Japan’s Perfect Pitcher Suffers Injuries…”Radial Muscle Injury, Two Months to Pitch Full Strength”

Roki Sasaki of the Chiba Lotte team in Nippon Professional Baseball has been hampered by injury. He will be out for about two months with an oblique muscle injury.

Japanese media outlet Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the 25th that “Roki Sasaki has been removed from the first team roster due to a left side injury. He was diagnosed with a ‘left medial oblique muscle injury’ at a hospital in Chiba Prefecture.”

According to the media, Lotte manager Yoshii Chiba told reporters before the game, “It will take two months before he can pitch at full strength. If (his recovery) is delayed, it will take longer.”

Sasaki had started the previous day against SoftBank on the 24th and felt discomfort in his side in the sixth inning, and the pain increased after the pitch.

Sasaki pitched six innings against SoftBank on the 24th, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. Sasaki, who set a Japanese pitcher’s all-time fastball record of 165 km/h in April, touched 160 km/h against SoftBank.

In 13 games this season, Sasaki is 7-2 with a 1.48 ERA and 130 strikeouts. He leads the Pacific League in ERA and strikeouts. He is tied for third in wins.

If Sasaki misses more than two months with an oblique injury, he could be irrelevant in the race for the individual title. Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Oryx), the league leader in wins (nine), is second with a 1.74 ERA and third with 103 strikeouts.카지노

Sasaki became the youngest pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball history to achieve a perfect record last year, going 9-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 20 games (129⅓ innings).

In March, he represented Japan at the 2023 World Baseball Classic and helped the team win the tournament. He was innings limited last year, but was a full-time starter this year before suffering an unexpected injury setback.

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