Unfortunately his career went into a tailspin after 2011 due to shoulder injuries. He only got into between 22 and 36 games a year with the top team between 2012 and 2015 and spent all of 2016 on the farm team. He was limited to just 4 ichi-gun games in 2017 and only 10 in 2018 (including his retirement game). He'll be one of the Dragons' farm team's pitching coaches in 2019.
In addition to his MVP award, Asao also won a Golden Glove in 2011, becoming the first relief pitcher to ever win one. He lead the Central League in "hold points" in both 2010 and 2011 and made the All Star team both of those seasons. He pitched in two Nippon Series with the Dragons - 2010 against the Marines and 2011 against the Hawks.
His first BBM cards are #49 in the 2007 Rookie Edition set and #248 in that year's 1st Version set. His first Calbee card was 2007's #276.
|2007 BBM Rookie Edition #49|
|2007 BBM 1st Version #248|
|2010 BBM All Stars #A12|
|2011 BBM Nippon Series #S36|
|2012 BBM 1st Version #326|
|2013 Calbee #086|
|2015 Epoch Dragons X Mizuno #17|
|2016 BBM Classic #062|
|2018 Epoch NPB #372|