San Francisco has placed outfielder Nori Aoki on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he left Wednesday’s game due to dizziness.
Aoki was hit in the head by a pitch Sunday, but passed an initial concussion test and was back in the lineup three days later, only to exit the game in the fourth inning with obvious symptoms.
He previously missed most of July with a fractured leg, but when healthy enough to be in the lineup Aoki has had a very strong season hitting .302 with 12 steals and a .755 OPS in 80 games.
Minor league veteran Ryan Lollis was called up from Triple-A to make Aoki’s spot on the roster and the Giants have veterans Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell available to fill in, although Blanco is currently needed in center field with Angel Pagan on the disabled list with a knee injury.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.