Karakawa, Yuki 唐川 侑己 (からかわ・ゆうき)
Chiba Lotte Marines | #19 | P
Born: 07/04/1989 (age 30)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 2007, High School 1st Round
History: 成田高(甲)
Roster Changes: added 05/05/2016, removed 07/07/2016, added 07/27/2016, removed 08/23/2016, added 09/24/2016

[8/30/2018] Yuki Karakawa earns international FA option

Twenty-nine-year-old Yuki Karakawa earned his international free agent option with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Jiji 8/30/2018, Sanspo 8/30/2018


[10/31/2017] Yuki Karakawa would like to stay with Lotte

Yuki Karakawa earned his domestic free agent option in April this year. He told reporters on October 30 that he felt it would be best to continue playing for Lotte next year. He did not say anything more concrete since he has not yet met with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The team has, however, already told him that they consider him to be a part of their plans next season.

Source: Sponichi 10/31/2017, Sports Hochi 10/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2017


[7/18/2017] Kenya Wakatsuki hit in the head by a pitch

Yuki Karakawa hit Kenya Wakatsuki in the head with a pitch during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at ZOZO Marine Stadium. He was immediately ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch.

The incident took place in the third inning with no one on base and two out. Karakawa threw an 0-1 fastball that struck Wakatsuki in the head. The twenty-one-year-old catcher could not stand up (he was conscious) and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests.

Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 3:58am]

Wakatsuki was diagnosed with a bruise on his upper left jaw. There were no abnormalities to the brain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:19pm]

The Buffaloes are planning to give Wakatsuki time off until July 21. They re-evaluate his condition to determine if he is ready to play. Katsuki Yamazaki is on standby if Wakatsuki is unable to play.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2017


[4/29/2017] Yuki Karakawa earns domestic FA option

Yuki Karakawa earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2017


[2/9/2017] Yuki Karakawa sprains left ankle

Yuki Karakawa ended practices after he twisted his left ankle during fielding practices on February 8. He adjusted his workouts on February 9 because of an ankle sprain. The Chiba Lotte Marines expect him to be okay in two to three days.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2017, Sports Hochi 2/9/2017

[UPDATE 2/12 @ 10:31pm]

Karakawa tossed a bullpen session today. He told reporters he was able to throw the ball normally.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/12/2017


[8/24/2016] Yuki Karakawa taken off active roster

Yuki Karakawa developed pain in his left side while tossing a bullpen session on August 23. He was taken off the active roster today. The Chiba Lotte Marines will monitor him over the next few days before deciding whether or not he needs a hospital visit.

Takuya Furuya will get Kakunaka’s start on August 25.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/24/2016, Sponichi 8/24/2016, Sports Hochi 8/24/2016


[7/11/2016] Yuki Karakawa gets married

Yuki Karakawa (27) filed marriage papers with a former high school classmate, a twenty-six-year-old woman from Narita, Chiba, on May 22. The two are planning told a ceremony after the season.

Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2016, Sponichi 7/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[6/13/2016] Yuki Karakawa leaves start with blister

Yuki Karakawa left his start against the Yakult Swallows on June 12 at QVC Marine after five innings and sixty-six pitches because he developed a blister on his right middle finger. He wanted to keep pitching, but was removed as a precaution and out of consideration for his next start.

Source: Sponichi 6/13/2016