Twins Nishioka Doesn’t Need Surgery On Broken Leg

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka will not need a cast or surgery for his broken left fibula.

Nishioka was examined by team doctors Friday before the Twins’ home opener against Oakland. The Twins say he will be on crutches until the pain subsides and then they will go ahead with a rehab plan. There is no timetable for his return.

Nishioka was injured in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday when Nick Swisher slid into his left leg to break up a double play. The Twins called up Luke Hughes to fill in while Nishioka is on the disabled list.

Nishioka crutched his way out to the first baseline for pregame introductions and received a long, standing ovation from the home crowd that was eager to get their first look at the Japanese import.

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