[2/20/2018] Hiroaki Takaya reassigned to rehab group with elbow inflammation

Hiroaki Takaya was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on February 19 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. He was reassigned to the rehab group on February 20.

Source: Sponichi 2/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/20/2018, Full Count 2/20/2018

[UPDATE 2/22 @ 1:46am]

If the recovery process takes too long, surgery might become an option.

Source: Sanspo 2/21/2018

[UPDATE 2/24 @ 3:41am]

Takaya has decided to undergo surgery to treat the elbow and will most likely miss the start of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 2/23/2018, Sanspo 2/23/2018

[UPDATE 2/27 @ 9:18pm]

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Takaya had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2018

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