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Tsuyoshi Nishioka will miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula

Apr 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher AP

Tsuyoshi Nishioka received relatively positive news on his fractured fibula, as doctors determined that he won’t need surgery and could potentially return in 4-6 weeks.

It was sad to see Nishioka on the field supporting himself with crutches during the Twins’ home opener ceremonies Friday, particularly since his parents flew in from Japan to be there, but the Target Field crowd gave him a nice welcome and even a six-week recovery timetable could mean returning to the lineup by the end of May.

One interesting subplot with Nishioka’s leg injury is whether he was fully prepared to deal with runners like Nick Swisher sliding hard into second base (or the general vicinity) in an effort to break up double plays. Parker Hageman at Over the Baggy explains that baserunners in Japan typically don’t engage in takeout slides and after watching Nishioka during early spring workouts bench coach Scott Ullger noted that “mak[ing] sure he clears the bag at second base so he doesn’t get killed” was an issue.

  1. trevorb06 - Apr 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Yeah, so he doesn’t get killed by dirty take out slides by Nick Swisher. You know, the kind where he’s not even sliding for the bag and he lifts and extends his leg doing one of thoe arcade fighting game drop kicks. I know Nishi comes from the land of the ninja but this is baseball, not Street Fighter. Filthy Swisher. Fail.

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