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The Hanshin Tigers have removed second baseman Hiroki Uemoto from the active roster due to a left hamstring injury, the Central League club said Saturday.

Uemoto suffered the injury when he grounded out to third in his final at-bat in the ninth inning of Hanshin’s 3-0 loss to the Hiroshima Carp on Friday.

Uemoto has played in 108 games this season and has a .253 batting average with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

He is the second player to be scratched from the roster in as many days after outfielder Keisuke Kano was removed with a fractured right hand on Friday.

“Whoever we are missing is going to hurt us (but) you can’t take risks,” Hanshin manager Yutaka Wada said.

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