Shogo Akiyama is back in Goodyear with the Cincinnati Reds. The outfielder abruptly left spring training last week for what was being called a “personal matter” that was non-COVID-19 related. The team didn’t provide any further information than that. Today, upon his return, Akiyama spoke with the media and said that his wife had been in an accident where she was walking in the park and a tree had fallen on her. He added that there were serious injuries, but that she is doing ok.

In Cincinnati this was a big story last week, which you can read about here. The person was never identified. This is from the story at from the day that it happened:

“If you walk about half-a-mile down the trail, a huge 30-inch tree just fell on a pedestrian and she needs an ambulance,” a 911 caller said. “It just fell over out of no where right in the middle of the path.”

The caller said the woman was in her 20’s. He said she wasn’t trapped under the tree but was bleeding from the side of her head.

The woman was taken by helicopter to an area hospital.

Terrifying stuff to think about. It’s great news to hear that she’s now doing ok, though it does feel that “ok” is relative to the seriousness of her injuries that required a helicopter escort to the hospital just a week ago.

When asked about when we could see Shogo Akiyama get back into a game, here’s what manager David Bell had to say:

“I just mentioned to him that it might be better to wait a couple of extra days, maybe wait until Sunday before he’s back in the lineup.”

Lucas Sims throwing again

On Wednesday Lucas Sims threw with a catcher, tossing 10 fastballs in a “short box” session, which is where the catcher will be in front of the plate rather than behind it – basically a 57-58 foot bullpen session instead of your typical one. It went well according to Sims, and he’s scheduled to throw a regular bullpen session on Friday.

7 Responses

  1. Bred

    Glad she is on the mend, and he is in camp. All is well that ends well.

  2. Mort

    Wow. That is kind of a crazy story. Glad it wasn’t worse.

  3. JayTheRed

    On a totally non related story the Brewers just got better signing Jackie Bradley Jr. They seem to have the opposite problem we do. They need pitching but have a pretty decent looking hitting team if players play as they normally do.

    We should not underestimate the Brewers for sure though. They always seem to find a way to win games with players not many know about.

    • Roger Garrett

      Saw that but 24 mil for two years for what he brings offensively is a bit much.Guy is at 239/321 in avg and on base but he can go get the ball in center.

    • Gonzo Reds

      As i mentioned before in the free agents thread, I wouldn’t have minded signing Bradley and then moving Senzel to the infield. Continually burns me when it’s the other small market teams in our division making the moves when we are doing nothing. True, was more $ than I expected.

      As for Shogo, glad his wife is ok. You just never know. Marte had his wife pass away a summer ago when she was just in for ankle surgery.

  4. CFD3000

    Scary stuff, and glad she’s doing okay. A reminder that there are things in life so much more important than baseball.