ORIX Buffaloes (オリックス・バファローズ)

[11/20/2017] Kodai Sano to get another chance as an infielder

The Orix Buffaloes announced on November 20 that they signed Kodai Sano to an Ikusei contract. Sano will be getting a new start as an infielder. His uniform number will change from 64 to 121 and his estimated salary will be 4.2 million yen.

Sano was drafted out of Oita High School as a pitcher in 2014. He struggled as a pitcher and never got to pitch at Ichi-gun. The Buffaloes decided to give him another look at an infielder.

Source: Orix 11/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2017, Sponichi 11/20/2017


[11/15/2017] Orix Buffaloes interested in Matt Carasiti

Sports Hochi is reporting that the Orix Buffaloes are looking for bullpen help on the overseas market. They might also be looking for someone with experience closing, in case they lose Yoshihisa Hirano. One of their top candidates might be twenty-six-year-old Matt Carasiti.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2017


[11/9/2017] Masataka Yoshida to have back surgery this winter

Masataka Yoshida has had problems with his lower back since his rookie year. The media learned on November 8 that there is an increasing chance that he goes under the knife to treat the condition this winter, particularly if they can time the procedure so that he can still be ready for opening day.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/9/2017

[UPDATE 11/22 @ 3:10pm]

The media learned on November 21 that Yoshida decided to have surgery on his back this winter. He should be fine for spring camp next year.

Source: Sponichi 11/22/2017, Daily Sports 11/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017

[UPDATE 11/23 @ 2:16am]

Yoshida had surgery at a hospital in Tokushima. He will remain in the hospital for a few days.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/22/2017


[11/8/2017] Yuma Mune leaves fall camp with injury

Yuma Mune felt pain in left shoulder during fielding practices on November 7. He was examined at a hospital in Kochi and diagnosed with a bone contusion on the left humeral head. Mune returned to Osaka for rehab on November 8.

Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2017


[11/7/2017] Yoshihisa Hirano files for free agency

Thirty-three-year-old Yoshihisa Hirano filed for free agency earlier today. A number of MLB teams, including the Cardinals and Red Sox, have shown some interest in the reliever.

Hirano spoke to reporters today and said he seriously started to think about the Majors this year after he found out MLB teams were asking if he was going to exercise his option. He received a nice offer from the Buffaloes, but for the time being, his top priority is to sign with an MLB team that wants him and will give him a chance to play.

Source: Daily Sports 11/7/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017, Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Sponichi 11/7/2017, Sponichi 11/7/2017

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[10/30/2017] Masataka Yoshida to get treatment on lower back

Masataka Yoshida will skip fall camp so he can continue to get treatment and do rehab on his lower back, including his buttocks. His lower back has been a problem over the last two years and limited him to sixty-three games in 2016 and sixty-four games this year. He is hoping to avoid similar problems next year by working through them this winter.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017, Daily Sports 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017


2018 Orix Buffaloes Coaching Staff

Ichi-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 福良 淳一 Fukura, Junichi 78 57
Head Coach 西村 徳文 Nishimura, Norifumi 77 57
Pitching Coach 高山 郁夫 Takayama, Ikuo 73 55
Pitching Coach 平井 正史 Hirai, Masafumi 72 42
Hitting Coach 藤井 康雄 Fujii, Yasuo 71 55
Hitting Coach 下山 真二 Shimoyama, Shinji 74 41
Infield/Base Coach 風岡 尚幸 Kazaoka, Naoyuki 76 49
Outfield/Base Coach 佐竹 学 Satake, Manabu 75 43
Battery Coach 鈴木 郁洋 Suzuki, Fumihiro 82 42
Bullpen Coach 別府 修作 Beppu, Shusaku 90 54

Ni-gun Coaching Staff

Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Manager 田口 壮 Taguchi, So 81 48
Head Coach/Ikusei Supervisor 弓岡 敬二郎 Yumioka, Keijiro 85 59
Chief/Hitting Coach 米村 理 Yonemura, Osamu 86 58
Pitching Coach 小林 宏 Kobayashi, Hiroshi 89 46
Pitching Coach 小松 聖 Komatsu, Satoshi 88 36
Hitting Coach 辻 竜太郎 Tsuji, Ryutaro 79 41
Infield/Base Coach 勝呂 壽統 Suguro, Hironori 83 54
Outfield/Base Coach 早川 大輔 Hayakawa, Daisuke 84 42
Battery Coach 三輪 隆 Miwa, Takashi 70 47


Position Name JPN Name ENG Uni Age
Ikusei Coach 酒井 勉 Sakai, Tsutomu 80 54
Ikusei Coach 齋藤 俊雄 Saito, Toshio 87 33
Ikusei Coach 川端 崇義 Kawabata, Takayoshi 96 32

Source: Orix 10/29/2017


[10/27/2017] Taisuke Yamaoka out with shoulder inflammation

Taisuke Yamaoka made the Samurai Japan roster for the 2017 ENEOS Asia Professional Baseball Championship. However, his name was withdrawn after he was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder cuff during a physical for the tournament. Yamaoka was participating in fall practices in Osaka with hopes staying on the roster, but the Buffaloes determined he was not going to be ready.

Samurai Japan announced on October 27 that Seibu’s Shogo Noda will replace Yamaoka on the roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/27/2017, Daily Sports 10/27/2017

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Kodai Sano: Did You Know


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 10/19/2017


[10/16/2017] Shohei Tsukahara has elbow surgery

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 10/16/2017