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[12/27/2014] Takashi Toritani, Takahiro Okada

by on Dec.28, 2014 @ 3:28 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani (33) contacted Hanshin official Eiichi Takano directly on the 25th to let him know that he was not going to be able to finalize his decision before the end of the year. The Tigers are hoping to get a decision by mid-January because they can not make any moves until they know for certain where Toritani will be playing next year. Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2014, Sports Hochi 12/27/2014, Sponichi 12/27/2014

Negotiations between the Orix Buffaloes and Takahiro Okada (26) are ongoing. An agreement might not be reached before the end of the year. The Buffaloes have spoken to Okada's representative a number of times since the slugger first placed their seventy-eight million yen offer (twenty-three million yen raise) on hold on the 8th. The last official day of business this year for Orix is the 29th. Source: Daily Sports 12/27/2014 ... Okada only has time on the 28th. There is a good chance the two sides will not reach an agreement before the end of the year. Source: Sponichi 12/27/2014 ... The two sides are slated to meet on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2014

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[12/22/2014] Kenta Maeda, Takahiro Okada, Suguru Ino

by on Dec.23, 2014 @ 2:27 am, under NPB
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Kenta Maeda (26) might ask the Hiroshima Carp to provide him with a concrete list of things he needs accomplish to be posted next year. Source: ZakZak 12/22/2014

Takahiro Okada might not sign an agreement for the 2015 season until some time in the new year. Source: Sanspo 12/22/2014

The Yakult Swallows announced the addition of Yomiuri senyokugai Suguru Ino (31). They will hold a press conference for him on Wednesday. He was assigned the number 63. Source: Sponichi 12/22/2014

Former Yakult Swallow Takanori Sato (21) wants to continue playing and is planning to attend tryouts for the BC League on February 15 next year. He might have a chance with the Fukushima Hopes. Source: Sanspo 12/22/2014

Yokohama senryokugai Takuro Ito (21) was hoping to remain in the NPB, but has yet to receive an offer. He could end up signing with the BC League's Gunma Diamond Pegasus. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/22/2014

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[12/21/2014] Chihiro Kaneko, Takahiro Okada

by on Dec.22, 2014 @ 3:49 am, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers likely made Chihiro Kaneko (31) an offer of up to four years at two billion yen. Posting and releasing are both possibilities. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014 ... The media learned on Saturday that the Tigers were able to make their offer on Friday. They may have submitted mutiple deals with one at up to four years. They may be willing to post or release him after two years of service time. They also requested a direct meeting with Kaneko. Source: Sports Hochi 12/21/2014


According to Sanspo, Seung-Hwan Oh's contract in 2015 will be worth an estimated 300 million yen. Source: Sanspo 12/21/2014

If Orix's Takahiro Okada (26) cannot get a larger guaranteed raise (last offer was a twenty-three million yen increase), he could settle for incentives that would put him closer to his desired salary. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2014

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[12/8/2014] Rumors: Rakuten Eagles, Norihiro Nakamura

by on Dec.09, 2014 @ 2:49 am, under NPB
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Chihiro Kaneko

  • The Rakuten Eagles are planning to offer the uniform number 19 to Kaneko. The number was worn by former manager Katsuya Nomura between 2006 and 2009 and left out of the active rotation since. They could also offer him three or more years. Source: Sponichi 12/5/2014
  • Rakuten executive Hiroshi Abei was planning to attend the winter meetings in San Diego, but decided to cancel to make Kaneko his top priority. Others officials, like team president Yozo Tachibana, left for the United States on Monday. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014


Munenori Kawasaki (37) hinted on Sunday that he was twenty-eighty sure of where he wanted to play next year (he did not spec. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

Norihiro Nakamura (41) is still waiting for an offer from an NPB team. Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2014 ... Nakamura is planning to wait it out through to the end of spring camp. Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2014

If the Yokohama Bay Stars are unable to re-sign Yulieski Gourriel (30), they could turn their attention to finding a closer. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2014

Takahiro Okada (26) met the Orix Buffaloes for salary negotiations on Monday and held off on agreeing to their offer because he was unsatisfied with it. He will have his representative handle all future negotiations. Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2014 ... According to Sanspo, Okada was offered seventy-eight million yen (twenty-three million yen raise). Source: Sanspo 12/8/2014

Former Yakult Swallow Hiroki Sanada joined the Fukushima Hopes (BC League) as a player/coach. Source: official announcement

Former Yakult Swallow Chris Narveson (32) signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. Source: Sun-Sentinel 12/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

Freddy Garcia (38) wants to play in Japan. Source: Jon Morosi Twitter 12/7/2014 via Nikkan Sports 12/8/2014

[3/26/2014] Injury Report: Takahiro Okada (Orix), Michel Abreu (Nippon Ham)

by on Mar.27, 2014 @ 1:06 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • Yasuyuki Kataoka felt some tightness in his left calf on the 23rd but appeared to be fine during general workouts at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday.  He told reporters he was able to move around without any problems.  Source: Sponichi 3/26/2014

Hanshin Tigers

  • Takashi Toritani developed some back tightness on the 12th and missed three games.  He played in a practice game against Yakult on the 18th, but the tightness returned and he missed three more games, beginning on the 21st.  He joined Ichi-gun workouts on Tuesday and was able to swing the bat with authority during batting practice.  Source: Sponichi 3/26/2014

