Yomiuri Giants' Sakamoto, Oshiro Positive for Coronavirus


Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--The Yomiuri Giants said Wednesday that two of its players, infielder Hayato Sakamoto and catcher Takumi Oshiro, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

This is the first case of professional baseball players in Japan having tested positive since Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two of his teammates were found with the coronavirus in March.

Sakamoto serves as the players' captain of the Giants, one of the six teams in Japan's Central League.

Following the confirmation of the two Giants players' infections, the day's training match between the Giants and the Saitama Seibu Lions, a team in the Pacific League, was canceled. The game was slated to start at 2 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT) at Tokyo Dome, the home ground of the Giants.

Both Sakamoto, 31, and Oshiro, 27, were on the Giants' starting roster in its practice game with the Lions held on Tuesday at the same ballpark in Tokyo without spectators.

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