[2/22/2017] Yuki Yanagita to play in Ni-gun game on February 23

Yuki Yanagita is slated to play in a Ni-gun practice game against Rakuten on February 23. He will get two at bats as a designated hitter batting third in the line-up.

Yanagita’s right elbow is still not 100 percent. He is still limited to playing catch at distances of fifty to sixty meters. He does not have any problems swinging the bat.

Source: Sponichi 2/22/2017

[UPDATE 3/4 @ 11:16pm]

Yanagita might be ready to play some center field during an exhibition game against Chunichi at YafuOku Dome on March 11. The Hawks will evaluate his progress and performance during fielding practices after March 6.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/4/2017

[UPDATE 3/5 @ 11:44pm]

Yanagita did not play in today’s exhibition game against Yakult because he felt tightness/discomfort in his right wrist.

Source: Sanspo 3/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/5/2017

[UPDATE 3/6 @ 11:02pm]

Yanagita told reporters today his wrist felt better, but the Hawks do not want to risk further injury and will most likely sit him out of games until they are sure he is okay.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2017

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