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Nishioka suffers broken fibula

Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:42 pm
Tsuyoshi Nishioka
UPDATED (5:55 p.m. EST)
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees' Nick Swisher not only broke up a double play on his take-out slide of Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka in Thursday's Yankee victory, but also broke Nishioka's left fibula.

Nishioka has been placed on the disabled list and Luke Hughes has been recalled to take his roster spot, according to a press release from the Twins. There's no timetable for Nishioka's return yet. He will see the team's doctors tomorrow, Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press tweets .

The slide, coming on a grounder by Mark Teixeira, appeared to be clean, and no Twins player objected to it, USA Today 's Bob Nightengale tweets . Swisher talked to Nishioka, but Nishioka said it wasn't necessary, that it was a completely clean play.

"The first thing I said was, ‘I’m sorry, man. I thought you were going to jump,” Swisher told reporters, including Christensen . “And he said, ‘It was my fault. I should have gotten out of the way.’ I was just trying to break up a double play. I didn't  mean to do that. Especially with a guy like that, just trying to make his mark over here.”

It looked for a minute that Nishioka would stay in the game, but he was then helped off the field with his arms around a trainer and his interpreter, putting little-to-no weight on his leg.

Nishioka is hitting .217/.280/.261 in his first year with the Twins. The Twins won with a bid in excess of $5 million in posting and signed him to a three-year, $9.25 million contract. Nishioka, 26, led Japan's Pacific League with a .346 average. 

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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 6:54 am

Nishioka suffers broken fibula

Looks like a dirty slide to me.  Is it me or do the Yankees play dirty?  Jeter, A-Roid, Swisher.  Hum, makes you think.  I guess the motto " Win at all cost" is really how the Yankees do it.  You must be soooo proud.

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