Chihiro Kaneko (31) told reporters earlier today that he was going to have surgery to clean his right elbow.
"They found a small piece of loose cartilage. It isn't in a complicated spot, but I have a chance at a quicker recovery if I have the procedure done sooner rather than later," said Kaneko.
Kaneko was examined at a hospital earlier today and is planning to get a second opinion on the 28th. Assuming he gets the same recommendation, he could have the procedure in late-November. If he goes under the knife, it will be his second elbow cleaning.
Kaneko's interaction with the media:
Why are you not going to ask to be posted?
I wanted to hear what MLB teams had to say by posting, but domestic teams showed a lot of interest so I decided to give it my best in Japan. I felt strongly about it and made the decision on the 21st.
What about the surgery?
It shouldn't be a complicated procedure. It came down to being the sooner I have the surgery, the quicker I can recover.
You also had your elbowed cleaned in 2011. How was that?
I have already had this procedure done before, so honestly, I'm not that worried. You could say that the early detection will allow me to get the surgery and rehab done, which means I'll be in better condition to pitch and I'll be able to show what I'm capable of when healthy.
What are your plans moving forward?
I'd like to hear what other domestic teams can offer and hopefully I'll be able to give an update.