Seiichi Uchikawa could end up missing the Nippon Series games because of two rib fractures (seventh and eighth on the left side) that will require about three weeks for a full recovery.
Uchikawa suffered the injury when he crashed into a wall while chasing down a fly ball in foul territory during the first game of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on October 14. He made it through the Climax Series and was even participating in workouts after the Final Stage, but the pain got worse the night of October 23. The fractures were discovered when he was examined today.
Uchikawa is unable to swing the bat right now. There is a good chance he could miss the entire series.