Hiroki Kuroda’s night ended a little early tonight. He appeared to be in pain after he got Shohei Otani to fly out to left with one out in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment and returned after about two minutes. He threw a few warm-up pitches before he was removed from the game.
Final line: 5.2 IP, 21 BF, 85 NP, 4 H, 1 SO, 1 SH, 1 R, ER.
[UPDATE 10/26 @ 4:13am]
Kuroda developed discomfort (cramps/tightness) in both legs. He decided to come out of the game because this was not a game the team could afford to lose.
[UPDATE 10/26 @ 6:59pm]
Kuroda first developed cramps in his calves at the start of the sixth inning. After he returned to the field, he threw three practice pitches and felt tightness in both his hamstrings. He felt it made more sense to pull himself out of the game with the bases empty rather than with a runner on (if it got that far).
[UPDATE 10/27 @ 5:37am]
Kuroda threw the ball about fifty times when he played catch during practices on October 26. He told reporters he felt fine and that he was able to throw the ball with authority. If the Nippon Series goes to seven games, there is a good chance he will get the start.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/26/2016