The media learned on September 24 that Junichi Fukura is planning to step down as manager of the Orix Buffaloes at the end of the season. The organization was interested in bringing him back next year, but Fukura turned them down because of the team’s performance this year.
The Buffaloes reached out to Fukura earlier this month with a request for him to stay (they were pleased with the development of young talent). Initial reports indicated that Fukura asked for more time, but the media learned on September 24 that he turned them down. They two sides met a number of times after that, but nothing changed. Fukura told reporters today that he was taking responsibility for the team’s performance because it was all about the results.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced on September 21 that Hitomi Honda had surgery to treat a fatigue fracture in his right elbow at a hospital in Osaka. He should be able to start a throwing program in about three months.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/20180 Comments
Takahiro Matsuba felt discomfort near his right hip while playing defense in the fourth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome on September 18. He was removed from the game after he finished out the fifth inning. An examination at a hospital in Osaka did not reveal any abnormalities.0 Comments
Hitomi Honda will have surgery on his right elbow (fatigue fracture) at a hospital in Osaka some time early next week. Honda felt discomfort in the elbow during an outing in August. The fatigue fracture was discovered during an examination. He should be able to resume throwing practices before the end of the year.
Source: Daily Sports 9/14/20180 Comments
First Home Run: September 7 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome, third inning, runners on second and third, one out, off Kodai Senga.0 Comments
Twenty-seven-year-old v earned his domestic free agent option earlier this year in May. According to media reports posted earlier today, he asked the Orix Buffaloes about getting posted during the off-season, but was turned down. Assuming no injuries, Nishi should earn his international free agent option next year. Scouts from a number of MLB teams, including the Cubs, Dodgers, Angels, Diamondbacks, and Phillies, have been spotted at his starts. It is possible the Buffaloes might be willing to post him to avoid losing him as a domestic free agent this year, or an international free agent next year.0 Comments
Yutaro Sugimoto was hit by a pitch on his left hand during his at bat in the fourth inning of tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at Kyocera Dome. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests. He was diagnosed with a fracture in the fifth metacarpal. He will be re-evaluated on September 4.
[UPDATE 9/7 @ 5:37am]
The Orix Buffaloes announced on September 6 that Sugimoto had surgery at a hospital in Osaka. He might need about three months before he can resume swinging the bat.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/20180 Comments
Brandon Dickson was examined at a hospital in Osaka earlier today and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He was taken off the active roster and reassigned to Ni-gun.
Source: Sanspo 9/1/20180 Comments
August 30 vs Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome – Yamada entered the game in the seventh inning and notched his seventeenth appearance in August. He tied the Buffaloes record for appearances in a month by a pitcher set by Tatsuo Kato in May 2004.
August 31 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome – Yamada pitched in his eighteen game of the month in August and tied the Pacific League records held by Kazuhisa Inao (1956) and Naoya Masuda (2013).0 Comments
Andrew Albers was in line for a possible start against Rakuten in Sendai next week, but was taken off the active roster on August 18 with pain in his lower back.
In nineteen starts this year, Albers is 9-2 with a 3.08 ERA. He has been particularly good against the Eagles: 1-0 in four starts with a 1.04 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.0 Comments