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Sakaguchi, Aoki both leave early with bruises

by on Sep.19, 2010 @ 4:30 am, under NPB

Tomotaka Sakaguchi (ORI) fouled a ball of his right knee during his at bat in the second inning of last night's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  Sakaguchi had a slight limp while playing the field and was finally replaced by a pinch-hitter before his at bat in the 5th.

Sakaguchi was taken to the hospital during the game and diagnosed with a contusion.


Norichika Aoki (YAK) was hit by a pitch on his right knee in the third inning of last night's game against the Chunichi Dragons.  Aoki was later taken out of the game after collecting an infield single and coming around to score in the 5th.

According to the Swallows, Aoki did not go to the hospital and instead iced his knee.  The club will wait to see how Aoki is feeling today before deciding on his status for tonight's game.