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.0 Comments
Contract talks between Munenori Kawasaki and the Softbank Hawks are still ongoing. There may be an issue with Kawasaki’s legs (he hurt both Achilles tendons last season). The veteran skipped all post-season events and could also end up skipping parts or all of spring camp because of the injuries.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki was taken off the active roster on July 24 with pain in both ankles. Kawasaki may have been having problems with his ankles since before the All-Star break. The Softbank Hawks have been using him on and off because of the pain, but did not want to risk further injury.
[UPDATE 9/12 @ 3:54pm]
Kawasaki might be able to return to the active roster before the end of the regular season. He told reporters that he no longer felt pain in his Achilles tendons (both legs) while running.
Source: Sponichi 9/12/2017
[UPDATE 9/23 @ 2:16am]
Kawasaki is scheduled to play in a Ni-gun rehab game on September 23. He will most likely play about three innings.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2017
[UPDATE 9/23 @ 10:40pm]
Kawasaki started at second and batted lead-off during a Ni-gun game against Hanshin today. He led off the inning with a home run on the first pitch of the game. He developed a cramp in his left calf as he rounded the bases and was removed as a precaution.0 Comments
Shinnosuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Stadium today. He gave up a run on three hits over six innings of work. He threw 100 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 145km/h. Chunichi beat Softbank 3-1.
Ogasawara pitched well early on and held Softbank to one infield hit through five innings. He gave up a run on a walk and a double to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth.
On a side note: Kawasaki started at third (he moved to second in the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning) and batted lead-off for Softbank. He went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Orix three-game series that begins on April 28.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki told reporters that he is trying to make the active roster by May 2 at the latest. The date comes from his uniform number 52.
Source: Daily Sports 4/22/2017
[UPDATE 4/24 @ 2:25pm]
Kawasaki is scheduled to be with the Ni-gun team for an upcoming three-game series against Chunichi at Nagoya that begins on April 25.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at third and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Chunichi Dragons earlier today. He reached base in all four of his trips to the plate: double to left in the first, timely single to center in the second, and walks in his next two trips to the plate. He is now 12-for-21 in eight games.
Source: Sponichi 4/19/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at short and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Chunichi today. He recorded a hit and an RBI.
Down a run in the first inning, he hit a single to center and later crossed the plate as the tying run. With a two run lead in the fourth inning, he hit a sac fly to right.
Source: Sponichi 4/18/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki got the start in left and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hiroshima Carp on April 14. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI: he recorded an RBI triple to right-center in the third inning and a two-run double to right in the fifth inning. He is now 7-for-14 in five Ni-gun games.
Source: Sponichi 4/14/20170 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki started at short and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers earlier today. With the bat, he went 1-for-3 (double to right in the fourth inning) with two runs scored. He has collected at least one hit in each of the four Ni-gun games he has played in so far. His day ended in the seventh inning on defense. He is still working his way up to playing a full game.0 Comments
Munenori Kawasaki got the start at third and batted lead-off against the Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers at Naruohama on April 12. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI: Fo7, SF7 one RBI, HR9 one RBI, 2B8 one RBI.0 Comments