Ono, Shota 大野 奨太 (おおの・しょうた)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #27 | C
Born: 01/12/1987 (age 32)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Gifu
Draft: 2008, 1st Round
History: 岐阜総合学園高-東洋大
Roster Changes: removed 09/30/2016, added 10/11/2016

[4/12/2018] Shota Ono taken off active roster with possible concussion

Shota Ono was hit by a pitch on the left side of his head during a game against the Hanshin Tigers on April 8. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with a bruise. He later developed symptoms of a concussion and was taken off the active roster on April 11.

Source: Daily Sports 4/12/2018, Sponichi 4/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/11/2018, Sanspo 4/11/2018


[3/9/2018] Shota Ono returns to Nagoya with elbow discomfort

Shota Ono developed discomfort/tightness in his right elbow and will miss two exhibition games against Hanshin (today and tomorrow). Ono returned to Nagoya on March 8 for tests. While his condition is not considered serious, the Chunichi Dragons want to avoid pushing him too hard since he had surgery to remove loose cartilage from the elbow in October last year.

Source: Sanspo 3/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2018


[12/13/2017] Chunichi Dragons add Shota Ono

The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce their newest addition in Shota Ono. He was assigned the uniform number 27.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth somewhere between 250 and 270 million yen.

Source: Chunichi 12/13/2017, Sanspo 12/13/2017, Sports Hochi 12/13/2017

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[2017 Free Agency] Shota Ono Rumors

Date Team Update
@ 10:43p
Chunichi Ono may have agreed to a three-year deal worth about 250 to 300 million yen. Sponichi 12/10/2017, Daily Sports 12/10/2017
@ 3:29a
Chunichi The Dragons announced on December 9 that they reached an agreement with Ono. A press conference will be held within the next few days. Daily Sports 12/9/2017, Sports Hochi 12/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2017
@ 11:53p
Ono spoke to reporters on December 7 and said that he wanted to make a decision about where he was going to play next year some time before the end of the year. Nikkan Sports 12/7/2017
@ 6:02p
Chunichi The Dragons, with Mori, are planning to sit down with Ono in early-December. Sanspo 11/26/2017, Daily Sports 11/26/2017
@ 9:38p
Chunichi Mori returned from his overseas scouting trip on November 22 and told reporters he thought the Dragons already got in touch with Ono. Nikkan Sports 11/23/2017, Daily Sports 11/23/2017
@ 2:54p
Ono told reporters on November 21 that he wants to handle negotiations. He is not planning to hire a representative. Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017
@ 3:38a
Chunichi Dragons manager Shigekazu Mori is planning to get involved in negotiations. Mori is currently out of the country checking on talent overseas. Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
@ 2:46a
Chunichi The Chunichi Dragons are said to be interested. Daily Sports 11/16/2017

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[11/9/2017] Shota Ono to become a free agent

Shota Ono held a press conference on November 9 and announced that he will use his international free agent option. He decided to use the option because he wants the chance to talk to other teams and consider their offers. The Nippon Ham Fighters have told him they want him to stay and that they will wait for as long as it takes for him to decide what he wants to do.

Source: Nippon Ham 11/9/2017

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[10/13/2017] Shota Ono to have right elbow surgery

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on October 13 that Shota Ono will have surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow at a hospital in Sapporo on October 16. Ono was partially limited to eighty-three games this season due to tightness in the elbow. He decided to have the surgery now because he did not want to have to worry about it next year.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/13/2017Sponichi 10/13/2017, Sports Hochi 10/13/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2017

[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:22pm]

The Fighters announced today that Ono had surgery on his right elbow. There were no complications. He will remain in the hospital for a few days and begin rehabbing the elbow. He will report to the Kamagaya facilities to continue his rehab as soon as he is ready.

It will most likely be about two months before he can begin throwing and three months for a full recovery.

Source: Nippon Ham 10/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/16/2017, Sponichi 10/16/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 12:43am]

Ono was discharged from a Sapporo hospital on October 20. He resumed practices on October 21.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:40pm]

Ono did some catching practices on November 1 for the first time since his surgery.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/2/2017


[9/30/2017] Chunichi Dragons interested in Shota Ono

Thirty-year-old Shota Ono earned his international free agent option in August. The Chunichi Dragons are interested because they want more stability behind the plate.

It is uncertain what Ono is planning to do with his option, but being closer to home (Gifu) might make Chunichi an attractive option.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2017

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 3:40am]

The Dragons are planning to look into Ono. They want to be ready if he decides to exercise his option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2017

[UPDATE 10/23 @ 12:44am]

Ono told reporters the Nippon Ham Fighters asked him to stay because they needed. He is still mulling over what to do with his option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/22/2017

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 2:38pm]

The Dragons only have enough funds to sign one free agent player. They considered pitching, but if Ono exercises his option, they plan to make him their top priority.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/9 @ 10:20am]

The Dragons are planning to include Motonobu Tanishige’s old uniform number 7 and Ono’s current uniform number 27 in the list of possible uniform numbers they plan to give Ono if he decides to use his option.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/9 @ 3:20pm]

Ono will most likely exercise his international free agent option. The Fighters started a shift toward youth this season and Ono is concerned about his playing opportunities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/9/2017, Sponichi 11/9/2017


[9/9/2017] Shota Ono taken off active roster with elbow tightness

The Nippon Ham Fighters took Shota Ono off the active roster because of right elbow tightness. Ono started having problems with the elbow yesterday and skipped pre-game practices. He is expected to stay with the Ichi-gun team as he recovers.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2017, Daily Sports 9/9/2017, Sanspo 9/9/2017

[UPDATE 9/18 @ 3:55pm]

Ono has remained with the Ichi-gun team since he was taken off the active roster on September 9. He resumed batting practice on September 17. He told reporters his elbow was fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/18/2017


[8/22/2017] Shota Ono earns international FA option

Thirty-year-old Shota Ono earned his international free agent option today with nine years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017


[12/29/2016] Sho Nakata to attend Ni-gun spring camp

Five Nippon Ham Fighter players were selected to the World Baseball Classic roster. Shohei Otani and Shota Ono are currently scheduled to attend Ichi-gun spring camp in Arizona next year. Sho Nakata, Naoki Miyanishi, and Hirotoshi Masui are currently slated to attend Ni-gun spring camp in Kunigami, Okinawa.

Nakata told reporters he was going to stay in Japan because it would allow him to maximize his time. He would also be able to work out with Miyanishi and Masui. He jokingly said that he might consider going to Arizona if they had washlets.

Source: Sponichi 12/29/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/29/2016, Sports Hochi 12/29/2016