[6/28/2016] Sho Nakata: slump, lower back tightness

Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Seibu Lions at Sapporo Dome. Hideki Kuriyama told reporters he went with a pinch hitter because Nakata developed some tightness in his lower back. However, it may have also had something to do with his current slump: 13-for-74 with twenty-five strikeouts in twenty games so far this month.

Nakata was not in the starting line-up tonight.

Source: Daily Sports 6/28/2016, Daily Sports 6/28/2016Nikkan Sports 6/28/2016, Sports Hochi 6/28/2016, Sponichi 6/28/2016, Sanspo 6/28/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:51pm]

Nakata was able to take pre-game batting practice today. He told reporters he was worried he might not be able to swing the bat.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2016

[UPDATE 6/29 @ 12:00pm]

Nakata’s consecutive games streak, which started on October 4, 2013, ended at 361.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/28/2016

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