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[5/20/2018] Yuki Nishi earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018

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[5/16/2018] Yuma Mune taken off active roster

Yuma Mune was taken off the active roster on May 16 with tightness in his right hamstring. The Orix Buffaloes decided to give Mune some time to recover because they were concerned about the possibility of his condition developing into something more serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/16/2018, Sports Hochi 5/16/2018, Sanspo 5/16/2018

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[5/15/2018] Yuki Nishi slated to earn FA option on May 20

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi is currently slated to earn his domestic free agent option on May 20 (assuming he remains on the active roster). The Orix Buffaloes are interested in keeping him in Osaka and are planning to show their sincerity by meeting him mid-season. They also want to gauge his interest. They could offer him a multi-year deal during the off-season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Daily Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018

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Yuma Mune: Did You Know

2018

April 30 vs Softbank at Kyocera Dome – Mune led off the game with a lead-off home run off Kenichi Nakata. It was the first home run of his career (thirty-ninth game, 142nd plate appearance).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/30/2018, Sports Hochi 4/30/2018, Sanspo 4/30/2018

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[4/21/2018] Kenya Wakatsuki leaves game early with hamstring discomfort

Kenya Wakatsuki felt discomfort in his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi on April 21. He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with inflammation in his left hamstring. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Sanspo 4/21/2018

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[4/3/2018] Tatsuya Yamaashi needs twelve stitches to close cut on knee

Tatsuya Yamaashi suffered a cut on his left knee while playing defense in the seventh inning against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 3. He was removed on defense in the eighth inning and taken to a hospital in Osaka for treatment. He needed twelve stitches. No other abnormalities were found.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/3/2018, Sanspo 4/3/2018

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[3/16/2018] Buffaloes add Tsubasa Sakakibara to seventy-man roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they added nineteen-year-old Ikusei pitcher Tsubasa Sakakibara to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 124 to 61.

Source: Orix 3/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/15/2018, Daily Sports 3/15/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018

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[3/7/2018] T-Okada takes pitch off head during Kyoiku League game

T-Okada took a pitch off his head during the first inning of a Kyoiku League game against Softbank earlier today. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and was diagnosed with a bruise on his head. He is considered day-to-day.

T-Okada was sent down to Ni-gun because of tightness in his right side in February. He just recently played in his first rehab game on March 4.

Source: Sponichi 3/7/2018, Sanspo 3/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/7/2018

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[2/10/2018] Orix Buffaloes: Kansai Classic 2018 Uniforms

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they will wear retro Hankyu Braves and Kintetsu Buffaloes uniforms during their Kansai Classic series this season.

Schedule

Orix will wear Kintetsu Buffaloes (1978-1996) road uniforms. Softbank will wear Nankai Hawks (1984-1988) road uniforms.

Orix will wear Hankyu Braves (1985-1988) road uniforms. Seibu will wear Seibu Lions (2004-2008) home uniforms.

Source: Orix 2/10/2018

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[2/9/2018] T-Okada reassigned to Ni-gun camp with tightness in right side

Takahiro Okada had been taking things slow since he developed some tightness in his right side on February 6. The Orix Buffaloes decided to reassign Okada to Ni-gun camp on February 8 because his condition was not improving as quickly as they had hoped.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2018, Sponichi 2/9/2018, Daily Sports 2/9/2018

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