[3/4/2017] Samurai Japan: Motohiro Shima replaced by Ginjiro Sumitani

Motohiro Shima held a press conference at a hotel in Osaka earlier today and announced that he was withdrawing from the World Baseball Classic. Ginjiro Sumitani will replace Shima on the roster. He has been assigned the uniform number 9.

Shima told reporters that he decided to withdraw from the tournament because he was unable to contribute at full strength. The catcher has struggled with leg tightness and pain in his right calf.

Source: Samurai Japan 3/4/2017, Samurai Japan 3/4/2017

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