Otsuka to have surgery on right elbow: blog

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (14:39) Kyodo

Former Texas Rangers right-hander Akinori Otsuka said on his
blog Wednesday he would undergo surgery on his right elbow the same

''Today (Wednesday, U.S. time) I will have surgery on my right
elbow,'' said Otsuka, 35, who injured his elbow last season.

''I have come to this decision after much worry and
consideration. I will work hard in rehab so I can definitely make a
comeback to the mound,'' he said.

Otsuka went 2-1 with four saves in 34 games for the Rangers last
season but was put on the disabled list in July after injuring his
right elbow. He had no opportunity to pitch in the second half of the

Otsuka became a free agent after being released by the Rangers
last month. He has a career 13-15 record with 39 saves over four
years in the majors.

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