Takahiro Aoki had his left knee examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on Friday and was told additional testing was needed. Aoki is scheduled for another examination on February 22. At worst, Aoki will need surgery, which means he will most likely not be ready by opening day.
Aoki was originally diagnosed in a hospital in Okinawa on February 5 with a ligament injury in his left knee that needed a week for a full recovery. He moved to Nichinan camp on February 7 to continue his rehab and ultimately return to Hiroshima on February 15.