The Yakult Swallows announced that thirty-three-year-old Tetsuya Yamamoto and thirty-six-year-old Kenichi Matsuoka will be retiring at the end of the season. They posted the following comments from the players.
To the fans, thank you for supporting for nine years. Even though I missed a full season with a year of rehab, the support from many people allowed me to end my career with no regrets. Please continue to root and cheer for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
A very big thank you to the fans that supported me for fourteen years. I was able to get through the good and the bad because of your support. I am nothing but grateful. Thank you.
Source: Yakult 9/30/20180 Comments
Juri Hara (right subscapularis) and Tetsuya Yamamoto (right elbow, Tommy John) pitched in a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Lotte Urawa on September 1.
Hara started the game and gave up six runs on seven hits over 2.2 innings of work. He threw sixty-four pitches and topped out at 145km/h.
Yamamoto entered the game in the seventh inning and gave up three runs on three hits, including a solo home run and two-run home run, over one inning of work. He topped out at 144km/h.
Source: Sanspo 9/2/20160 Comments