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Around the NPB: Buffaloes’ Abe has surgery, Tigers’ Kubota to be a starter again in 2010

by on Nov.01, 2009 @ 12:05 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Akinobu Mayumi caught up with the team at Fall camp on Saturday.  He told reporters that intends to use Tomoyuki Kubota as a starter again next season.

...The Tigers announced that recently retired players Shuta Tanaka and Toru Fujiwara have rejoined the team as chief scout and Ni-gun equipment / sub-manager.

They also announced that Isao Fukuda (he was an advance scout during the Olympics) has joined the team as section chief of the scouting / player management department.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes announced earlier today that Masahiro Abe, had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.  Abe will likely be out for at least a month.

Softbank Hawks

...Michitaka Nishiyama (P) and Tsubasa Fujii (INF) were given their walking papers today.