[2/14/2017] Shingo Kawabata diagnosed with herniated disc

Shingo Kawabata felt pain in his buttocks after practices on February 13. He was given an MRI at a hospital in Naha today and diagnosed with a herniated disc. The Yakult Swallows are planning to re-evaluate his status after seeing how he handles practices on February 16.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/14/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2017

[UPDATE 2/17 @ 12:16pm]

Kawabata is currently taking medicine to deal with the pain. There is improvement in his condition. He is not thinking about surgery at this point in time. His workouts on February 16 including walking, light jogging, and playing catch at a distance of about thirty meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/17/2017, Sponichi 2/17/2017

[UPDATE 2/19 @ 12:03am]

Kawabata will be examined at a hospital in Tokyo on February 20 because he is also experiencing some numbness. He feels he is okay, but the Swallows want more details to make sure he gets the right treatment.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2017, Daily Sports 2/18/2017

[UPDATE 2/22 @ 12:28am]

Kawabata was examined at a hospital in Tokyo. He does not need surgery. He will continue his training at Ni-gun camp.

Source: Sponichi 2/21/2017

[UPDATE 3/15 @ 1:40am]

Kawabata is currently able to play catch at a distance of about thirty meters. He is also able to take light swings against a pitching machine. He told reporters he could throw at full strength and felt no pain when swinging the bat.

Source: Sanspo 3/14/2017

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