Orix Buffaloes

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • Michel Abreu is still having problems with pain in his lower back.  He worked out separately from the rest of the team during practices at Sapporo Dome on Tuesday and left the stadium after getting treatment.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/26/2014
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[2/8/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.09, 2014 @ 12:10 am, under NPB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Wily Mo Pena 2/8   Two over the fence off Takahiro Matsuba.  Sponichi 2/8/2014
Wily Mo Pena 2/7 72 Eighteen over the fence, including four that reached the bullpen roof (one of the four caused some damage).  Daily Sports 2/8/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Takahiro Mahara Bullpen 2/8 50 Including sliders and forkballs.  Sanspo 2/8/2014
Daiki Tomei Bullpen 2/7 90 Daily Sports 2/8/2014
Yuki Nishi Bullpen 2/7 70 Was planning to toss about 100 pitches, but stopped after Pena's home runs started hitting the bullpen.  Nikkan Sports 2/8/2014


Quick Notes

  • Owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi was at Okinawa camp on Saturday.  Sponichi 2/8/2014
  • Yoshio Itoi and Wily Mo Pena will get one plate appearance during an intra-squad game on the 9th.  6th round draft pick Kyo Okunami and Ikusei 1st round draft pick Hiroaki Azuma will be called up from Ni-gun to play in the game.  Source: Sponichi 2/8/2014
  • Chihiro Kaneko has yet to toss a bullpen session.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/8/2014


Takahiro Okada is taking things slow right now because of tightness in his left quadriceps.  He will most likely sit out Sunday's intra-squad game.

Source: Daily Sports 2/8/2014

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[2/7/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.08, 2014 @ 2:17 am, under NPB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tatsuya Sato Bullpen 2/6 135 Threw about thirty forkballs.  Sponichi 2/7/2014
Kei Igawa Bullpen 2/6 21 Squatting catcher; first session since the start of camp.  Daily Sports 2/7/2014


Quick Notes

  • The Buffaloes received twenty kilograms of Miyoki Beef from Japan TransOcean Air on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2014
  • There were two players wearing Adachi uniforms on the field during workouts on Friday: Ryoichi Adachi and Takuya Hara.  Hara forgot his uniform and borrowed one from Adachi.  Source: Sponichi 2/7/2014
  • Kei Igawa has decided to back to the training routine he used when he play for the Hanshin Tigers.  Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2014
  • Players and staff are apparently having internet connectivity problems at the team hotel.  Source: Tokyo Sports 2/7/2014
  • So Taguchi visited Miyakojima camp on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2014


Takahiro Okada ended workouts early on Friday because he felt tightness in his lower body.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sanspo 2/7/2014


Yuniesky Betancourt is scheduled to arrive in Japan some time later this month.  The Buffaloes are hoping he will be able to play in his first game on either March 1 (practice game vs Seibu) or March 4 (exhibition game vs Yokohama).

Source: Daily Sports 2/7/2014

Hiroshi Moriwaki is interested in giving Betancourt a look at short.

Source: Sponichi 2/7/2014

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[2/3/2014] Orix Buffaloes News and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 4:59 am, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 3

  • Tatsuya Sato - sixty-seven pitches; including breaking balls; third session in as many days

Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2014


Takahiro Okada is trying to swing the bat 1,000 times a days.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/3/2014


Samurai Japan Manager Hiroki Kokubo visited Miyakojima camp on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

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[9/7/2013] Injury Updates: Sakamoto (YOM), Otani (HAM), Imae (LOT), T-Okada, Kishida (ORI)

by on Sep.07, 2013 @ 8:48 pm, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hayato Sakamoto got the start at first base on Friday (and today), most likely because he was having problems with the right leg he hurt during a game against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome on the 1st.

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2013

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shohei Otani took a batted ball off his right pinky finger and left inner thigh/knee during Friday's game against Rakuten.  He appeared to be fine during pre-game workouts today.

"[Otani] is fine.  The trainer gave the green light.  If there was a problem, it would be visible in his movements," said pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013

Chiba Lotte Marines

Toshiaki Imae was taken off the active roster today with a sprain in his right ankle.  He suffered the sprain while playing defense in a game against Orix at Kyocera Dome on the 5th.

The coaches did not think it would be necessary to take Imae off the active roster, but changed their minds after watching him take soft-toss batting practice at QVC Marine.  They will call him back up once he is mobile.

"[Imae] can not be used as a pinch-hitter [right now].  In thinking about the team's needs, we cannot afford to leave [an injured] player like that [on the roster].  We want him to return healthy," said Tsutomu Ito.

Source: Daily Sports 9/7/2013, Sponichi 9/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013

Orix Buffaloes

The media learned today that Takahiro Okada (T-Okada) suffered a ligament injury in his right middle finger and will likely miss the rest of the season.  They also learned that Mamoru Kishida (hurt right foot during a game against Nippon Ham on August 13) has not yet been able to pitch off a mound and may also miss the rest of the season.

Source: Sponichi 9/7/2013

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[6/30/2013] Sanspo: Orix checking to see if they can move Takahiro Okada

by on Jun.30, 2013 @ 12:34 pm, under NPB
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According to a report by Sanspo, the Orix Buffaloes are shopping Takahiro Okada.  The organization has approached at least two teams -- one PL team and the Hanshin Tigers.  They are looking for pitchers in return for the struggling slugger.

The Tigers are in the market for a player that can play first or third -- they have been looking into a couple of possibilities, including names like Aarom Baldiris and Hiroyuki Nakajima, as possible off-season acquisitions.  Okada could be an interesting option, but the Buffaloes apparently want a pitcher like Minoru Iwata in return.

Talks with the unnamed PL team appear to have run its course.

Source: Sanspo 6/30/2013


UPDATE 7/1/2013 @ 5:10pm -

An upset team official Yoshio Murayama held a press conference on Sunday to inform the media that news reports about their interest in moving Okada were not based on fact.  He also said that he already spoke to Hiroshi Moriwaki and Okada individually to explain the situation.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/30/2013

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