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[9/19/2013] Injury Updates: Morgan (YOK), Asamura, Carter (SEI), Rasner (RAK)

by on Sep.20, 2013 @ 12:54 am, under NPB
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Yokohama Bay Stars

Nyjer Morgan was replaced by a pinch-runner after he took an HBP off the back of his right hand during his at bat in the 5th inning of Thursday night's game against the Yakult Swallows.  He did not go to the hospital and was treated with ice.

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013

Seibu Lions

Hideto Asamura and Chris Carter left Thursday night's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters early with injuries.

Asamura hurt his right heel when his foot landed awkwardly on the first base bag while running out a grounder to short in the 6th inning.  He has a minor bruise and is not expected to miss Saturday's game.

Carter hurt his right wrist when swinging the bat as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning.  No damage was found to the bones.  He will have the wrist re-examined at a later date.

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles announced Darrell Rasner had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in the US on the 14th and will require ten to twelve months for a full recovery.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/19/2013

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[6/16/2013] Seibu Lions to bring Chris Carter back

by on Jun.16, 2013 @ 4:05 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions are reportedly looking into the possibility of re-signing Chris Carter after allowing him to walk at the of the 2012 season (the team may have had some concerns about his knees).  Carter returned to Japan this year to play for the Ishikawa Million Stars of the BC League with hopes of returning to the NPB.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/16/2013

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UPDATE @ 11:23pm -

The Lions announced that they agreed to terms with Carter.  No other information has been posted.

Source: official announcement

UPDATE 6/18 @ 4:40pm -

The Lions held a press conference for Carter today.  He is set to make an estimated fifteen million yen this season.  He has been assigned the number 10.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2013

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Seibu Lions: Chris Carter to have right knee surgery

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 10:15 pm, under NPB
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The Lions announced today that Chris Carter will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 15.  He will require a month and a half to two months for a full recovery.

Carter injured the knee during an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 4.

UPDATE 3/15 @ 12:22am - Carter had left knee surgery during the off-season and may have injured his right knee by overcompensating.

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Seibu Lions: February 21, 2012

by on Feb.21, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • Hideaki Wakui threw 133 pitches, including off-speed pitches and three different kinds of fork balls, in the bullpen. (Sanspo, Sports Hochi)

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Chris Carter is thinking about using the C.C. Lemon theme song as his intro music.  Seems his wife will have final say on which song he uses.

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The Lions received 1,912 entries for their Lions Uniform Design Contest.  The deadline was February 20.

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Sanspo: Foreign players surprised about the Japanese way

by on Feb.21, 2012 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Sanspo posted an interesting article on Monday that briefly discusses some of the changes foreign players are adjusting to during spring camp.

What to do about food (Yakult Swallows)

Lastings Milledge apparently is not a huge fan of rice or noodles and is having a hard time finding things he can eat at the team cafeteria.  He does like yakiniku and has gone out to eat some with teammate Wladimir Balentien on a number of occasions.  Orlando Roman used to Asian dishes and will eat pretty much eat anything that he is served.  He has even given raw horse meat a try.

Why walk to the stadium (Nippon Ham Fighters)

Bobby Keppel is not quite sure why Japanese players change into their uniforms at the team hotel and then head to the stadium on foot.  Players in the US usually drive to the stadium and then change into their uniforms.

At Nago camp, the players take the national road by foot from the hotel to the stadium.

So many staff members (Seibu Lions)

Chris Carter likes how supportive everyone on the team is because it makes him feel like he belongs and because it makes him feel positive about things.  He also likes how his teammates ask him how he is doing, especially since this is his first year.

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Seibu Lions: January 27, 2012

by on Jan.27, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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The Lions had their send-off celebration todayAbout 3,560 fans attended the event.

The players will head to Miyazaki on January 31.

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The Lions held a press conference for Chris Carter, Esteban German, Randy Williams, and Micheal Nakamura today.

Williams is a candidate to close for the team.

