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The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Tuesday that manager Senichi Hoshino has begun his rehabilitation following back surgery.

Hoshino has been on a leave of absence since May 26. The team did not disclose when the surgery took place. The 67-year-old suffers from a condition that affects his thoracic vertebrae and is known medically as ossification of the ligamentum flavum. It has resulted in the hardening of the ligaments near his spine.

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