Akinobu Okada told reporters that he plans to use young players over the final 3 games of the regular season. Chihiro Kaneko also won't be getting one last final start on the 30th. Instead, Masaki Iihara will likely get that start. Makoto Shiozaki is also expected to play in tonight's final home of the year (since he's retiring after the season).
Earlier today, the Buffaloes took 6 players off the active roster to make room for 5 players from Ni-gun.