Tetsuto Yamada left tonight’s (August 9) game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome in the second inning on defense because of pain in his back.
Yamada made the starting line-up at second and batted third. He grounded out to third in his first trip to the plate and was replaced on defense in the second inning. He complained of back pain and was taken to a Nagoya hospital for tests during the game. CT scans did not reveal any problems. He is scheduled for an MRI on August 10.
The pain may have first started when he was hit by a pitch on the left side of his back during a game against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome on July 30.
Yamada’s consecutive “full inning” games streak ended at 316.