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Hanshin Tigers backup catcher Fumihito Haraguchi has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer and will undergo surgery in the coming days, the team announced Thursday.

The 26-year-old Haraguchi has a career batting average of .280 with a .361 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging average although he has been supplanted as the Tigers’ regular catcher by Ryutaro Umeno.

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