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[7/12/2013] Injury Updates: Luna (CHU), Keppel, Otani (HAM), Yanagita (SOF), Mahara (ORI)

by on Jul.12, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Hector Luna (left knee) was not in the starting line-up tonight against the Yomiuri Giants.

"I need a little more time.  I was thinking about getting back into the line-up for the Hiroshima series [at Mazda Stadium]," said Luna.

Mazda Stadium will probably be easier on Luna's knees with the natural grass field.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Bobby Keppel (coming back from right shoulder surgery) joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts today for the first time this season.  He is currently scheduled to start a game against Lotte at Sapporo Dome on the 14th.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani (incomplete fracture in right cheekbone) spoke to reporters today and said he felt he should be fine to participate in the All-Star Series.  He also admitted he was not paying enough attention to the ball while running intervals in the outfield during batting practice on Thursday.

"It hurts sometimes when I eat, but other than that, it is fine," said Otani.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/12/2013

Softbank Hawks

Yuki Yanagita (right shoulder) could return to the active roster in time for the start of the Lotte series on the 15th.  Since his shoulder is still not fully healed, he will most likely be used as a DH.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Takahiro Mahara (right shoulder/arm) pitched in a Ni-gun rehab game today.  He gave up a run (unearned) on two hits over an inning of work and topped out at 147km/h.

"I think this was a big step forward.  It will be interesting to see how things go when I push myself up to the next level, but I felt no discomfort.  I will do my best to make it back [to the Ichi-gun roster]," said Mahara.

Source: Sanspo 7/12/2013

Sponichi may have been looking at a different speed gun since they mention him topping out at 150km/h.

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2013