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Yoshitomo Tsutsugo leaves Phoenix League with injury

by on Oct.15, 2010 @ 10:25 am, under NPB

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (YOK) suffered a fractured left big toe when a base-runner stepped on his foot during a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on 9/18.  Tsutsugo received treatment for the toe and it apparently got better before he was called up to Ichi-gun on 10/5.  From there, Tsutsugo went on to take part in the Phoenix League, but it seems in all that time he still felt discomfort in the left big toe.  That led to him favoring the big toe, which in turn created strain on the left leg.  And that strain ultimately led to his current injury: inflammation in his left leg.

Tsutsugo returned to Tokyo on the 13th (the club pulled him out of the Phoenix League) and worked out at Bay Stars Stadium in Yokosuka yesterday (10/14).  He told reporters that while he could probably keep playing if he pushed himself, he'd rather get healthy first and prepare for the 2011 season by being ready for Fall practice that begins on the 30th.