Ikuhiro Kiyota took a pitch off the left side of his game during tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at QVC Marine.
Kiyota was visibly upset after the incident and had to be held back by teammates.
Kiyota was most likely upset and frustrated because this was his second pitch to the head this month and he only recently made it back to the active roster on September 15. He was able to walk off the field on his own and was taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests where he was diagnosed with a bruise on the left side of his head.
Source: Sanspo 9/21/2016
[UPDATE 9/22 @ 3:37pm]
Lotte decided to leave Kiyota on the active roster for the time being. He never lost consciousness and was diagnosed with a bruise. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Sponichi 9/22/2016
[UPDATE 9/23 @ 5:46am]
Kiyota is expected to return to the starting line-up on September 24 against Orix.
Source: Sanpso 9/23/2016