[5/5/2017] Hiroki Uemoto hurts right ankle in the first inning

Hiroki Uemoto hurt his right ankle while playing defense in today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. The incident took place in the first inning with one out. Uemoto fielded a ball to his left and tumbled as he gloved it. He managed to complete the play with a quick throw to first, but the batter-runner was safe.

Uemoto could not get up after the play and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. His status is uncertain. The Hanshin Tigers are planning to wait and see how he feels tomorrow before making any decisions on what steps to take next.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2017, Daily Sports 5/5/2017, Sponichi 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/6 @ 5:49pm]

Uemoto was examined at a hospital in Amagasaki on May 5 and diagnosed with a mild right ankle sprain. The Tigers are planning wait two to three days before deciding what steps to take next.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/6/2017, Daily Sports 5/6/2017, Daily Sports 5/6/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 6:01pm]

Uemoto made it into last night’s (May 10) game against Yomiuri as a pinch-hitter. He might be able to return to the starting line-up on May 12.

Source: Sanspo 5/11/2017

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