Yoshinobu Yamamoto Exits Early Due to Apparent Injury

Yoshinobu Yamamoto leaves the game early after pitching just two innings due to triceps tightness, the team reports. 

His fastball velocity was down by 1.4 mph. Yoshi isn’t in the Dodgers dugout. Hopefully, it’s something minor, but anytime your $325 million pitcher leaves a game early, it’s very concerning.

Yamamoto’s day is certainly done after just one inning. Michael Grove is now pitching for the Dodgers after Mark Prior told Dave Roberts something was wrong.

Yamamoto’s shortened start is especially noteworthy since the Dodgers delayed his start earlier this week. Originally set to pitch against the Rangers on Thursday, his start was moved to tonight’s game against Kansas City.

At the time, Manager Dave Roberts didn’t mention any injury concerns for Yamamoto, explaining instead that they were giving him extra rest as he adjusts from pitching once a week in Nippon Professional Baseball to every five days in MLB.

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