Carter's educational background (like Nikkan Sports and Sanspo) is making some waves in the media: graduated from  Stanford University in three years; has a father, brother, and uncle that are all doctors and a second brother that is a pilot.

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The Lions will begin accepting designs for a uniform they will wear during a number of home games in August on February 1.  Children up through Junior High are eligible.  The deadline for submissions is February 20.

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Former Seibu Lions Kimiyasu Kudo (48) reportedly made his debut on TV Asahi's Hodo Station tonight with an interview with Masahiro Tanaka (RAK).

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Seibu Lions: Registered names and uniform numbers for four foreign players

by on Dec.27, 2011 @ 10:42 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today the registered names and uniform numbers for their four newest foreign players.

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Player Name Registered Name Uni
Gonzalez, Enrique Gonzalez 50
Williams, Randy Williams 54
Carter, Chris Carter 2
German, Esteban German 6
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Seibu Lions sign 29-year-old INF Chris Carter

by on Dec.21, 2011 @ 5:09 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions announced today that they signed 29-year-old INF Chris Carter.  The Lions see Carter as a DH/1B.

UPDATE 12/22 @ 10:50am - Carter will apparently be paid 80M yen next season.

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Career MiLB Stats

Year Age Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2004 21 A--A ARI 76 330 282 50 96 18 1 17 70 2 3 46 36 .340 .433 .592 1.026 167 8 1 0 1 1
2004 21 A- ARI 70 304 256 47 86 15 1 15 63 2 3 46 34 .336 .438 .578 1.016 148 7 1 0 1 1
2004 21 A ARI 6 26 26 3 10 3 0 2 7 0 0 0 2 .385 .385 .731 1.115 19 1 0 0 0 0
2005 22 A+-AA ARI 139 621 540 92 160 30 2 31 115 0 3 65 77 .296 .377 .531 .908 287 13 9 0 7 8
2005 22 A+ ARI 103 470 412 71 122 26 2 21 85 0 0 46 66 .296 .370 .522 .892 215 12 6 0 6 4
2005 22 AA ARI 36 151 128 21 38 4 0 10 30 0 3 19 11 .297 .397 .563 .960 72 1 3 0 1 4
2006 23 AAA ARI 136 588 509 87 153 30 3 19 97 10 4 78 69 .301 .395 .483 .878 246 14 1 0 0 4
2007 24 AAA ARI,BOS 138 613 550 80 174 40 3 19 88 2 0 54 75 .316 .377 .504 .880 277 20 3 0 6 4
2007 24 AAA ARI 126 561 503 74 163 39 3 18 84 2 0 50 68 .324 .383 .521 .904 262 19 2 0 6 4
2007 24 AAA BOS 12 52 47 6 11 1 0 1 4 0 0 4 7 .234 .308 .319 .627 15 1 1 0 0 0
2008 25 AAA BOS 121 522 470 65 141 25 2 24 81 0 0 41 84 .300 .356 .515 .871 242 10 4 0 7 6
2009 26 AAA BOS 116 478 428 50 126 25 0 16 61 0 0 42 63 .294 .358 .465 .823 199 16 3 0 5 8
2010 27 AAA NYM 29 123 113 17 38 9 2 6 22 0 0 8 8 .336 .390 .611 1.001 69 0 2 0 0 0
2011 28 AAA TBR,ATL 77 308 283 35 81 15 0 14 63 1 0 19 37 .286 .331 .488 .819 138 8 2 0 4 2
2011 28 AAA TBR 54 233 215 25 58 11 0 10 46 1 0 12 28 .270 .309 .460 .769 99 5 2 0 4 1
2011 28 AAA ATL 23 75 68 10 23 4 0 4 17 0 0 7 9 .338 .400 .574 .974 39 3 0 0 0 1
8 Seasons 832 3583 3175 476 969 192 13 146 597 15 10 353 449 .305 .376 .512 .888 1625 89 25 0 30 33