30 year old RHP and 2004 Central League Rookie-of-the-Year Ryo Kawashima has been traded to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for an undisclosed amount according to the team’s Japanese-language website.
After an outstanding rookie season in 2004 in which Kawashima tallied an impressive 10-4 record and 3.17 ERA, Kawashima put together another strong year in 2005 for the Swallows going 9-10 and 2.81.
But it was all downhill from there as a series of injuries derailed his young career. The last time that he pitched more than 100 innings was in 2008 when he finished the year with a 4.70 ERA and 7-9 record.
Kawashima only made one appearance for the Tokyo Swallows in 2011 and gave up two earned runs in three innings of work.
Check Yakyu Baka for more complete stats from Kawashima’s eight years as a Tokyo Swallow.
Here’s Kawashima’s comment on the situation:
“I’d like to thank everyone in the Yakult baseball organization and the fans for supporting me over the past eight years. This is a new beginning for me, and I plan to do my best to help Tohoku Rakuten win.”