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.
[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.
[UPDATE 7/12 @ 2017]
Akamatsu worked out at the Ono facilities on July 11 for the first time since he had surgery in January. His first day included about ninety minutes of running.
Source: Sponichi 7/12/2017
[UPDATE 7/18 @ 12:06am]
TBS’ special on professional baseball wives aired on July 17. Akamatsu and his wife appeared on the show and discussed his battle with cancer. He was originally diagnosed with early stage stomach cancer, but later found he was at Stage 3a. Doctors discovered the error when they examined the portion of stomach they removed during a procedure in January.0 Comments