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[7/3/2013] Injury Updates: Hirai, Tateyama (YAK), Fukudome (HAN), Nakata (HAM), S. Takeda, Otonari (SOF), Kamata (RAK)

by on Jul.03, 2013 @ 4:19 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Ryo Hirai had surgery to clean out his right shoulder on Tuesday.  There were no complications.  It will most likely take half a year for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 7/3/2013


Shohei Tateyama had hip surgery at a hospital in Tokyo on June 28.

"I was already having pain in this area and decided to schedule the surgery in such a way that it would not affect how long it takes me to return from the reconstructive surgery I had on my right elbow [early in the year].

The timing was not great to have the surgery after the right elbow because I can not use crutches and a decrease in workouts will mean longer rehab, but I received a lot of support from all kinds of people, including my doctors.

... It seems the shape of the bones can play a large part in physical problems, but since this is only affecting my left leg, the strain of throwing the ball is the cause."

Source: Sanspo 7/3/2013, official blog

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome took fielding practice in the infield (at third base) on Tuesday for the first time since he had surgery on his left knee.  He also spent some time taking indoor batting practice.

Source: Sanspo 7/3/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata has been a DH in his last three starts because of some discofort in his left hamstring.  Nakata wants to return to playing left, but the team has been playing it safe.  Whether or not he returns to the outfield today will depend on his condition before the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2013

Softbank Hawks

Shota Takeda (right shoulder fatigue) started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at YafuOku Dome today.  He gave up a run (unearned) on five hits over four innings of work.

Takeda will likely spend about a month working through issues at Ni-gun before returning to Ichi-gun sometime in or after August.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2013


Kenji Otonari (surgery to treat ossification of yellow ligament) started his rehab at the Saitozaki training facilities on Tuesday.

Otonari originally thought it might take four to five months for a full recovery, but doctors told him early detection and treatment could mean a return in about three months.

Said Otonari, "I should be ok for opening day next year.  I now have a goal to aim for."

Source: Sponichi 7/3/2013

According to Nikkan Sports, he could be shooting to participate in the Phoenix League later on this fall.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Yoshinao Kamata tossed twenty pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen today.  It was his first session since he was shut down with pain in his right elbow back in May.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2013