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L.A. Dodgers’ Ishii Leaves Hospital

September 13, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii, hit in the forehead by a line drive last weekend, was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday.

``He’s made great progress, he’s up and moving and eating without limitations,″ Dodgers spokesman Derrick Hall said.

The physician treating Ishii said Thursday he expects the 29-year-old pitcher to make a full recovery.

Ishii, who won’t pitch again this season, was struck by a line drive hit by Houston’s Brian Hunter during the Dodgers’ 6-2 loss to the Astros last Sunday.

A CT scan revealed a concussion and skull fracture, and late that night Ishii was transferred to Cedars-Sinai, where Dr. John Yu performed a two-hour operation.

Ishii has a 14-10 record with a 4.27 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 154 innings. A 10-year veteran of the Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League, Ishii signed a $12.3 million, four-year contract in February.

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