[3/14/2017] Takayuki Kajitani misses game with lower back discomfort

Takayuki Kajitani was scheduled to play in the Nippon Ham exhibition game on March 14, but was scratched from the line-up because he felt discomfort in his lower back during pre-game batting practice. His condition does not appear to be serious. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 3/14/2017, Daily Sports 3/14/2017

[UPDATE 3/16 @ 10:26pm]

Kajitani was not at the stadium for the game on March 15 because he stayed back at the team hotel for treatment. He also did not play today.

Source: Sanspo 3/16/2017

[UPDATE 3/20 @ 8:57pm]

Kajitani told reporters after the Softbank game on March 19 that he has a mild strained back. He is not new to back problems: he has strained his back before (maybe third time) and also has a slipped disc. He is taking batting practice and is playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters. He is slowly increasing his workload. He might be ready for the Seibu games this weekend (March 25, 26).

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2017

[UPDATE 3/22 @ 5:48pm]

Kajitani took live batting practice during practices before today’s game against Rakuten at Yokohama Stadium today. He was able to swing the bat at about fifty percent. He could be ready to return to the line-up on March 25 against Seibu.

Source: Daily Sports 3/22/2017

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