Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Nishioka out with a broken fibula

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage, Off the field Updated: April 7, 2011 - 2:58 PM

NEW YORK -- Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka was helped off the field at Yankee Stadium Thursday in the seventh inning of the Twins 4-3 loss to the Yankees. The Twins said their prized offseason signing suffered a broken fibula and was placed on the disabled list. There was no timetable set for his return.

Nishioka was hurt on a take-out slide by Nick Swisher.

With one out in the seventh inning, Mark Teixeira grounded to third baseman Danny Valencia, who threw to Nishioka at second for the force out. As Nishioka relayed the ball to first, Swisher slid wide and clipped Nishioka with his shins.

Nishioka lay on the ground for a few moments before leaving the field with assistance from assistant trainer Dave Pruemer and his translator, Ryo Shinkawa.

I will pass along updates as soon as possible.

The Twins were held in check by Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and three relievers. Francisco Liriano started for the Twins and gave up four runs in five innings.



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