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Yakult Swallows catcher Atsuya Furuta will miss the season opener after breaking his right ring finger, officials of the Central League club said Saturday.

Furuta jammed his finger trying to catch a flyball in the first inning of a game Friday against the Orix BlueWave and was diagnosed with a fracture after undergoing a checkup at a Tokyo hospital. He will need at least three weeks to recover, the officials said.

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