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[9/25/2015] Orix Buffaloes: Keiichi Hirano announces retirement

by on Sep.26, 2015 @ 12:55 am, under NPB
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Keiichi Hirano held a press conference at Kyocera Dome on September 25 to announce that he was going to retire at the end of the season.

A few notes taken from various sources:

  • He felt it would be time to quit when he no longer felt confident on the field.
  • He thought he reached his limit, physically.
  • He does not remember exactly when he made the decision to retire.
  • He has no regrets because he believes he was always giving it his absolute best.
  • Memorable moments: the happy look on his parents' faces when he made it to the NPB and the time he made his comeback from serious injuries he suffered when he crashed into a wall while chasing down a foul ball in 2006.
  • The Buffaloes are planning to a retirement ceremony for him on November 23.

Source: official announcement, Sponichi 9/25/2015, Sports Hochi 9/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2015, Daily Sports 9/25/2015

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[10/12/2014] Orix Buffaloes Injury Report: Wily Mo Pena, Keiichi Hirano

by on Oct.12, 2014 @ 10:21 pm, under NPB
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Wily Mo Pena was taken off the active roster today. The Buffaloes informed the media that Pena complained of pain in his right chest during practices on Friday. He was examined at a hospital in Kobe after Saturday's game and diagnosed with inflammation in the right pectoralis major. It is unknown how long it will take for a full recovery. He was not at the stadium on Sunday and was recuperating at home.

Since Pena was taken off the active roster, he will not be eligible to return until the 22nd, at the earliest. This means he will not be able to participate in the Final Stage of the Climax Series, if the Buffaloes advance.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Daily Sports 10/12/2014


Keiichi Hirano left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. He started feeling the tightness after running out a grounder to second in the 1st inning. He was removed from the game on defense in the 2nd. He received ice treatment and did not go to the hospital. The Buffaloes will take a wait-and-see approach.

Source: Daily Sports 10/12/2014, Sponichi 10/12/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014

[9/24/2014] Injury Report: Yuji Nishino (Lotte), Keiichi Hirano (Orix)

by on Sep.25, 2014 @ 9:03 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryota Arai (lower back) took seventy-three swings during batting practice at Naruohama on Tuesday and hit three over the fence. He also took fielding practice at third base. Source: Sanspo 9/24/2014
  • Ryota Imanari (right side) started taking grounders at third base during workouts at Naruohama on Tuesday. The session lasted about twenty minutes. He told reporters he was at fifty to sixty percent. Source: Sanspo 9/24/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Toshiaki Imae suffered a bruise on his left calf while playing defense during Wednesday's game against Nippon Ham. Source: Sanspo 9/25/2014
  • Luis Cruz was removed from Wednesday's game against Nippon Ham when he hurt his left hand while playing defense in the 6th inning. He was examined at a hospital in Narashino, Chiba and diagnosed with a sprain in his left thumb. Source: official announcementSponichi 9/24/2014
  • Yuji Nishino complained of pain in his right shoulder. The Marines will monitor his condition to determine if he can pitch again before the end of the regular season. Source: Sponichi 9/24/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • The Hawks announced on Wednesday that Shinsuke Tobo will undergo reconstructive surgery on the medial collateral ligament in his left elbow on Thursday. He will also undergo a procedure to transfer the ulnar nerve. He will remain in the hospital until the 29th and will likely require twelve months for a full recovery. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

[7/30/2014] Injury Report: Yoshinori Sato (Yakult), Kei Hosoya (Lotte)

by on Jul.31, 2014 @ 12:22 am, under NPB
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Chunichi Dragons

  • Ryosuke Hirata (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday.  It was his first game in about a month.  He got the start in right and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014
  • Hector Luna played in a batting practice scrimmage at the Nagoya Stadium indoor facilities on Tuesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/30/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun rehab game on Tuesday against Rakuten.  He pitched four innings and gave up a run on four hits.  He threw fifty-eight pitches, walked two, struck out two, and topped out at 150km/h.  It was his fifth rehab game. Source: Sanspo 7/30/2014

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Kei Hosoya was taken off the active roster on Wednesday with a sprained right ankle.  He suffered the injury while running the bases on Tuesday. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano (left calf) joined Ni-gun work outs on Wednesday.  He was able to take batting practice and do some light base-running exercises.  He is hoping to add fielding practice on Thursday. Source: Sponichi 7/30/2014

[7/23/2014] Injury Report: Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Hanshin)

by on Jul.24, 2014 @ 12:04 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • Ryoma Matsuda (right elbow) played in his first Ni-gun intra-squad rehab game on Wednesday.  He pitched one inning and retired the side in order.  He threw nine pitches, struck out one, and topped out at 146km/h. Source: Sports Hochi 7/23/2014, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2014
  • The Tigers took Tsuyoshi Nishioka off the active roster on Wednesday with pain in his back.  Nishioka was slated to earn his domestic FA option on the same day. Source: Sponichi 7/23/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Kazuki Yoshimi left Wednesday's game early because of tightness in his elbow.  His status moving forward is uncertain at this time. Source: Sports Hochi 7/24/2014
  • Kazuhiro Wada missed another game on Wednesday because he is still recovering from an HBP to the left side of the head during a game against Yokohama on the 21st.  "There is still some swelling and pain.  I feel a little sick when I run," said Wada. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/24/2014

Orix Buffaloes

[6/17/2014] Orix Buffaloes: Keiichi Hirano okay after taking HBP off head

by on Jun.18, 2014 @ 3:02 am, under NPB
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Keiichi Hirano was hit by a pitch thrown by Toshiya Sugiuchi in the top of the 3rd inning of Tuesday's game against the Yomiuri Giants.  The ball hit Hirano on the right side of the head (on the helmet).  He was treated and remained in the game until he was replaced on defense in the bottom of the 4th.

