The media learned on October 2 that thirty-three-year-old Kentaro Nishimura is planning to retire. An announcement and press conference is expected some time within the next few days.
Nishimura struggled with right elbow problems and had two surgeries earlier in his career, one in 2009 and another in 2015. He also bounced back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation and pitched in a career-high seventy-one games in 2013.
Nishimura suffered a dislocated right shoulder earlier this year in July. He decided to retire because he was not making sufficient progress in his rehab.
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 12:55am]
Nishimura held a press conference at the Giants’ offices in Otemachi on October 3. He told reporters he decided to retire because he was not sure if he would be able to pitch next year after he dislocated his shoulder earlier this year in July. He also told reporters he had no regrets because he was able to win his share of championships and titles over his fifteen-year career.
Source: Yomiuri 10/3/20180 Comments
Kentaro Nishimura left last night’s (September 26) game against the Yakult Swallows at Tokyo Dome after he allowed a single to Ryota Fujii and put runners on first and second and two out in the seventh inning. It may have been something in his lower body. He was taken to a hospital for tests.
Nishimura was removed from the active roster today.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/20170 Comments
Thirty-one-year-old Kentaro Nishimura earned his international FA option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.
Source: Daily Sports 9/17/20160 Comments
Kentaro Nishimura was added to the active roster on June 2. Nishimura had surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right elbow in September last year. He spent most of his time rehabbing the elbow during spring camp.
Nishimura played in his first rehab game at San-gun in April. He moved up to Ni-gun on May 10 and pitch in five more rehab games before he was called up on June 2 (6.0 IP, 22 BF, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP).
Source: Tokyo Sports 6/2/20160 Comments