Thirty-four-year-old Tetsuya Yamauchi is planning to retire at the end of the season. A press conference is expected within the next few days.
Yamaguchi told reporters that he wanted to end his career with the Giants. He also told reporters his shoulder had been giving him problems the last few years.
[UPDATE 10/6 @ 6:43am]
Yamaguchi held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on October 5. He told the media that he decided to retire because he was never called up to Ichi-gun this season and because he hurt his left shoulder in September. He also told the media he never thought he would have a career that lasted over ten years and felt there was nothing else for him to accomplish.
Tetsuya Utsumi, Hisayoshi Chono, Hayato Sakamoto, Hirokazu Sawamura, Tomoyuki Sugano, Ryosuke Miyaguni, Toshiya Sugiuchi, and Shuichi Murata made appearances at the end of the press conference. They gave Yamaguchi flowers.
Source: Yomiuri 10/5/20180 Comments
Tetsuya Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on May 22. While no specific announcement was made, he was likely removed due to an injury of some sort. The only thing Yoshinobu Takahashi told reporters was that it would be impossible for Yamaguchi to pitch for at least ten days.
[UPDATE 7/17 @ 5:09pm]
Yamaguchi is scheduled to pitch in a batting practice scrimmage on July 19.
Source: Sponichi 7/17/2017
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 11:56am]
Yamaguchi is slated to pitch in his first rehab game at Ni-gun today (July 29).
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/29/2017
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 10:51pm]
Yamaguchi started a Ni-gun game against Yakult today and recorded a shutout inning. He faced three batters, threw twelve pitches, did not allow any hits, struck out one, and topped out at 138km/h.
Yamaguchi might be ready to return to the active roster some time around mid-August.
Added additional performance information on July 30 at 10:48pm.0 Comments
Tetsuya Yamaguchi earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Sponichi 4/24/20160 Comments