The Hiroshima Carp announced that Colby Lewis is leaving the club due to health problems related to his family.
The Carp and Lewis were close to signing a 2-year deal prior to the announcement.
Losing Lewis will definitely hurt the Carp next season.
=== UPDATE 12/16/2009 6:05am JST
The Carp had offered Lewis a 2-year deal worth about 176M yen (US$2M) a year. It's possible that a team in the MLB also has an interest in Lewis.