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[10/31/2014] Chiba Lotte Marines will not offer contract extensions to Greisinger, Brazell

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they will not offer Seth Greisinger (39) and Craig Brazell (34) contracts for the 2015 season.

Greisinger was in the final year of a two-year deal this season. Right shoulder problems kept him off the mound this year.

Brazell joined the organization partway though the 2013 season. He was limited to thirty-five games this year and returned to the United States on July 30 to get treatment for an inguinal hernia.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 10/31/2014, Sports Hochi 10/31/2014

[7/14/2014] Injury Report: Hector Luna (Chunichi), Craig Brazell (Lotte)

by on Jul.15, 2014 @ 1:09 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Hector Luna will be taken off the active roster on Tuesday with tightness in his right elbow.  Motonobu Tanshige told reporters the decision was made because they do not expect him to be ready to play right away. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Yohei Oshima did not play in Monday's game against Hanshin because of pain in his side.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien's left Achilles tendon is still only at about seventy-five percent. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Seibu Lions

  • The Lions are planning to add Hideto Asamura (left knee) to the active roster on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 7/14/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell took an HBP off the right side of his head during Monday's game against Softbank.  It took him a while, but he was ultimately able to walk off the field on his own power.  He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for an evaluation.  No abnormalities were found, other than a bruise.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Sponichi 7/13/2014 ... Jason Standridge threw the pitch and was visibly concerned about his former teammate.
  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa left Monday's game against Softbank after seven innings because he developed a cramp in his right thumb while throwing practice pitches before the start of the 8th inning (he had a hard time straightening the thumb out). Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2014
  • Katsuya Kakunaka was taken off the active roster on Monday with lower back pain.  The Marines have not yet set a timetable for his return. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Sho Nakata was replaced by a pinch-runner in Sunday's game against Softbank because of concerns with his left knee.  Nakata has been used as a designated hitter ever since he took an HBP off the knee during a game against Lotte on the 6th.  The knee had to be drained because the swelling was not going away.  He is a question mark for Tuesday's game against Seibu. Source: Sponichi 7/14/2014

[6/11/2014] Injury Report: Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima), Craig Brazell (Lotte)

by on Jun.12, 2014 @ 1:50 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada (left elbow) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Naruohama on Wednesday.  He faced ten hitters (mix of Takeshi Hidaka, Hisashi Takayama, and Shinta Hifumi) gave up one hit, and struck out one.  His threw his fastball in the 140s. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2014
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka (multiple injuries) worked out at Naruohama on Tuesday.  During fielding practice, he took grounders at second, short, and third. Source: Sanspo 6/11/2014
  • Kazunari Tsuruoka (right side) could begin playing in rehab games later this week. Source: Sanspo 6/11/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda would rather not miss a start, but the Carp could end up playing it safe by taking him off the active roster to give him at least ten days of rest.  Maeda felt some tightness in his left side during pre-game practices on Monday and was examined at a hospital on Tuesday.  Nothing serious was found.  He has had problems with his right side in the past, but never his left.  The Carp want to avoid things getting worse and will exercise caution. Source: Sponichi 6/11/2014 ... Meada played catch at Mazda Stadium on Wednesday for the first time since he started feeling pain in his left side.  He told reporters he felt fine and was able to throw the ball harder than he thought he would be able to.  He will be traveling with the Ichi-gun team and could be okay for a start during the Rakuten series at Mazda Stadium that begins on the 18th. Source: Sports Hochi 6/11/2014 ... Maeda played catch with Yusuke Nomura on Wednesday at a distance between sixty and seventy meters. Source: Daily Sports 6/11/2014
  • There is a chance Ryuji Ichioka will be ready to return when the regular season resumes on the 27th. Source: Daily Sports 6/11/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji (lower back) resumed batting practice a few days ago.  He is swinging the bat at eighty to ninety percent.  He should be close to playing in his first Ni-gun rehab game. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Craig Brazell complained of stomach pain before Wednesday's game and was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests.  He was diagnosed with osteitis pubis.  He was slated to bat fourth in the starting line-up, but instead began the game on the bench. Source: Daily Sports 6/11/2014, Sponichi 6/11/2014official announcement

Softbank Hawks

  • Seiichi Uchikawa (right gluteus maximus) took batting practice at the Saitozaki facilities on Wednesday.  Uchikawa told reporters he took full swings for the first time since his injury and had no concerns about his hitting.  He still has problems running. Source: Sponichi 6/11/2014
  • Toru Hosokawa (left knee) is ready to play in his first Ni-gun rehab game.  If everything goes smoothly, he could return to the active roster on the 14th. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2014

[11/27/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Luis Cruz; Brazell, Rosa to return in 2014

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:43 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they came to terms with twenty-nine-year-old infielder Luis Cruz.  He likely signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 750,000 US dollars plus incentives.  He has not yet been assigned a number.

The Marines also announced that they re-signed Craig Brazell (33) and Carlos Rosa (29) to contracts for the 2014 season.  According to Nikkan Sports, Brazell signed for 850,000 US dollars plus incentives ad Rosa 750,000 US dollars plus incentives.

Source: official announcement (Cruz), official announcement (Brazell, Rosa), Sponichi 11/27/2023, Daily Sports 11/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/27/2013

UPDATE 12/1 @ 4:18am -

According to a Los Angeles Times report by Steve Dilbeck, the contract Cruz signed is actually worth 850,000 US dollars with 150,000 US dollars in incentives.

