Tag: Earthquake Leave
Juan Morillo has parted ways with the Rakuten Eagles.
Morillo left Japan at the end of March and didn't return because he was worried about current playing conditions. He also apparently has ligament damage in his right elbow and probably wouldn't be able to pitch much this year.
UPDATE 11:28pm - It seems Morillo asked to be released. An official announcement will be made by the Eagles within the next day or so.
The Lions announced today that Brian Sikorski returned to Japan. All of Seibu's foreign players have now returned to Japan.
The Seibu Lions announced today that Alex Graman returned to Japan.
The Seibu Lions announced today that Jose Fernandez has returned to Japan.
The Softbank Hawks announced today that Alex Cabrera will return to Japan and arrive in Fukuoka today. Cabrera left Japan on 3/22 in order to check in with his mother.
UPDATE 4/4 @ 1:49am - While away, Cabrera continued his workouts (running, weight training, BP) and has been thinking about making a donation toward relief efforts in northern Japan.
The NPB commissioner officially placed Brian Bannister (YOM) on the Seigen Senshu list (essentially the NPB's version of the Restricted List) today. According to the Yomiuri Giants, Bannister left Japan due to concerns about the Fukushima nuclear reactors. The team is requesting Bannister to return to Japan, but they haven't been able to agree on a date.
UPDATE 4/3 @ 11:39pm - According to the link fighting ham posted, it seems Bannister refused to hold a talk about a return date with the Giants. And while Bannister officially became a Seigen Senshu on 4/2, the Giants are thinking of the move more as a "disciplinary discharge" because he isn't making good on his contract. On top of all of this, the Giants are also considering fining Bannister and doing what they can to make sure he stays a Seigen Senshu until all issues are cleared.
The Seibu Lions announced today that Dee Brown has returned to Japan.
Bill Murphy and Hayden Penn are expected to return to Japan today and rejoin the team tomorrow. The Marines also don't seem to be too worried about the condition the two players will return in as it seems they received e-mail from both players saying that they kept up their training schedules (bullpens, running).
It seems Brent Leach's run with the Yokohama Bay Stars has come to an end. Leach returned to the US after the earthquakes and doesn't seem to be interested in returning to Japan at this point. It seems the Bay Stars may have already been prepared to lose Leach since pitching coach Atsushi Yoshida was quoted as saying, "I can't really say exactly, but he wasn't in our plans." The actual Japanese could be taken two ways: that the team knew from the start they weren't going to use him right away, or that the team knew he wasn't planning on returning. Either way, it seems he won't be returning.
Yokohama is planning on giving Takayuki Makka one last look on the 2nd (vs Hanshin Tigers @ Yokohama Stadium) to see if he can fill the spot left open by Leach.
UPDATE @ 9:51pm - Leach became the first ever Seigen Senshu (制限選手) today, which basically means a player with limited status (or a player on the restricted list). And that means he won't be able to sign with any teams unless he gets clearance from the NPB commissioner's office.
According to the Bay Stars, Leach seems to want to play in the Japan, but his family is apparently against him returning to Japan. The front office will leave the lines of communication open with Leach to see if something can be worked out.
And for those wondering about what the Bay Stars will owe him in terms of a salary, according to Section 60.2, the team can subtract 1/300th of his yearly salary for each day he misses.
UPDATE 4/2 @ 11:55pm - Nikkan Sports adds that Leach contacted the Bay Stars on the 31st to inform them that he couldn't return to Japan against his families' wishes and as such, couldn't set a firm return date. And Yokohama filed the Seigen Senshu paperwork because they feel he's worth protecting.
Tae-Kyun Kim will be returning to Japan on the 27th. Kim has been staying sharp by practicing with the Lotte Giants' (KBO) minor league team.
Bill Murphy and Hayden Penn will return sometime early next month.