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[9/25/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Yasuhiko Yabuta planning to retire at the end of the season

by on Sep.25, 2013 @ 3:01 pm, under NPB

According to Sponichi, forty-year-old Yasuhiko Yabuta is planning to retire at the end of the season.  An announcement could be made as early as today.

Yabuta entered the year as a candidate to close games for Lotte this season.  But he hurt his left ankle during spring camp and began the year at Ni-gun.  Neck and right should problems hindered his progress and sideline him after a Ni-gun game against Yakult on April 20.

The success of Naoya Masuda and other younger pitchers may have also played into Yabuta's decision.

Source: Sponichi 9/25/2013