Iguchi: Laird had been playing hurt
Laird was deactivated on Aug. 5 due to lower back stiffness. In 147 plate appearances over 39 games, he has six home runs with a .299 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging average.
“He had been getting shots while he played,” Iguchi said. “But recently he was getting numbness in his leg. He went back and now we’re waiting to see what the doctors over there say.”
The team announced no timetable for his return.
Utsumi slated for 1st start as Lion
The lefty, acquired as free agent compensation after the 2018 season, has yet to appear with the first team. He has been named to start on Saturday against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome.
“Some of the young guys have times when they are a little uneasy, so we want a veteran to go out and give it his best shot,” pitching coach Fumiya Nishiguchi said of Utsumi, who is expected to join the team in Osaka on Thursday.
“If he can draw on all his skill on the mounds, that will be enough.”
The 38-year-old was originally drafted by the Orix BlueWave, but turned them down since he desired to play for the Giants, for whom his grandfather also played.
Active roster moves 8/17/2020
Deactivated players can be re-activated from 8/27
Starting pitchers for Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
Fighters vs Eagles: Sapporo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Marines vs Hawks: Zozo Marine Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Buffaloes vs Lions: Kyocera Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Giants vs Tigers: Tokyo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Swallows vs Dragons: Jingu Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT
Carp vs BayStars: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT