Kazuya Fukuura set a new Chiba Lotte Marines franchise record on April 10 by playing in his 2,162nd game. He started the day tied with Kihachi Enomoto.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Kazuya Katsuki had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb at a hospital in Tokyo on March 29. He will require three to four months for a full recovery. Katsuki suffered the injury while running the bases during a practice game against Hosei University on March 14.0 Comments
Takeshi Kanazawa hurt his left leg while running the bases during an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 20. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on March 22 and diagnosed with an injury to his left biceps femoris. He will most likely require four to five weeks for a full recovery.
Source: Sanspo 3/23/20180 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
Ikuhiro Kiyota was diagnosed with a strain in his left calf. He will require about two weeks for a full recovery. He will be reassigned to Ni-gun.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines are expected to sign thirty-three-year-old pitcher Kenji Otonari, twenty-nine-year-old Francisco Peguero, and twenty-nine-year-old Tu-Hsuan Lee. All three players are attending spring camp as tryouts.
Otonari pitched in an intra-squad game on February 12. He pitched one inning, faced five hitters, and allowed a run on two hits and a walk. Peguero and Lee each had good intra-squad games on February 11: Peguero went 1-for-2 with a home run and Lee went 2-for-4 with a home run. Both players went hitless (Peguero 0-for-4 and Lee 0-for-2) on February 12.
[UPDATE 2/16 @ 4:18pm]
The Marines officially signed Otonari (one year at ten million yen), Peguero (one year at 60,000 US dollars), and Lee (one year at five million yen) to contracts. They were also assigned uniform numbers:
The Chiba Lotte Marines unveiled their update 2018 road uniforms. The shirts will remain the same, but the pants will change from grey to white.
Source: Lotte 2/10/20180 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines unveiled their 2018 Marine Festa uniforms during a press conference earlier today. The uniforms were modeled by Yasuda Hisanori and Yudai Fujioka.
Wave patterns were used as a base design element to represent the hope for Tadahito Iguchi to create and ride a “Marine Wave” in his first year as manager. The seagulls are a symbol of the Marines.
The Marines logo on the chest is based on the arched Lotte logo design used by the Lotte Orions in 1969.
Source: Lotte 2/9/20180 Comments
Naoya Masuda was examined at a hospital in Okinawa on February 6 and diagnosed with inflammation in his left knee. His workouts will be adjusted accordingly.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Tanner Scheppers will return to the United States to be with his expecting wife. He will leave the team on February 5 and is slated to return on February 12.
Source: Daily Sports 2/4/2018
[UPDATE 2/13 @ 3:52pm]
Scheppers rejoined the team on February 13. His wife gave birth to their second child, a boy weighing 3,714 grams, on February 7.0 Comments