ORIX Buffaloes (オリックス・バファローズ)
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[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

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[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

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Hiroyuki Nakajima: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

August 12 vs Lotte at Kyocera Dome – Nakajima recorded the fourth walk-off of his career (tenth inning, off Daiki Iwashita), first since 2010.

Source: Sanspo 8/13/2018

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[8/10/2018] Orix Buffaloes sign Andrew Albers to a new two-year deal

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they signed Andrew Albers to a contract for the 2019 season.  According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 1.8 million US dollars a year.  Albers will be coming off a one-year deal worth an estimated 900,000 US dollars.

Source: Orix 8/10/2018, Sanspo 8/10/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2018, Sponichi 8/10/2018, Sports Hochi 8/10/2018, Daily Sports 8/10/2018

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[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

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[7/31/2018] Orix Buffaloes add Kodai Sano to seventy-man roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they added Kodai Sano to their seventy-man roster on July 31. His uniform number will change from 121 to 93. He will be registered as an outfielder. His contract will be worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Sano was drafted as a pitched by the Buffaloes in 2015. He was unable to make his mark as a pitcher and got another chance as an infielder when he signed an Ikusei contract after the 2017 season.

In forty-two Ni-gun games this year, Sano went 21-for-99 with a slash line of .212/.264/.283.

Source: Orix 7/31/2018, Sponichi 7/31/2018, Sports Hochi 7/31/2018, Daily Sports 7/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2018

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[7/21/2018] Keisuke Sawada diagnosed with injury to internal oblique muscle

Keisuke Sawada developed pain in his right side after his outing on July 20. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo and diagnosed with an injury to his right internal oblique muscle. Sawada was taken off the active roster on July 21.

Source: Sanspo 7/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2018, Daily Sports 7/21/2018

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[7/15/2018] Yuma Mune fractures finger during practice

Yuma Mune took a ball off his left hand during practices on July 14. He was taken to a hospital in Osaka and diagnosed with a fracture in his left middle finger (distal phalanx).

Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2018, Jiji 7/14/2018

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[7/11/2018] Katsuki Yamazaki re-earns free agent option

Thirty-five-year-old Katsuki Yamazaki re-earned his free agent option on July 10. Yamazaki exercised his first free agent option in 2013 and left the Softbank Hawks for the Orix Buffaloes.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2018

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[7/9/2018] Orix Buffaloes and Yokohama Bay Stars agree on two-for-two trade

The Orix Buffaloes and Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they agreed on a two-for-two player trade. Orix will send twenty-nine-year-old catcher Hikaru Ito and twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Ken Akama to Yokohama for twenty-seven-year-old catcher Shuto Takajo and twenty-five-year-old infielder Hiroyuki Shirasaki.

The Buffaloes also released uniform numbers for their newest additions: Takajo number 22 and Shirasaki number 2.

Source: Orix 7/9/2018, Yokohama 7/9/2018, Sports Hochi 7/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018, Sanspo 7/9/2018, Sponichi 7/9/2018, Daily Sports 7/9/2018

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