NEW YORK (AP) _ The Twins’ heralded Japanese import, Tsuyoshi
Nishioka, has broken 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.

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

The Twins say they believe the play was clean, and Swisher
apologized to Nishioka after the game. There was no immediate word
on how long Nishioka would be out.

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.

He was replaced by Matt Tolbert.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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(Kathy Willens/AP Photo)


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