Seiichi Uchikawa was removed from today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at YafuOku Dome after a collision involving Lotte’s Alfredo Despaigne at first base in the top of the eight inning.
Despaigne hit a grounder to short. Kenta Imamiya fielded the ball and made a throw to first. The throw was wide and took a hop. Uchikawa tried to glove the ball as Despaigne reached first and the two collided and fell.
Uchikawa walked off the field with a slight limp and was replaced by Kenji Akashi. Despaigne remained in the game, but Shota Omine took his spot in the ninth.
[UPDATE 8/28 @ 9:58pm]
Uchikawa suffered a bruise on his left arm and showed signs of whiplash. The Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling tomorrow before they decide what to do next.
Source: Sponichi 8/28/2016
[UPDATE 8/30 @ 12:59am]
In addition to the bruised left arm and whiplash, Uchikawa also suffered an abrasion near his left ankle. He received treatment for his injuries in Fukuoka on August 29, then traveled with the team to Tokyo for a three-game series against Seibu that begins on August 30. Kimiyasu Kudo plans to make a decision on Uchikawa after he has had a chance to see him during practices on August 30.