[9/21/2013] Injury Updates: Abe (YOM), K. Maeda (HIR), Fujii, Yamato, Hifumi (HAN), Nakata (HAM), Kikuchi (SEI)
Shinnosuke Abe was scratched from the starting line-up before Saturday's game because he felt discomfort in his back. He was examined at a hospital and was diagnosed with shingles running from his right side to his back. He is considered day-to-day.
"There was nothing this morning, but I started feeling pain all of a sudden right before the game. This was a first for me and it hurt," Abe said to reporters after he returned to the stadium.
Doala (left middle finger fracture) is hoping to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season on October 5 (vs Yokohama) -- his finger is healing well and the pin will likely be removed next week.
Source: Sanspo 9/21/2013
Kenta Maeda went to the hospital after leaving the Saturday's game against the Yomiuri Giants because he was not feeling well. He was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Kenjiro Nomura told reporters Maeda was feeling under the weather before the game and may have had a fever. Nomura kept Maeda in the game until the 6th because he had a no-hitter through five.
Akihito Fujii (right calf bruise) resumed outdoor batting practice on Friday. He took forty-eight swings and collected fourteen could-be hits. He also chased some baseballs in the outfield. He is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 22nd against Orix. He could return to the active roster as early as the 24th (vs Yokohama at Koshien).
Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2013
Yamato (right pinky fracture) could play in his first rehab game later this month. There are four Ni-gun games remaining at Naruohama: practice game against Orix on the 26th, games against Softank on the 28th and 29th, and a practice game against Panasonic (Industrial League) on October 2. He could also play in a few Phoenix League games (begins October 7). His goal right now is to make it back to the active roster in time for the Climax Series.
He is already playing catch, taking fielding practice, running the bases, and taking batting practice against a machine that throw curves.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2013
Shinta Hifumi wants to participate in the Phoenix League that begins on October 7.
Hifumi suffered an avulsion fracture in his left third cuneiform bone when he crashed into a fence while going after a foul ball during a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on July 14. His cast has since been removed and he is playing catch outdoors. He has also started to do some jogging. On Friday, he resumed live indoor batting practice and is close to swinging the bat at full strength. Assuming no setbacks, he might be ready to play during the second-half of the Pheonix League.
Source: Sponichi 9/21/2013
Nippon Ham Fighters
Sho Nakata joined the Ichi-gun team on Saturday. He was examined on Friday but did not get the green light to resume batting practice because the fracture in his left pinky has not yet fully healed. The team should have a better idea of when he will be able to return after his next examination on the 25th.
Source: Sports Hochi 9/21/2013
Yusei Kikuchi (left shoulder) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Yakult on Saturday. He tossed two innings in relief and gave up a run on two hits. He also walked one, hit one, and struck out two.
The Lions are not planning to call Kikuchi up right away.