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X-rays show progress in Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s fractured fibula

Apr 30, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins' Nishioka gets a hand from Morneau as he hops into the dugout after player introductions before the start of their game in Minneapolis Reuters

Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka broke his left fibula earlier this month when Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher upended him on a broken double play attempt at Minnesota’s Target Field.

The Japanese infielder is still a couple weeks from returning to the Twins’ major league lineup, but he is making steady progress.

Robert Falkoff of MLB.com brings word that Nishioka underwent a round of check-up X-rays on Saturday that showed significant healing.

Here’s Twins assistant trainer Dave Pruemer:

“Nishioka’s X-rays showed good healing. We’re progressing him to more land-based exercises and baseball activities. “The next few days, we’ll see how it goes.”

Nishioka has been taking swings in a batting cage and has played long toss on several occasions, but he is not yet fielding ground balls and is obviously not ready to begin a running program. The infielder posted a .208/.269/.250 batting line, one double and two RBI through his first 26 plate appearances.

  1. e5again - May 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Except this happened at Yankee Stadium. Why add specific facts if you can’t get them right?

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