Tag Archive: Orix Buffaloes


[9/18/2018] Takahiro Matsuba leaves game with discomfort near right hip

Takahiro Matsuba felt discomfort near his right hip while playing defense in the fourth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Kyocera Dome on September 18. He was removed from the game after he finished out the fifth inning. An examination at a hospital in Osaka did not reveal any abnormalities.

Source: Sanspo 9/18/2018, Daily Sports 9/18/2018


[9/15/2018] Hitomi Honda to have elbow surgery

Hitomi Honda will have surgery on his right elbow (fatigue fracture) at a hospital in Osaka some time early next week. Honda felt discomfort in the elbow during an outing in August. The fatigue fracture was discovered during an examination. He should be able to resume throwing practices before the end of the year.

Source: Daily Sports 9/14/2018


Tatsuya Yamaashi: Did You Know

First Home Run: September 7 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome, third inning, runners on second and third, one out, off Kodai Senga.

Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2018, Sponichi 9/7/2018


[9/4/2018] Yuki Nishi interested in the Majors

Twenty-seven-year-old v earned his domestic free agent option earlier this year in May. According to media reports posted earlier today, he asked the Orix Buffaloes about getting posted during the off-season, but was turned down. Assuming no injuries, Nishi should earn his international free agent option next year. Scouts from a number of MLB teams, including the Cubs, Dodgers, Angels, Diamondbacks, and Phillies, have been spotted at his starts. It is possible the Buffaloes might be willing to post him to avoid losing him as a domestic free agent this year, or an international free agent next year.

Source: Chunichi Sports 9/4/2018, Daily Sport 9/4/2018


[9/2/2018] Yutaro Sugimoto suffers left pinky fracture

Yutaro Sugimoto was hit by a pitch on his left hand during his at bat in the fourth inning of tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at Kyocera Dome. He was pulled from the game and taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests. He was diagnosed with a fracture in the fifth metacarpal. He will be re-evaluated on September 4.

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

[UPDATE 9/7 @ 5:37am]

The Orix Buffaloes announced on September 6 that Sugimoto had surgery at a hospital in Osaka. He might need about three months before he can resume swinging the bat.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2018


[9/1/2018] Brandon Dickson taken off active roster

Brandon Dickson was examined at a hospital in Osaka earlier today and diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He was taken off the active roster and reassigned to Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 9/1/2018


Nobuyoshi Yamada: Did You Know



August 30 vs Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome – Yamada entered the game in the seventh inning and notched his seventeenth appearance in August. He tied the Buffaloes record for appearances in a month by a pitcher set by Tatsuo Kato in May 2004.

Source: Sanspo 8/30/2018, Sports Hochi 8/30/2018, Sponichi 8/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/30/2018, Daily Sports 8/30/2018

August 31 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome – Yamada pitched in his eighteen game of the month in August and tied the Pacific League records held by Kazuhisa Inao (1956) and Naoya Masuda (2013).

Source: Sponichi 8/31/2018, Daily Sports 8/31/2018, Daily Sports 9/1/2018


[8/18/2018] Andrew Albers taken off active roster with lower back pain

Andrew Albers was in line for a possible start against Rakuten in Sendai next week, but was taken off the active roster on August 18 with pain in his lower back.

In nineteen starts this year, Albers is 9-2 with a 3.08 ERA. He has been particularly good against the Eagles: 1-0 in four starts with a 1.04 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

Source: NHK 8/18/2018, Sanspo 8/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2018


[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


[8/14/2018] Masahiro Nishino takes batted ball off face during practices

Masahiro Nishino took a batted ball off his face during pre-game fielding practices on August 11. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with frontal fracture (near the forehead) and a concussion.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2018, Sponichi 8/11/2018, Sponichi 8/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/11/2018, Sanspo 8/11/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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