Thirty-four-year-old Keizo Kawashima earned his international free agent option on July 11 with nine years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Thirty-four-year-old Keizo Kawashima met with the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome on November 10 and later told reporters that he decided not to use his domestic free agent option. He said he decided to stay because the team said they needed him.0 Comments
November 4, 2017 vs Yokohama at YafuOku Dome – Kawashima recorded a walk-off that gave the Softbank Hawks their eighth Nippon Series championship. For Kawashima, it was the first walk-off hit of his professional career.
Source: Sponichi 11/5/20170 Comments
Thirty-three-year-old Keizo Kawashima earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/12/20170 Comments
The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform number change today:
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Keizo Kawashima took a hard slide from Kensuke Tanaka while playing second base in the sixth inning against Nippon Ham on April 3. He was replaced on defense after the play and taken to a hospital. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his lower right leg. The Softbank Hawks are planning to file a complain with the Pacific League for a slide they feel umpires should have questioned.
[UPDATE 4/4 @ 10:08pm]
Kawashima was taken off the active roster on April 4. The bruise on his right leg was apparently pretty bad because he needed crutches to get around on April 3.
[UPDATE 4/5 @ 9:43pm]
The media learned today that Kawashima not only suffered a bruise on his leg, but also damage to the anterior talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament. He will need to keep his right ankle immobile for about three weeks. There is no timetable on how long it will take for a full recovery.
Source: Chunichi Sports 4/5/20160 Comments