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[3/13/2019] Shinnosuke Abe joins San-gun with calf tightness

Shinnosuke Abe returned to Tokyo on March 12 with tightness in his left calf. He had been traveling with the team and taking things slow, but will join San-gun for workouts today.

Abe is working his way back to catcher this year. He is one of four catchers competing for the everyday Ichi-gun job. This is his second setback. He struggled with back tightness during spring camp. In four exhibition games, he was 1-for-6 with two RBI.

Source: Sponichi 3/13/2019, Sanspo 3/13/2019, Daily Sports 3/13/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/12/2019

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[3/2/2019] Yomiuri Giants add Koki Sakamoto to seventy-man roster

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they added Koki Sakamoto to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 006 to 58.

Source: Yomiuri 3/2/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/2/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2019, Sanspo 3/2/2019, Sponichi 3/2/2019, Daily Sports 3/2/2019

[UPDATE 3/4 @ 12:06am]

Sakamoto agreed to a contract worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Source: Daily Sports 3/3/2019, Sponichi 3/3/2019

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Yasuyuki Kataoka (Yomiuri Giants): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

February 13 – The Yomiuri Giants announced that Kataoka filed marriage papers with talento Becky in January 2019.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2019, Sponichi 2/13/2019, Daily Sports 2/13/2019

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Nobutaka Imamura (Yomiuri): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 26 – The Giants announced that Imamura (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old from Kanagawa on January 23.

Source: Daily Sports 1/26/2019, Sponichi 1/26/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/26/2019

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Koji Uehara (Yomiuri): Did You Know

Miscellaneous

2019

January 12 – Uehara owns about seven houses/properties. He has two places in the United States (including one in Florida) and two apartments in Japan. He also owns an apartment complex.

Source: Sponichi 1/12/2019, Daily Sports 1/12/2019

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[1/7/2019] Hiroshima selects Hisayoshi Chono as part of FA comp package

The Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp announced that thirty-four-year-old Hisayoshi Chono will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a compensation package for losing Yoshihiro Maru to the Giants via free agency. The Carp will also get fifty percent of Maru’s salary from 2018 (an estimated 150 million yen).

Source: Yomiuri 1/7/2019, Sponichi 1/7/2019, Daily Sports 1/7/2019

[UPDATE 1/10 @ 6:18pm]

The Carp announced that Chono was assigned the uniform number 5. He was also offered the number 9, but turned it down because he feels it will look better on Takayoshi Noma in the future. The uniform 9 was worn by Yoshihiro Maru between 2014 and 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 1/10/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/10/2019

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Yukinori Kishida (Yomiuri): Did You Know

Relationships and Family

2019

January 5 – The media learned on January 4 that Kishida filed marriage papers with a woman from Osaka in July 2018.

Source: Sponichi 1/5/2019, Sanspo 1/5/2019

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[12/29/2018] Yomiuri Giants reach agreement with Ryan Cook

The Yomiuri Giants announced that they reached an agreement with thirty-one-year-old Ryan Cook. He is slated to arrive in Japan in late-January and will be assigned the uniform number 24. According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 1.3 million US dollars.

Source: Yomiuri 12/29/2018, Daily Sports 12/29/2018, Sanspo 12/29/2018, Sponichi 12/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2018

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[12/20/2018] Yomiuri Giants uniform number changes

The Yomiuri Giants announced the following uniform numbers changes:

Source: Yomiuri 12/20/2018

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[12/20/2018] Seibu selects Tetsuya Utsumi as part of FA compensation

The Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants announced today that the Lions selected thirty-six-year-old Tetsuya Utsumi as part of their free agent compensation package for Ginjiro Sumitani. The Giants released the following statement from Utsumi:

Being a part of the Giants over the last fifteen years, with support from the best fans in Japan, is my greatest memory. I am grateful to all my teammates. I take great pride in the things I have accomplished with this amazing team, like leading the league in wins and being a player rep. I will apply everything I learned with the Giants and do my best with the new team I will be joining. To the Giants, I look forward to facing you at the Nippon Series. To the fans, please continue to support me.

Source: Seibu 12/20/2018, Yomiuri 12/20/2018

[UPDATE 12/22 @ 5:17am]

The Lions held a press conference for Utsumi on December 21. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

Source: Seibu 12/21/2018

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