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Koyano, Eiichi 小谷野 栄一 (こやの・えいいち)
Orix Buffaloes | #31 | INF
Born: 10/09/1980 (age 38)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 88kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Tokyo
Draft: 2002, 5th Round
History: 創価高(甲)-創価大-日本ハム
Roster Changes: removed 06/12/2016
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[9/27/2018] Eiichi Koyano to retire after the season

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that thirty-seven-year-old Eiichi Koyano will be retiring after the season. According to media reports, the Buffaloes received and accepted Koyano’s decision to retire on September 26. The veteran told reporters that his body was no longer responding the way he wanted it to and that a gap developed between mind and body.

Source: Orix 9/27/2018, Sports Hochi 9/27/2018, Daily Sports 9/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018, Sanspo 9/27/2018

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[9/7/2017] Buffaloes planning to ask Koyano and Nakajima back in 2018

Thirty-six-year-old Eiichi Koyano and thirty-five-year-old Hiroyuki Nakajima signed three-year contracts after the 2014 season. The Orix Buffaloes have determined that both players are necessary pieces and are planning to negotiate terms for the 2018 season. Nakajima’s contract may have included a performance-based option for a fourth year.

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2017

[UPDATE 12/1 @ 10:34pm]

Koyano signed a new contract with the Buffaloes. He agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated sixty-three million yen (down seven million from this season).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/1/2017

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[9/1/2017] Eiichi Koyano leaves game with pain near left chest

Eiichi Koyano left tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at Hotto Motto Kobe with pain near his left chest. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the second inning. The Orix Buffaloes informed the media he was resting as they monitored his condition.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/1/2017, Daily Sports 9/1/2017

[UPDATE 9/2 @ 12:51am]

Koyano was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with a mild costal cartilage injury. He first started feeling pain in his left shoulder and left side during a Lotte game on August 29 and aggravated his condition while playing defense in the first inning. He will be taken off the active roster on September 2.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017, Daily Sports 9/1/2017, Sanspo 9/1/2017

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[8/25/2017] Eiichi Koyano leaves game early

Eiichi Koyano left tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at Omiya Stadium on defense in the third inning because he was not feeling well.

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2017

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[7/23/2017] Eiichi Koyano leaves game early with back tightness

Eiichi Koyano got the start at third base and batted fifth against the Rakuten Eagles at Kobo Park Miyagi on July 22. He left the game on defense in the fifth inning because of strong tightness in his lower back.

Koyano later told reporters the tightness began on July 21 and that he was removed from the game because there was concern it might get worse.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2017

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[5/28/2017] Eiichi Koyano leaves game early

Eiichi Koyano left today’s game on defense in the sixth inning as a precaution because he was not feeling well.

Source: Daily Sports 5/28/2017

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[3/28/2017] Eiichi Koyano’s wife pregnant with twins

Eiichi Koyano’s wife posted a message on her blog earlier today informing her readers that she was about six months pregnant with twins. The two married in November 2011 and had their first child, a girl, in August 2014.

Source: blog 3/28/2017Sponichi 3/28/2017

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[9/27/2016] Eiichi Koyano has ankle cleaning

The Orix Buffaloes announced that Eiichi Koyano had surgery at a hospital in Kobe to remove bone fragments from his left ankle. He will most likely require about eight weeks for a recovery.

Koyano has not been at Ichi-gun since he was taken off the active roster on June 13 with a strain in his left hamstring.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016, Daily Sports 9/27/2016

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[6/13/2016] Eiichi Koyano out with hamstring strain

Eiichi Koyano was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with a strain in hie left hamstring. He will require about six weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sponichi 6/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/13/2016

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