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NPB: Norichika Aoki gets hit in the head; tests reveal no damage, should be ok

by on Apr.30, 2009 @ 8:06 am, under NPB

Hitoki Iwase just hit Norichika Aoki in the head.

Aoki is on the ground. He's talking, so that's a good sign.

They just put him on a stretcher and they're taking him off the field.

Iwase looks visibly shaken. At one point, it almost looked like he was about to cry.

UPDATE
Sounds like they are taking Aoki to one of the examination rooms in the stadium.

12:04 AM UPDATE
According to this Sanspo article, Aoki was taken to an area hospital for X-Rays and the results came back negative for any problems. That's good to hear.

I'm also a bit worried about Iwase. I'm not necessarily a fan of his, but he really looked like he was going to fall apart after he hit Aoki.

May 2, 2009, 5:57PM UPDATE
According to this Nikkan Sports article, Iwase gave Aoki a call to see how he was doing and to wish him well.

It was also mentioned here that Aoki is experiencing something similar to whiplash.

0 comments on “NPB: Norichika Aoki gets hit in the head; tests reveal no damage, should be ok

  1. Unregistered

    I believe the original headline, applied to Dizzy Dean, went something like "Doctors XRay Dean’s Head, Find Nothing".

    Incidentally, I thought the pitcher’s remorse was "interesting" (for want of a better word). Are Japanese pitchers generally less agressive than Americans when it comes to keeping the hitter away from the outside corner?

  2. Gwynar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Unregistered;bt3459

    I believe the original headline, applied to Dizzy Dean, went something like "Doctors XRay Dean’s Head, Find Nothing".

    Well I’ll be… I didn’t even realize I did that with the title until you just mentioned it. Fixed.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Unregistered;bt3459

    Incidentally, I thought the pitcher’s remorse was "interesting" (for want of a better word). Are Japanese pitchers generally less agressive than Americans when it comes to keeping the hitter away from the outside corner?

    IMHO, the game itself tends to be a lot less aggressive than what you see in America. Hitters don’t crowd the plate as much and don’t wear as much body armor. And I don’t think pitchers necessarily feel as if they can’t pitch to the inside portion of the plate.

    Of course, I could be wrong, but that’s just the general impression I get.