September 26, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda(notes) has been in the majors since 2008, compiling a record of 41-46 with an ERA of 3.48 and 516 strikeouts in 693 innings. About to become a free agent, the Japanese media are speculating that Kuroda may be headed back to his homeland at season's end, according to MLB.com.
The 36-year-old had much success with the Hiroshima Carp back in Japan and the word is that he could play for the team in 2012, the site notes.
"It's amazing that something I don't know, someone else knows," said Kuroda, according to MLB.com. "They have a 50-50 chance."
Kuroda did say that if he returns to Japan and plays professionally, it'll be for the Carp, according to the site, but nothing is set for next year. "It's not my style to think about the future so far ahead," he said, the site reports. "Every offseason I think the coming season will be my last. I thought that last year. You never know what happens. I think every start could be my last start. I don't know when my last year will be, I don't know when my last start will be. I'll tell you one thing: I tend to go the other way. At this moment, I really don't know. I might stay here, I might go to Japan. It's 50-50."
Kuroda is 13-16 this season and will get a final start on Tuesday.