Kenichi Nakata took a batted ball off his left chest during practices on the 15th. He was scratched from his start today against Yomiuri because he had trouble throwing the ball.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/17/2013
Yokohama Bay Stars
Tony Blanco started feeling discomfort in his right hamstring during a game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 12th. He is considered day-to-day and decided not to play on Tuesday after talking things over with the trainer.
Source: Daily Sports 9/18/2013
Nippon Ham Fighters
Sho Nakata (left pinky) started take soft-toss batting practice on Tuesday. He could return to the active roster as early as the 22nd (vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome) -- he is scheduled for another examination in Sapporo on the 20th, will participate in Ichi-gun practices on the 21st, and if everything is ok, could be called up on the 22nd.
Nakata is currently using a bat with a thinner handle to take the strain off his left hand.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/17/2013
Yusei Kikuchi felt pain in a different part of his left shoulder on the 13th. He tossed his first bullpen session since then on Tuesday. He threw forty pitches and did not feel any pain.