Yasuhiko Yabuta announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season. He is scheduled to hold a press conference on the 30th.
Yabuta quotes from Sports Hochi:
"I was rehabbing at Ni-gun, but I did not feel like things were getting any better. I was a far off from my best and did not think I could be effective. There was also my age. I have no regrets."
"I had problems with my right shoulder when I was younger. Back then, I could pitch through the pain, but now, the pain killers do not even work. [Sometimes the pain is so bad] it wakes me up. I have a hard time raising my hand or washing my body. If not for the pain, I felt confident I could still pitch, but it is past that now."
Quote from Sponichi:
"I had problems with my shoulder this year and tried my best to get back to the mound at QVC Marine, but felt I reached my limit and decided to retire at the end of the season. I have no regrets."