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[10/2/2013] Injury Updates: Murata (YOM), Balentien (YAK), Eldred (HIR), Yamato, Hojo (HAN), Y. Saito, Koyano (HAM)

by on Oct.02, 2013 @ 11:42 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Shuichi Murata took an HBP off his left side during Tuesday's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He started today's game against Yakult on the bench as a precaution.  He made it into the game on defense in the top of the 9th and hit a single to center in the bottom half of the inning.

"There is a little discomfort, but it will be fine since I was able to play.  Things are getting better," Murata said.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien was left out of tonight's starting line-up against the Yomiuri Giants because of pain in his left Achilles tendon.  He was scheduled to play, but was scratched after workouts.  He told reporters after the game that his leg was not feeling well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013, Sports Hochi 10/2/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Brad Eldred did not play in today's game against the Hanshin Tigers because he was feeling sick (possibly due to something he ate).  He might end up missing Thursday's game against the Chunichi Dragons as well.

Source: Daily Sports 10/2/2013

Hanshin Tigers

Yamato (right pinky fracture) played in an Ikusei practice game against Industrial League team Panasonic today.  He started in center and batted second.  He went 1-for-5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

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Fumiya Hojo (right ankle sprain) also played in the Ikusei practice game against Panasonic today.  He entered the game as a defensive replacement at short in the 6th and hit a single and stole second in the 9th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito (right shoulder) on his start against the Orix Buffaloes tonight:

I was able to get up onto the mound without getting nervous.  My control was not where I wanted it to be.  I know what I need to work on.  I was able to throw freely without worrying about my shoulder at all.  I think things will be fine if I can increase the number of pitches I am happy with.  The cheering from the fans was a big help.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

Hideki Kuriyama on the Saito:

It is as everyone was able to see.  This is more than the results.  He has really been through a lot.

He was also surprised.  I think he has done a good job.  This is an important time for him.  This should carry over to next season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013

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Eiichi Koyano was removed on defense in the 4th inning of tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes because of cramps in both his hamstrings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2013