A team official told reporters on Saturday that forty-four-year-old Takeshi Yamasaki is planning to retire at the end of the season. When the veteran was asked of the news at Nagoya Stadium today, he replied, "I have been playing baseball long enough to know what it means if you are not on the active roster at this time of year. I need to consider my options. I will let everyone know what I am feeling on the 29th."
Yamasaki was taken off the active roster on Saturday and said to Sports Hochi reporters, "I am not satisfied with my numbers. I would like to finish out my contact of 144 games. But, results are everything and if I am at Ni-gun at this time of year, it means I am at a point where I have to think [about my future]. I will think about this carefully."
A press conference is scheduled for Monday.