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
The tentative plan was for Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) to begin playing in rehab games at Ni-gun at catcher and make a return to the active roster in early-May. Unfortunately, he suffered a setback when he started feeling discomfort in his right shoulder on April 15. He has not done any throwing since then. He could resume throwing next week, but it might be a month before he is ready for a return.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/20160 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants still do not have a timeline on Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder problems). Abe worked out at the indoor facilities at Giants Stadium on April 19. He last appeared in a game as a catcher on March 13 against Ni-gun Yakult. He can swing the bat, but still has difficulty throwing the ball.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/20/20160 Comments