Yuki Karakawa hit Kenya Wakatsuki in the head with a pitch during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at ZOZO Marine Stadium. He was immediately ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch.
The incident took place in the third inning with no one on base and two out. Karakawa threw an 0-1 fastball that struck Wakatsuki in the head. The twenty-one-year-old catcher could not stand up (he was conscious) and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests.
[UPDATE 7/19 @ 3:58am]
Wakatsuki was diagnosed with a bruise on his upper left jaw. There were no abnormalities to the brain.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017
[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:19pm]
The Buffaloes are planning to give Wakatsuki time off until July 21. They re-evaluate his condition to determine if he is ready to play. Katsuki Yamazaki is on standby if Wakatsuki is unable to play.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2017