Roki Sasaki (23) of the Chiba Lotte Marines has been delayed in his return to the first team of Nippon Professional Baseball.

“Roki Sasaki’s short-term return to the Chiba Lotte team has been postponed due to the poor condition of his right upper limb,” Japanese media outlet Sporicianex reported on March 19.

Sasaki, who is 24-12 with a 1.99 ERA in 55 career games (343⅓ innings) in Nippon Professional Baseball, is a dominant right-handed ace with a fastball that can reach over 160 kilometers per hour and a sharp forkball. Sasaki has already attracted the attention of many major league clubs, with scouts visiting the stadium every game in hopes of signing him.

After showing incredible promise in 2022 when he became the youngest pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball history to throw a perfect game, Sasaki had a career year, going 9-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 20 games (129⅓ innings). However, 카지노사이트 he has been hampered by injuries since then, and hasn’t been able to develop as much as expected. Last season, he was just 7-4 with a 1.78 ERA in 15 games (91 innings).


Sasaki made waves after the season when he posted to the Chiba Rode organization that he wanted to play in the major leagues. The Chiba Lotte organization said that Sasaki, who had never played a full season, had not yet contributed enough to the organization to warrant a move to the major leagues. Sasaki was the last Nippon Professional Baseball player to reach an agreement in salary negotiations, but a dramatic settlement was reached just before spring training and he was able to reunite with his fans.

After a series of twists and turns, Sasaki was able to stay in Japan to finish out the season and is 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA in nine games (59⅔ innings) this season. While he has been performing well on the mound, he has been hampered by injuries once again. After his seven-inning, five-hit, two-run, one-walk, eight-strikeout victory over SoftBank last month, Sasaki was removed from the first-team roster after throwing 119 pitches due to upper-body fatigue. After returning from a two-week layoff, he pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run ball with nine strikeouts and one walk in a no-decision against Hiroshima on Aug. 8. However, Sasaki was injured again after throwing just 90 pitches. He was unable to pitch against Chunichi on April 15 due to a sore right upper extremity.

He is currently recovering with the second team.

“Speaking after the team’s training session at ZOZO Marine Stadium, head coach Masato Yoshii said, ‘We can’t do anything until we get a report that he is able to do it,’ indicating that the team will wait for a clearance from Sasaki himself,” Sporicianex reported. Sasaki will be able to register as early as the 23rd, but he will not accompany the first team squad for the three-game series against SoftBank starting on the 21st,” said Masato Yoshii, explaining Sasaki’s current status.

Sasaki, who dreams of making it to the major leagues, has never pitched a regulation inning. To reach the majors, 파워볼게임 he needs to prove that his body is capable of playing a full season. It will be interesting to see how Sasaki finishes the season after being stranded on an injury reef.

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