1st round draft pick Shohei Otani took a batted ball hit by Tomohiro Nioka off the right side of his head while walking around in the outfield during batting practice. He was taken to a hospital in Sendai where he was diagnosed with an incomplete fracture in his right cheekbone. He will require at least three days of rest, after which he will be re-assessed to see if he is capable of playing.
Otani did not return to Kleenex Stadium after his hospital visit. He went straight back to the hotel.
In other Otani-related news, Hideki Kuriyama told reporters he plans to use the rookie as a pitcher during Game 1 of the All-Star Series (maybe one inning).
Source: Sports Hochi 7/11/2013
UPDATE @ 10:56pm -
Otani may end up sitting out the All-Star Series depending on his status.
Source: Daily Sports 7/11/2013