Tetsuya Utsumi started an exhibition game against Orix today. He pitched three innings then left the game after throwing one pitch in the fourth. The media later learned that he left the game with a cramp in his left hamstring.
[UPDATE 3/17 @ 11:21am]
Utsumi threw sixty pitches in the bullpen on March 16. This was his first real session since March 10. He is slated to start a game against Lotte at Zozo Marine on March 18.
Source: Sponichi 3/17/20170 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Tetsuya Utsumi had surgery to remove a mediastinal tumor from his chest. The tumor was discovered during a routine check-up. His condition is not considered serious. He will be discharged from the hospital on December 30. He should be able to resume practices two to three weeks after his discharge.
[UPDATE 12/30 @ 10:08pm]
Utsumi was in pain after the surgery, but was feeling good enough to walk around for about two hours inside the hospital two days later. He was allowed to leave a day early on December 29. He resumed his training on the same day (walking, stretches) and told reporters that he no longer felt pain.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/30/20160 Comments
The 18th Golden Spirit Award selection committee selected thirty-four-year-old pitcher Tetsuya Utsumi as the recipient of their award this year.
Utsumi established the Utsumi Tetsuya Randoseru Fund in January 2009. Since then, he has donated 1,087 randoserus (school bag) to children all across Japan. He began by setting donation numbers based on strikeouts he recorded each season. He wanted to do more and switched to innings pitched in 2013.
Selection Committee Members
Katsuhiko Kumazaki (NPB Commissioner), Shigeo Nagashima (Honorary Manager for the Yomiuri Giants), Kazuo Sayama (writer), Ritsuko Nagao (Honorary Chairperson for the Japan National Council of Social Welfare), Masaaki Hirao (singer), Tadashi Hayakawa (Sports Hochi Official)
Source: Sports Hochi 11/1/20160 Comments
The Giants are planning to make a couple of changes to their starting rotation.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/7/20160 Comments
According to ZakZak, the Giants have been turning to younger pitchers like Kentaro Taira for Ichi-gun starts because Tetsuya Utsumi and Kan Otake are still not ready.
Ni-gun manager Masaki Saito told reporters that veteran pitchers are expected to get Ni-gun hitters out and that if they were getting hit, he could not recommend them for the active roster. He also said that pitchers like Utsumi and Otake were not on the active roster because they were not pitching well.
Source: ZakZak 4/9/2016
Shinnosuke Abe (right shoulder) played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun against Yokohama on April 8. He was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 0-for-2: Kl, F6.
Tetsuya Utsumi started the game for the Giants and tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits and struck out seven.0 Comments