Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Report: Seibu Lions reliever Tomomi Takahashi has Tommy John surgery
The Saitama Seibu Lions announced that reliever Tomomi Takahashi had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Takahashi, 27, was originally the team's closer for the last two years until the final month of the 2015 season. He racked up 51 saves in two seasons, but lost his closer job after being ineffective when the summer of 2015 began.
In 2016, the Lions had him as the team's setup man and he appeared in seven games. He had one win (on opening night) and one save for the season. Takakashi's last game was on April 19 and the team deactivated him on April 22 with a reported elbow problem.
When we heard Takahashi was injured with an elbow problem, we expected this to happen. The Lions presumably tried to wait it out and hope there would be recovery, but now it will be extremely late.
With this surgery happening in July rather than May, Takahashi presumably will miss nearly the whole 2017 season as it takes at least 12 months to recover and rehab from Tommy John. At this point, we will have to hope he returns by September of 2017 at the earliest.
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Posted by Christian Gin at 2:53 PM