Sano will try his luck at being a position player in 2018. Junichi Fukura (Orix Buffaloes manager) has told him to gain about eight kilograms by spring camp (from seventy-two kilograms to eighty kilograms).
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Shohei Tsukahara had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Yokohama. He will begin a rehab program as soon as he is ready.
Source: Sponichi 10/16/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes are among a number of NPB teams interested in twenty-one-year-old left-handed pitcher Yen-Ching Lu. Japanese scouts checked on Lu during the recent BFA Asian Baseball Championship and were impressed by the movement on his pitches and his control.
The Seibu Lions, Rakuten Eagles, and Hanshin Tigers are also said to be interested in Lu.
Source: Daily Sports 10/12/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes unveiled new alternate 2018 uniforms on October 12.
The color of the uniform is super white with red and navy piping, which represents “team & fan,” “Osaka & Kobe,” and “past & present players.” The new OB logo introduced this season appears on the left chest in red.
Source: Orix 10/12/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Gonzalez Germen will return to the United States on October 10. The Buffaloes have not yet decided if they are going to offer him a contract for the 2018 season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/20170 Comments
Orix Buffaloes vs Chiba Lotte Marines @ ZOZO Marine Stadium – 13:00
Starters: Yamamoto, Yoshinobu (ORI) 1-0, 4.12 – Sakai, Tomohito (LOT) 4-1, 3.33
Attendance: 23183 | Time: 2h43m0 Comments
|Pos||Uni||Name JPN||Name ENG|
|P||14||吉田 一将||Yoshida, Kazumasa|
|P||43||山本 由伸||Yamamoto, Yoshinobu|
|P||48||齋藤 綱記||Saito, Koki|
|P||49||澤田 圭佑||Sawada, Keisuke|
|P||59||根本 薫||Nemoto, Kaoru|
|P||60||赤間 謙||Akama, Ken|
|P||63||山﨑 颯一郎||Yamazaki, Soichiro|
|P||66||吉田 凌||Yoshida, Ryo|
|P||67||佐藤 世那||Sato, Sena|
|P||68||鈴木 優||Suzuki, Yu|
|P||124||榊原 翼||Sakakibara, Tsubasa|
|P||126||神戸 文也||Kambe, Fumiya|
|C||23||伏見 寅威||Fushimi, Torai|
|C||37||若月 健矢||Wakatsuki, Kenya|
|C||45||飯田 大祐||Iida, Daisuke|
|INF||5||西野 真弘||Nishino, Masahiro|
|INF||6||宗 佑磨||Mune, Yuma|
|INF||10||大城 滉二||Oshiro, Koji|
|INF||44||園部 聡||Sonobe, Satoshi|
|INF||52||岡﨑 大輔||Okazaki, Daisuke|
|INF||127||坂本 一将||Sakamoto, Kazumasa|
|OF||53||吉田 雄人||Yoshida, Yuto|
|OF||56||武田 健吾||Takeda, Kengo|
|OF||99||杉本 裕太郎||Sugimoto, Yutaro|
|OF||122||張 奕||Cho, Yaku|
Source: Orix 10/7/20170 Comments
Kengo Takeda hurt his right hand when he took a pitch off his right hand while attempting a bunt. The incident took place in the second inning during a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome on October 7. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests (CT scan, x-rays) and diagnosed with a fracture in the distal phalanx of his middle finger. He will have to keep the finger immobile for four weeks.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 10:55pm]
Takeda started taking batting practice on October 14 for the first time since his injury. He swung the bat at about fifty soft-tosses with just his left hand.
Source: Sponichi 10/15/20170 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Matt West will return to the United States on October 9. He pitched in only two Ichi-gun games this season. He is not expected to return to the Buffaloes next year.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/20170 Comments
Rakuten Eagles vs Orix Buffaloes @ Kyocera Dome – 18:00
Starters: Fujihira, Shoma (RAK) 2-4, 2.65 – Yamaoka, Taisuke (ORI) 8-10, 3.74
Attendance: 27462 | Time: 3h46m0 Comments