Twins' Nishioka breaks left fibula in loss

BY foxsports • April 7, 2011

The Twins' heralded Japanese import, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, broke his left fibula after the Yankees' Nick Swisher slid into him at second base while breaking up a double play in Minnesota's 4-3 loss Thursday.

Nishioka had to be helped off the field, barely putting weight on the leg, in the seventh inning. Swisher slid well to the left of the bag as Nishioka tried to turn the double play.

The Twins believed the play was clean, and Swisher apologized to Nishioka after the game.

Nishioka was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he will be examined by Dr. John Steubs on Friday in Minnesota as the Twins determine how long he will be out.

Matt Tolbert replaced Nishioka at second, and the Twins called up infielder Luke Hughes from Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins signed Nishioka to a three-year, $9.25 million deal in December. He was 0 for 4 with a strikeout Thursday to drop his average to .208.



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