Akamatsu, Masato 赤松 真人 (あかまつ・まさと)
Hiroshima Carp | #38 | OF
Born: 09/05/1982 (age 37)
Height: 182cm
Weight: 75kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 2004, 6th Round
History: 平安高(甲)-立命大-阪神
Roster Changes: added 04/05/2016, removed 09/11/2016, added 09/28/2016, removed 10/01/2016, added 10/11/2016

[12/28/2016] Masato Akamatsu diagnosed with stomach cancer

Masato Akamatsu told the media today that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer (early stages) during a health examination in Hiroshima earlier this month. He is scheduled to have surgery to treat the cancer in early January (he will most likely have at least half of his stomach removed). It is uncertain if he will be able to return to baseball after the surgery.

Source: Daily Sports 12/28/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/28/2016, Sponichi 12/28/2016

[UPDATE 1/5 @ 9:19pm]

The Carp announced today that Akamatsu had surgery and will be hospitalized for one to two weeks. He will not be able to do any exercises for one to two months.

Source: Daily Sports 1/5/2017

[UPDATE 1/16 @ 5:50pm]

Akamatsu told fans today through his blog that he was discharged from the hospital. He still feels some pain, but can otherwise get through the day without any major difficulties.

Source: Blog post, Nikkan Sports 1/16/2017

[UPDATE 7/12 @ 2017]

Akamatsu worked out at the Ono facilities on July 11 for the first time since he had surgery in January. His first day included about ninety minutes of running.

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2017

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 12:06am]

TBS’ special on professional baseball wives aired on July 17. Akamatsu and his wife appeared on the show and discussed his battle with cancer. He was originally diagnosed with early stage stomach cancer, but later found he was at Stage 3a. Doctors discovered the error when they examined the portion of stomach they removed during a procedure in January.

Source: Daily Sports 7/17/2017, Sponichi 7/17/2017