[6/22/2016] Seiji Kobayashi diagnosed with fracture in left shoulder blade

Seiji Kobayashi hurt his left shoulder when he hit by a pitch during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Tokyo Dome on June 16. He made the starting line-up against the Chiba Lotte Marines the following day, but then missed the next two games.

Kobayashi was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a fracture in the infraspinatus fossa of the left scapula (left shoulder blade). He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sponichi 6/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/22/2016, Daily Sports 6/22/2016, Tokyo Sports 6/22/2016

[UPDATE 6/23 @ 10:32pm]

Kobayashi may not be able to return to the active roster until some time in August.

Source: Sponichi 6/23/2016

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 8:15pm]

Kobayashi will require about three weeks for a full recovery. He might be able to make it back to the active roster in late-July.

Source: Sponichi 6/24/2016

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