[4/9/2016] Hiroki Kuroda takes liner off left ankle

Hiroki Kuroda outing against Hanshin was cut short today. In the fourth inning, Mauro Gomez hit a 0-2 pitch back up the middle that struck Kuroda near the left ankle. The ball ricocheted toward Hector Luna, who fielded it and threw out Gomez at first for the final out of the inning. Kuroda was slow in returning to the dugout and was later replaced by a pinch-hitter.

There are currently no plans to send Kuroda to the hospital for tests. Hiroshima will take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016, Sports Hochi 4/9/2016, Sponichi 4/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:46pm]

The Carp announced that Kuroda has a bruise on his right lower leg. He is considered day-to-day.

After the game, Kuroda told reporters the ball hit him near the top of the Achilles tendon.

Source: Daily Sports 4/9/2016

[UPDATE 4/10 @ 6:02pm]

Kuroda is currently scheduled to make his next start, as planned, on six days of rest on April 16 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. He focused on getting treatment for the leg today and will have the day off on Monday.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2016

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