The left ankle injury Hiroki Uemoto suffered before the start of the season is taking longer to heal than initially expected. He was recovering nicely when he got the green light to move forward in his rehab during one of his regular examinations on May 30, but since then, things have slowed down a bit. The team trainer told reporters on Friday that the pain and inflammation have not gone away completely.
"The last hurdle is base-running, but [Uemoto] is not able to get to where he needs to be because of his ankle so we are keeping an eye on it. We have placed limits on his workouts to slow things down. There is pain and inflammation. We have cut back on what he can do outside," said team trainer Yasunori Gonda.
At one point, Uemoto was back to where he was able to run and take batting and fielding practice with the main Ni-gun group in May. His workouts have been cut back since then and he is no longer practicing with the main Ni-gun group. He spends most of his time indoors. At worst, he may ending up requiring surgery.
Source: Sponichi 6/22/2013
Yokohama Bay Stars
Shun Yamaguchi may not be able to return to the active roster until some time after the All-Star break, in late-July.
Yamaguchi was taken off the active roster on May 19th with pain in his groin/hip. He returned to the active roster on the 29th, but was again removed on June 10, this time with tightness in his right side.
"[Yamaguchi] placed a burden on right side when he started compensating for his groin by throwing with his upper body. Continuing in that direction can only lead to a serious injury," said pitching coach Yui Tomori.
Yamaguchi will only be allowed to return to the active roster once he sorts out his mechanics and begins throwing with his lower body again. But that can only happen once his lower body is full recovered.
Source: Daily Sports 6/22/2013