Rumors of Norihiro Akahoshi's comeback with the Orix Buffaloes were shot down on Monday by both Akinobu Okada and Akahoshi himself.
Okada: "A comeback? I haven't heard anything about that."
Akahoshi: "As a baseball player, I'd like to continue holding onto that idea of making a comeback, but the reality is far from it. I can't pull [off a comeback] halfheartedly."