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Yakult Swallows: Yoshinori Sato leaves after taking batted ball near right knee in the 3rd inning

by on Mar.11, 2012 @ 10:34 pm, under NPB

Yoshinori Sato left today's exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp early after Ryuhei Matsuyama hit a come-backer to the mound that struck him near the right knee to lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Yoshinori was helped off the field and taken to the hospital.

"It was pretty painful the moment the ball hit, but it feels like the pain has subsided a bit since," said Yoshinori before leaving the stadium.

Yoshinori was diagnosed with a contusion on his right knee at the hospital.