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Chiba Lotte Marines News and Notes: February 19, 2013

by on Feb.19, 2013 @ 11:24 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Takahiro Matsunaga: bullpen, forty pitches
  • Takahiro Fujioka: bullpen, thirty-seven pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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The Marines closed out their camp in Ishigaki, Okinawa today.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013

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Yuki Karakawa will be sent down to Ni-gun because he needs a little more time to rehab his right elbow.  He will likely return to Ichi-gun on March 7 and pitch in a exhibition game against Softbank at YafuOku on March 10.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013

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Naoya Masuda will also be sent down to Ni-gun -- he got a late start after suffering a collapsed lung and is now tossing bullpen sessions with pitch count limits.  Like Karakawa, he too will likely return to Ichi-gun on March 7.

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013

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The following players will also be sent down to Ni-gun camp for additional work: Yuta Ohmine, Hiroki Ueno, Shingo OnoYoshihiro Ito, 2nd round draft pick Hiroya KawamitsuSeth GreisingerMasatomo Uematsu, Naoya EmuraKeiyo Aomatsu, and Takumi Kobe.

A total twelve players will be reporting to Ni-gun camp in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima on Wednesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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Chiba Lotte Marines: Yuki Karakawa taken off active roster with right elbow pain

by on Jul.14, 2012 @ 7:59 pm, under NPB
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Yuki Karakawa was taken off the active roster today with right elbow pain.

Said Norifumi Nishimura, "To be honest, I have no idea how long it will take before he can throw again.  It is not a serious condition, but we need to be careful because of where the pain is.  It will take a few days."

With regards to Karakawa's status for the upcoming All-Star series, Nishimura told reporters that it was something they needed to think about and discuss.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/14/2012

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Chiba Lotte Marines: Yuki Karakawa taken off active roster with shoulder tightness

by on Jun.04, 2012 @ 4:38 pm, under NPB
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Yuki Karakawa was taken off the active roster today.  Sports Hochi is reporting that it was due to right shoulder tightness.  The Marines do not think it to be serious and expect him back in ten days.  He will miss one start.

UPDATE @ 8:46pm - Nikkan Sports notes that Karakawa did some light running and played some catch today.

They are also carrying the following quote from Karakawa: "It is not that the pain is so bad I can not throw.  It is just that I feel a little worried about pitching in games that matter.  I think it is important to get better so that I can do my job right."

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Chiba Lotte Marines: March 25, 2012

by on Mar.26, 2012 @ 4:35 am, under NPB
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The Marines will start Yoshihisa Naruse, Yuki Karakawa, and 1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka for their first three games of the season (Rakuten Eagles at Kleenex Stadium).

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Shingo Ono started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri on Sunday and tossed six shutout innings while allowing four hits.  He also threw sixty-nine pitches and struck out two.

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Shunichi Nemoto appears to have won the starting shortstop job.

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The Marines announced on Sunday that Saburo and Karakawa will invite youth baseball teams from Chiba and Tohoku to home games at QVC Marine this season.  Together, they created the 319 Seats -- thirty-five seats in the infield section worth 9.1M yen a year.

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Chiba Lotte Marines: March 13, 2012

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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3rd round draft pick Daichi Suzuki was sent down to Ni-gun today because he will probably get less playing time at Ichi-gun because Shunichi Nemoto is playing so well.

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A Yuki Karakawa DVD will be released on March 21.  The DVD contains an interview with Karakawa, including a visit to his home.

====== UPDATE 3/14 @ 12:44am

The Marines are waiting to hear if actress Masami Nagasawa is interested in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before their home opener on April 6.

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Chiba Lotte Marines: February 19, 2012

by on Feb.19, 2012 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Sunday

  • 1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen. (Sports Hochi)

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Today was the last day of the fourth block of spring camp.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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If Yuki Karakawa's back is feeling ok, he will toss a bullpen session on February 21.  Depending on how he feels after that session, he could pitch in an intra-squad game on February 22.

Karakawa played some catch today (at a max distance of about twenty-five meters) and later told reporters he was feeling ok.

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2nd round draft pick Yuhei Nakaushiro is slated to pitch in a game against the Chunichi Dragons on February 25.

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Chiba Lotte Marines: February 14, 2012

by on Feb.14, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Tuesday

  • Yoshihisa Naruse faced ten batters during situational batting practice and allowed on hit.  He struck out five batters.  Naruse also threw seventy-one pitches in the bullpen after batting practice.  Yuki Karakawa also faced ten batters during situational batting practice and allowed two could-be hits. (Nikkan Sports)
  • 2nd round draft pick Yuhei Nakaushiro threw eight-eight pitches in the bullpen. (Daily Sports)

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Today was the last day of the third block of spring camp.  The team has the day off tomorrow.

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Shota Ishimine stole four bases during situational batting practice today.

====== UPDATE 2/15 @ 1:56am

The Marines worked out tag up plans on Monday: with one out and runners on first and third the batter hits a fly ball out to right; the runner on first fakes towards second to get the ball in to second while the runner on third tags up and runs toward home.

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Chiba Lotte Marines: February 12, 2012

by on Feb.12, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Sunday

  • 1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka threw 121 pitches in the bullpen. (Daily Sports)
  • Yuki Karakawa threw 111 pitches in the bullpen. (Daily Sports)

Thursday

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Yuki Karakawa was only planning to throw forty to fifty pitches in the bullpen today, but kept going because he was not satisfied with his pitching.

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1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka's next outing will be on either February 18 or 19.

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