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[6/14/2013] Hiroshima batting coach Arai suffers skull fracture after taking batted ball of forehead

by on Jun.14, 2013 @ 9:13 pm, under NPB

Batting coach Hiromasa Arai was tossing baseballs to Fred Lewis during batting practice today when he took a batted ball off the middle of his forehead (Lewis accidentally pulled the ball toward Arai).  He crumpled to the ground upon contact but did not lose consciousness.  He was visibly bleeding.

Arai was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and examined.  The Carp later announced that he was diagnosed with a contusion and a skull fracture (tests came back negative for any damage to the brain).  He will require about four weeks for a full recovery, including one week of rest.

"[Arai] suffered a fracture and required some stitches.  He told me he was fine and not to worry," said Kenjiro Nomura.

Source: Daily Sports 6/14/2013, Sponichi 6/14/2013