Daisuke Ochi told reporters today that he will undergo surgical treatment for the ossification of the yellow ligament some time in June.
"I have not been feeling good [since about February]. ... Everything from the knee down feels numb and close to where I can not move," said Ochi to reporters.
There is currently no timetable on his return.
UPDATE 5/31 @ 11:24am - According to Sponichi, at least two other players in recent history suffered similar conditions: Tsutomu Sakai in 1993 and Daisuke Miyamoto in 2006. Sakai attempted a comeback, but never managed to make it back to the Ichi-gun roster before retiring in 1996. Miyamoto did manage to make it back to the Ichi-gun roster (played in two games) before retiring in 2009.
UPDATE 5/31 @ 11:46am - A couple of additional updates:
- The Giants plan to keep Ochi under contract for the 2013 season. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2012
- Ochi was diagnosed with ossification of the yellow ligament in early May. He decided on the surgery after visiting a number of hospitals. He was told by one doctor that he might be able to start practicing again in three months, at the earliest. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2012
- Ochi does not feel any pain, but does have a hard time walking. He fell once while using the stairs around the time he was taken off the active roster on April 19. Source: Sponichi 5/31/2012