Kenta Imamiya was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome because of fatigue related lower back pain. He was taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests during pre-game practices. This was the first time he did not make the starting line-up this season.
Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters the turf at Sapporo Dome was hard and that now was not the time to push players.
[UPDATE 7/11 @ 6:56pm]
Imamiya missed two games because of lower back pain and a fever. He was again left out of the starting line-up tonight.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/11/2017