Kensuke Kondo developed discomfort in his right leg while playing defense in the second inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine on April 28. He was replaced on defense in the third inning and taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests.
[UPDATE 4/30 @ 1:06pm]
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on April 29 that Kondo was diagnosed with a mild strain in his right gastrocnemius. He is considered day-to-day.
[UPDATE 5/1 @ 11:50pm]
Kondo was taken off the active roster today because the Fighters want to give him some time to heal.0 Comments
The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Kensuke Kondo will have surgery to treat a herniated lumbar disc (percutaneous endoscopic discectomy) at a hospital in Tokushima on June 28. He may not be able to return to the active roster this season.
[UPDATE 6/29 @ 12:18am]
The Fighters announced that Kondo had his surgery today. There were no complications. He will remain in the hospital for about ten days. He will require about three months for a full recovery.
[UPDATE 7/18 @ 8:29pm]
The Fighters announced today that Kondo was discharged from the hospital. He will rehab at the Ni-gun Kamagaya facilities and will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.
Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2017
[UPDATE 9/6 @ 2:35pm]
Kondo might be able to play in his Ni-gun rehab game on September 12 against Yomiuri at Kamagaya, assuming he has no problems during practices between September 5 and 8. He will most likely ease into games as either a designated hitter or pinch-hitter.
Kondo took live outdoor batting practice on September 5 for the first time since his surgery. He told reporters he was at fifty to sixty percent.
[UPDATE 9/8 @ 2:06am]
Kondo took batting practice at the Kamagaya facilities on September 7. He could play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on September 12 against Yomiuri.
Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2017
[UPDATE 9/11 @ 12:42am]
Kondo worked out at the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya on September 10. He is slated to get about two at bats as a designated hitter.
Source: Sponichi 9/10/2017
[UPDATE 9/13 @ 8:10pm]
Kondo played in a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri today. He started at designated hitter and batted clean-up. This was his first game in about three months.
Kondo wen 0-for2: grounded out to first in his first at bat and flied out to center in his second at bat.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/13/2017
[UPDATE 9/18 @ 9:24pm]
Kondo played in a Ni-gun game against Rakuten today. He went 1-for-3. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the third and flied out to third. He then recorded a double to left in the sixth inning. The hit was his first in nine rehab trips to the plate.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/18/2017
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 8:54pm]
Kondo returned to the active roster today. He started at designated hitter and batted third against Rakuten at Sapporo Dome.
Kensuke Kondo (right hamstring tightness) was taken off the active roster today. The Nippon Ham Fighters initially thought he might be okay after a few days, but decided he needed a little more time.
[UPDATE 6/14 @ 2:26pm]
Kondo started running exercises and played some catch today.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2017
[UPDATE 6/18 @ 9:40pm]
Kondo has not been able to resume batting practice because he still has tightness in his right hamstring. He might have the hamstring re-examined on June 20 if his condition does not improve.
Source: Sponichi 6/18/2017
[UPDATE 6/22 @ 6:16pm]
The Fighters announced today that Kondo was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and diagnosed with a herniated lumbar disc. When he was taken off the active roster on June 11, he also complained of lower back tightness.
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 2:22pm]
Kondo is considering surgery as an option, though he wants to avoid it if possible. If he goes under the knife, he could end up missing the rest of the season.
[UPDATE 6/26 @ 11:01am]
Kondo is now learning toward surgery. If he goes under the knife, he will most likely require at least three months for a full recovery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/26/2017
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Kensuke Kondo did not play in today’s game against the Hashin Tigers at Koshien Stadium because of tightness in his right hamstring. He was examined at a hospital in Nishinomiya. An MRI did not reveal any bleeding or inflammation. He is considered day-to-day.
[UPDATE 6/5 @ 4:19pm]
Kondo was re-examined at a hospital in Sapporo earlier today. An MRI once again revealed no internal bleeding or inflammation. He will most likely return to the starting line-up tomorrow (June 6).
[UPDATE 6/7 @ 12:19am]
Kondo was limited to pinch-hitting duties on June 6. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Daily Sports 6/6/20170 Comments
Takuya Nakashima and Kensuke Kondo both left the Orix game on May 5 early.
Nakashima hit a grounder to short in the top of the ninth and lost his balance when he was tagged on the back by Orix first baseman Eiichi Koyano. He grimaced, but was able to walk without any assistance. He did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning.
Kondo tweaked his leg during his at bat in the seventh inning (he limped his way back to the dugout after he grounded out to short). He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
Source: Sponichi 5/5/2017
[UPDATE 5/6 @ 5:54pm]
Kondo was hit by a pitch on his right ankle during his at bat in the seventh inning. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka today (x-rays, CT scan). No abnormalities were found. He was diagnosed with a bruise. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Daily Sports 5/6/20170 Comments
Kensuke Kondo was not feeling well and was taken to a hospital in Nago. Tests for influenza A and B came back negative. He is considered day-to-day because he still has a headache and some joint pain.
[UPDATE 2/22 @ 11:52pm]
Kondo rested at the team hotel on February 18 and 19. He resumed practices on February 20. The team had the day off today, but he worked out for about two hours.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2017
[UPDATE 2/25 @ 2:11pm]
Kondo joined the Ni-gun team in Tokyo for extra practices.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/20170 Comments
Kensuke Kondo was taken off the active roster on June 21. The Nippon Ham Fighters informed the media that the pain in his left knee returned.
Source: Sponichi 6/22/20160 Comments
Kensuke Kondo was taken off the active roster today because of performance issues. He will also resume workouts as a catcher. The Nippon Ham Fighters used Kondo in right last season to keep his bat in the line-up. His numbers have not been very good this season, making it difficult for the team to continue sending him out to right. Catching would give the Fighters additional options.0 Comments
Kensuke Kondo started feeling some tightness in his lower back on April 2. He was pulled from a game against Softbank in the fourth inning on March 3 as a precaution. The Fighters are planning to take a wait and see approach.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/20160 Comments