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[7/12/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), Luna (CHU), Kanabushi (YAK), Fukudome (HAN), Otani (HAM)

by on Jul.12, 2013 @ 2:11 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe (right side) is expected to return to the starting line-up at catcher today.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna understands that if he misses the All-Star Series, he will not be allowed to play in the team's first ten games once regular season play resumes.  His goal is to make sure he is healthy enough to participate in the All-Star Series.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2013

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Thursday that Hugo Kanabushi will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in July.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome (left knee) started taking long soft-toss at Naruohama on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

According to Daily Sports, he could play in five Ni-gun rehab games, beginning with a game against Hiroshima on the 26th.  Assuming no problems, he could make the active roster in time for the Yomiuri series at Tokyo Dome that begins on August 2.

Source: Daily Sports 7/12/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters announced on Thursday that Masayoshi Kato had surgery to remove a portion of the meniscus in his left knee.  He will begin his rehab at Kamagaya after he is discharged from the hospital on the 13th.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

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Hideki Kuriyama on 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's status for the All-Star Series: "I am not quite sure.  [Otani] might have to withdraw. I think he will be fine, but I just do not know.  Shohei's future is more important."

Kuriyama placed most of the blame on himself: "This was largely my fault.  [The problem] was moving to a system where [players can] get hit.  I am frustrated [in myself] and I am sorry. ... This is not something that can be settled just by issuing an apology to fans and everyone else, [but] I am really sorry.  Three-quarters of this is my fault.  One-quarter is on Shohei [for not paying attention]."

While it will most likely take three to four weeks for the cheekbone to fully heal, Otani should be ok to play (as a position player, not necessarily as a pitcher) once the pain goes away (about three days).  The Fighters do not plan on taking him off the active roster for the time being.

Otani had been preparing himself to make the starting line-up for Thursday's game (DH, batting sixth or seventh).  He had already tossed sixty-three pitches in the bullpen and taken batting practice, and was in the middle of doing intervals in the outfield -- he was walking back to the start and apparently briefly looked away from the hitter when a fan called out to him.

Source: Daily Sports 7/12/2013, Daily Sports 7/12/2013, Sports Hochi 7/12/2013, Sponichi 7/12/2013

Otani's father: "I was at work and was caught off guard when the team contacted me.  Maybe I should have him hold onto a good-luck charm.  This coming on the day after he hit a home run.  I suppose it is a reminder that good things do not always keep happening.  Things have gone pretty well up to now, perhaps this is a sign that he should rest a few days.  We should think of this positively.  I am worried about this affecting his vision.  I think he will be fine once the pain goes away, but he will probably hurt for a while if he let's this get to him.  This was an accident and could not be helped.  I do not want the player (Tomohiro Nioka) to worry about this.  It will only make us feel bad if he were to worry."

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2013