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S. Korean baseball club breaks off talks with Dominican infielder over medical test

All Headlines 16:23 January 25, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Samsung Lions said Wednesday they've ended contract talks with Dominican player Mauro Gomez over a medical test.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Gomez told them he won't be able to undergo the test in Korea, and they decided to break off negotiations.

Gomez had earlier agreed to have the test here at the end of January and join the Lions for their training camp in Guam.

The Lions insisted that they wouldn't sign the player unless he was examined in South Korea. An official with the club said Gomez might have hurt himself during offseason training.

Gomez had a cup of coffee with the Boston Red Sox in 2012, and spent three seasons with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan starting in 2014.

Gomez had been a durable player there. He missed only one out of 144 games in 2014, played the entire 143-game season in 2015, and sat out just four out of 143 last year.

The Lions wanted their new foreign players to be tested in South Korea because they felt they'd been burned by their earlier imports when they simply handed in results from medical tests elsewhere.

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