[4/24/2016] Masataka Yoshida out with lower back pain

Masataka Yoshida was taken off the active roster today with pain in his lower back. Yoshida left a game against Lotte on April 23 early because of pain near his waist. This was not a recent develop: he had been playing through the pain for some time now.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 7:17pm]

Yoshida was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with lumbar disc disease. He will require about ten days before his first rehab game.

Source: Daily Sports 4/25/2016

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