Romero, Stefen ロメロ (ろめろ)
Orix Buffaloes | #9 | OF
Born: 10/16/1988 (age 31)
Height: 188cm
Weight: 100kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: サニーサイド高-オレゴン州立大-マリナーズ

[8/1/2018] Stefen Romero taken off active roster

Stefen Romero felt discomfort in his right side when he struck out in the sixth inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles on July 31. He was examined at a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a grade 1 abdominal muscle strain. Romero was taken off the active roster on August 1.

Source: Daily Sports 8/1/2018, Sports Hochi 8/1/2018, Sanspo 8/1/2018, Sponichi 8/1/2018


[6/7/2018] Stefen Romero has inflammation in knee

Stefen Romero left a game against the Hanshin Tigers after he felt discomfort in his right knee while running the bases in the sixth inning. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka for tests and diagnosed with inflammation in his right patella.

Source: Daily Sports 6/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/6/2018


[9/29/2017] Stefen Romero sits out game with knee pain

Stefen Romero felt some pain in his left knee during practice batting practice on September 29. He was left out of the starting line-up against Lotte as a precaution.

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2017

[UPDATE 10/1 @ 12:33am]

Romero was examined at a hospital in Osaka on September 30 and diagnosed with a strain his left inner hamstring. He did not play in the Softbank game on the same day.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/30/2017


[8/4/2017] Orix Buffaloes sign Stefen Romero to contact extension

The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed Stefen Romero to a contract extension. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year contract, with an optional third year, that will be worth 2,500,000 US dollars plus incentives a year.

Source: Orix 8/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/4/2017, Daily Sports 8/4/2017



[6/21/2017] Orix Buffaloes want Stefen Romero to return next year

The Orix Buffaloes would like Stefen Romero to return next year and could reach out to his agent before the end of the first-half of the season. If there is interest, they might even offer the twenty-eight-year-old a multi-year deal.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2017, Sponichi 6/21/2017, Sanspo 6/21/2017

[UPDATE 7/18 @ 9:25pm]

According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Orix Buffaloes are close to finalizing a multi-year contract with Stefen Romero. The contract could be worth over 400 million yen a year (over four times his current salary) at up to three years.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 12:01am]

Daily Sports is reporting that the two sides may be nearing a two-year deal, with a one-year option, worth as much as three million US dollars a year.

Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2017


[4/22/2017] Stefen Romero leaves after hurting knee

Stefen Romero crashed into the wall padding in foul territory while attempting to catch a ball in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the process, he slammed his left knee in the base of the wall. He had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Chiba for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/22/2017, Daily Sports 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 10:52pm]

Romero had x-rays and an MRI. He was diagnosed with a bruise on his left knee. He is considered day-to-day for the time being.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/22/2017

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 6:43pm]

Romero did not play today and returned to Kobe. He will be re-examined at a hospital in Kobe on April 24.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/23/2017, Sanspo 4/23/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 12:48am]

The Buffaloes announced on April 24 that Romero was examined at a hospital in Kobe and diagnosed with bone contusion in his left femur (knee).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/24/2017, Daily Sports 4/24/2017

[UPDATE 4/25 @ 6:55pm]

Romero was taken off the active today. He will most likely require about four to five weeks for a full recovery.

Source: Sanspo 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017, Sponichi 4/25/2017Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2017Daily Sports 4/25/2017

[UPDATE 5/5 @ 5:29pm]

Romero started taking batting practice against a pitching machine on May 4.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 5:52pm]

The media learned on May 15 that the Buffaloes still have no timetable on Romero’s recovery. Based on original estimates, he should be getting ready to play in his first rehab game soon, but his workouts are still being set/closely monitored by team trainers.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/16/2017

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 6:51pm]

The Buffaloes might leave it up to Romero to decide whether he needs to play in any rehab games at Ni-gun before he returns to the active roster. They feel his presence on the active roster alone (so long as he can either be a designated hitter or a bat off the bench) might help give the team a boost in the right direction.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2017, Sanspo 5/23/2017



[4/17/2017] Stefen Romero question mark for tomorrow’s game

Stefen Romero was hit by a pitch during the Softbank game on April 14. He did not play on April 15. He is still traveling with the Ichi-gun team. Junichi Fukura told reporters he was not sure if Romero was going to be in the line-up on April 18 and that he would let the outfielder decide.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/17/2017


[4/7/2017] Stefen Romero leaves game early with back tightness

Stefen Romero homered in his third straight game tonight, but was removed after three innings because of tightness in his lower back.

Source: Daily Sports 4/7/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/7/2017


[3/18/2017] Orix Buffaloes: Ryoichi Adachi, Stefen Romero, Taisuke Kondo

Ryoichi Adachi felt pain in his lower back during batting practice and was scratched from today’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.

There are conflicting reports on Stefen Romero. Sponichi mentions enteritis, while Sanspo reports that he fouled a ball off his left leg.

Taisuke Kondo was reassigned to Ni-gun after he develop discomfort in his right shoulder.

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2017, Sanspo 3/18/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 10:43pm]

Adachi did not play in today’s game against Chunichi and returned to Osaka. This was the second game in a row he missed with lower back pain. He will rejoin the team on March 22.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2017

[UPDATE 3/19 @ 11:46pm]

Kondo reported to Ni-gun on March 18. He is expected to visit a hospital for tests soon.

Source: Sanspo 3/19/2017


[3/8/2017] Pickoff throw hits Stefen Romero in shoulder

Stefen Romero drove in two runs with a double to right-center in the first inning of an exhibition game against the Yokohama Bay Stars earlier today. Later in the inning, a pickoff throw hit him near the right shoulder. He remained in the game until he was replaced on defense before the start of the third inning.

Romero received treatment after he was taken out of the game. There are currently no plans for him to the visit the hospital. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2017

[UPDATE 3/10 @ 12:52am]

Romero is apparently having trouble raising his arm, but can still hit. He might be okay to play as a designated hitter.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/9/2017