|Name JPN||Name ENG||Notes||Official|
|佐藤達也||Tatsuya Sato||[10/29] Sato is planning to retire and could take a job in the front office. Sanspo 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018||10/29|
|大山暁史||Satoshi Oyama||[10/29] Oyama wants to keep playing. He is open to attending the NPB tryouts. Sanspo 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018||10/29|
|本田仁海||Hitomi Honda||[11/20] The Buffaloes announced that they signed Honda to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated five million yen (no change from this season). He was assigned the uniform number 124. Nikkan Sports 11/20/2018, Sports Hochi 11/20/2018 … [10/09] Had surgery to treat a stress fracture in his right elbow in September. Expected to re-sign Ikusei contract. Daily Sports 10/9/2018||11/20
|塚原頌平||Shohei Tsukahara||[11/22] The Buffaloes signed Tsukahara to an Ikusei contract worth an estimated eight million yen (down 14.50 million yen from this year). His uniform number will change from 28 to 125. Tsukahara is working his way back from right elbow surgery. Daily Sports 11/22/2018 … [10/04] Expected to re-sign Ikusei contract. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|佐藤世那||Sena Sato||[10/04] Wants to keep playing. Open to attending NPB tryout. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|戸田亮||Ryo Toda||[10/04] Considering retirement. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|縞田拓弥||Takuya Shimada||[10/04] Undecided. Offered job to stay in organization. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sanspo 10/4/2018||10/4|
|園部聡||Satoshi Sonobe||[01/21] JX-ENEOS announced that Sonobe will be joining them for the 2019 season. Daily Sports 1/21/2019 … [10/04] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|坂本一将||Kazumasa Sakamoto||[10/04] Planning to retire. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
|吉田雄人||Yuto Yoshida||[10/04] Undecided. Nikkan Sports 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018||10/4|
Yoshinobu Yamamoto felt some discomfort near his left side while playing catch during pre-game practices on September 27. Yamamoto was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with an injury in his left internal oblique muscle. He was taken off the active roster on September 28.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
The media learned on September 24 that Junichi Fukura is planning to step down as manager of the Orix Buffaloes at the end of the season. The organization was interested in bringing him back next year, but Fukura turned them down because of the team’s performance this year.
The Buffaloes reached out to Fukura earlier this month with a request for him to stay (they were pleased with the development of young talent). Initial reports indicated that Fukura asked for more time, but the media learned on September 24 that he turned them down. They two sides met a number of times after that, but nothing changed. Fukura told reporters today that he was taking responsibility for the team’s performance because it was all about the results.
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 4:06am]
Team official Hiroyuki Nagamura spoke to the media at Kyocera Dome on September 25 and told reporters that they received a resignation request from Fukura in early September and accepted his request four to five days ago (they gave him some time, but his feelings never changed). Nagamura also told reporters that they are hoping he accepts their offer to join the front office.0 Comments
The Orix Buffaloes announced on September 21 that Hitomi Honda had surgery to treat a fatigue fracture in his right elbow at a hospital in Osaka. He should be able to start a throwing program in about three months.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/20180 Comments
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.0 Comments
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 9/14/20180 Comments
First Home Run: September 7 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome, third inning, runners on second and third, one out, off Kodai Senga.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.
[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 9/6/20180 Comments