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Chunichi Dragons: Takuya Asao has rotator cuff tear in right shoulder

by on Feb.26, 2013 @ 2:34 pm, under NPB

The Chunichi Dragons announced today that Takuya Asao was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder during an examination at a Nagoya hospital on Monday.

Asao suffered a similar injury in May last year and missed about four months.  He currently does not feel pain and played catch at a distance of about fifty meters on Monday.  He should be able to toss a bullpen session with a standing catcher some time next month.

The Dragons also learned more about the injuries sustained by 1st round draft pick Koji Fukutani and 4th round draft pick Shota Sugiyama: Fukutani has an adductor muscle injury in his right leg and Sugiyama a tibial collateral ligament injury in his left left elbow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2013