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Kaneko, Chihiro 金子 千尋 (かねこ・ちひろ)
Orix Buffaloes | #19 | P
Born: 11/07/1983 (age 35)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 77kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Niigata
Draft: 2004, Jiyuu
History: 長野商高(甲)-トヨタ自動車
Roster Changes: removed 06/09/2016, added 07/06/2016, removed 07/07/2016, added 07/17/2016
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[8/14/2018] Chihiro Kaneko taken off active roster

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/14/2018, Daily Sports 8/14/2018, Sports Hochi 8/14/2018

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[8/24/2017] Chihiro Kaneko leaves start voluntarily

Chihiro Kaneko asked to be removed from last night’s (August 23) game against the Nippon Ham Fighters. He avoided mentioning a specific reason to the media, other than that he felt it was time for him to be replaced. Kaneko also said there should be no problems for his next start.

Source: Daily Sports 8/24/2017, Sponichi 8/24/2017

[UPDATE 8/25 @ 9:31pm]

Kaneko’s problem was apparently some tightness in his right leg. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2017, Daily Sports 8/25/2017

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[7/18/2016] Chihiro Kaneko leaves start early with lower back tightness

Chihiro Kaneko started a game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome today. He started feeling tightness in his lower back while pitching in the fourth inning. He was removed from the game as a precaution after five shutout innings.

Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2016, Sports Hochi 7/18/2016

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[7/2/2016] Chihiro Kaneko set to get a start on July 7

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) is scheduled to return to the active roster in time for a start on July 7 against Softbank at Kyocera Dome. After that, he will most likely be taken off the active roster. Junichi Fukura wants to avoid giving Kaneko his next start on only five days of rest and will probably opt to wait until after the All-Star break.

Source: Sponichi 7/2/2016

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[6/30/2016] Chihiro Kaneko tosses five shutout innings in rehab start

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game against Chunichi on June 30. He tossed five shutout innings, allowed two hits, threw sixty-one pitches, and topped out at 145km/h. He could return to the active roster in time for a three-game Softbank series that begins on July 5.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2016, Sponichi 6/30/2016

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[6/22/2016] Chihiro Kaneko tosses bullpen session

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) tossed a bullpen session at Hotto Motto Kobe earlier today. He threw fifty pitches including off-speed pitches. This was his first real session since he was taken off the active roster on June 10. He also did some long distance throwing and running.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/22/2016

[UPDATE 6/23 @ 10:09pm]

Kaneko will toss another bullpen session in front of Ichi-gun coaches on June 26. He asked for a chance to pitch in a rehab game at Ni-gun and could get a start during a three-game series against Chunichi that begins on June 28. Assuming no setbacks, he could make his return to the active roster in time for a Softbank three-games series that begins on July 5.

Source: Daily Sports 6/23/2016

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[6/21/2016] Chihiro Kaneko could pitch in a Ni-gun rehab game

Junichi Fukura told the media on June 20 that he does not expect Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) to return to the active roster this month. There was talk about him getting a start during a two-game Rakuten series in Okinawa that begins on June 28, but Fukura said he would toss at least two more bullpen sessions (June 22 and 26) before they made any other decisions about his schedule. He also hinted at the possibility of Kaneko getting a rehab start at Ni-gun.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2016, Sponichi 6/21/2016

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[6/16/2016] Chihiro Kaneko return to active roster in time for start on June 22

Chihiro Kaneko (right shoulder) is scheduled to join Ichi-gun practices on June 22. If he has no problems throwing the ball, he could return to the active roster in time for a start on June 28 against Rakuten.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016

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[6/10/2016] Orix to take Chihiro Kaneko off the active roster

The Orix Buffaloes are planning to take Chihiro Kaneko off the active roster today after another bad start last night against the Chunichi Dragons at Kyocera Dome.

Kaneko has dropped three straight since picking up the 100th victory of his career on May 20. He has allowed fourteen runs (thirteen earned) on twenty-five hits and four home runs over 17.2 innings of work. The pitcher hinted that he was not pitching at 100 percent, but did not go into any specifics.

Source: Sponichi 6/9/2016, Daily Sports 6/10/2016, Sponichi 6/10/2016

[UPDATE @ 4:45pm]

The Buffaloes took Kaneko off the active roster today with pain in his right shoulder. He had been dealing with some discomfort before he started having problems throwing at full strength during his last outing on June 9. He experienced similar problems last year in September and ended up missing about a month of the season (his condition is not as bad as this time around).

Source: Daily Sports 6/10/2016

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