Hiroaki Takaya was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on February 19 and diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. He was reassigned to the rehab group on February 20.
[UPDATE 2/22 @ 1:46am]
If the recovery process takes too long, surgery might become an option.
Source: Sanspo 2/21/2018
[UPDATE 2/24 @ 3:41am]
Takaya has decided to undergo surgery to treat the elbow and will most likely miss the start of the season.
[UPDATE 2/27 @ 9:18pm]
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Takaya had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about three months for a full recovery.
Source: Sanspo 2/27/20180 Comments
October 31, 2017 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Takaya threw out two runners (Masayuki Kuwahara and Takayuki Kajitani) trying to second base in the first inning. He joined Toru Hosokawa (2014 Nippon Series, Game 5, 3rd inning, Matt Murton and Hiroki Uemoto) as the only catchers in NPB history to throw out two runners trying to steal a base in one Nippon Series inning.0 Comments
Hiroaki Takaya suffered a concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask. He was taken off the active roster today under the special concussion rule.
[UPDATE 7/31 @ 4:16pm]
Takaya is expected to return to the active roster on August 1. He was taken off the active roster with a concussion caused by taking four foul tips off his mask over a period of two games.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/31/2017
[UPDATE 8/2 @ 4:00pm]
Takaya was added to the active roster today. He took an NPB six-level concussion test without any problems.
Source: Nikkan Sports 8/2/20170 Comments
Hiroaki Takaya fractured his right middle finger while attempting to catch a foul-tip during the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Hanshin Tigers at YafuOku Dome.
Hanshin’s Shunsuke Fujikawa hit a foul-tip during his at bat in the seventh inning. Takaya dropped his glove hand down to block a possible ball in the dirt and brought his right hand over the top. The foul-tip struck his right middle finger and broke the fingernail. He received treatment and remained in the game, but was replaced on defense in the ninth inning.
After the game, Takaya was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for tests. He was diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx. The Softbank Hawks will wait to see how he is feeling tomorrow before deciding what steps to take next.
[UPDATE 6/11 @ 10:33pm]
Takaya was taken off the active roster today.0 Comments
Thirty-four-year-old Hiroaki Takaya earned his domestic free agent option this season. He visited YafuOku Dome on November 7 and informed the team that he was not going to use the option.
Takaya told reporters he never really thought about using his option and that the Softbank Hawks considered him a part of their plans next year, even though he did not have a good season (he hurt his left knee and needed surgery).0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced that Hiroaki Takaya will have surgery to treat a meniscus injury in his left knee on July 6. He will be hospitalized for about a week and will require roughly two months for a full recovery.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/20160 Comments
Hiroaki Takaya was taken off the active roster on June 19. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on June 21 and was diagnosed with possible injuries to two areas of his left knee: the medial condyle of the femur and the meniscus.0 Comments
Hiroaki Takaya was taken off the active roster on June 19 because of discomfort in his left knee. Takaya was able to participate in practices on the same day, but returned to Fukuoka before the start of the Hanshin game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/20/20160 Comments