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[7/11/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Otani suffers incomplete fracture of the cheekbone

by on Jul.11, 2013 @ 10:08 pm, under NPB

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.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2013, official announcement

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