DeNA’s Taira has Tommy John
DeNA BayStars starting pitcher Kentaro Taira underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday in Yokohama, Nikkan Sports reported.
The 25-year-old had been feeling stiffness in the elbow from the start of the season, but pitched in two Eastern League rehab starts on May 16, when he worked three scoreless innings, and again on May 23, when he gave p three runs in four innings and threw 72 pitches.
Although he said he was conflicted about having surgery, the decision — going from pitching to surgery in 17 days, is light speed for Japan.
Vaccinated players to get special treatment
NPB announced Monday that players vaccinated as members of Japan’s Olympic team who suffer side effects can be deactivated and reactivated according to the COVID-19 rules when they are fit to play without waiting the usual 10 days to be reactivated, Nikkan Sports reported Monday.
The Olympic team is expected to be named by the middle of this month.
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