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Newly acquired Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne has been deactivated from the Chiba Lotte Marines active roster after being diagnosed with a lower back injury, the Pacific League club said Thursday.

Despaigne complained of pain in his right midriff and was replaced during the Marines’ 8-2 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Wednesday. He is expected to need two weeks to make a full recovery.

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