Johjima undergoes surgery, out for rest of 2011 season

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OSAKA, Aug. 16 (23:15) Kyodo

Hanshin Tigers catcher Kenji Johjima, who has been sidelined
with left knee and right elbow injuries, has undergone surgery as
part of his rehabilitation, the Central League club said on Tuesday.

Johjima will not be permitted to throw for the next eight weeks,
meaning that his season has effectively ended for 2011.

The 35-year-old had initially said he would not go under the
knife, but he was later convinced to have the surgery at an Osaka
hospital after talks with Hanshin manager Akinobu Mayumi.

''Now that I have undergone surgery, I want to do my best to
return as catcher as soon as possible,'' Johjima said in a statement.

Johjima had surgery on the same knee during the 2010 offseason.

This season, he was forced to leave the team in June due to the
injuries after playing 38 games and hitting just .189 with five home
runs and 13 RBIs.

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