There are reports coming from the Rakuten Eagles camp stating that Masahiro Tanaka will not be making his start on the 23rd due to pain in his right arm. There is also a possibility that Tanaka will have to forego his spot on the All-Star Roster and his status for the Olympics is still uncertain.
Tanaka first experienced pain in his right arm during his last start against the Softbank Hawks. He was taken to Tokorozawa Municipal Hospital in Saitama Prefecture on the 22nd for tests and was diagnosed with an inflammation in his bicep brachii muscle.
"I think I'm just feeling a little tired," said Tanaka. "I just want to get better and get back to work."
The conditioning coach intends to shut down Tanaka's throwing program for a few days and focus on running and other non-throwing activities. Tanaka will continue to receive treatment and regular check-ups from the team doctor in Sendai City.
When asked what Team Japan manager Senichi Hoshino planned to about Tanaka's current status, he said, "Of course I'm worried. If it seems like he's going to be out for a little while, we'll have to figure out an alternate plan. But I don't want to make any decisions now. We'll see how things play out."
Source: Yahoo Japan