Scott Mathieson was taken off the active roster on July 29 because of pain in his left knee. He had been playing through the pain for a few games.
[UPDATE 8/26 @ 1:03pm]
Mathieson could head to the United States for a second opinion, and if necessary, surgery.
Source: Sponichi 8/26/2018
[UPDATE 8/28 @ 2:32am]
The Giants announced on August 27 that Mathieson returned to the United States to get treatment for his left knee. He is not expected to make a return to the active roster this season. His goal is to be 100 percent for spring camp next year.
[UPDATE 8/30 @ 10:58pm]
The Giants announced today that Mathieson had surgery to clean out his left knee at a hospital in Chicago. He will return to his home in Florida on September 1 and begin a rehab program early next week.0 Comments
July 28 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Martinez recorded a first home run in his first career Ichi-gun plate appearance and became the sixty-second player in NPB history to hit a home run in their first at bat (first since Seiya Hosokawa on October 3, 2017) and eighth player in Giants history (first since Jose Lopez on March 29, 2013). He also joined Xavier Batista as the only foreign players with Ikusei experience in NPB history to hit a home run in their first at bats.0 Comments
Shun Yamaguchi got the start against the Chunichi Dragons on July 27 and tossed a no hitter. He faced twenty-eight hitters, walked one, struck out five, and threw 103 pitches.
The Chunichi Dragons were no hit for the first time since May 8, 1999. They were no hit by the Giants for the first time since May 22, 1943.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced that they added Ikusei infielder Jorge Martinez to their seventy-man roster on July 27. His uniform number will change from 027 to 96. His new contract is worth 48,000 US dollars and includes a 50,000 US dollars signing bonus.
Martinez made his Ichi-gun debut against the Chunichi Dragons on the same day. He got the start a second and batted seventh. He went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.0 Comments
Taylor Jungmann took a batted ball off his left hand during the second inning of his last start on July 25 against Yakult. He stayed in the game and ended up with the loss after he allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits and two walks over five innings. He was later examined at a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand. He was taken off the active roster on July 26. It is unknown how long he will be out.0 Comments
July 25 vs Yakult at Kyocera Dome – Jungmann’s personal winning streak ended at three. A victory would have made Jungmann just the second foreign player in Giants history to start their careers 4-0 in four starts.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/20180 Comments
Hayato Sakamoto hurt his left side during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on July 16. He was taken off the active roster on July 17.
[UPDATE 8/10 @ 4:20am]
Sakamoto resumed a playing catch on August 7. He played catch at a distance of about forty meters on August 9. His other workouts on August 9 included running dashes, fielding practice, hitting off a tee, and soft-toss.
Source: Sanspo 8/9/2018
[UPDATE 8/16 @ 8:31am]
Sakamoto resumed taking batting practice outdoors at Giants Stadium on August 15. He swung the bat seventy-five times and hit the ball over the fence once. He also fielded some grounders at short. Assuming no problems, he could play in a rehab game at Ni-gun on August 21.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they added Cristopher Crisostomo Mercedes to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 026 to 95. According to media reports, Mercedes agreed to a deal worth an estimated 50,000 US dollars that also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 50,000 US dollars.0 Comments
The Yomiuri Giants made two player announcements on July 7.
The Giants announced that they decided to terminate twenty-three-year-old Takahiro Kakizawa’s contract after they found out he stole about 110 pieces of baseball equipment from the Yomiuri Giants Stadium locker rooms (twelve times between May 2 and June 21) and then sold them off at second-hand brand reseller shops (two shops in Tokyo for a total of around one million yen). Among some of the items: about forty bats, including those belonging to Shinnosuke Abe, Hisayoshi Chono, Hayato Sakamoto, Dai-Kang Yoh, and Seiji Kobayashi; around twenty gloves, including those belonging to Tomoyuki Sugano and Kazuma Okamoto; and roughly thirty uniforms, including those belonging to Casey McGehee, Yoshiyuki Kamei, and Seishu Hatake.
The incident came to light when a player found another player’s uniform listed at an online auction in late-June. The Giants followed with an internal investigation and found security camera footage of Kakizawa taking items from the team locker room. When officials confronted him, he admitted to taking the items and said that he took the items because he was having financial problems.
Kakizawa was selected by the Rakuten Eagles in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He was sent to the Yomiuri Giants in a trade for Yuki Koyama in December 2016.
The Giants also announced that they fined and suspended twenty-seven-year-old Genki Kawano and twenty-eight-year-old Shimpei Shinohara for inappropriate behavior.
Shinohara and Kawano were at a gathering of about ten men and women in a private room at a restaurant in June. Shinohara got drunk and took off almost all of his clothes. Kawano took a video of Shinohara and uploaded it to his Instagram account (restricted to followers only).
Hayato Sakamoto was also at the gathering, but left but Shinohara stripped naked. Sakamoto was issued a stern warning.
Source: Yomiuri (Kakizawa) 7/7/2018, Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/7/2018, Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Sponichi 7/7/2018, Sanspo 7/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2018, Yomiuri (Kawano, Shinohara) 7/7/2018, Sanspo 7/7/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/7/2018, Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Daily Sports 7/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2018
[UPDATE 8/11 @ 12:46am]
The Giants announced that they decided to lift the suspensions that were given to Shinohara and Kawano, effective August 10. The two players will continue to pay fines out of their wages.0 Comments
Thirty-year-old Hirokazu Sawamura earned his domestic free agent option on July 6 with seven years of service time on the active roster. Sawamura told reporters he wanted did not want to think about the option until after the season.0 Comments