[9/30/2017] Hiroki Uemoto leaves after taking pitch off face

Seishu Hatake was ejected from tonight’s Hanshin-Yomiuri game at Tokyo Dome for throwing a dangerous pitch to Hiroki Uemoto. The incident took place in the top of the first inning. Uemoto stepped into the batter’s box with a runner on second and no out. Hakate’s first pitch was up and in and struck Uemoto in the face, near his left cheek.

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A stretcher was prepared for Uemoto, but he was able to get up and walk off the field. He was replaced by a pinch-runner. Hataka was ejected after throwing just four pitches.

Uemoto was taken to a hospital in Tokyo for tests. He was diagnosed with a minor bruise on his head. He is not expected to miss tomorrow’s game against the Giants.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2017, Sponichi 9/30/2017, Sponichi 9/30/2017Daily Sports 9/30/2017

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