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Tsuyoshi Nishioka on track to return to Twins next week

Jun 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes word that Tsuyoshi Nishioka has been promoted to Triple-A Rochester to continue his minor league rehab assignment.

Nishioka went 4-for-12 with a stolen base in four games this past week at High-A Fort Myers. He’s expected to play three games for Rochester before returning to the Twins’ starting lineup in the middle of next week. Possibly as early as Wednesday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Saturday to John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Nishioka is going to play shortstop upon returning with Alexi Casilla sliding over to second base. Nishioka played shortstop successfully while in Japan and should have no trouble picking it back up.

The 26-year-old from Osaka has made just 26 major league plate appearances this year as a rookie. He’s been on the disabled list since the second week of the regular season with a fractured left fibula.

  1. Justin - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    So what is that like 1 injured twin down and 5 to go. Interesting that he is going to play SS upon his return though

  2. jimbo1949 - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    He got hurt because he was new at second, did not get out of the way of the runner.

    • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      Actually, he won a gold glove at 2b in Japan before he moved to ss. The guy knows how to play 2b, he just isn’t used to 250lb men trying to leg whip him as he makes a throw. They actually slice to the bag, not the player in Japan…

      • cur68 - Jun 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        I was watching when it happened. He couldn’t have been more surprised when he realized Swish was coming right at him because he wasn’t in line with the bag after he registered the out. Had no idea that he had to jump and throw. He hung in there, threw with his feet pointing towards home and was just cracked by Swisher.
        Swish didn’t intend to hurt him and was instantly concerned. Seemed real surprised he actually hit him that hard, in fact. Guess he expected the jump-and-throw too.

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