The Rakuten Eagles announced that Senichi Hoshino will miss tonight's game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium with pain in his lower back. Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato will take over as temporary manager. Hoshino's status after today is unknown.
"[Hoshino] hurt his lower back a little while back and it got worse today. I hear that he is having difficulty walking. He will take the day off today," said team president Yozo Tachibana.
Hoshino was examined at a hospital in Tokyo. He was taken back to the team hotel.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014