Lastings Milledge knew something was wrong almost from the day he set foot in spring camp. His right shoulder was sore, and while that’s not a most unusual thing for a professional baseball player, something just felt off.

Still, Milledge soldiered on, motivated by a desire to atone for a down year in 2013. But the pain didn’t subside, it only grew. Soon, it affected his hitting and his fielding almost to a point where he couldn’t do anything baseball-related at all. Now, weeks after those initial feelings of unease, Milledge finds himself as the latest casualty of what has already been a season riddled with injuries for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

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