Tetsuya Utsumi felt discomfort in his left forearm after pitching in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on March 2. The Seibu Lions announced that Utsumi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on March 4 and diagnosed with mild strain in his left flexor digitorum superficialis muscle. He could end up missing the start of the regular season.
This is not the first time Utsumi has had problems with his left forearm. He missed some time during the 2015 season with inflammation in the same general area.
Source: Daily Sports 3/5/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/5/2019, Tokyo Sports 3/5/2019, Sports Hochi 3/6/2019, Sponichi 3/6/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2019, Sanspo 3/5/2019, Sanspo 3/6/20190 Comments
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.
[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 12/21/20180 Comments
May 10 vs Hanshin at Tokyo Dome – Utsumi started the game and picked up the win. He joined Hiromi Makihara (1983 – 1999), Tsuneo Horiuchi (1966 – 1981), and Masaki Saito (1988 – 2001) as the only players in Yomiuri history to record at least one win in fourteen consecutive seasons.0 Comments
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