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[7/23/2013] Injury Updates: Lopez (YOM), Kawakami (CHU), Yamato (HAN), Nakamura (SEI), Otonari, Uchikawa (SOF), Iguchi (LOT)

by on Jul.24, 2013 @ 1:11 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Jose Lopez (left side) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Rakuten on Tuesday.  He was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3.  He will most likely play in three more Ni-gun games before rejoining the Ichi-gun team on the 30th (vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome).

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2013

Chunichi Dragons

Kenshin Kawakami (right shoulder) pitched in an intra-squad game at Nagoya Stadium on Monday.  This was his first rehab game this season.  He gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work.  He is scheduled to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game against Orix on the 28th.

Source: Daily Sports 7/23/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yamato (bruise on his right middle finger) played in an intra-squad game at Koshien on Monday and went 0-for-2.  This was his first game in six days.  He will most likely return to the starting line-up on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 7/23/2013


Ni-gun batting coach Kenichi Kawamura will be taking some time off from his duties for health reasons (he went to the hospital during the All-Star break for a check-up and was told by the doctor to get some rest).  There is no timetable on his return.

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura did not get his scheduled trip to the plate during Tuesday's Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham at Seibu Dome because there were concerns about his condition -- his left knee was ok but he was experiencing some general stiffness (as in, not in the knee) with the increase in his workout load.

Source: Sponichi 7/23/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2013


Takayuki Kishi may not start the second-half of the season right away since he was not able to spend enough time preparing for it during the All-Star break (he has not been feeling right).

Source: Sanspo 7/23/2013

Softbank Hawks

Kenji Otonari played catch (roughly ten minutes at about twenty meters) at the Saitozaki training facilities on the 22nd.  His rehab menu will change once every six months.  His goal is to play in his first rehab game some time in the fall (Phoenix League).

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/23/2013


Seiichi Uchikawa hurt himself when he banged into a wall while playing defense at QVC Marine during a game against Lotte on the 15th.  He was scheduled for an examination at a hospital in Fukuoka on Tuesday because he may have suffered an injury to his right costal cartilage.  He has no problems swinging the bat but does have some difficulty throwing the ball.  He was available as a DH and pinch-runner during the All-Star Series and may not be able to play in the field right away when the regular season resumes on Wednesday.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2013, Sponichi 7/23/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The right calf Tadahito Iguchi hurt during a game against Softbank on the 16th is still not fully healed.  He did not participate in practices on Tuesday.  Tsutomu Ito is hoping Iguchi will be ok for the start of the second-half.

Source: Sponichi 7/23/2013