[3/2/2019] Kazuki Tanaka twists right ankle during Lamigo game in Taiwan

Kazuki Tanaka hurt his right ankle during an exhibition game against the Lamigo Monkeys (CPBL) on March 1. He was chasing after a ball in right during the sixth inning when he hurt his right ankle. He had difficulty walking and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was able to walk on his own when the team returned to their hotel after the game. The Rakuten Eagles are not too concerned. There is a good chance he will not be able to participate in the upcoming Samurai Japan series against Mexico (March 9, 10).

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2019, Daily Sports 3/2/2019, Sports Hochi 3/1/2019, Sponichi 3/1/2019, Sponichi 3/1/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/2/2019

[UPDATE @ 10:42pm]

The NPB announced that Orix’s Koji Oshiro will replace Tanaka on the Samurai Japan roster.

Source: Samurai Japan 3/4/2019, Sponichi 3/4/2019, Sports Hochi 3/4/2019, Daily Sports 3/4/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2019

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