[3/14/2017] Takumi Kuriyama suffers minor back injury rear-ender collision

The Seibu Lions announced on March 14 that Takumi Kuriyama was involved in a car accident on the morning of the same day. The thirty-three-year-old was on his way to MetLife Dome for an exhibition game against Chunichi and was waiting at a stop light when he was hit from behind. He was taken to a hospital for tests and diagnosed with a minor injury to his back (cervical sprain). He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2017, Sponichi 3/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/14/2017, Sasnpo 3/14/2017

[UPDATE 3/15 @ 6:43pm]

Kuriyama participated in pre-game practices today. He was able to take batting practice and fielding practice.

Source: Sponichi 3/15/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:21pm]

Kuriyama was able to play in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 18. He started at designated hitter and batted seventh. He went 0-for-0 with two walks and an RBI (sac fly).

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2017

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