2011 fifth round draft pick, Yuji Nakane, had surgery on his ACL (right knee) today. Recovery and rehab are expected to consume the entirety of the 2012 season.
The official announcement comes through the Tokyo Swallows Japanese-language website.
The Swallows were aware of Nakane’s knee issues when they selected him late in the draft but felt that his upside was worth the risk of time off.
The Swallows are confident that he would have gone earlier in the draft if not for his ACL injury. Kozo mentioned a history of injuries shadowing his potential in his draft recap at the end of last year. Oh, and he’s Yoshinori’s former teammate from high school.
Let’s hope that the Tohoku Fukushi University alum experiences a swift and complete recovery.