With the way Minnesota's infield has played this year, Tsuyoshi Nishioka has quickly become a forgotten man in the Twins' organization.
Instead of spending his second season in the United States playing for Minnesota, Nishioka is instead stuck at Triple-A Rochester, looking to bounce back from a disappointing debut season in 2011. After signing with the Twins as a heralded infielder from Japan, Nishioka struggled to adjust to the American game. He broke his leg in the first week of the season, which further delayed the adjustment process.
It was an important spring training for Nishioka as he had to work hard to have a shot at making Minnesota's 25-man roster out of camp. Instead, he was sent to begin the season in Rochester.
He's been there ever since.
"He's handling it very well. He was as disappointed as anybody else," said Mike Radcliff, the Twins' vice president of player personnel. "He was one of the best players in the league over there, wanted to come over here and had ...