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Hanshin Tigers: Kenji Jojima returns to Japan

by on Aug.13, 2011 @ 10:53 pm, under NPB

The Tigers announced today that Kenji Jojima returned to the Japan yesterday.  He is now scheduled to share the information he received from doctors in the US with doctors in Japan to decide what steps to take next.

UPDATE 8/14 @ 9:59am - Some more details surrounding Jojima's trip to the US - after arriving at Haneda Airport on Friday morning, Jojima checked in with Akinobu Mayumi.  He then left Tokyo.  Not much else is currently known, other than the following comment from GM Shoji Numasawa:

I can't really say anything.  When the time comes, I'll have the trainer make an announcement.

UPDATE 8/14 @ 10:34am - Daily Sports mentions that the Tigers could have been planning a press conference about Jojima's trip to the US yesterday, but may have backed out after talking to him.  The paper appears concerned that things might be worse off than the team originally thought.

Jojima is said to have visited Dr J. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado for his knee and Dr Frank Jobe in Los Angeles for his elbow.

UPDATE 8/15 @ 12:53am - Team trainer Yasunori Gonda told reporters on Sunday that Jojima will likely decide on a course of treatment sometime early this coming week and could even begin rehabbing again at Naruohama as early as Monday.

When asked if that included surgery, Gonda said, "That was a possible option but not the only option.  We want to take Jojima's opinion on this very seriously."

UPDATE 8/15 @ 8:53pm - A little more on what was said... Regarding the right elbow, it seems the second opinion he received in the US was more or less in line with what doctors old him in Japan.  As for the left knee, he was apparently told that he needed to do strengthening and flexibility exercises to keep is from getting tight.