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Yakult Swallows: Kazuhiro Hatakeyama diagnosed with eye socket fracture

by on Apr.03, 2012 @ 7:48 pm, under NPB

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama was hit by a batted ball near his left eye during fielding practice at Jingu Stadium today.  He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with an eye socket fracture.  The injury did not cause any problems with his vision and Hatakeyama told reporters that he planned to play.

UPDATE 4/4 @ 7:52pm - It will likely take a month for a full recovery.  Hatakeyama was in the starting line-up today at first batted fourth.


Shinya Miyamoto still feels some pain in his left leg and told reporters today that while he can hit without any problems, he is holding back on running.  He also jokingly said that he did not want to go to the hospital because he would rather not know if there was really something wrong with his leg (like a fracture).

Junji Ogawa was planning to give Miyamoto the night off today but will most likely pencil him into the starting line-up on Wednesday.