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.
[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