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[9/29/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines: Yasuhiko Yabuta to retire at the end of the season

by on Sep.29, 2013 @ 1:47 pm, under NPB

Yasuhiko Yabuta announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season.  He is scheduled to hold a press conference on the 30th.

Yabuta quotes from Sports Hochi:

"I was rehabbing at Ni-gun, but I did not feel like things were getting any better.  I was a far off from my best and did not think I could be effective.  There was also my age.  I have no regrets."

"I had problems with my right shoulder when I was younger.  Back then, I could pitch through the pain, but now, the pain killers do not even work.  [Sometimes the pain is so bad] it wakes me up.  I have a hard time raising my hand or washing my body.  If not for the pain, I felt confident I could still pitch, but it is past that now."

Quote from Sponichi:

"I had problems with my shoulder this year and tried my best to get back to the mound at QVC Marine, but felt I reached my limit and decided to retire at the end of the season.  I have no regrets." 

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013, Sponichi 9/29/2013, official announcement

See also:

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