Source: Los Angeles Times 11/28/2013

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[10/22/2013] Rumors: Nippon Ham Fighters, Chiba Lotte Marines, Orix Buffaloes

by on Oct.23, 2013 @ 1:49 am, under NPB
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Nippon Ham Fighters

The Fighters are leaning toward signing Juan Miranda to a contract for the 2014 season -- his tryout has so far gone well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2013

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The Fighters are looking to bring Kazuyuki Shirai back into the organization after parting ways with him in 2007.  Shirai could be the next in line to take over as manager after Hideki Kuriyama.

Source: ZakZak 10/22/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines might offer Toshiaki Imae a two-year deal worth about 400 million yen.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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The Marines may be interested in Seibu's Hideaki Wakui and could move on him if he exercises his FA option.

Source: Sponichi 10/22/2013

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There is a good chance the Marines want Craig Brazell to return next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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Carlos Rosa and Seth Greisinger will likely return.  A decision has not yet been made on Wil Ledezma.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

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The entire Ichi-gun coaching staff will most likely remain intact for the 2014 season.  The team is considering whether or not to hire a head coach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

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There is a chance pitching coach Akio Saito will part ways with the Marines due to health issues.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/22/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes would like to hear back from Dae-Ho Lee as soon as possible, but also understand they cannot rush a decision from the slugger.  In the meantime, they are checking the international market for talent they might be able to use -- they do not plan on giving any players tryouts during fall camp.

Source: Daily Sports 10/22/2013

[9/29/2013] Injury Updates: Nakane (YAK), Nakata (HAM), Kuriyama, German (SEI), Brazell (LOT), Itoi (ORI)

by on Sep.30, 2013 @ 1:55 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Doala (left middle finger fracture) rode a tricycle around the Nagoya Dome field on Sunday with signs that indicated he was getting better and planned to turn a back-flip during the last home game of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Yakult Swallows

The media learned on Saturday that twenty-four-year-old pitcher Yuji Nakane had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on the 25th.  He will require about a year for a full recovery.  The Swallows are expected to sign Nakane to an Ikusei contract after the season.

Source: Sanspo 9/29/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Sho Nakata (left pinky) took indoor batting practice today for the first time since his injury.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Seibu Lions

Takumi Kuriyama took an HBP off his head in the 6th inning of Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines.  Kuriyama left the field for treatment and was able to return to play out the rest of the game.

Lotte's Wil Ledezma was tossed for throwing the dangerous pitch.  He is the eleventh pitcher to get tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch this season (eighth in the PL).

Source: Sponichi 9/29/2013

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Esteban German was pulled from Sunday's game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on defense in the 4th inning because of discomfort in his neck.

A team spokesperson told the media German was pulled as a precaution because he felt discomfort in his neck while swinging the bat.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell tweaked his left ankle during his at bat in the 3rd inning of Sunday's game against the Seibu Lions.  He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-runner in the 6th because the ankle was feeling worse.  Brazell told reporters that he should be ok to play on Monday.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/29/2013

Orix Buffaloes

Yoshio Itoi was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning of Saturday's game against Nippon Ham because he was not feeling well -- his eyes were giving him problems and he had a headache.  The problems went away with some rest and oxygen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2013

[8/18/2013] Injury Updates: Araki (CHU), Balentien, Milledge (YAK), Nakamura (SEI), Shima (RAK), Brazell (LOT)

by on Aug.18, 2013 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

Masahiro Araki was taken off the active roster today with pain in his left quadriceps muscle.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien hurt his left leg and was replaced by a pinch-runner after hitting a single to left in the 6th.  There are no plans for him to go to the hospital at this point in time.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

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The Swallows announced that Lastings Milledge will return to the US on Monday to get his left ankle examined.  There is no time table for his return.

Source: Sanspo 8/18/2013

Seibu Lions

Takeya Nakamura played in a Ni-gun game against Yokohama on Saturday.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-1 with two walks.  Nakamura complained of left shoulder discomfort while swinging the bat.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Rakuten Eagles

Motohiro Shima hurt his left shoulder while trying to make a play at home plate with Esteban German charging down the line in the 9th inning of tonight's game against the Seibu Lions.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Craig Brazell left tonight's game against the Orix Buffaloes after he took an HBP off his right elbow during his at bat in the 6th.  He was examined at a hospital in Chiba and diagnosed with a bruise (no damage to the bone).  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 8/18/2013, Daily Sports 8/18/2013

[6/22/2013] Chiba Lotte Marines sign Craig Brazell to one-year deal

by on Jun.22, 2013 @ 2:23 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they signed thirty-three-year-old Craig Brazell to a one-year deal worth an estimated US$150,000 plus performance bonuses.  He is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time this month.

Source: official announcementDaily Sports 6/22/2013

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UPDATE 6/25 @ 11:51am

Brazell has reportedly been assigned the number thirty-two.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2013

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Craig Brazell signs with the St. Paul Saints

by on Feb.10, 2013 @ 3:11 pm, under Other
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For those wondering about Craig Brazell:

Saints Say "Okaerinasai" To Former Major Leaguer Craig Brazell

He donned the St. Paul Saints uniform for just one week in 2009, but he left an indelible mark.  Infielder Craig Brazell, who destroyed American Association pitching, has just re-signed with the Saints after spending the last four seasons launching long balls in Japan.

Source: official announcement