Yuki Karakawa hit Kenya Wakatsuki in the head with a pitch during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at ZOZO Marine Stadium. He was immediately ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch.
The incident took place in the third inning with no one on base and two out. Karakawa threw an 0-1 fastball that struck Wakatsuki in the head. The twenty-one-year-old catcher could not stand up (he was conscious) and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests.
[UPDATE 7/19 @ 3:58am]
Wakatsuki was diagnosed with a bruise on his upper left jaw. There were no abnormalities to the brain.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017
[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:19pm]
The Buffaloes are planning to give Wakatsuki time off until July 21. They re-evaluate his condition to determine if he is ready to play. Katsuki Yamazaki is on standby if Wakatsuki is unable to play.
Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/20170 Comments
Yuki Karakawa ended practices after he twisted his left ankle during fielding practices on February 8. He adjusted his workouts on February 9 because of an ankle sprain. The Chiba Lotte Marines expect him to be okay in two to three days.
[UPDATE 2/12 @ 10:31pm]
Karakawa tossed a bullpen session today. He told reporters he was able to throw the ball normally.
Source: Nikkan Sports 2/12/20170 Comments
Yuki Karakawa developed pain in his left side while tossing a bullpen session on August 23. He was taken off the active roster today. The Chiba Lotte Marines will monitor him over the next few days before deciding whether or not he needs a hospital visit.
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Yuki Karakawa left his start against the Yakult Swallows on June 12 at QVC Marine after five innings and sixty-six pitches because he developed a blister on his right middle finger. He wanted to keep pitching, but was removed as a precaution and out of consideration for his next start.
Source: Sponichi 6/13/20160 Comments