[5/22/2018] Kenji Tomura leaves game after taking batted ball off chin

Kenji Tomura took a batted ball off his face during a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22.

Tomura surrendered a home run to Yuya Oda to lead-off the eighth inning. The next batter, Masahiro Nishino, hit a line drive back up the middle that stuck Tomura in the face, near the right side of his chin. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Tomura was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. He was conscious.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2018, Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 9:40pm]

Tomura was re-examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with a right mandibular angle fracture. He could require three to four months for a full recovery.

Tomura was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sanspo 5/23/2018, Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018

[UPDATE 5/31 @ 10:44am]

The Rakuten Eagles announced on May 30 that Tomura had surgery on his chin at a hospital in Sendai on May 28. He will most likely need three to four months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 5/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/30/2018, Sports Hochi 5/30/2018

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