[6/30/2018] Norichika Aoki leaves after taking pitch off head

Norichika Aoki left yesterday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers are Jingu Stadium after a Yuta Iwasada fastball hit him on the right side of the head. Iwasada was ejected from the game for throwing a dangerous pitch. Aoki had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Aoki was able to get up and walk after he was taken off the field. He changed and took a taxi with staff to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. Aoki was diagnosed with a bruise on the side of his head.

The Yakult Swallows are concerned about Aoki because this is not his first HBP to the head (San Francisco Giants in 2015).

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2018, Daily Sports 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018, Sanspo 6/30/2018, Sponichi 6/30/2018

[UPDATE 7/5 @ 4:13pm]

Aoki was taken off the active roster today under the concussion exception rule. After getting hit on June 30, he missed games on July 1 and 4 (rain out July 3). He will be re-evaluated at a hospital in Tokyo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2018, Sponichi 7/5/2018, Daily Sports 7/5/2018

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