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Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama has undergone season-ending ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow, Swallows manager Junji Ogawa said Friday.

For Tateyama, 33, the situation with his elbow appears to be getting progressively worse as it was his third time having the procedure performed after the ligament snapped again. He will require at least one year before he can make a comeback.

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