Category: Injuries


[2/17/2018] Mikiya Takahashi sent to San-gun with muscle strain in left arm

Mikiya Takahashi was examined at a hospital in Okinawa after he developed pain in his left arm and was diagnosed with a strain in his left flexor carpi radialis muscle. Takahashi will report to San-gun for rehab.

Source: Sanspo 2/17/2018, Daily Sports 2/17/2018


[2/13/2018] Masatoshi Okada suffers cut on upper lip

Masatoshi Okada took a ball off his face and suffered a cut behind his upper lip that required three stitches.

The incident occurred during fielding practice on February 13. Okada was behind home plate preparing to catch a throw from right when the ball took a bad hop, hit his glove, and then his face. He was taken to a hospital in Nichinan for treatment.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2018


[2/13/2018] Seishu Hatake out with acute lower back pain

Seishu Hatake was assigned to San-gun camp on February 13 with acute lower back pain. His condition is not considered serious.

Hatake did not report to Ichi-gun practices on February 13 and will remain in Miyazaki with the San-gun camp when the Ichi-gun team heads to Okinawa on February 14 for Naha camp that begins on February 15.

Source: Daily Sports 2/13/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2018


[2/12/2018] Tsuyoshi Wada shut down with shoulder discomfort

Tsuyoshi Wada starting feeling discomfort in his left shoulder some time around February 7 or 9 (he canceled a bullpen session on February 7). He has not done much throwing since then and will be shut down for the rest of the third block of spring camp (the fourth block starts on February 15).

Source: Nikkan Sporrs 2/12/2018, Sports Hochi 2/12/2018

[UPDATE 2/16 @ 1:20am]

Wada resumed throwing with a light game of catch on February 15. He told reporters the shoulder was feeling better and that he felt good about how things were progressing.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/15/2018, Daily Sports 2/15/2018


[2/9/2018] Kazuki Kamizato reassigned to Ni-gun camp with pain in right side

Kazuki Kamizato felt pain in his right side before the start of general practices on February 8. The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on February 9 that Kamizato was examined at a hospital in Urasoe, Okinawa and diagnosed with inflammation in his right external oblique muscle. He will be reassigned to Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018, Sports Hochi 2/9/2018


[2/9/2018] Seigi Tanaka slowed by finger blister

Seigi Tanaka canceled a batting practice appearance on February 7 because of a blister on his right middle of finger. The Softbank Hawks considered reassigning Tanaka to the A group for the start of the third block of spring camp, but decided to give him a little more time to heal and prepare.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/9/2018


[2/9/2018] T-Okada reassigned to Ni-gun camp with tightness in right side

Takahiro Okada had been taking things slow since he developed some tightness in his right side on February 6. The Orix Buffaloes decided to reassign Okada to Ni-gun camp on February 8 because his condition was not improving as quickly as they had hoped.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018, Sponichi 2/9/2018, Daily Sports 2/9/2018


[2/6/2018] Naoya Masuda diagnosed with inflammation in left knee

Naoya Masuda was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 6 and diagnosed with inflammation in his left knee. His workouts will be adjusted accordingly.

Source: Sanspo 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/6/2018


[2/6/2018] Sho Nakata cuts short game of catch with shoulder discomfort

Sho Nakata felt some discomfort while playing catch on February 5 (local time) and was later examined at a hospital. The Nippon Ham Fighters do not think Nakata’s condition is serious. They believe he will be fine if they shut him down from throwing for a few days.

Source: Daily Sports 2/6/2018, Sanspo 2/6/2018, Sports Hochi 2/6/2018

[UPDATE 2/7 @ 4:10pm]

Nakata was examined at a hospital in Arizona on February 5 and 6 (local time) and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He will be shut down from throwing at least until the start of the third block of camp on February 10.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/7/2018, Daily Sports 2/7/2018, Sports Hochi 2/7/2018, Sponichi 2/7/2018

[UPDATE 2/9 @ 2:38pm]

Nakata ended practices early on January 8 to get an injection to help him deal with the pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018


[2/5/2018] Hisayoshi Chono ends practices early

Hisayoshi Chono ended his practices on February 4 early due to an upper body issue, possibly his wrist. Chono participated in warm-ups, but left the field with a team trainer after playing some catch. He was later seen returning to the team hotel before the end of practices. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 2/5/2018, Sanspo 2/5/2018

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