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Tag: Bob McCrory
Bob McCrory returned to the US last month in order to get his right shoulder checked out. As of today, the club still isn't sure when he'll be able to Japan. If it doesn't seem like McCrory will be able to return this season, the Marines may opt to release him and try to sign him again during the off-season.
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Bob McCrory will be returning to the US today in order to get his right shoulder examined. As of now, there is not set return date.
This post will be updated throughout the day.
===== 2/25 @ 9:02pm
Norifumi Nishimura sees tomorrow's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters as the perfect opportunity for the younger Lotte players to get their names out to the public (a large crowd is expected since Yuki Saito will probably pitch).
Ishimine is slated to start in right and bat 9th.
The Marines announced Yoshihisa Naruse's Happy Family Seats (家族だんらんシート) today.
===== 2/25 @ 3:24pm
Shota Ishimine (1st round) told reporters yesterday that he felt his hitting improved the most during spring camp.
The Marines decided yesterday that they'll send Bob McCrory down to Ni-gun after the 27th. The Marines shut McCrory down (no throwing) towards the end of spring camp because of tightness in his body, most likely due to fatigue.
This post will be updated throughout the day.
The Ichi-gun roster has the day off today.
===== 2/19 @ 10:14pm
Takayuki Takaguchi worked out for about 2 hours on his day off today. He worked with batting coach Eiji Kanamori on his hitting.
===== 2/19 @ 4:17pm
The Marines decided today that they will be holding a retirement ceremony for Koichi Hori on 3/12 (vs Seibu).
Yuta Omine, and a number of other players including Tetsuya Yamamoto and Shota Ishimine (1st round), took part in an event to help clean-up Ishigaki during his day off today. About 200 people showed up and helped collect garbage that filled up 121 bags of garbage (45 liter bags); they also picked up about 3,600 cigarette butts.
Bob McCrory threw 29 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. This was the first time McCrory threw off a mound since he tossed BP on 2/7. Since then, he's run into some problems like catching cold (he had a fever) and having right shoulder and right leg tightness. At this point, he's throwing his fastballs at about 50% and is still he's having problems finding consistency with his off-speed pitches.
Tatsuya Uchi has also run into some problems (right ankle pains) and is currently working out at Ni-gun.
Both players were considered closing candidates, but if neither player is ready for the start of the regular season, the Marines may be forced to begin the season with a closer-by-committee setup (made up of 2-3 pitchers).
Seven players, including Tadahito Iguchi, Yoshihisa Naruse, and Ikuhiro Kiyota, visited a child welfare facility called Narasa after practice yesterday.
1/27/2011 @ 8:34pm JST
The Marines held a press conference for McCrory today at Chiba Marine Stadium.
12/28/2010 @ 6:57pm JST
According to Sanspo, McCrory's contract is worth US$200,000 (or about 16.6M yen).
The Marines are hoping McCrory will be able to fill in the hole left open by Hiroyuki Kobayashi's departure.
The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into signing 28-year-old RHP Bob McCrory and are hoping to have things finalized around the 20th.
McCrory attended a tryout with the Marines during fall camp earlier in the off-season and apparently impressed the Marines enough to win a contract. The Marines like McCrory's velocity and feel he can help strengthen their relief corp.
The Chiba Lotte Marines held tryouts for Soichi Fujita, Jonah Bayliss, and Bob McCrory on Wednesday (first day was actually on Tuesday).
It seems the three were supposed to pitch in a simulated game during practice on Wednesday, but the rain pushed that off to today. The Marines are expected to decide on the fate of the three pitchers based on their performances during the simulated game.
Regarding McCrory, he tossed about 70 pitches in the bullpen (mostly fastballs) on Tuesday. McCrory arrived in Japan on the Sunday and was apparently a little jet-lagged. He still managed to top out at 148km/h. The Marines apparently like McCrory because of his experience as a reliever.
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on Thursday that they were going to give Yomiuri Giant senryokugai Soichi Fujita a tryout. Fujita's tryout will take place over a 2-3 day period beginning on the 16th (during fall camp).
The Marines will also be giving tryouts to Jonah Bayliss and Bob McCrory.
Bayliss was drafted by the Royals in the 2002 draft and spent 5 seasons in their organization. After that he spent time in the Pirates and Blue Jays organizations and then signed on with the Seibu Lions in 2009.
McCrory is a 28 year-old pitcher that has spent his entire career in the Baltimore organization and pitched all of 13 innings in the Majors (split between 2008 and 2009).