Irabu retires for 2nd time

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TOKYO, Jan. 19 (18:21) Kyodo

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu has retired from
professional baseball for the second time, citing wrist problems.

''I've decided to retire and consider what to do next in my
life,'' the 40-year-old wrote Monday on his official blog.

In 2009, Irabu came out of four years of retirement to pitch for
the Long Beach Armada of the U.S. independent Golden Baseball League.

He moved to the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's Shikoku-Kyushu
Island League later that year.

Irabu was released by Kochi in September after being diagnosed
with tenosynovitis, the inflammation of a tendon sheath, in his right
hand and asked the club to terminate his contract.

''I have belonged to all kinds of organizations in the major,
minor and independent leagues. I appreciate those who gave me those
opportunities,'' he said.

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