Shogo Akiyama, a mainstay of professional baseball team Hiroshima, who is aiming to advance to the Climax Series for the first time in five years, was removed from the first-team roster on the 5th due to a fever due to a special case of the new coronavirus.
Akiyama was removed from the first-team roster due to ill health with a fever ahead of the match against DeNA at Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima City on the 20th, and rookie outfielder Osamu Kubo was promoted to the first team for the first time since turning professional.
Akiyama will be subject to special exceptions for people infected with fever and new coronavirus, as well as close contacts, so if the team determines that he can return, he can register again without waiting for the stipulated 1 days.
Akiyama has been the main axis of the batting line since the start of the season, and although he left last month due to a right calf injury, he returned on the 1th of this month and has posted a batting average of 10.8.2, 7 home runs, and 3 RBIs.
Hiroshima, who are aiming to advance to the Climax Series for the first time in five years, are currently missing even more key players ahead of the head-to-head clash with third-place DeNA due to a series of withdrawals due to injuries such as Ryosuke Kikuchi, Ryoma Nishikawa, and Shunsho Noma.