[6/14/2017] Yuhei Nakamura takes foul tip off right knee

Yuhei Nakamura took a foul tip off his right knee during last night’s game against the Rakuten Eagles. The incident took place in the top of the eighth inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom-half of the inning. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 6/14/2017

[UPDATE 6/15 @ 1:08am]

Nakamura was examined (MRI) at a hospital in Tokyo on June 14 and was diagnosed with a bone contusion on his right femur. He might also have a fracture in his right patella. He will be taken off the active roster on June 15.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/15/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/15/2017, Sanspo 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/16 @ 12:37am]

Nakamura was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on June 15. No abnormalities were discovered in his right patella.

Source: Sanspo 6/15/2017

[UPDATE 6/30 @ 11:59am]

Nakamura is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on July 1 (vs Yomiuri at Giants Stadium). Assuming no major issues, he could return to the active roster in time for the Chunichi series at Nagoya Dome that begins on July 4.

Source: Sanspo 6/30/2017

[UPDATE 7/1 @ 11:00pm]

Nakamura got the start at catcher and batted sixth against Ni-gun Yomiuri today. He was his first game since June 13. He went 1-for-2: fouled out to first in the second inning, singled to center in the fifth inning and replaced by a pinch-runner. He threw out Luis Cruz trying to steal second in the second inning.

Source: Sanspo 7/1/2017

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