Nakamura to have surgery for ACL injury in left knee

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TOKYO, Oct. 23 (19:28) Kyodo

Seibu's Takeya Nakamura, who won the Pacific League home run
crown for the second consecutive year, will undergo surgery on his
injured left knee to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and a
damaged meniscus, the Lions said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Nakamura, who spent the majority of the second
half of the season in the designated hitter's spot after suffering
the injury in June, hit 27 homers this season, a significant drop
from the 48 he blasted in 2011.

He had the knee examined and made the decision to have surgery
after the second-place Lions were eliminated in the first stage of
the PL Climax Series on Oct. 15.

The club said it is unclear how long it will take for Nakamura
to recover, but his appearance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic
next March might be in jeopardy.

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