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Chiba Lotte Marines to give Ikusei players a shot

by on Dec.23, 2010 @ 10:49 am, under NPB

According to Sponichi, operations director Akira Ishikawa is thinking about giving their Ikusei players a shot at making the 70-man roster.

The Marines were said to be looking into a number of foreign players to help fill their 70-man roster, but it seems they have temporarily stopped their season.  Once Bob McCrory officially joins the team, the Marines will have 68 players on their 70-man roster.  Ishikawa recently told reporters that he was thinking about giving Ikusei a chance to win one of these two spots.  The second spot will be left opened for emergency purposes.

In other team related news:

Yuji Yoshimi plans to work out with Ikusei Yukihiro Kimoto beginning on 1/5/2011.  He also plans on putting Kimoto through the same kind of training that went through when he spent two winters with Hiroki Kokubo.

Said Yoshimi, "[His sessions] were really tough.  We woke up at 5:30am and hit the weight room at 7am and my body was tired.  He taught me just how far I could push myself before the start of camp.  I'd like to show that to Kimoto."