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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino, who is recovering from back surgery, will not skipper the upcoming All-Star series for the Pacific League as originally planned, the PL said Monday.

Hoshino, 67, recently had surgery to repair a herniated disc and correct a condition that affects his thoracic vertebrae. He was to skipper the PL team for the two All-Star games on July 18 and 19 as the league pennant winning manager in 2013.

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