[7/24/2016] Shota Sugiyama leaves game after getting hit with a bat

Shota Sugiyama took a blow to the head while catching in the fifth inning of today’s game against the Yakult Swallows. Wladimir Balentien took a big swing on a breaking curve and hit Sugiyama in the head with his backswing.

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Sugiyama was taken off on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Nagakute, Aichi for an evaluation. There was some external bleeding, but he was able to get up and his speech was not slurred or incoherent. He knew his name, age, and uniform number. Tests did not reveal any abnormalities to the brain. He was diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his head.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2016, Daily Sports 7/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/24/2016

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