[6/6/2017] Wladimir Balentien left out of starting line-up with leg discomfort

Wladimir Balentien was left out of the starting line-up against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on June 6 because of discomfort in his right leg. Balentien may have tweaked his leg while running out an infield hit during an at bat in the ninth inning of a game against the Seibu Lions on June 4.

The Yakult Swallows will monitor Balentien’s condition over the next two to three days. His leg is currently at sixty to seventy percent.

Source: Daily Sports 6/6/2017

[UPDATE 6/8 @ 4:32pm]

Balentien was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2017

[UPDATE 6/8 @ 6:18pm]

Balentien was examined by a team doctor after the game on June 4. No abnormalities were discovered. The Swallows decided to take him off the active roster today because he might need more than a few days for a full recovery and the team can not afford to keep him on the active roster if he is unable to play.

Balentien returned to Tokyo today and will be re-examined on June 9.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/8/2017

[UPDATE 6/9 @ 10:08pm]

Balentien was re-examined at a hospital in Tokyo today. A CT scan revealed a mild strain in his right hamstring.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2017

[UPDATE 6/22 @ 9:29pm]

Balentien played in his first Ni-gun rehab game today. He got the start in left against Yokohama and batted clean-up. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI: 1B9, Ks, 1B9 one RBI. He was replaced on defense in the fifth inning.

Added additional performance information on 6/23 @ 5:56pm.

Source: Sponichi 6/22/2017, Sanspo 6/23/2017

[UPDATE 6/24 @ 6:01pm]

Balentien started at designated hitter and batted fourth against Ni-gun Nippon Ham today. He collected three hits: a timely single to left in the third, a timely single to center in the fourth, and a two-run home run to left-center in the sixth.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2017

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