Yokohama Bay Stars
The Bay Stars are hoping Tony Blanco (right hamstring) will be able to return to the starting line-up on the 21st against Chunichi. He was examined at a hospital earlier today and checked in at the stadium around 1:00pm, but did not participate in practices and did not play in tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows. He has missed three game so far.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Haruki Nishikawa was hit in the head with a pitch thrown by Randy Williams in the 8th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions. He was removed and taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa for a CT scan. There was no apparent damage to the brain. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2013
Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) tossed another bullpen session today, his second in as many days. If his shoulder is feeling ok, he could pitch in a rehab game this week.
Source: Sanspo 9/18/2013