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Lotte made “miscalculations” on Ogino and Karakawa?

by on Oct.23, 2010 @ 11:13 am, under NPB

Sanspo filed a report that says the Chiba Lotte Marines may have made a slight "miscalculation" in their hopes for using Takashi Ogino and Yuki Karakawa at the Nippon Series.

As mentioned earlier, Ogino met up with the Ichi-gun roster for training on Friday and it seems the team was checking to see if it might be possible for him to join the active roster for the Nippon Series.  But with his knee still a little swollen and Ogino turning down BP during practice, it appears the Marines have no other choice but to send him back to Ni-gun for more rehab.

As for Karakawa, he developed a fever and couldn't travel with the team to Miyazaki.  If his fever goes away, he might be able to join the Ichi-gun roster in Miyazaki today.  If not, he may not even have a chance to get to Miyazaki.  That doesn't necessarily mean he won't be ready for the Nippon Series, but at this stage in his rehab, every day counts and the few days he misses could push back the date in which he's available to pitch.

UPDATE at 5:47pm JST: It seems Karakawa was able to join the Ichi-gun roster at Miyazaki today.  He told reporters that he had a good feel for the ball and that he wanted to do his best to contribute to the team's success, especially after all the problems he created with his injuries.