Category: Injuries


[1/19/2017] Kenta Tanigawara has elbow surgery

The Softbank Hawks announced today that Kenta Tanigawara had surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow at a hospital in Fukuoka. He will be discharged from the hospital on January 20 and will begin a rehab program on January 21. He will require about three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/19/2017


[1/10/2017] Seishu Hatake has surgery to clean elbow

Yomiuri Giants’ second round draft pick Seishu Hatake had surgery to remove loose cartilage from his right elbow. He participated in workouts today, but in limited capacity. It is uncertain how long it will take for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 1/10/2017, Daily Sports 1/10/2017


[1/7/2017] Katsushi Nakamichi diagnosed with ulcerative colitis

Orix Buffaloes’ Ikusei fifth round draft pick Katsushi Nakamichi was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Nakamichi was not feeling well during last year’s press conference on December 18 and went to a hospital in Hyogo for tests on December 21. He found out on December 26 that he had ulcerative colitis. His move to the team dormitory on January 7 was canceled. He will remain at home until he is feeling better. Nakamichi will require about eight weeks for a full recovery and is not expected to attend spring camp in February.

Source: Sponichi 1/7/2017, Daily Sports 1/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/7/2017

[UPDATE 1/12 @ 11:14pm]

Nakamichi attended the NPB Rookie Seminar in Tokyo on January 11. He was reexamined at a hospital in Nishinomiya a few days earlier and cleared to move into the team dormitory today. He is expected to join rookie workouts on January 13, assuming he is feeling okay.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/12/2017, Nikkan Sports 1/17/2017Sponichi 1/12/2017, Sponichi 1/12/2017

[UPDATE 1/13 @ 10:40pm]

Nakamichi joined rookie workouts on January 13. He will take things slow for the time being.

Source: Daily Sports 1/13/2017


[12/28/2016] Masato Akamatsu diagnosed with stomach cancer

Masato Akamatsu told the media today that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer (early stages) during a health examination in Hiroshima earlier this month. He is scheduled to have surgery to treat the cancer in early January (he will most likely have at least half of his stomach removed). It is uncertain if he will be able to return to baseball after the surgery.

Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2016, Sponichi 12/28/2016

[UPDATE 1/5 @ 9:19pm]

The Carp announced today that Akamatsu had surgery and will be hospitalized for one to two weeks. He will not be able to do any exercises for one to two months.

Source: Daily Sports 1/5/2017

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 5:50pm]

Akamatsu told fans today through his blog that he was discharged from the hospital. He still feels some pain, but can otherwise get through the day without any major difficulties.

Source: Blog post, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2017


[12/26/2016] Tetsuya Utsumi has surgery to remove mediastinal tumor

The Yomiuri Giants announced today that Tetsuya Utsumi had surgery to remove a mediastinal tumor from his chest. The tumor was discovered during a routine check-up. His condition is not considered serious. He will be discharged from the hospital on December 30. He should be able to resume practices two to three weeks after his discharge.

Source: Daily Sports 12/26/2016, Daily Sports 12/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2016, Tokyo Sports 12/26/2016

[UPDATE 12/30 @ 10:08pm]

Utsumi was in pain after the surgery, but was feeling good enough to walk around for about two hours inside the hospital two days later. He was allowed to leave a day early on December 29. He resumed his training on the same day (walking, stretches) and told reporters that he no longer felt pain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/30/2016


[12/15/2016] Yutaro Sugimoto had elbow cleaned out in August

Yutaro Sugimoto told reporters on December 14 that he had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder on August 10. He decided to have the spurs removed because he started feeling pain while swinging the bat. He is currently able to do some long distance throwing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2016


[12/7/2016] Yuki Yanagita not planning to have elbow surgery

Yuki Yanagita had surgery to clean out his right elbow in November 2015. He developed pain in the elbow during the Climax Series and decided to sit out the Samurai Japan international exhibition series last month. He still feels pain in the elbow. He could have opted for another surgery this winter, but he decided to go with physical therapy.

Yanagita was examined at hospital on November 5. His condition is improving. There is still a chance he might be able to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2016


[12/2/2016] Iori Katsura has left knee surgery

The Chunichi Dragons announced on November 30 that Iori Katsura had surgery on his left knee (meniscus) at a hospital in Osaka on November 29. He will be able to resume walking in January and should be fully recovered in about four months.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2016


[12/2/2016] Yuya Ishii has right knee surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced today that Yuya Ishii had surgery on his right knee at a hospital in Tokyo (resection of the medial meniscus). He will be discharged from the hospital after a few days and will start a rehab program at the Ni-gun Kamagaya facilities. He will require about two months for a full recovery.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/2/2016


[11/21/2016] Takeaki Tokuyama diagnosed with ossification of the yellow ligament

Takeaki Tokuyama was diagnosed with ossification of the yellow ligament and will have surgery to treat the condition at a hospital in Tokyo on November 22.

Tokuyama felt some numbness in his left hamstring in September. He participated in the Phoenix League in October, but returned to Tokyo early. He was later examined at a hospital and diagnosed with ossification of the yellow ligament.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2016