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Nori Aoki | Outfielder

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Waseda University
Contract: view contract details

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Giants declined OF Nori Aoki's $5.5 million club option for the 2016 season.
Aoki headed home to Japan for the winter with a clean bill of health after battling concussion symptoms for much of the second half, and there were reports that the Giants would exercise the option if Aoki was cleared medically. But there is apparently still some concern in the San Francisco front office. Aoki will officially become a free agent on Friday and should draw interest from multiple major league teams. He had a decent .287/.353/.380 slash line with 14 stolen bases in 93 games this season. Nov 5 - 8:46 AM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Giants will exercise Nori Aoki's (concussion) $5.5 million option for 2016 "presuming he continues to heal."

Aoki's 2015 campaign ended early due to concussion issues, but San Francisco doesn't anticipate it being an issue for the outfielder moving forward. As it stands right now, the 33-year-old would appear to be in line to start in left field for the Giants. Aoki batted .287/.353/.380 with five homers and 14 steals over just 93 games for San Fran this season.
Oct 23 - 12:56 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that it will be a "close call" as to whether the club picks up Nori Aoki's $5.5 million option for 2016.

Aoki hit .287/.353/.380 for the Giants in 2014 but was plagued by injuries, playing in just 93 games. His season ended prematurely due to a concussion, but the Giants don't expect it to be a long-term issue. They'll owe Aoki a $700,000 buyout if they decide to decline his option.
Oct 5 - 5:35 PM

Nori Aoki (concussion) is feeling much better, but will not return before the end of the season.

Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said Friday that Aoki is at about 90%, but there's no reason for the team to rush him back into action. He should be fully healthy heading into the 2016 season.
Oct 2 - 8:15 PM

Nori Aoki will visit a concussion specialist in hopes of being cleared to return to action.

Aoki could be available to pinch-hit later this week if he receives clearance. He first suffered a concussion back in July and has been shut down for a few weeks after having a setback.
Sep 29 - 7:45 PM

Nori Aoki will visit a concussion specialist on Wednesday.

Aoki returned from the concussion disabled list a couple weeks ago but recently began experiencing symptoms again. The Giants aren't giving up hope of him returning later this month, but the chances probably aren't good.
Sep 6 - 3:13 PM

Nori Aoki (concussion) could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

He's still dealing with post-concussion syndrome and at this point it might be best for the Giants to shut him down. "It’s a little concerning with Nori," said manager Bruce Bochy. "He was just tired, lightheaded. He did not feel like his normal self." The Giants' outfield is getting thin with Hunter Pence and Aoki both sidelined. Alejandro De Aza and Gregor Blanco are candidates to fill in at left field.
Sep 5 - 7:33 PM

Nori Aoki is not in the Giants lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

He's dealing with post-concussion syndrome and could be sideline for an extended period. Alejandro De Aza will grab the start in left field and bat cleanup.
Sep 5 - 6:40 PM

Nori Aoki went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

Aoki went ya-ya with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning. It would be his only hit of the game. He recently landed on the concussion list after being hit in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch, but the Giants brought him back last Thursday and he's since returned to his power-hitting ways. Aoki's slashing .296/.360/.387 with five homers, 39 runs scored and 13 steals this season.
Aug 27 - 1:27 AM

Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

Aoki gets the go-ahead just as the Giants lose Hunter Pence to an oblique injury. Aoki spent seven days on the concussion disabled list after getting struck in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta pitch. He returns Thursday to a cool .302 batting average and .368 OBP.
Aug 20 - 3:12 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Nori Aoki (concussion) will be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Thursday.

Aoki has been performing baseball activities for a few days and not experienced any concussion-related symptoms, so he's ready to go. He'll miss the Giants' series in St. Louis but will be ready to roll later this week when they head to Pittsburgh.
Aug 17 - 6:47 PM

Nori Aoki (concussion) has been taking swings in the batting cage.

He hasn't had any setbacks with his concussion symptoms. Aoki is eligible to return later this week and there would seem to be a chance he'll be ready at that time or shortly after.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Aug 16 - 10:41 AM

Giants placed OF Nori Aoki on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Ryan Lollis has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Aoki was hit in the head by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Cubs and has felt lightheaded ever since. Concussion symptoms can tend to linger, so there's a chance he could be out longer than just the seven days.
Aug 13 - 7:26 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there's a "good possibility" Nori Aoki will be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Aoki left Wednesday's game with lightheadedness, and it appears he's feeling the effects of being hit in the head by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Cubs. He was replaced Wednesday by Justin Maxwell. The club should make a move official before Thursday's game at the latest.
Aug 12 - 6:57 PM

Nori Aoki was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Astros due to lightheadedness.

Uh oh. Aoki got struck in the batting helmet Sunday by a Jake Arrieta pitch and is now exhibiting concussion symptoms. He passed his initial round of concussion tests, but clearly there is something up. There should be an update from the Giants in a few hours.
Aug 12 - 5:57 PM

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