Johjima diagnosed with ligament damage in right elbow

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NISHINOMIYA, Japan, June 11 (20:36) Kyodo

Hanshin Tigers catcher Kenji Johjima was diagnosed with ligament
damage in his right elbow, the club said on Saturday.

Damage was discovered in his elbow in an examination at an Osaka
hospital on Friday. The team said it is uncertain when Johjima will
be able to return to the team, as much will depend on his progress.

He will undergo treatment over the next two weeks and refrain
from using his arm to throw before beginning a rehab program.

On Saturday, the former Seattle Mariner underwent electric
therapy and icing at the farm team's Naruohama complex in
Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

''It has become difficult for me to play now,'' Johjima said.
''It's a shame that I have been removed from the roster, and it's
more shocking than if I went hitless for 10 games,'' he said.

Asked about the possibility of undergoing surgery, Johjima said,
''I am not thinking about that at this juncture. I have let down the
team by leaving the catcher's position open, like this. I will try to
train as much as possible,'' he said.

This season, Johjima has hit just .189 with five homers in 38

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