The 32-year-old Nakata, who’s had a very difficult season that has included a tiff with manager Hideki Kuriyama over the first baseman’s injuring his own eye by throwing a bat in April.
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Nakata, the story said, assaulted a teammate prior to an exhibition game in the Hokkaido port city of Hakodate, and ordered to leave the ballpark. He’s also been dealing with lower back pain and was for a time banished to the farm team for unexplained reasons.