• Kyodo


The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles deactivated catcher Motohiro Shima on Thursday due to a broken bone in his left hand.

Shima was hit with a foul tip on Wednesday in the first inning of the Eagles’ 10-2 loss to the Orix Buffaloes and was diagnosed with a fracture of a small bone in the base of his hand and a fissure in the adjacent bone.

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