Hirano was taken to the hospital for tests.  No abnormalities were discovered.  Whether he plays on Wednesday will depend on how he is feeling before the game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/18/2014

[6/16/2014] Injury Report: Ginji (Rakuten), Kodai Senga (Softbank)

by on Jun.17, 2014 @ 12:04 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada (left elbow) pitched in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage at Koshien on Sunday.  He faced ten hitters, including Shinta Hifumi, Shintaro Yokota, and 3rd round draft pick Naomasa Yokawa, threw forty-four pitches, and allowed one-could be hit. Source: Sanspo 6/16/2014

Hiroshima Carp

  • Kenta Maeda (left side) participated in workouts at Mazda Stadium on Monday.  He is still on track to make his next start on the 19th against Rakuten. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/16/2014 ... The start will be Maeda's first since the 4th. Source: Daily Sports 6/16/2014

Rakuten Eagles

  • Ginji (lower back) played in a Ni-gun rehab game on Sunday.  He got the start at first and batted third.  He went 0-for-3: G6, G1, L6.  This was his first game since May 20.  He could return to the active roster as early as the 21st. Source: Sports Hochi 6/16/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Kodai Senga was taken off the active roster on Sunday with a tired right shoulder. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/16/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Esteban German sat out Sunday's game after he took a batted ball off his left knee and a foul ball off his left foot on Saturday.  He should be okay for the Yomiuri series that begins on Tuesday.  Keiichi Hirano complained of tightness in his left calf on Sunday.  He should also be okay for the Yomiuri series. Source: Sponichi 6/16/2014

[5/26/2014] Injury Report: Yuichi Matsumoto (Yakult), Shota Takeda (Softbank)

by on May.27, 2014 @ 1:46 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi took a ball hit by Kensuke Kondo off the area above his left knee/thigh while pitching with the bases loaded and two out in the 6th against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday.  He had to be carried off the field.  He was seen walking around on his own after the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sponichi 5/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out at the indoor training facilities at Koshien on Monday, next to the Ichi-gun team.  His schedule included playing catch at a distance of around fifty meters and taking batting practice (soft-toss and against a machine).  He was also seen chatting with some of his former Lotte teammates. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sponichi 5/26/2014

Chunichi Dragons

  • Motonobu Tanishige pulled himself out of Monday's game against Softbank after he tweaked the back of his left thigh while running the bases in the 7th inning -- he was on second with two out and was thinking about scoring on a single to center by Yohei Oshima, but had to put on the breaks when he got the signal to stop at third base. Source: Sanspo 5/26/2014 ... Tanishige did not go to the hospital.  The injury does not appear to be serious.  He is considered day-to-day. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014, Sports Hochi 5/26/2014
  • Kenshin Kawakami (lower back) pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Stadium on Sunday.  He faced some Ikusei players and threw twenty pitches.  It was the first time he faced hitters since his injury. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Yakult Swallows

  • Yuichi Matsumoto was taken off the active roster on Monday with a strain in his right abdominal oblique muscle.  He will require about three to four weeks for a full recovery. Source: Sponichi 5/26/2014, Daily Sports 5/26/2014

Softbank Hawks

  • Shota Takeda (right shoulder) pitched in a San-gun game against the Ehime Mandarin Pirates (Shikoku Island League) on Sunday.  He gave up two runs on three hits over two innings.  He threw thirty-seven pitches and topped out at 153km/h. It was his first game in about a six months. Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

  • Keiichi Hirano was removed from Monday's game against Yokohama after he took an HBP off his right calf during his at bat in the 3rd inning.  Hirano took an HBP off the same area on the 14th and had been close to a full recovery. Source: Daily Sports 5/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 5, 2013

by on Feb.05, 2013 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • 1st round draft pick Takahiro Matsuba: bullpen, fifty-five pitches

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013


Yoshio Itoi started feeling tightness in his left hamstring during fielding practice today and later cut his workouts short.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/5/2013, Daily Sports 2/5/2013


Hiroshi Moriwaki worked directly with Keiichi Hirano around second base for about an hour and a half today.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013

Moriwaki has not been happy with Ryoichi Adachi's performance so far during spring camp and could swap him out with Mitsutaka Goto (once he is ready).

Source: Sponichi 2/5/2013


Kei Igawa has been riding a bike to the stadium during spring camp (roughly ten kilometers at about thirty minutes one way).

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013

Igawa rented a standard bike from the team hotel on the 2nd.  He started borrowing a road bike from a local fan on the 3rd.

Igawa is planning to toss his first bullpen session (standing catcher) on the 7th.

Source: Sanspo 2/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/5/2013Daily Sports 2/5/2013

Orix Buffaloes News and Notes: February 3, 2013

by on Feb.03, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under NPB
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Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Yoshio Itoi: sixty-nine swings, twelve over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013


  • Shun Tono: bullpen, 103 pitches, third session in as many days
  • Tomoya Yagi: bullpen, 142 pitches, third session in as many days
  • Chihiro Kaneko: bullpen, fifty-two pitches, squatting catcher, third session in as many days
  • Kodai Matsumoto: bullpen, 101 pitches, including off-speed pitches, third session in as many days

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013, Sports Hochi 2/3/2013


Keiichi Hirano will play any position, but does have a preference for second.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2013


Takahiro Mahara could toss batting practice on the 7th and pitch in an intra-squad game on the 10th.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2013