First Home Run: September 7, 2018 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome, third inning, runners on second and third, one out, off Kodai Senga.
Relationships and Family
March 5 – The media learned that Yamaashi (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-five-year-old woman on December 25, 2018.
Source: Sponichi 3/5/20190 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
Chihiro Kaneko was slated to get a start against Seibu on August 15, but was taken off active roster today with some tightness that ran from his neck to his back.0 Comments
Masahiro Nishino took a batted ball off his face during pre-game fielding practices on August 11. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with frontal fracture (near the forehead) and a concussion.0 Comments
August 12 vs Lotte at Kyocera Dome – Nakajima recorded the fourth walk-off of his career (tenth inning, off Daiki Iwashita), first since 2010.
Source: Sanspo 8/13/2018
September 1 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome – Nakajima blasted a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off Deunte Heath. It was the first walk-off home run of Nakajima’s career.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced that they signed Andrew Albers to a contract for the 2019 season. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 1.8 million US dollars a year. Albers will be coming off a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars.0 Comments