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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 18, 2011

by on Feb.18, 2011 @ 4:54 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Buffaloes have the day off today (a portion of players are heading out to Naha, Okinawa today for the start of a string of practice games between 2/19 and 2/22).

===== 2/18 @ 10:01pm

Akinobu Okada and a handful of players arrived at Naha airport today.

===== 2/18 @ 4:54pm

Chan Ho Park worked out on the team's day off today (he rejoined the team yesterday).  After playing some catch, he spent some time doing some trunk strengthening exercises.

FYI: it seems the family issue that required Park to leave the team on the 16th had to do with his wife's health.

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The injury bug has reared it's ugly head.  Satoshi Komatsu suffered a sprained right big toe yesterday and will now spend time at Ni-gun camp.

That's on top of: Mike Hessman getting hit by a pitch in the head; Alfredo Figaro hurting his right hamstringChihiro Kaneko requiring elbow surgery; and Hirotoshi Kitagawa fracturing his fibula.

That's a lot of bad news in a very short period of time.

Incidentally, So Taguchi will be taking Hessman's spot on the group of players heading out to Naha, Okinawa.