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Tsuyoshi Nishioka rejoins Twins 10 weeks after breaking leg

Jun 15, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher AP

He’s not in the starting lineup tonight, but the Twins have officially activated Tsuyoshi Nishioka from the disabled list after placing Justin Morneau on the shelf with a bum wrist last night.

Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula on April 7 when Nick Swisher of the Yankees slid into him breaking up a double play and in returning he’s expected to shift from second base to shortstop. Opening Day shortstop Alexi Casilla will move to second base, where he’s played for most of his career.

Nishioka was initially said to be out 4-6 weeks, but as has been the case with the Twins’ numerous injuries and their various recovery timetables all season he ended up missing nearly 10 weeks. Joe Mauer, who’s also been out far longer than anticipated, may be in the lineup alongside Nishioka on Friday.

  1. pkiguy22 - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Oh good! I was worried that we were running out of .230 hitters to flub grounders at 2nd

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    I wonder why Swishers slide and Nishioka’s injury didnt draw as much attention as as a certain one involving a catcher?

    • vikesfansteve - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      Because the Giants are pussies

    • cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      On HBT there was quite a debate about Swisher’s slide and Nishioka’s response to it. One of the main reasons the Posey incident was bigger was the relative importance of the team and of the player in the scheme of things. If this was Ichiro that got his leg broken by Swisher . . . well you can imagine it.

      Then of course the GM fanning the flames, players saying stuff to the press, the ambiguity of the Posey incident and the sheer violence of that rugby tackle played roles in blowing up the incident to bigger than the Nishioka’s leg break. Swisher’s leg-whip slide was pretty aggressive and probably the wrong way to do it but Nishioka should have been in the air. That whole thing was far more cut and dried.

    • schrutebeetfarms - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      In both instances though the guy who got hurt was actually at fault. Nishioka for not getting out the of the way, and Posey for blocking the plate correctly.

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