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.
[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.0 Comments
Hirokazu Sawamura was taken off the active roster today. No specifics were mentioned by the Yomiuri Giants, but Yoshinobu Takahashi did tell reporters the pitcher was in no condition to pitch at the Ichi-gun level.
Sawamura was just added to the active roster on September 1. He did not pitch in any games during his three days on the roster.
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 11:28am]
Sawamura pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on September 27. He entered the game in the sixth inning and did not allow a run or hit over an inning of work. He struck out one. This was his first game since August 29.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/20170 Comments
Hirokazu Sawamura has not pitched in a game since he was tossed from a Nippon Ham exhibition game on March 4 (he threw a dangerous pitch; it was his first and only pitch of the game). He was allowed to leave an exhibition game against Lotte at Zozo Marine early because he was not feeling well. The Yomiuri Giants will wait to see how he is feeling in four to five days. If there is a no improvement, he could end up missing the start of the season.
[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:16pm]
According to reports filed today, Sawamura has been having problems with his right shoulder since late-February. There is a good chance he will not be on the opening day roster. He was reassigned to San-gun for rehab.
[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:27pm]
Sawamura is currently at San-gun. He worked out at Giants Stadium on June 20.
[UPDATE 7/16 @ 3:06pm]
Sawamura could be ready to join the Ichi-gun team some time in August. He is already throwing bullpen sessions to a squatting catcher.
[UPDATE 7/17 @ 5:07pm]
Sawamura participate in Ni-gun practices at Giants Stadium on July 16. He threw forty-four pitches in the bullpen.
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 12:05am]
Sawamura pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Giants Stadium on July 28. He faced six Ikusei players, threw twenty-two pitches, and topped out at 149km/h.
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 11:55am]
Sawamura could pitch in his first rehab game in early-August and join the active roster in mid-August.
Source: Sponichi 7/29/2017
[UPDATE 8/6 @ 8:38pm]
Sawamura pitched in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten today. He entered the game in the eighth and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He faced four batters, allowed one hit, and struck out one.
Source: Sponichi 8/6/2017
[UPDATE 8/17 @ 9:37pm]
Sawamura pitched in a batting practice scrimmage on August 16 and then made an appearance during a Ni-gun game against Seibu the following day on August 17. He entered the game in the seventh and retired the side in order. He struck out two and topped out at 152km/h. The Giants wanted to test Sawamura’s ability to pitch on consecutive days.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/18/2017
[UPDATE 8/25 @ 9:35pm]
Sawamura pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on August 24. He entered the game in the eighth and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. He threw nineteen pitches, seventeen of which were fastballs. He topped out at 150km/h.
[UPDATE 9/1 @ 2:55pm]
The Giants are expected to add Sawamura to the active roster today.
Source: Sponichi 9/1/20170 Comments
Hirokazu Sawamura recorded three wins in four days (March 31 against Yokohama, April 1 and April 3 against Hiroshima. The last Yomiuri pitcher to accomplish the feat was Makoto Kurata in 1975 (May 5 against Chunichi and May 7-8 against Yakult).
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/20160 Comments