The Chiba Lotte Marines announced on Thursday (October 10) that Keita Watanabe had surgery to clean his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. Assuming no setbacks, he should be able to start throwing after about two months.
Watanabe did not make any appearances at Ichi-gun this season. He pitched in twenty-five games at Ni-gun and recorded a 2.55 ERA over 24.2 innings of work.0 Comments
March 12 – Nagano told reporters that he has agoraphobia and has trouble flying and riding trains. He started experiencing issues while at college and was diagnosed with the condition during his first year at Honda. He has been getting treatment ever since.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that Yudai Fujioka was diagnosed with inflammation in his right popliteus muscle. He is expected to resume regular workouts during the second block of spring camp.0 Comments
The media is reporting that forty-three-year-old Kazuya Fukuura is planning to retire at the end of the season. Fukuura told Nikkan Sports in an interview that his body was no longer as resilient as it once was and that he did not want to play while holding back out of fear of getting hurt. The veteran also said that if he really felt he could still play full-time, he probably never would have accepted the added responsibility of being a Ni-gun hitting coach this season.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that twenty-one-year-old Kenta Chatani will join their team as an Ikusei player. His uniform number will be 124.
Chatani was senryokugaied by Softbank and later turned down an offer to remain as an Ikusei player.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that Yuta Omine had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will most likely require about a year for a full recovery.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they added thirty-one-year-old Brandon Laird to their team. He has not yet been assigned a uniform number. The media is reporting Laird agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 1.1 million US dollars.
[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:30pm]
The Marines announced that Laird was assigned the uniform number 54.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking to add thirty-four-year-old Brandon Mann to their pitching staff. An announcement of his addition could be made shortly. Lotte has been looking for additional left-handed candidates for the starting rotation.
Mann played for the Yokohama Bay Stars in 2011 and 2012. He returned to the United States for a minor league contract with Washington, but later signed with the BC League’s Shinano Grandserows and went 1-9 with a 4.73 ERA (1.51 WHIP) in thirty appearances. He then bounced around a couple of organizations (Pittsburgh, Oakland, Texas, also with some time in the American Association) and was once suspended for eighty games after testing positive for Ostarine (a banned substance that was an ingredient in a supplement he purchased). Mann made his MLB debut with Texas in 2018 and pitched in seven games while recording a 4.27 ERA (1.32 WHIP) over 8.1 innings of work.
[UPDATE 1/14 @ 11:16pm]
The Marines announced today that they reach an agreement with Mann. The media is reporting that the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 200,000 US dollars. Mann’s registered name will be “Brandon.”
[UPDATE 1/16 @ 2:29pm]
The Marines announced that Mann was assigned the uniform number 85.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reached an agreement with Mike Bolsinger. According to media reports, the two sides agreed on a new one-year contract worth an estimated 1.7 million US dollars.0 Comments
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that they reach an agreement with thirty-year-old Josh Ravin. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated 800,000 US dollars. Ravin has not yet been assigned a uniform number.
[UPDATE 1/12 @ 3:27am]
Ravin has been assigned the uniform number 00.0 Comments