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Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko has been deactivated due to shoulder pain on Friday, the Pacific League club revealed.

According to the team’s public relations section, Kaneko had been pitching with slight pain in the joint. However, his condition worsened during Thursday’s interleague game against the Chunichi Dragons, when he lost strength in his shoulder. The Buffaloes lost 8-3 as Kaneko surrendered six runs in 3-2/3 innings.

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