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Tokyo Yakult Swallows second baseman Tetsuto Yamada, who leads the Central League in nearly every offensive category, has been deactivated due to a rib injury, his club said Wednesday.

It is unknown when the 24-year-old will be fit. The Swallows are also without 2015 RBI champ Hirokazu Hatakeyama and 2015 batting champ Shingo Kawabata due to injury, but manager Mitsuru Manaka was optimistic about a speedy return for Yamada.

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