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Orix Buffaloes: Hirotoshi Kitagawa to retire after the season

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 5:07 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that Hirotoshi Kitagawa (40) will be retiring at the end of the season.  They also announced that a retirement ceremony and press conference are scheduled to take place after their last home game on Sunday (vs Seibu Loins).

Source: official announcement

Nikkan Sports is carrying following quote from Kitagawa:

Honestly, I was feeling like I reached my limits.  And when I spoke of next season, it was to get the spirits up.  Being at Ni-gun and not being able to make it to Ichi-gun, I began to see my limits while working with the younger players.  That made me think it might be time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/3/2012

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Orix Buffaloes: February 5, 2012

by on Feb.05, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Sunday

  • Dae-Ho Lee swung the bat sixty-seven times and hit none over the fence. (Sanspo)
  • Hirotoshi Kitagawa swung the bat seventy-two times and collected twenty-five could be hits.  This was the first time he took outdoor BP since he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in June last year. (Daily Sports)
 

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Shogo Akada injured his left ankle during base-running practices today.  Akada had the ankle examined at a hospital and will receive an update on the injury within the next couple of days.

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Akinobu Okada spent about an hour observing Ni-gun workouts today.  This was the first time he checked out Ni-gun players since the start of spring camp.

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Hirotoshi Kitagawa (39) is worried about playing time because his competition will most likely be players like Dae-Ho Lee and Shinji Takahashi.

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The Miyakojima City Sports Division put up a sign outside of Miyakojima Stadium (near left-center) warning fans of baseballs -- netting would probably be a safer option, but the city cannot afford it.

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4th round draft pick Tomoyuki Kaida is scheduled to toss batting practice on March 8.

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Akinobu Okada told reporters on Saturday he will demote 5th round draft pick Ryuji Shoji to Ni-gun camp so that he can call up Tetsuya Yokoyama.  Okada made the decision because Shoji had difficulty handling Shinya Nakayama's off-speed pitches.

=== UPDATE 2/6 @ 12:34am

Koji Yamazaki threw out his back during fielding practice on Friday.

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Orix Buffaloes: January 13, 2012

by on Jan.13, 2012 @ 11:29 pm, under NPB
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Shinji Takahashi and Hirotoshi Kitagawa worked out in Kobe today.

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Takahiro Okada apparently got Shigetoshi Hasegawa to be a BP pitcher for his group during their workouts in Los Angeles.

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Before leaving for Los Angeles on Thursday, Shunta told reporters he packed a kendama for his overseas workouts.

Shunta saw a TV program during the New Year holiday that mentioned kendama training could help improve focus and usage of the lower body and decided he wanted to give it a try.

Incidentally, Softbank Hawk players Nobuhiro Matsuda and Yuichi Honda appeared in the program as "test subjects."

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Orix Buffaloes: Hirotoshi Kitagawa leaves game with left leg injury

by on Jun.26, 2011 @ 8:24 pm, under NPB
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Hirotoshi Kitagawa was taken out of today's game in the 7th inning when he hurt his left leg while rounding first base.  Kitagawa had to be helped off the field and initial reports are saying that he suffered an injury in his left Achilles tendon.  While nothing is certain right now, it seems he may require surgery to repair a ruptured tendon.

Kitagawa will get the leg checked out within the next day or so.

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Orix Buffaloes: Hirotoshi Kitagawa diagnosed with fractured fibula

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 2:04 am, under NPB
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Hirotoshi Kitagawa injured his left leg during his off-season workouts.  He was at spring camp working out under a separate training menu and had his leg re-checked yesterday and was diagnosed with a fractured left fibula.  Kitagawa will require about 2 months for a full recovery.

Said Akinobu Okada, "Right now, we have an opening at DH.  It doesn't matter if he can't play the field.  And it isn't like we need him to run."

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Hirotoshi Kitagawa to work out with fans during the offseason?

by on Oct.24, 2010 @ 6:33 pm, under NPB
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Hirotoshi Kitagawa is apparently thinking of working out with fans at a local city gym near his home in Ikeda, Osaka.  Seems Kitagawa got the idea after the mayor of Ikeda, Kaoru Kurata, asked him to help advertise the gym.

Said Kitagawa, "I think I'll be [at the gym] almost every day in November, so if you see me there, feel free to say hello."

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Buffaloes to negotiate extensions with 4 of its players

by on Oct.10, 2010 @ 6:30 pm, under NPB
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Club GM Yoshio Murayama is apparently going to talk Mitsutaka Goto, Masayuki Hasegawa, Takeshi Hidaka, Hirotoshi Kitagawa about contract extensions in order to keep them with the team.  All four players can become free agents during the upcoming off-season.

At this point, it seems Kitagawa and Hasegawa will most likely stay with the team.  Hidaka told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to here what the Buffaloes had to say before making any decisions.  Goto has mentioned interest in testing the FA waters.

The Buffaloes, for the most part, aren't interested in getting into a bidding war in order to persuade players to stay and will likely give each player their best monetary offers before moving on to providing reasons for staying (like explaining how much the team needs them and how popular their are with the fans).

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Kitagawa held out of tonight’s lineup due to fever

by on Aug.13, 2010 @ 7:32 pm, under NPB
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Hirotoshi Kitagawa was held of tonight's game due to a fever caused by cellulitis.  It seems Kitagawa became susceptible to the condition after he fouled a ball of his left shin on 7/14.

Kitagawa did not travel with the team to Saitama and is instead getting treatment for his condition at an Osaka hospital.

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