Category: Injuries

CHU

[4/24/2018] Dillon Gee taken off active roster on April 22

Dillon Gee was pulled from a game against Hiroshima at Nagoya Dome on April 21 because of general discomfort in his right arm and cold fingertips. Gee was taken off the active roster on April 22. He will undergo tests before the Chunichi Dragons decide what steps to take.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/22/2018, Sports Hochi 4/22/2018

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SEI

[4/21/2018] Takeya Nakamura hurts left shoulder

Takeya Nakamura hit his left shoulder on the ground while playing defense in the fifth inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at MetLife Dome on April 21. He  was removed from the game on defense in the sixth inning as a precaution. He did not go to the hospital. The Seibu Lions will wait to see how Nakamura is feeling on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 4:51pm]

The Lions decided to take Nakamura off the active roster on April 22.

Source: Sanspo 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018

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ORI

[4/21/2018] Kenya Wakatsuki leaves game early with hamstring discomfort

Kenya Wakatsuki felt discomfort in his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi on April 21. He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with inflammation in his left hamstring. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Sanspo 4/21/2018

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RAK

[4/21/2018] Hiroaki Shimauchi to miss four weeks with oblique injury

Hiroaki Shimauchi was taken off the active roster after he suffered an injury while running the bases in the ninth inning of a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on April 19. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai on April 20 and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. He will most likely need about four weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sports Hochi 4/20/2018, Sponichi 4/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2018

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SOF

[4/18/2018] Seiichi Uchikawa leaves game after taking pitch off knee

Seiichi Uchikawa was hit by a pitch near his right knee during his at bat in the seventh inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome on April 18. He had to be helped off the field and was replaced by a pinch-runner. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Daily Sports 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018

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SOF

[4/18/2018] Akira Nakamura hurts leg while running bases

Akira Nakamura hurt his right hamstring while running the bases in the sixth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles on April 17. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka today and diagnosed with a mild injury to his biceps femoris that will require two to three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Sponichi 4/18/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 9:52pm]

Nakamura was taken off the active roster today. He told reporters his goal was to make a return as soon as possible, perhaps even after ten days.

Source: Sponichi 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018, Sports Hochi 4/18/2018, Daily Sports 4/18/2018

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SOF

[4/18/2018] Dennis Sarfate slowed by leg issues

Kimiyasu Kudo decided to give Dennis Sarfate the night off on April 17 because the closer was having issues with his legs. There are some questions about when the issues started. Kudo indicated that Sarfate might have developed some tightness in his legs after pitching on a lower and softer mound during a game at a rural stadium on April 15. The closer also missed a game on April 10 for allergies, but someone connected to the team also expressed concern for the veteran’s legs.

Source: Sanspo 4/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/18/2018, Sanspo 4/18/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 10:10pm]

Sarafate was taken off the active roster today. He spoke to the media and said that he received permission from the Hawks to return to the US for a second opinion. He is not sure how much time he will miss.

Sarfarte first started feeling some tightness in his hips during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park on April 7. It still felt strange when he pitched against on April 8. When he went to the hospital on April 10, the media was informed it was for allergies, even though he was there getting an MRI (he told reporters the misinformation was his idea because he did not want opponents to take advantage of his condition).

Source: Sanspo 4/18/2018, Sponichi 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/18/2018, Tokyo Sports 4/18/2018, Sports Hochi 4/18/2018

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SEI

[4/16/2018] Brian Wolfe leaves start with elbow discomfort

Brian Wolfe started a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei on April 15. He was pulled from the game after he developed some tingling near his right elbow (he left after he threw two pitches to the eleventh batter of the first inning). The Seibu Lions will make a decision on Wolfe after he gets checked out at the hospital.

Source: Sanpso 4/15/2018, Sponichi 4/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2018

[UPDATE 4/18 @ 3:38pm]

Wolfe was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 16. Doctors found that the tingling was caused by an ulnar nerve coming into contact with bone. He was treated with an injection. He was able to throw about thirty pitches in the bullpen on April  17.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/17/2018, Sponichi 4/17/2018, Sanspo 4/17/2018

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CHU

[4/12/2018] Sho Ishikawa has surgery on both ankles

The Chunichi Dragons announced on April 11 that Sho Ishikawa had surgery to remove the os trigonum in both ankles at a hospital in Nagoya. He was having problems with his ankle before he turned pro. It is uncertain how long he will be out.

Source: Daily Sports 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Sports Hochi 4/11/2018

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CHU

[4/12/2018] Shota Ono taken off active roster with possible concussion

Shota Ono was hit by a pitch on the left side of his head during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on April 8. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with a bruise. He later developed symptoms of a concussion and was taken off the active roster on April 11.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2018, Sponichi 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Sanspo 4/11/2018

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Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
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Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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