Traumatized pitcher Morillo leaving Rakuten

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SENDAI, April 11 (21:19) Kyodo

Rakuten Eagles right-hander Juan Morillo has quit the Pacific
League club, blaming the psychological stress caused by the March 11
killer earthquake and tsunami, sources said Monday.

Rakuten, whose stadium was badly damaged by the quake that
ravaged northeastern Japan, has agreed to Morillo's request to have
his contract terminated and an official announcement is expected in
the coming days.

The news comes two days after Brazilian striker Marquinhos
walked out on J-League club Vegalta Sendai for the same reason.

Morillo has been out of Japan on temporary leave after family
members had expressed fear for his safety after the 9.0-magnitude
quake struck.

The 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic had an
injury-interrupted first season with Rakuten last year and was
limited to just seven appearances.

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