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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe did not play in Saturday’s (April 22) because pain in his lower half. He did make it into tonight’s game as a pinch-hitter.
Source: Sanspo 4/23/20170 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe left a game on March 15 early because of some tightness in his legs. Since then, he has spent most of his time either as a designated hitter or bat off the bench. He may be having trouble adjusting his workload: he took thing slow last year and ended up hurting his right shoulder before the start of the season; he increased his workouts this year and may have ended up overworking himself.
Abe was able to return to the starting line-up yesterday against Nippon Ham and went 0-for-3 (F9, G4, F8, BB).
Source: Tokyo Sports 3/24/20170 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) homered in his second straight Ni-gun rehab game earlier today.
Abe got the start at designated hitter and batted fourth against Seibu. He went 4-for-4, including an RBI single to right in the first inning, a two-out three-run home run in the second inning, a walk in the fifth inning, and a two-out three-run home run in the sixth inning.
Abe also moved to catcher in the seventh inning.
[UPDATE @ 10:49pm]
Yoshinobu Takahashi is planning to add Abe to the active roster on May 31.
Source: Sponichi 5/29/20160 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe played in a Ni-gun rehab game on May 28. He got the start at designated hitter and batted fourth. He also got behind the plate for two innings, beginning on the 8th, for the first time since March 20. He went 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. He hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in his second straight Ni-gun rehab game on May 26. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third against Yokohama. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2016
[UPDATE 5/27 @ 1:09pm]
Depending on Abe’s condition, he could make it into Ni-gun rehab games as a catcher during a two-game Seibu series that begins on May 28.
Source: Sponichi 5/27/20160 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama at Yokosuka earlier today. It was his first game since April 15. He was the starting designated hitter and batted fifth. He went 0-for-2 (G4, BB, G4dp, HBP) until he was replaced by a pinch-runner in the ninth inning.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) is slated to play in his first rehab game on May 25 against Yokohama as a designated hitter. The Yomiuri Giants were thinking about having him start at catcher, but decided it would be better to play it safe and take things slow. They have also decided to ease up on his return to the active roster — they were aiming for May 31, but will wait to set a date until they have a better idea of his condition.
For practices on May 21, Abe suited up and worked on his throws to each of the bases from home plate.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/20160 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) is currently slated to participate in fielding practices at catcher during Ni-gun workouts on May 20. Assuming no problems, he will get the start at catcher during a Ni-gun rehab game on May 25 against Yokohama. The goal is to make it to the active roster in time for the start of Inter-league play on May 31.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/20160 Comments
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) has been steadily improving and could be ready for the start of Inter-league play.
Abe’s workouts at Giants Stadium on May 12 included long distance throwing with Toshiya Sugiuchi, catching Kan Otake in the bullpen, and batting practice. Assuming no problems, he might be ready for some playing time as a designated hitter in an upcoming Ni-gun Lotte series that begins on May 17. It would be his first Ni-gun game since April 15.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/13/20160 Comments