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[6/24/2014] Injury Report: Wladimir Balentien (Yakult), Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri)

by on Jun.25, 2014 @ 3:43 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Hirokazu Sawamura (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Giants Stadium on Tuesday.  He gave up a run on three hits over 3.2 innings of work.  His start was cut short because the game was called due to rain.  He threw fifty-one pitches and topped out at 151km/h. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014
  • Tetsuya Utsumi (left shoulder) is currently slated to pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game on the 29th against Yakult.  If things go smoothly, he could return to the active roster during a six-game stretch that begins on July 1. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Shota Dobayashi (right ring finger) played in his first Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  With the score tied at one with none on and two out in the 5th inning, he hit a 2-0 pitch over the left-center field wall. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014 ... Dobayashi got the start at third and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-3, including an infield hit in his first at bat, a walk in his second, and a solo home run in this third. Nikkan Sports 6/24/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • According to Tokyo Sports, Masahiro Araki (right index finger) started playing catch on Monday even though doctors never gave him the green light.  He was being careful though: he threw the ball with a plastic splint on his index finger and tried to use more of his middle finger.  "... The swelling is going away and there's no pain.  I can actually throw the ball like this, and wanting to make it back as soon as possible is the way professionals think.  I'm not the type to wait until I'm completely healed, I like to do things as I heal," said Araki. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/24/2014 ... Araki is currently scheduled to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game on July 1 against Hanshin. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • The Bay Stars are expecting to get a number of players back over the next few weeks: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Sho Aranami, and Takayuki Kajitani. Source: Daily Sports 6/24/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien told reporters on Tuesday that there was still pain in his left Achilles tendon.  He is still getting treatment for it. Source: Sponichi 6/24/2014