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Softbank Hawks: Hiroki Kokubo taken off active roster with fracture

by on Aug.10, 2011 @ 5:54 pm, under NPB

After Hiroki Kokubo returned home yesterday and crawled into bed, he felt intense pain in his left side.  He was examined at a hospital today and was diagnosed with a fracture.

Said Kokubo, "It's broken.  Yesterday, when I got into bed, I heard a cracking sound and knew it.  I'm hoping to make it back in early September."

UPDATE @ 8:15pm - It's a fracture in his left 9th rib.