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Hanshin Tigers: Kenji Jojima diagnosed with left popliteus muscle strain

by on Aug.22, 2012 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB

Kenji Jojima was taken to the hospital after he hurt his left knee while playing defense in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Tuesday -- with a runner on second and two out in the 2nd inning, he reacted on a ball hit between first and second; he stopped partway in order to return to first, but lost his balance and fell.  Source: Sanspo 8/22/2012Sponichi 8/22/2012

The Tigers announced today that Jojima was diagnosed with a strain in his left popliteus muscle.  Team trainer Yasunori Gonda added that there were no issues with the meniscus or any of the surrounding ligaments and cartilage (which would be a good thing since he has had surgery for a meniscal tear in the past).

Jojima currently needs crutches in order to get around and will need to focus on resting his knee.  His rehab schedule will be decided during a re-evaluation on August 28.

Source: Sponichi 8/22/2012

He received treatment for his knee at the Naruohama training facilities today.  Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2012