Yoshida, Masataka 吉田 正尚 (よしだ・まさたか)
Orix Buffaloes | #34 | OF
Born: 07/14/1993 (age 26)
Height: 173cm
Weight: 87kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Fukui
Draft: 2015, 1st Round
History: 敦賀気比高(甲)-青学大
Roster Changes: removed 04/23/2016, added 08/11/2016

[11/9/2017] Masataka Yoshida to have back surgery this winter

Masataka Yoshida has had problems with his lower back since his rookie year. The media learned on November 8 that there is an increasing chance that he goes under the knife to treat the condition this winter, particularly if they can time the procedure so that he can still be ready for opening day.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/22 @ 3:10pm]

The media learned on November 21 that Yoshida decided to have surgery on his back this winter. He should be fine for spring camp next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2017, Daily Sports 11/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017

[UPDATE 11/23 @ 2:16am]

Yoshida had surgery at a hospital in Tokushima. He will remain in the hospital for a few days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017


[10/30/2017] Masataka Yoshida to get treatment on lower back

Masataka Yoshida will skip fall camp so he can continue to get treatment and do rehab on his lower back, including his buttocks. His lower back has been a problem over the last two years and limited him to sixty-three games in 2016 and sixty-four games this year. He is hoping to avoid similar problems next year by working through them this winter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017, Daily Sports 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017


[10/4/2017] Masataka Yoshida has abscess drained

Masataka Yoshida did not play in the Nippon Ham game on October 3 because he was not feeling well. The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Yoshida was examined at a hospital in Sapporo and was diagnosed with a buttock abscess. The abscess drained.

Yoshida did not play in tonight’s game and instead rested at the team hotel.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017, Sanspo 10/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/4/2017


[8/23/2017] Masataka Yoshida leaves game early

Masataka Yoshida left last night’s (August 22) game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Hotto Motto Field Kobe on defense in the fifth inning because he was not feeling well.

Source: Daily Sports 8/23/2017


[3/22/2017] Masataka Yoshida misses game with lower back discomfort

Masataka Yoshida missed today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp because of problems with his lower back. He started feeling discomfort in the area during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 3/22/2017

[UPDATE 3/24 @ 12:00am]

Yoshida visited a hospital in Kobe on March 23 and was diagnosed with acute muscular lower back pain. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2017

[UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:31pm]

Junichi Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida will not make the active roster because his lower back is still not fully healed.

Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 5:53pm]

Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida was still rehabbing his back and was not making a whole lot of progress with his recovery. He also told reporters they were having a hard time setting a timetable for his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 4:10pm]

Yoshida might be ready to return to the active roster some time next month.

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 5/4 @ 11:49pm]

Yoshida started taking outdoor batting practice again on May 3. Junichi Fukura would like to see him return to the active roster before the start of Inter-league play. That remains a possibility if there are no setbacks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2017

[UPDATE 5/9 @ 6:06pm]

Yoshida started taking outdoor batting practice on May 2, participated in Ni-gun pre-game practices on May 5, played in a batting practice scrimmage on May 7, and added base-running exercises to his workouts today (May 9). He is set to begin a Ni-gun rehab assignment on May 10. If there are no issues, he could return to the active roster as early as May 12.

Source: Sponichi 5/9/2017, Sports Hochi 5/9/2017, Daily Sports 5/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/9/2017

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 6:47pm]

Yoshida got the start in left and batted second against Ni-gun Hiroshima today. He homered in his first at bat in the first inning.

Source: Sponichi 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/10 @ 10:00pm]

Yoshida went 2-for-3 with two RBI: solo home run in the first (one RBI), walk (one RBI), single to left. He was replaced on defense in the 8th.

Source: Sanspo 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 10:59pm]

Yoshida hit a minor setback. He was unable to play in today’s Ni-gun game against Hiroshima because of tightness in his lower back.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 4:38pm]

Junichi Fukura told reporters on June 20 that he was no longer expecting Yoshida to return to the active roster without spending any time at Ni-gun. He is now planning to wait until he receives a report from Ni-gun coaches that he is ready for Ichi-gun.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 6/27 @ 8:41pm]

Yoshida started at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Hanshin today. It was his first game since May 10. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, including a strikeout swinging against Minoru Iwata in the first inning.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2017, Sanspo 6/27/2017


[3/11/2017] Masataka Yoshida misses game after fouling ball off leg

Masataka Yoshida fouled a ball off his right leg during yesterday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants. He was held out of starting line-up against Yomiuri today. He did not participate in on-field practices and instead used the indoor facilities for workouts and treatment.

There are currently no plans for him to visit a hospital. He most likely did not suffer any broken bones. There is still some swelling.

Source: Sanspo 3/11/2017

[UPDATE 3/12 @ 4:28pm]

Yoshida fouled the ball off his right ankle. There was some swelling.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/12/2017


[11/10/2016] Masataka Yoshida leaves fall camp early

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Masataka Yoshida ended fall camp because of lower back pain. He returned to Osaka on November 9 and was examined at a hospital in Kobe today. He was diagnosed with muscle fatigue in his lower back.

Junichi Fukura told reporters Yoshida started feeling discomfort in his lower back pain while performing shuttle runs during practices on November 8. He had problems with his lower back earlier this year in April.

Ban Takagi returned to Osaka on November 10 because of right shoulder pain.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/10/2016


Masataka Yoshida: Did You Know



August 9 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome – Yoshida launched the first grand slam of his career (fifth inning off Tatsuya Imai).

Source: Sports Hochi 8/9/2018, Daily Sports 8/9/2018

October 4 vs Softbank at Kyocera Dome – Yoshida recorded the first walk-off hit of his career (ninth inning, RBI double to right, off Ren Kajiya).

Source: Sponichi 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018



Yoshida purchased a duralumin bat case before he returned to the active roster this month. It was a special order case that cost over 200,000 yen. He decided to buy the case after he learned that white ash bats were sensitive to moisture (he switched to white ash from maple).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/30/2016, Sponichi 8/30/2016


Yoshida is planning to head into the 2017 season with three kinds of bats: aodamo, white ash, and maple. All three kinds will be between 900 to 910 grams and 85.5 centimeters long. He will swap bats based on how he is feeling at the time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2017

The media learned on October 11 that Yoshida turned down an offer to make the Samurai Japan roster for the Asia Pro Yakyu Championship 2017 tournament because he recently had surgery to drain an abscess from his buttocks.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2017

Relationships and Family


December 10 – The media learned that Yoshida (25) filed marriage papers with a twenty-six-year-old nutritionist/model last year on October 22.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/10/2018, Sponichi 12/10/2018


Yoshida signed an advisory contract with Under Amour in 2018.

Source: Sanspo 3/30/2018

Charitable Work


February 23 – Yoshida will donate 100,000 yen to Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi for every home run he hits this year.

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2019


[8/28/2016] Masataka Yoshida goes yard in consecutive trips to the plate

Masataka Yoshida hit home runs in back-to-back at bats during a game against the Rakuten Eagles on August 27. He became the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Ryutaro Umeno on July 1, 2014 and the first rookie in franchise history since Yutaka Fukumoto on October 9, 1969.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/28/2016


[4/24/2016] Masataka Yoshida out with lower back pain

Masataka Yoshida was taken off the active roster today with pain in his lower back. Yoshida left a game against Lotte on April 23 early because of pain near his waist. This was not a recent develop: he had been playing through the pain for some time now.

Source: Daily Sports 4/24/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2016

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 7:17pm]

Yoshida was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with lumbar disc disease. He will require about ten days before his first rehab game.

Source: Daily Sports 4/25/2016