Katsuya Kakunaka earned his domestic free agent option on September 8 with eight years of service time on the active roster.0 Comments
Thirty-one-year-old Katsuya Kakunaka is expected to earn his domestic free agent option on September 8. The media learned on September 4 that the Chiba Lotte Marines might once again offer Kakunaka a multi-year deal. The Marines prepared two contracts last year, a three-year and a one-year deal. Kakunaka turned down the three-year contract and agreed to the one-year contract. Kakunaka later told reporters that he did not find multi-year contracts attractive. He also hinted that he was partially interested in the possibility of using his free agent option before he got too old.0 Comments
Katsuya Kakunaka played in his first exhibition game today after spending time working through issues with his right lower back. He got the start in left and batted clean-up against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome. In the first inning, he banged hard into the outfield wall while making a leaping grab. He had difficulty getting up, but remained in the game for his first at bat. He was pulled on defense in the third inning.
Kakunaka later told reporters it felt like someone hit him from the inside and compared his condition to a strained back. He could make a visit to the hospital depending on how he feels tomorrow.
[UPDATE 3/31 @ 3:57pm]
Kakunaka played in a Ni-gun game against Nippon Ham on March 27, but was still not feeling well. He was assigned to Ni-gun after discussing his condition with the coaches on March 28. He played in another Ni-gun game on March 29, but still had problems.
Kakunaka was examined at a hospital on March 30 and was diagnosed with a compression fracture in his twelfth thoracic vertebra. He will need about five weeks for a full recovery.0 Comments
Thirty-year-old Katsuya Kakunaka is scheduled to earn his free agent option next season. The Chiba Lotte Marines have offered both one-year and multi-year deals during preliminary negotiations. Kakunaka is expected to make a decision during negotiations this month. Either way, the Marines would like Kakunaka to stick around long-term.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/1/2017
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 2:58am]
Kakunaka turned down a three-year contract and signed a one-year deal worth an estimated 131 million yen (down ten million yen from this season).
[UPDATE 12/20 @ 12:37pm]
Kakunaka went with the one-year contract because he wants more options next year. If he does earn his option next season and has a good year, it could get him a nicer multi-year deal. Kakunaka is also thinking about his age and how signing a three-year contract now will mean having to wait until he turns thirty-four to use his option, which might limit his options.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/20/20170 Comments
Katsuya Kakunaka hurt his right side when he grounded out to third in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes. He was removed from the game in the bottom-half of the inning. He was treated, but not taken to the hospital. He will be taken off the active roster tomorrow (April 13).
[UPDATE 4/15 @ 12:11am]
Kakunaka was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 14 and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. He will require four to six weeks for a full recovery. He will report to Ni-gun on April 15.
[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:53pm]
Kakunaka started his rehab at Lotte Urawa Stadium today. He had been resting at home since his injury.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017
[UPDATE 4/27 @ 4:07pm]
Kakunaka started taking batting practice against a pitching machine today. He hit about 100 pitches. He swung at full strength the last few pitches. He is planning to push his hitting workouts a little harder if he is feeling okay tomorrow.
Source: Sponichi 4/27/2017
[UPDATE 5/16 @ 5:45pm]
Kakunaka might be able to return to the active roster on May 19. He played in his first rehab game today and is expected to play in at least two to three rehab games in all.
[UPDATE 5/17 @ 12:39am]
Kakunaka started at designated hitter and batted third against Ni-gun Rakuten on May 16. He recorded two strikeouts and a walk in three trips to the plate.
Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/20170 Comments
Katsuya Kakunaka ended batting practice early on March 12 and did not play in the exhibition game against Yokohama at Yokohama on the same day because of pain in the right side of his back. His condition does not appear to be serious.
Source: Sponichi 3/12/2017
[UPDATE 3/14 @ 2:57am]
Kakunaka will be taking things slow for a couple of days.
Source: Nikkan Sports 3/13/20170 Comments
Kakunaka signed a management contract with HoriPro.
Kakunaka loves ice cream and can eat about 500 servings in a year. He is planning to slow down the pace to around one serving a day in 2018.
A few interesting little facts about Kakunaka, from Nikkan Sports:
Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/20170 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced the following uniform number changes on December 19:
Source: Lotte announcement0 Comments
Katsuya Kakunaka developed a cramp in his left calf when he hit a single to left during his at bat in the sixth inning against Rakuten at kobo Stadium on July 22. He was replaced by a pinch-runner. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/20160 Comments