[8/18/2018] Masaki Minami diagnosed with ossification of the yellow ligament

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on August 18 that twenty-nine-year-old Masaki Minami had surgery to treat the ossification of the yellow ligament at a hospital in  was examined at a hospital in Narashino, Chiba on August 17. He might require about six months for a full recovery.

Minami pitched in thirty-five games this season and was 2-2 with six holds. He was taken off the active roster on July 21 with numbness in his legs.

The Marines released the following statement from Minami:

I will soon start what I imagine will be a very difficult rehab program, but I will do my best so that I can pitch off the mound at ZOZO Marine once more. Please continue to root for me.

Source: Lotte 8/18/2018, Daily Sports 8/18/2018, Sports Hochi 8/18/2018, Sponichi 8/18/2018, Jiji 8/18/2018, Sankei News 8/18/2018

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