Baseball: Yakult pitcher Igarashi to call it a career after this season

Yakult Swallows’ veteran pitcher Ryota Igarashi has told the team he will retire at the end of the season after a 23-year playing career, sources close to the matter said Sunday.The 41-year-old right-hander, who made 905 game appearances in his professional career in both Japan and Major League Baseball, threw 21-2/3 innings for the farm team this season but has not played on the top team.A second-round pick in the 1998 draft, Igarashi soon locked up his roster spot and was named the Central League’s most valuable relief pitcher in 2004.He spent 10 seasons with the Tokyo-based Swallows before …

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