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[9/14/2013] Injury Updates: Takeuchi (YAK), Kikuchi (SEI), Hosokawa (SOF), Shimauchi (RAK), Imae (LOT), Shimada (ORI)

by on Sep.14, 2013 @ 10:49 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Shinichi Takeuchi fouled a ball off his leg on Friday.  He was examined at a Tokyo hospital today and diagnosed with fracture in his right kneecap.  No word on how much time he will require for a full recovery, but he will most likely miss the rest of the season.

Source: Sanspo 9/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/14/2013

Seibu Lions

Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder inflammation) may not be able to return to the active roster this season.  He tossed a bullpen session on Friday but had to stop after throwing six pitches because of discomfort in his left shoulder.  His scheduled Ni-gun start against Nippon Ham today was canceled as a precaution.

Kikuchi was diagnosed with inflammation in his left shoulder in August.  He was shut down for about three weeks and started throwing on either August 31 or September 3.  He was rebuilding shoulder strength by tossing three to four bullpen sessions a week while continuing with his rehab and treatment.

The pain is apparently in a different muscle.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2013Sponichi 9/14/2013, Daily Sports 9/14/2013

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks are planning to give Toru Hosokawa a little time off after he took an HBP off the left side of his head in a game against Seibu on the 11th.  Hosokawa was diagnosed with a bruise and made his way into the starting line-up on the 12th, but suffered symptoms of a concussion after he took a foul tip off his mask during the game.  The Hawks would like to keep a close eye on Hosokawa over the next two or three days to make sure he is ok.

Hosokawa did not play in today's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Hiroaki Shimauchi hurt his left shoulder while trying to catch a ball during Friday's game against Orix.  He was taken off the active roster today after he was diagnosed with a injury in his left shoulder (glenoid labrum).  He will require six to eight weeks for a full recovery.  He will not need surgery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae (right ankle sprain) played in a Ni-gun rehab game against Yokohama on Friday.  He was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-3.

"I could not walk for two days after I got hurt, but it has gotten much better.  I was able to play in a game and was able to run without any difficulty so I am fine," said Imae.

He was scheduled to play third in today's Ni-gun game against Seibu.  If there are no setbacks, he could return to the active roster in time for the two-game Orix series that begins on the 17th.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Takuya Shimada took a batted ball off his face during pre-game practices today.  He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a nose fracture.

Shimada was taking fielding practice at short when a batted ball struck him in the area near his nose.  He was able to walk back to the dugout on his own, while holding a towel against his nose to soak up the blood.  After receiving treatment at the hospital, he returned to the stadium and took his place in the dugout.  He made it into the game in the 9th as a defensive replacement at first.

Shimada has been given the green light to play.  It will take about three weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2013