Baseball: BayStars' Maeda reveals kidney disease since childhood

DeNA BayStars shortstop Yamato Maeda revealed Friday he has had chronic kidney disease since he was a child.

"I think I can give courage and hope to children with the same disease only while I'm active," said the 35-year-old, who played his 17th year in Nippon Professional Baseball. "I don't know how long I can continue my playing career."

Maeda has had symptoms from an early age, but the disease was identified only recently.

"Generally, doctors tell CKD patients not to play sports, but I want to continue as long as I think it's possible," Maeda said.

He re-signed with the Central League club the same day for an annual salary of an estimated 80 million yen ($600,000), down 10 million yen from a year earlier.

Maeda batted .247 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 91 games this year.

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