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Saitama Seibu Lions pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent cervical spine surgery at a hospital in Ibaraki Prefecture on July 5, the Pacific League club said Sunday.

According to the team, Matsuzaka had been experiencing greater degrees of neck pain and numbness in his right hand since around May when practices were being severely disrupted by measures initiated to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Japan.

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