Yomiuri Giants (読売ジャイアンツ)

[2/13/2018] Seishu Hatake out with acute lower back pain

Seishu Hatake was assigned to San-gun camp on February 13 with acute lower back pain. His condition is not considered serious.

Hatake did not report to Ichi-gun practices on February 13 and will remain in Miyazaki with the San-gun camp when the Ichi-gun team heads to Okinawa on February 14 for Naha camp that begins on February 15.

Source: Daily Sports 2/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2018


[2/5/2018] Hisayoshi Chono ends practices early

Hisayoshi Chono ended his practices on February 4 early due to an upper body issue, possibly his wrist. Chono participated in warm-ups, but left the field with a team trainer after playing some catch. He was later seen returning to the team hotel before the end of practices. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2018, Sanspo 2/5/2018

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[1/31/2018] Itaru Hashimoto reassigned to San-gun

The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 31 that Itaru Hashimoto will be reassigned to San-gun spring camp. Hashimoto was participating in Ichi-gun workouts that began in Miyazaki on January 28, but returned to Tokyo after he strained something in his lower body.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/31/2018, Tokyo Sports 1/31/2018


[1/16/2018] Yomiuri Giants add Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. He was assigned the uniform number 39. He is expected to arrive in Japan later this month. According to Sponichi, the two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 1/16/2018, Sponichi 1/16/2018

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[1/15/2018] Kazuma Okamoto involved in accident with bike

The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 15 that Kazuma Okamoto was involved in an accident. Okamoto was driving his car in Tama Ward, Kawasaki on the evening of January 13 when he hit a teen-aged male riding a bike at an intersection.

The teen-aged male suffered a chip fracture in his right thumb. Okamoto did not get hurt.

The Giants released a statement from Okamoto. He apologized for the accident and said he was going to refrain from driving for a while. The Giants also issued an apology. They are planning to have all players and staff review safe driving practices and traffic rules.

Source: Daily Sports 1/15/2018, Sponichi 1/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018


[1/12/2018] Yomiuri Giants: Hideki Matsui to return as special spring camp instructor

The Yomiuri Giants announced on January 12 that Hideki Matsui will return as a special instructor during spring camp this year. He will join the team on February 6 and leave on February 12. This will be his third stint as a Giants instructor and first in two years.

Matsui is also scheduled to play in the Miyazaki Camp 60th Anniversary Old Timers game on February 10.

Source: Yomiuri 1/12/2018, Sponichi 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018


[1/12/2018] Yomiuri Giants are interested in Taylor Jungmann

The Yomiuri Giants are interested in twenty-eight-year-old pitcher Taylor Jungmann. The Giants could see Jungmann as someone that might be able to fill the hole left by the departure of Miles Mikolas. However, the team already has players like Scott Mathieson, Arquimedes Caminero, Casey McGehee, and Alex Guerrero to fill their four foreign player rosters slots on the active roster. Jungmann might be more about insurance in case someone gets hurt or under-performs.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018, Daily Sports 1/12/2018, Sanspo 1/12/2018


[1/11/2018] Yomiuri Giants: Takuya Kuwahara slowed by upper body issues

Yomiuri Giant first round draft pick Takuya Kuwahara might be having problems with either his shoulder or elbow. The Giants have only told the media that Kuwahara is having conditioning issues with his upper body. He had not been doing any throwing for about two months since the end of Tohto University Baseball League season in late October last year.

Rookie training camp began at Giants Stadium on January 9. Kuwahara has been working out apart from the main group. He will most likely start spring camp with the San-gun rehab group.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2018, Sanspo 1/10/2018, Sponichi 1/10/2018

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:07am]

The Giants decided not to assign Kuwahara to Ichi-gun spring camp because of his upper body problems. They will decide whether to assign him to Ni-gun or San-gun camp as they continue to review his progress.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/15/2018


Daiki Yoshikawa: Did You Know


Yoshikawa (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old woman from Chiba on January 11, 2018. Yoshikawa proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Tokyo Disneyland in early December 2017.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2018


[12/30/2017] Hanshin Tigers interested in Byung-Ho Park, Jung-Ho Kang, Hyun-Soo Kim

The Hanshin Tigers are interested in thirty-one-year-old Byung-Ho Park (KBO LG, KBO Nexen, MLB Minnesota) as an option for the 2019 season. Thirty-year-old Jung-Ho Kang (KBO Hyundai, KBO Nexen, MLB Pittsburgh) and twenty-nine-year-old Hyun-Soo Kim (KBO Doosan, MLB Baltimore, MLB Philadelphia, KBO LG) are other possibilities. This is in addition to twenty-four-year-old Po-Jung Wang (CPBL Lamigo).

It should be noted that a number of other NPB teams are also interested in Wang, like the Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes, Yomiuri Giants, and Softbank Hawks.

The Tigers are also keeping an eye on thirty-five-year-old Seung-Hwan Oh (KBO Samsung, NPB Hanshin, MLB St. Louis). They currently have no openings in the bullpen, but that could change if someone gets hurt or struggles. There are also rumors that Oh might be interested in a return to the NPB.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/30/2017, Daily Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2017Sponichi 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017, Sanspo 12/30/2017