Former Rangers pitcher Otsuka seeking comeback

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FUKUI, Japan, Jan. 20 (19:28) Kyodo

Former Texas Rangers reliever Akinori Otsuka said Wednesday he
will have a third surgery on his right elbow on Friday with the aim
of resuming his playing career.

''I'll undergo surgery to return to the mound. I haven't given
up yet,'' Otsuka said in a speech at the memorial service of his
former Kintetsu Buffaloes pitching coach Shigeru Kobayashi.

Kobayashi died of heart failure Sunday at age 57.

''I'm prepared to pitch for whatever team needs me (in Japan or
the United States),'' the 38-year-old Otsuka said.

Otsuka last appearance was in July 2007 for the Rangers.

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