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[5/8/2013] Injury Updates: Yoshio Itoi (Orix), Kosuke Fukudome (Hanshin), Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi)

by on May.08, 2013 @ 4:17 pm, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Yoshio Itoi was diagnosed with a minor tibial collateral ligament injury in his right knee.

"It is a grade one injury, the most minor in a three tier system.  [Itoi] can hit.  We will have to wait to see on the running and bring that up accordingly.  The doctor did not throw up a red light," said chief trainer Takuya Noma (野間 卓也).

Itoi will not be taken off the active roster for the time being.  His treatment will include icing and electrotherapy.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2013

UPDATE @ 5:31pm - It could take about two weeks for a full recovery.  Source: Sponichi 5/8/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome (Hanshin) was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left knee.  Fukduome tweaked the knee while getting out of te batter's box during an at bat in a game against Yakult on the 3rd.

"We were thinking about how to get [Fukudome] back in the shortest amount of time.  He is swinging the bat well during batting practice, but in terms of running, he says he is at about fifty percent.  In watching him over the last couple of days, it does not seem like things are improving very quickly.  If we were looking to get one at bat out of him, then it might not take ten days, but we want him back in the starting line-up and do not want this to drag out.  He is not a pinch-hitter.  He is a starter.  We want him back as soon as possible," said Yutaka Wada.

Fukudome will return to Osaka today, rest on Thursday, and begin rehab at Koshien on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2013, Daily Sports 5/8/2013

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Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi) was taken off the active roster today, most likely because of tightness in his right elbow.  The tightness is reportedly in the same area he had problems with back in April.

Source: Daily Sports 5/8/2013