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|Born:July 4, 1986|
|NPB: July 8, 2010 for the Hanshin Tigers|
Hiroki Uemoto (上本 博紀 Uemoto Hiroki?, born July 4, 1986 in Fukuyama, Hiroshima) is a professional baseball player, and the second baseman for the Hanshin Tigers, a team in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League.
Early baseball career
Uemoto attended Koryo High School, where his team participated in the Japanese High School Baseball Championship for four consecutive seasons. In 2003, he played alongside high-school sluggers Kentaro Nishimura and Yuta Shirahama to win the championship for their school. In his sophomore year he was selected to participate in the Asia AAA Baseball Championship where he won the Top Defensive Player award. During the 2004 National Invitational High-school Baseball Tournament, he served as team captain and played catcher.
In the sixth inning of a Hanshin vs. Samurai Japan practice game on February 26, he collided with left fielder Hayata Ito while chasing a ball hit by Hayato Sakamoto. Ito caught the ball despite the collision and was able to continue playing, but Uemoto was taken off the field on a stretcher. He was diagnosed with an injury to his anterior talofibular ligament. He underwent rehabilitation starting in March, returning to practice in mid-May. Because of occasional pain still felt in his left ankle, he underwent surgery in June.
His first appearance following surgery was on August 29 against the Giants in the Tokyo Dome, where he played third baseman for the first time. Five days later he hit his first home run of the year against the Baystars. During the September 18 game against Hiroshima, he played against his brother Takashi for the first time; he as the 2nd baseman and his brother as the Carp's shortstop. In the 2013 season, he played 25 games with 8 RBIs and 2 home runs.
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