The Hiroshima Carp announced today that thirty-eight-year-old pitcher Tsuyoshi Kikuchihara will return at the end of the season.
The Carp posted the following comment from Kikuchihara:
It is regretable that I could not help the team, but I consider myself lucky because I had the opportunity to meet many people.
When I returned to the Carp and hurt my Achilles' tendon, many people helped me out. It was through their support that I was able to continue playing. For that I am extremely grateful.
Thank you to all the fans that cheered for me over the years and to everyone that affected my life.