[6/11/2017] Alfredo Despaigne hurts hamstring while running the bases

Alfredo Despaigne hurt his right hamstring while trying to score from second on a double to right-center, hit by Nobuhiro Matsuda in the third inning of today’s game against the Hanshin Tigers. He hurt the hamstring in between third and home plate. He was able to score, but dragged his right leg while doing so. He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fifth (he got the start at designated hitter).

Despaigne was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for tests. He was diagnosed with a strain in his right hamstring. He will be taken off the active roster tomorrow.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2017, Sponichi 6/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2017, Sports Hochi 6/11/2017

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 1:35am]

Despaigne is resting at home in Fukuoka. He is slated to begin his rehab on June 16.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/13/2017

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 2:41pm]

Cuban Ambassador to Japan Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernandez was quoted by a Cuba radio station as saying that it will take Despaigne at least twenty-five days for a full recovery. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters after the game on June 11 that he wanted the slugger to make his recovery a top priority. He could end up missing the first-half of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:09pm]

Despaigne started taking live batting practice at the Chikugo facilities on June 20. He will join the Ichi-gun team for practices on June 21 and might be able to return to the active roster on June 23.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/20/2017Sports Hochi 6/21/2017, Sponichi 6/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017, Daily Sports 6/21/2017, Sanspo 6/21/2017

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