by a number of doctors when his condition failed to improve and was diagnosed with long thoracic nerve palsy caused by an external factor. The Giants later determined that it was possible the acupuncture may have led to temporary serratus anterior muscle dysfunction.

Source: Sanspo 9/10/2017, Sponichi 9/10/2017, Daily Sports 9/10/2017

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 1:46am]

Nine groups, including the Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, filed an open question form with the Yomiuri Giants. They would like more information about Sawamura’s case because there is growing concern about the safety of acupuncture therapy.

Source: JSAM 9/21/2017, Daily Sports 9/22/2017

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