The Tokyo Swallows put out a two sentence blurb (Japanese text) on their website today stating that Keizo Kawashima will not be on the bench for the playoffs as he had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow yesterday.
Keizo had surgery at a hospital in Gunma Prefecture, and the team predicts that it will take about a year for the 28 year old shortstop to make a full recovery.
There’s also some speculation that Tateyama will have hand surgery sometime after the Swallows conclude their postseason play. It was reported that he has been having problems with his middle and ring fingers on his throwing hand.
Toshihisa Nishi, who used to play for Yomiuri and Yokohama, had a similar blood-flow problem that he solved by receiving an incision on the side of his fingers.
Tateyama was apparently apprehensive that the surgical procedure would affect his ability to throw forkballs, but felt better after hearing about the operation firsthand from Nishi.