[3/22/2017] Masataka Yoshida misses game with lower back discomfort

Masataka Yoshida missed today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp because of problems with his lower back. He started feeling discomfort in the area during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 3/22/2017

[UPDATE 3/24 @ 12:00am]

Yoshida visited a hospital in Kobe on March 23 and was diagnosed with acute muscular lower back pain. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2017

[UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:31pm]

Junichi Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida will not make the active roster because his lower back is still not fully healed.

Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 5:53pm]

Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida was still rehabbing his back and was not making a whole lot of progress with his recovery. He also told reporters they were having a hard time setting a timetable for his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 4:10pm]

Yoshida might be ready to return to the active roster some time next month.

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 5/4 @ 11:49pm]

Yoshida started taking outdoor batting practice again on May 3. Junichi Fukura would like to see him return to the active roster before the start of Inter-league play. That remains a possibility if there are no setbacks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2017

[UPDATE 5/9 @ 6:06pm]

Yoshida started taking outdoor batting practice on May 2, participated in Ni-gun pre-game practices on May 5, played in a batting practice scrimmage on May 7, and added base-running exercises to his workouts today (May 9). He is set to begin a Ni-gun rehab assignment on May 10. If there are no issues, he could return to the active roster as early as May 12.

Source: Sponichi 5/9/2017, Sports Hochi 5/9/2017, Daily Sports 5/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/9/2017

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 6:47pm]

Yoshida got the start in left and batted second against Ni-gun Hiroshima today. He homered in his first at bat in the first inning.

Source: Sponichi 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 10:00pm]

Yoshida went 2-for-3 with two RBI: solo home run in the first (one RBI), walk (one RBI), single to left. He was replaced on defense in the 8th.

Source: Sanspo 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 10:59pm]

Yoshida hit a minor setback. He was unable to play in today’s Ni-gun game against Hiroshima because of tightness in his lower back.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 4:38pm]

Junichi Fukura told reporters on June 20 that he was no longer expecting Yoshida to return to the active roster without spending any time at Ni-gun. He is now planning to wait until he receives a report from Ni-gun coaches that he is ready for Ichi-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 8:41pm]

Yoshida started at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Hanshin today. It was his first game since May 10. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, including a strikeout swinging against Minoru Iwata in the first inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2017, Sanspo 6/27/2017

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