The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shingo Kawabata had surgery at a hospital in Tokyo to treat his lumbar herniated disc.
[UPDATE 9/1 @ 2:34pm]
Kawabata might be able to resume practices in November.
Source: Sanspo 9/1/2017
[UPDATE 9/5 @ 12:33am]
Kawabata had surgery on August 31 and was able to check out of the hospital on September 3.
Source: Daily Sports 9/4/2017
[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:35pm]
Kawabata hopes to be ready for Ichi-gun spring camp next year. He feels it will be possible so long as he is able to begin regular drills next month.
The Yakult Swallows announced today that Shingo Kawabata will have surgery to treat a herniated disc some time this month. He developed the condition during spring camp this year and was hoping to avoid going under the knife.
[UPDATE 8/18 @ 12:55am]
A neck injury during a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 23 kept Kawabata out of addition rehab games until August 6. He decided to have surgery when he then developed pain near his lower back while throwing the ball during fielding practices.
Source: Sanspo 8/17/2017
Shingo Kawabata hurt his neck when he bumped into a batter-runner while playing first base during a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on July 23. Kawabata has been working his way back from a herniated disc and was hoping to make it to the active roster some time between late-July and early-August, but will most likely need a little more time.
Source: Sanspo 8/1/2017
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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.
[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.
[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.
[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
[UPDATE 3/25 @ 10:04pm]
Kawabata is slated to play in a Ni-gun game at designated hitter on March 28. Mitsuru Manaka told reporters he could still make the opening day roster, but only if he is also capable of playing defense.
Source: Sponichi 3/25/2017
[UPDATE 3/26 @ 10:26pm]
Depending on how things go on March 28, Kawabata might be able to make the active roster some time in early April.
Source: Sponichi 3/26/2017
[UPDATE 3/29 @ 6:53pm]
Kawabata batted second as designated hitter against Ni-gun Lotte on March 28. He went 0-for-3: G1, Ks, F7.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/29/2017
[UPDATE 4/4 @ 5:53pm]
Kawabata might be ready to make the active roster on April 11.
Source: Sponichi 4/4/2017
[UPDATE 4/12 @ 10:19pm]
The clock on Kawabata’s return was reset after the Swallows determined he needed more time. There is no timetable on his return.
[UPDATE 5/2 @ 10:29pm]
Kawabata has hit a roadblock in his rehab. He started feeling a tingling sensation in his left leg while jogging and will be re-examined at some time this month. Surgery is a possibility. If he goes under the knife, it could take three to six months for a full recovery.
Source: Sanspo 5/2/2017
[UPDATE 5/17 @ 9:44pm]
Kawabata might be able to avoid going under the knife. He was re-examined at a hospital on May 15 and was told his condition was gradually improving.
Source: Sanspo 5/17/2017
[UPDATE 6/20 @ 9:32pm]
Kawabata would like to make it to the active roster before the All-Star break. He no longer feels any tingling in his leg and he is close to running at full speed. He is slated to return to regular Ni-gun workouts this week and might be able to play in a rehab game/scrimmage some time next week.
[UPDATE 7/10 @ 10:11pm]
Kawabata played in a rehab game against Ni-gun Lotte earlier today. He got the start at designated hitter and batted third. He went 0-for-1: with runners on first and third and no out in the first inning, he reached on an error and managed to score all the way from first on a hit to right-center. This was his first game in about three months.
Source: Sanspo 7/10/2017
[UPDATE 7/15 @ 4:55pm]
Kawabata is scheduled to play in another Ni-gun rehab game on July 20 against Rakuten at Toda. He will get the start at designated hitter.
Assuming no major issues, he might be ready to return to the active roster some time before the end of the month.0 Comments
Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) played in a Ni-gun game against against Yokohama on September 3. He got the start at first and batted third. He went 1-for-3: Ks, 1B9, G3.
Source: Sanspo 9/3/20160 Comments
Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) could return to the active roster in time for the Yokohama series that begins on September 6. He is taking batting and fielding practice without any problems and is slated to play in his first rehab game at Ni-gun within the next few days.0 Comments
Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) will play in his first Ni-gun rehab game some time this week. Assuming no setbacks, he could rejoin the active roster some time next week.
Juri Hara (right subscapularis) is scheduled to start a Ni-gun game against Lotte on September 1. He is slated to pitch three innings and throw about fifty pitches.
Source: Sanspo 8/30/20160 Comments
Shingo Kawabata (right navicular bone) resumed outdoor practices on August 16. He kept his workouts light. He still feels pain in his ankle. The Yakult Swallows are keeping a close eye on his progress.
Source: Sanspo 8/17/20160 Comments
Shingo Kawabata fouled a ball off his right foot during his at bat in the first inning against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Jingu Stadium today. He remained in the game until he was replaced on defense in the third.
Kawabata was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with a fracture in his right navicular bone. The foot will be immobilized for three to four weeks. He might be able to make it back to the active roster for the last ten to twenty games of the season.
[UPDATE 7/23 @ 5:24am]
The Swallows initially thought Kawabata might not be able to return to the active roster until some time after August, but after a re-evaluation at a hospital in Tokyo on July 21, they learned he might be able to make it back in August.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/20160 Comments
Shingo Kawabata developed a fever on May 18. The fever is gone now, but his appetite has not yet fully returned. He told reporters he felt he lost some weight, but was too afraid to actually step on a scale. Since his return:
Source: ZakZak 5/25/20160 Comments