Dodgers' Yoshinobu Yamamoto Leaves Start With Triceps Tightness

Jun 7, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (18) pitches against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 7, 2024; Bronx, New York, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (18) pitches against the New York Yankees during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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In the midst of a crucial interleague series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals, the Dodgers received some bad news Saturday evening.

Los Angeles pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto exited Saturday's game after pitching just two innings of what at the time was a 0–0 contest. The Dodgers attributed Yamamoto's exit to triceps tightness.

In the two innings he pitched, Yamamoto allowed a hit, walked a batter and struck out a batter.

The rookie entered the contest 6–2 with a 3.00 ERA and 83 strikeouts in just 72 innings. As Doug McKain of Dodgers Nation pointed out, Yamamoto's average velocity was down slightly Saturday.

On Dec. 27, Los Angeles stunned the baseball world by signing Yamamoto to a 12-year, $325 million contract. The pact followed a superb career in Nippon Professional Baseball that saw Yamamoto win three Pacific League MVP awards.

After the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that Yamamoto would probably go on the injured list.

The Dodgers currently sit in first place in the NL West, 7 and 1/2 games clear of the second-place San Diego Padres.


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