[3/26/2018] Softbank Hawks part ways with Munenori Kawasaki

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they decided to part ways with Munenori Kawasaki. The thirty-six-year-old veteran suffered an injury last July. He managed to make it back for a Ni-gun rehab game in September, but got hurt again. His status for the 2018 season was unknown. The Hawks were interested in bringing him back, but Kawasaki was later diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder that hampered his ability to train (he had difficulty eating at one point and lost quite a bit of weight).

In a statement released through the Hawks, Kawasaki explains that he felt he could no longer continue playing baseball based on his current condition and spoke to the Hawks about his options. After discussions the two sides agreed to a release. He apologized to his fans and promised to continue his rehab.

The Hawks are planning to keep discussions open with Kawasaki. If he ever improves to the point where he feels he can play, they will consider signing him again.

Source: Softbank 3/26/2018, Sanspo 3/26/2018, Sponichi 3/26/2018, Sponichi 3/26/2018, Daily Sports 3/26/2018, Daily Sports 3/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 3/26/2018

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