Katayama was released by the Rakuten Eagles after the 2017 season. He attended the twelve-team tryouts and later accepted an offer to be a player/pitching coach for the BC League’s Musashi Heat Bears. Katayama hurt his left elbow in 2014 and at one point attempted a comeback as a position player. He signed an Ikusei contract with Rakuten for the 2016 season and decided to go back to pitching. He had surgery on his left elbow in March 2017 and was released after the season.
Katayama also divorced his wife during the 2016 season and was living out of a hotel (5,000 yen a night) when he signed with Musashi.0 Comments
The Musashi Heat Bears announced on December 7 that they reached an agreement with former Rakuten Eagle Hiroshi Katayama. He will join the team as a player/coach.
Source: Musashi Heat 12/7/20170 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Hiroshi Katayama had surgery to treat a ligament injury and stress fracture in his left elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on March 16. He will require about ten months for a full recovery.
Source: Sponichi 3/22/20170 Comments
Hiroshi Katayama attempted a conversion to infielder in February 2015. The Eagles announced today that he will go back to pitching. Katayama decided to go back to pitcher because his left elbow is feeling better.0 Comments