Hiroki Uemoto was hit by a batted ball during a Yakult exhibition game on March 7. The incident took place in the second inning when Uemoto was on deck and Shunsuke Fujikawa hit him with a foul ball. He tried to get out of the way, but could not. He was removed from the game as a precaution and later taken to a hospital in Amagasaki. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his left forearm.